Dr. Oz and Dr. Roizen start with exercise. Frank and Elaine will walk 10,000 steps—or about five miles—every day. Next is a major diet overhaul. High fat and sugary foods are out. Whole grains, fruits, vegetables, salmon and olive oil are in. The third part is the Chinese practice of chi-gong to reduce stress, the biggest culprit in premature aging.
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After six months on the YOU: Staying Young program, the results are undeniable. Frank has lost 60 pounds and 12 inches, and Elaine has lost 30 pounds and seven inches.
They've also turned around their aging processes and increased their life expectancies by decades. Six months ago, Dr. Roizen says, 52-year-old Frank had the health of a 72-year-old—which is not good considering the average American man lives to be 79. Meanwhile, 45-year-old Elaine had the health of a 65-year-old.
Frank now has the health of a 45-year-old and Elaine has the health of a 43-year-old, Dr. Roizen says. Frank also got rid of his type 2 diabetes and normalized his blood pressure. "He doesn't have any diabetes anymore," he says.
Frank says he can't believe the way he's changed. "Just looking in the mirror I see some crazy things," he says. "I keep looking...it's not me."
Elaine says their health hasn't changed for just six months. "It's a way of life now," she says. "We're Italian and we like our pasta and our meatballs. We're making turkey meatballs, we're making turkey meatloaf. This is it. I have a 7-year-old son who's eating this way, too. He's going to be healthy."