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6 tips from Dr. Oz to help you lose weight

Written by: Cary Castagna, QMI Agency
Jun. 20, 2014

Dr. Oz speaks to Cary Castagna about weight loss tips.


 

Since I spoke to Dr. Oz earlier this month, the celebrity surgeon has landed in some hot water for featuring so-called “miracle” weight-loss products on his popular daytime TV show. During our interview, Oz made it abundantly clear that he has never endorsed any specific health supplements. He added that if his name or image appears in any advertisements, it’s bogus. However, while appearing before the U.S. Senate’s consumer protection panel on Capitol Hill this week, Oz regretfully admitted using “passionate” and “flowery” language on his show when featuring certain products that he personally believes in. He promised to help “drain the swamp” of unscrupulous marketers and publish a definitive list of health products that he views as effective weight-loss aids.

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This was no ordinary “doctor’s appointment.” But then again, Dr. Mehmet Oz is no ordinary doctor. The TV talk-show host, who still performs heart surgery on most Thursdays at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, made a house call to Rexall Place earlier this month for what was billed as “an evening of reflection, insight and wisdom.”

The great and powerful Oz — arguably the most influential doc on the planet — offered an easy-to-digest prescription for living, as he calls it, the “good life.”

What follows are just some of the nuggets of wisdom I gleaned from the good doc’s roughly two-hour talk, in addition to a 10-minute phone interview and brief face-to-face chat.

Measure your waist

Forget the bathroom scale. One of the best gauges of good health is your waist size in relation to your height. Ideally, the circumference of your waist should measure “less than half of your height,” Oz explains. For the six-foot-one heart surgeon, that means his waist circumference should ideally be less than 36.5 inches (73 inches divided by two). No word on the actual measurement, although Oz did share with me that he weighs 180 pounds.

Eat to lose weight

The Daytime Emmy Award-winning host of the Dr. Oz Show, which just wrapped up its fifth season, says losing weight is 80% nutrition.

“If you want to lose weight, focus on the food,” he advises. “You will not lose weight on exercise alone. You will lose weight with food alone.” Of course, exercise plays a crucial role in keeping the excess poundage off, as well as in achieving a higher quality of life.

“You cannot keep your weight down without exercise,” adds Oz, who turned 54 last week. “The (main) reason you exercise is to feel better about life and to live longer. That’s why you exercise. If you want to lose weight, eat differently.”

Limit sugar

Sugar intake, not fat, is the No. 1 cause of obesity, warns the author of seven New York Times best-sellers. If he has a hankering for something sweet, Oz will reach for something that isn’t nutritionally void, such as raw honey. “Raw honey is a source of sugar that has other benefits,” he notes.

Snack on nuts

Oz never leaves home without nuts. And neither should you. “Always carry nuts with you, no matter what,” he suggests. “Nuts have nutrients that give life to trees. They have everything you need. They’re a fantastic snack. You can take them through airport security and they satiate you. You should never leave home without nuts in your pocket — men and women.”

Sleep well

Getting enough shut-eye is critical for good health because sleep “is the best recovery tool,” notes Oz, who became a grandfather earlier this year. Among the nightly habits he advises for creating an environment conducive to sleep: Turn off the lights 20 minutes before bedtime, wear loose-fitting pyjamas (or nothing at all), reduce ambient noise and set the thermostat at 63 to 68F (17 to 20C).

Automate

“Why is it that very rational people don’t do rational things?” Oz asks, adding that people often fail to do the right things for their bodies. “A lot of it is because we don’t automate our lives. We make too many decisions. The more decisions you make, the more chances are that you’ll make the wrong decisions and you’ll run out of energy to make decisions.”

The product of Turkish parents, who first found fame on Oprah and now has a street named after him in Istanbul, cites an Israeli study that found that judges were more likely to grant parole in the morning than the afternoon.

“The reason for it was the judges got tired,” Oz explains. “So women make decisions about breakfast, getting their kids to school, issues at work and by the time they get to the mid-afternoon, it’s the witching hour. They’ve run out of energy and they start making foolish decisions: The cheesecake, the pound cake, a little extra for a snack, the bigger dinner, and all of a sudden, what they’ve done right all day long falls apart.”

Instead, Oz suggests automating parts of your life to cut down on decision-making. “Have the same breakfast every day. Have your snacks with you,” he adds. “Success is forgetting you’re on a program.”

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