When "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine's" shape-shifting Odo (Rene Auberjonois) decides to change the way his body looks, he morphs from a gelatinous blob to a sleek, spandex-clad sheriff in an instant. He never worries that his physique is a hazard to his health.
But monoforms (as Odo calls humans) aren't so lucky. Not only are you born with a predisposition to a certain body type, but your lifestyle choices can morph your body into shapes that cause a whole universe of health problems.
Everyone knows that you can have more energy and a sharper brain if you get 30-60 minutes of physical exercise, eat nine servings of fruits and veggies daily, don't smoke, go easy on alcohol and meditate for 10 minutes every day. But did you know you can change where and how much fat is deposited on your body if you switch from saturated fats (in four-legged animal protein, two-legged skin and palm and coconut oils) to unsaturated fats (in canola, olive and sunflower oils)? Turns out the saturated fat you eat adds fat to your liver (associated with heart disease and diabetes) and your abdomen. That visceral fat makes big trouble. Unsaturated fat helps build muscle.
So your fat- and shape-shifting moves should include eating only nonfat diary; avoiding all red meat; sticking with lean, skinless poultry and fish; cooking with mono- and polyunsaturated vegetable oils; and eating a handful of walnuts or almonds daily. Watch things take a new shape.
Mehmet Oz, M.D., is host of "The Dr. Oz Show," and Mike Roizen, M.D., is chief medical officer at the Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute. To live your healthiest, visit sharecare.com. Distributed by King Features Syndicate, Inc.