Ok, i happened to turn on Dr. Oz while in the gym on the eliptical.
I didn't catch the whole thing, but apparently he has created the "fast food diet", for people on the run I guess who can only eat fast food.
The idea that you can actually eat pretty heathfully and potentially lose weight while eating fast food is impressive. It goes to show you that the public can influence large corporations to change their behaviour.
The concept of the diet I think is to eat 1500 cals a day, and keep the fat below a certain amount.
I had no idea that Dr. Oz was living in the land of
. For one, making a diet with an arbitrary number of calories is absurd. The caloric deficit should be based on one's basic maintenance requirement (daily energy expenditure) as everyone on fitday realizes. While 1500 may be a realistic starting pont for the average person, it may not be suitable for the petite or the very large, creating too large or too small a deficit, or potentially none at all. There was no discussion of this concept that I heard. Too complex for lay people I guess!
Two women ate carefully chosen items at various fast food joints, and lost about 5 pounds each. Wow! Impressive! But what did they lose? Was it water, fat, muscle or waste weight? What percentage of each? There was no DEXA body scan done before and after, but if there was I suspect that it would be mostly water and waste weight the first week. The women weighed around 165 pounds each to start, and did not appear to be very active. I'm estimating they ate at a 500 daily deficit, so at most they lost 1 pound of fat. Perhaps another pound if they exercised A LOT, which is highly unlikely.
Was there a word about this? Is it too complex for the audience. He warmly congratulated the guests for losing 5 or 6 pounds and that was it.
Well is this a problem? By implying that you can lose weight healthfully eating fast food, Dr. Oz is playing into the hands of the big corporations which happen also to support his show. Let's drive consumers to <entere fast food joint>. I'm not anti-corporation or occassional fast food, but if that is the reason for his lack of information then I am not impressed!
Secondly, while he points to certain factors like calories at fat, he mentions nothing about fibre. He pulled a cucumber out of a sandwich and said "this is golden". One cucumber slice golden? A 10th of a gram of fibre.
Fibre, Vitamins, Minerals, anti-oxidant content, omega-3 - all overlooked in the exictement of losing 5 pounds.
Edit: I do recall he recommended something like 5 fruits and vegetables combined per day.
So while it is fun to watch, it is absurd for a Dr. (really?) to be promoting this as a diet.
Hopefully he and the rest of the viewers will wake up, from this technicolor dreamland, soon.