Dr. Oz Says So… And So Does the 4-Hour Body Guy

Wonder WomanI was watching Dr. Oz the other day, (that Dr. Oz, hasn’t he just exploded on the scene) and he had on Timothy Ferriss, who is the author of The 4-Hour Body: An Uncommon Guide to Rapid Fat-Loss, Incredible Sex, and Becoming Superhuman. (All good things.) His niche, in my opinion, is his unconventional wisdom. He talks about taking ice baths, losing more fat than a marathoner by bingeing, and sleeping 2 hours a night instead of 8… all things the medical and fitness communities guffaw at. How can this really work? What is he doing that we’re not seeing? How can such outrageous claims be true?

Well Dr. Oz put three of his theories to test and proved them to be quite accurate. The one tip that I felt quite confident that I could implement into my daily life was this: Within 30 minutes of waking up, eat 30 grams of protein. (That totally beat out taking an ice bath three times a week for 30 minutes. No way, no how.)

So now I’m on day four of slurping down homemade protein shakes and let me tell you, there’s something to it. Mr. Ferriss claims that his father applied this one rule to his life and by the end of one month, he had lost something like 14 pounds. Now my goal here isn’t to lose weight, (thank you pre-born baby for that. I know I’m supposed to be gaining weight and loving it all… uh-huh, sure am), but the benefit I have noticed is that I’m more energetic in the mornings. (And I’m in my third trimester, a time when fatigue will apparently pull me from my happy splendor and kick my ass… again. [A special shout out here to all moms-who-are for constantly pointing out all the annoying little nuances that come with being pregnant that will ultimately break us new moms-to-be, your ‘advice’ is much appreciated. Do I sound bitter?]) Anyway, so maybe these little protein shakes are making me into Wonder Woman, thus supporting the ‘Becoming Superhuman’ part of  his title. I feel good and it’s a healthy way to start off my day—hence the phrase, Breakfast is the most important meal of the day!

Well it is.

And you should be eating it every morning, regardless of all the whining/crying baby/toddler, Calgon Take-Me-Away moments that may pop up within the first 30 minutes of your morning. If you stick with it, eventually you may find yourself weighing less and doing more you Wonder of Women!

Here’s what I make in the mornings:

Wonder Woman Protein Shake

1/4 cup water

1 ice-cube

1 scoop Whey Protein Isolate powder (I get it from Whole Foods)

1/2 banana

Handful of frozen blackberries

1/2 pack milled flax seeds

1 teaspoon unsweetened Ghirardelli cocoa

2 heaping tablespoons of low-fat, plain Greek yogurt

Mix it all in a blender and slurp it down. Then spin yourself around three times and you’re ready to start your day!

Anne Marie Costanzo is a nationally certified personal trainer and owner of Little Black Dress Personal Training. She can be reached at am@littleblackdresspt.com or (914) 841-1121.

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