Dr. Oz Craving Diet: 28 Day Plan to Stop Cravings

Now Dr. Oz focuses on helping you stop the cravings you deal with every day that can derail your health and weight loss efforts. This 28 day plan can help banish cravings for good, as long as you are willing to gradually adopt these habits and make them part of your daily lifestyle. He brings psychologist Dr. Mike Dow on the show to share the plan with the audience. The plan comes from his book  Diet Rehab – 28 Days To Finally Stop Craving The Foods That Make You Fat. This program teaches you how to reprogram your brain to where you will no longer want the unhealthy foods you crave now. You do this by focusing on the importance of your health, rather than what you are taking away. 

Booster Foods vs. Pitfall Foods

Booster Foods are those that are good for you and fill you up. These include:

  • Soba noodles
  • Quinoa
  • Buffalo
  • Greek yogurt
  • Broccoli
Pitfall foods are those that boost your serotonin levels and make you feel “high” when you eat them. Because they do not remain in the stomach for a long period of time, you constantly crave more to get you feeling good again. The list of these foods is long, but basically includes all comfort foods, butter, grease/fat, sauces, etc. that are not healthy for you. 

28 Day Plan To Stop Food Cravings

  • Week 1: Exchange salt for flavor boosters such as black pepper, herbs, and other spices.
  • Week 2: Eat booster snacks and pitfall snacks together. For example, eat a bowl of soup with your potato chips.
  • Week 3: Exchange 3 pitfall foods for 3 booster foods. Start with two snacks and a meal.
  • Week 4: Make all your main dishes using booster foods. You should start noticing cravings for more healthy food options.

Almond Milk Ice Pops

A bonus tip to help stop your cravings: Mix unsweetened milk and your favorite fruit into an ice cube tray. Put toothpicks in, and freeze. This will make a nice treat to help you fight the cravings.

Dr. Dow’s Booster Pizza

  • 1 whole wheat tortilla
  • 1/2 can of strained diced tomatoes
  • 2 to 3 handfulls of low-fat goat cheese crumbles
  • 2 chopped artichokes (or your favorite booster vegetable)
  • 1 onion, sliced and caramelized
  • Oregano, garlic, basil and rosemary to taste

Cut up your favorite booster vegetables; in this case, slice artichokes and caramelized onions. Spread out the diced tomatoes and low-fat cheese crumbles on the whole wheat tortilla. Then add the artichoke and caramelized onion. Finally, sprinkle the pizza with rosemary, oregano, garlic and basil to taste. Cook in the oven for around 15 minutes at 350° F until the cheese is melted to your desired consistency.



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