The Dr. Oz Show
Airdate: February 27, 2012
5 Diet Myths Busted: What's Really Making You Fat?
- Dr. Oz debunks five popular diet myths
- Can fat help you lose weight? If it's the right fat!
- Dr. Oz shares his favorite pills and potions to fight fatigue
- Support your dog's health with dental care
So much of what you're being told about weight-loss is wrong, says Dr. Oz. The idea that eating fat makes you fat is just not true. Can eating off a small plate decrease your intake of calories? That's wrong too. Dr. Oz is challenging some of the biggest and most tightly held beliefs about weight-loss.
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Dr Oz - 5 Diet Myths Busted: What's Really Making You Fat?
Dr. Oz conducted an online survey of 25 diet myths to test our knowledge and beliefs about weight-loss. Today, Dr. Oz is taking on widely held weight-loss beliefs and proving them to be myths.
Dr. Oz Diet Myth #1: Diet Soda Helps You Lose Weight
Megan believes that diet soda has less calories so she assumes it will help with weight-loss. She drinks diet soda but is plateauing.
Drinking diet soda to lose weight is a myth, says Dr. Oz. He explains that diet soda has never supported weight-loss, contrary to popular belief.
Dr. Oz conducted demonstration with Megan and she was a good sport. Megan was asked to put on a poncho and sat on a stool in a baby pool with a big balloon hanging precariously over her head. She didn't miss a beat and kept on smiling. The second part of her out fit was a hardhat decorated with a large tooth on top – she was playing the sweet tooth.
Sugar, in a regular soda, fulfills your sweet tooth. Dr. Oz threw ping-pong balls at Megan that she easily caught. The ping-pong balls represent the sugar in soda that the body can recognize and use and that the brain can recognize as sugar. The sugar makes the sweet tooth happy.
The issue in soda, says Dr. Oz, isn't the sugar. The issue is that diet soda has artificial sweeteners that your body can't do anything with, the brain does is not satisfied so the sweet tooth is never happy and will not turn off. Dr. Oz tossed a larger ball at a target and that red balloon came crashing down on Megan covering in red goop.
Dr. Oz explained that artificial sweeteners in diet soda overwhelms the brain and the body with too much sugar flavor without being satisfied. The brain and body will continue to crave sweet foods.
Dr. Oz recommends drinking soda water with some lemon juice. Your body will know what to do with it.
Dr. Oz Diet Myth #2: The More Calories You Cut, the More Weight You Lose
Dr. Oz says this myth could be hazardous to your health.
Tina explained that she always thought it was calories in versus calories out.
Dr. Oz says that the idea does make sense but it doesn't take into account the body's equilibrium. He explained with an animation that a woman who weights 160 calories can work to cut out about 500 calories a day. At the end of the week that would be a loss of one pound in a week, two pounds in two weeks.
If you try to cut more than 500 calories at a time, says Dr. Oz, then the body goes into starvation and doesn't burn any calories. The result is a slowed metabolism. Cutting more calories is not better.
Dr. Oz Diet Myth #3: Pasta Makes You Fat
Dr. Oz says it's not the pasta that's making you fat, it's something else. The pasta tends not to be the problem. To the pasta, people tend to add sauce and on top of the sauce goes the cheese.
The correct serving size for uncooked pasta, spaghetti or other long pasta, is to make the A-OK sign with the tip of the index finger on the first knuckle of the thumb. That, says Dr. Oz is a serving for one person. Add to the pasta a little olive oil and salt and you're good to go.
If you feel the serving was too small after you've eaten it, wait a few minutes to allow the messages from the stomach to reach the brain and recognize that you've had enough food.
Dr. Oz Diet Myth #4: Eating After 8 pm Will Make You Put on Weight
Dr. Oz says he believed this myth himself and felt it was important to revisit it. For the average women, 1,800 to 2,000 calories is the average daily.
The reason people say not to eat after 8pm is that by the time you've reached 8pm at night, you've reached your goal amount of calories. After 8pm, people tend to reach for ice cream, cookies, or other high calorie and sugar-filled foods. It's not the time of day but it's taking in too many calories in a day.
Dr. Oz says that calories don't know the time of day. The body does know how many calories have been taken in.
Dr. Oz Diet Myth #5: Reduced Fat Foods Are Healthier Alternatives
This myth induces people to put on the most pounds and too many people believe this myth. Foods labeled as low-fat lure people to falsely believe that the food has fewer calories. Dr. Oz says that he get frustrated because the manufacturer or the product is trying to take advantage of people trying to do the right thing.
Dr. Oz showed reduced fat peanut butter to illustrate the point. Traditional, full-fat, peanut butter has 190 calories for 2 tablespoon. The reduced-fat peanut butter that Dr. Oz looked at also had 190 calories for 2 tablespoons.
The same number of calories but not the same ingredients. The reduced-fat peanut butter contained twice as many carbohydrates as the traditional it also contained, according to Dr. Oz, chemicals and hydrogenated oils, a.k.a. trans fat. The manufacturer, said Dr. Oz, fooled around with the food. Dr. Oz pointed out that the reduced-fat peanut butter no longer provides the heart healthy benefits of the traditional peanut butter.
Dr. Oz Busts the Myth: Eating Fat Will Make You Fat
Dr. Oz says that rice bran oil could be healthiest oil in the world and could help you lose weight. He says rice bran oil could be the new miracle oil.
Rice bran oil is taken from the most nutritious part of the bran and contains both monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats that the body needs to lose weight. Dr. Oz says you can incorporate rice bran oil into your everyday cooking and to prove it, he asked three viewers to try it in their recipes.
Containing gamma oryzanol, rice bran oil convinces cells to burn sugar so it doesn't turn into fat and go to the hips. Rice bran oil can reduce the absorption of cholesterol which can play a role in healthy LDL cholesterol levels. It also has omega-6 decrease appetite right kind of omega 6 helpful balance out with omega-3 but those are hard to cook with.
The first woman shared her marinated chicken made with oranges. She previously used olive oil and says using the rice bran oil was easy to use and delicious. Dr. Oz agreed that the dish was delicious.
Vegetable chicken stir fry was up next. The chef said the rice bran oil was lighter that olive oil and she loved. Dr. Oz says the dish was excellent.
The final creating was chocolate cake. She usually uses butter and was concerned that her son, the picky eater, would notice the change. He didn't and she is going to use rice bran oil more often. Dr. Oz said the cake smelled really good and tastes very good as well.
Dr. Oz says that rice bran oil is available at natural food stores and online for about $8 and he says to look for a cold-pressed for fewer impurities.
Dr. Oz Solutions to Get Rid of Your Fatigue
To tackle exhaustion, Dr. Oz says he has some miracle pills and potions that he has used himself.
Dr. Oz Solution for Fatigue #1: Bee Pollen
Cost: about $8.00
Bee Pollen contains vitamins, minerals, fatty acids, and proteins. Dr. Oz says it has everything in it you need to operate at full speed. Dr. Oz recommends taking 2,000mg of bee pollen daily.
Dr. Oz Solution for Fatigue #2: Brewer's Yeast
Brewer's yeast is often added to bread and the yeast smells like bread. Brewer's yeast contains B Vitamins to support the metabolic machinery in the cells as well as chromium. Dr. Oz recommended 4,000mg of brewer's yeast but beware, he says, it can give you gas.
Dr. Oz Solution for Fatigue #3: Nettle Tea
Some teas have no caffeine and can give you a kick without any caffeine. Nettle tea has a bitter flavor but you can add a little honey which is another energy booster. Dr. Oz recommends drinking 1 cup of nettle tea in the morning instead of coffee.
Dr. Oz Solution for Fatigue #4: Energy Elixir
Dr. Oz unveiled Ugli Fruit, from the Caribbean, and says it contains Vitamin C, antioxidants as well as electrolytes. Mix 4 ounces of ugli fruit to 4 ounces of carbonated water. The drink has a citrus taste with a kick from the carbonated water, says the audience taste tester.
[I think this is one of those items that people will have a hard time finding in their local produce section and having it shipped may be costly. Perhaps using lemon or lime, blood orange, orange, tangerine, grapefruit, etc. instead of ugli fruit if it proves to be hard to find.]
Dr. Oz: Add Years to Your Dog's Life
Dr. Oz's dog Rosie, a black Labrador, came onstage, reluctantly at first then rolled over for a tummy rub. Dr. Jeff Werber, DVM, also appeared on The Dr. Oz Show.
Dr. Werber explained that 4 out of 5 dogs over the age of 3 have gum disease and while it may sound like no big deal it can be a major threat to the over all health of a dog. Gum disease can lead to heart, liver, and kidney diseases.
Gum disease, explains Dr. Werber, starts to develop from the food a dog eats that mixes with bacteria in the mouth. Tarter builds up and plaque forms on the teeth when minerals in the dog's saliva hardens it. From there, periodontal disease can set in. Be aware of the following signs of gum disease to spot, and treat, it before it advances.
Dr. Oz: Signs of Canine Gum Disease
- Bad breath
- Red, swollen gums or bleeding gums
- Receding gum line
- Loss of appetite
To further explain, Dr. Oz showed an animation depicting inflammation around the teeth. Bacteria can root in the inflamed area and the bacteria can get into the blood stream and then into the arteries. From there, the bacteria can travel into the heart and overwhelm the organ reducing its ability to pump blood. That same bacteria can infiltrate the kidney's causing the kidney's to shrink, the same happens to the liver if it becomes contaminated with bacterial from the mouth.
Dr. Oz said that 80% of dogs over age 3 have gingivitis is surprising. What can you do?
Dr. Oz Canine Gum Disease Preventative #1: Visit the veterinarian annually
Dr. Oz Canine Gum Disease Preventative #2: Brush the dog's teeth
Brushing the teeth everyday is great but 3 times a week is good. Use flavored canine toothpaste. Associate the process with something happy by giving them praise. Begin with using toothpaste and just your finger, move up to a finger brush, then up to a canine toothbrush.
Dr. Oz Canine Gum Disease Preventative #3: Canine Dental Treats
Dr. Werber recommends providing Pedigree DENTASTIX® Treats that he says, with oral home care, can remove 80% of tarter. The DENTASTIX® accomplishes tartar removal by texture, shape, and by encourage chewing. [Click here to get a $1.00 coupons for Pedigree DENTASTIX® Treats from Pedigree.]
Dr. Oz Canine Gum Disease Preventative #4: Plenty of water at all times
Dr. Oz Canine Gum Disease Preventative #5: Oral health supporting diet
Dr. Werber recommends dog kibble that encourages chewing. He explained that some dogs eat so fast they just swallow their foods instead of eat it. Choose a kibble that the dog will chew instead of swallow.
Dr. Oz New Superfoods To Keep You and Your Skin Young
Dr. Oz believes that food is natures best medicine. There are new superfoods [well, new to him] he wants to share. Dr. Oz says he will add these superfoods to his diet and he wants his viewers to do the same.
Dr. Oz Newest Superfood #1: Black Garlic
To support the skin, Dr. Oz recommends the new superfood black garlic. Black garlic is fermented garlic, has double the antioxidants as regular garlic, and supports the repairs of age-damaged skin. It looks like it's rotten garlic but it's sweet and has not odor. Dr. Oz says to beware, it's expensive.
Dr. Oz Newest Superfood #2: Jicama
To support crows feet in particular, Dr. Oz recommends jicama which is commonly added to foods in restaurants. Jicama is a great source of Vitamin C, boosts collagen, and fights wrinkles. Jicama can be eaten raw or cooked.
Dr. Oz Newest Superfood #3: Jerusalem Artichoke
To support the reduction of dark under-eye circles, Dr. Oz recommends eating Jerusalem artichoke, also called sunchoke. Jerusalem artichoke have five times as much iron as potatoes and can play a role in reducing the appearance of under-eye circles. The iron in the Jerusalem artichoke helps with blood flow which can change the coloration under the eyes and is especially important, says Dr. Oz, for menstruating women.
Dr. Oz Newest Superfood #4: Purslane
Purslane, a leafy green, is a great vegetable source of omega-3's, Vitamins B, A, and C and can reduce the risks for heart disease and stroke. If you can't find purslane at your local store, Dr. Oz recommends using basil. He recommends cooking purslane with scrambled eggs or add it to yogurt with garlic. [Garlic in yogurt? Never heard of such a thing!]
Dr. Oz Newest Superfood #5: Sunflower Seed Butter
Sunflower seed butter is an alternative to peanut butter. It is nutrient rich with polyunsaturated fatty acids that support healthy cholesterol levels.
Dr. Oz Bonus Tips! Miracle Fatigue Fighter
Dr. Oz Fatigue Fighter #1: L-Lysine
Dr. Oz recommends taking 1,000mg of L-lysine before each meal to support circulation which can play a role in energy production.
Dr. Oz Fatigue Fighter #2: Nutritional Yeast
Nutritional yeast, says Dr. Oz, helps to fight fatigue as well as stress. It tastes like cheese making it great on popcorn, pasta, and salads.
Dr. Oz Fatigue Fighter #3: Kelp
Kelp helps to fight inflammation in the body and is high in Vitamin K. Kelp can help to moisturize the skin and has a natural fiber to block fat. Kelp can come in noodle form, in sheets, or strings. Sprinkle kelp into soups and on to salads.
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