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Dr. Oz's 5 Latest Diet Myths Busted

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Dr. Oz reveals his latest 5 diet myths responsible for sabotaging your diet and adding inches to your waist.

“I am tackling 5 of the biggest diet myths of all time. And my friends…I am blowing them up,” says Dr. Oz as he and special guest and friend “Science Bob” bring table-top science demonstrations to viewers to entertain and illustrate what is happening to your body when you fall for a diet myth.

The following is a summary of Dr. Oz’s 5 diet myths and how they can actually cause you to gain weight:

Diet Myth #1: If you want to lose weight, you should wait until you are hungry before you sit down to eat.

“That my friends is a diet myth,” says Dr. Oz as he explains that our hunger is a lot like an air-filled balloon that shrinks when placed in liquid nitrogen and then grows when removed from sub-zero temperatures.

Every time you eat a meal, your hunger shrinks, but then returns as it should throughout the day. The problem, however, is when an individual on a diet decides to hold off on feeding their hunger as long as possible and/or skipping a meal to decrease the amount of daily calories consumed. If a person holds off on feeding their body when it is telling them that it needs to be fed, their hunger will grow like an over-inflated balloon and eventually burst into a surge of over-eating behavior that actually leads to weight gain.

“New research shows that if you just skip breakfast, that you will wind up eating more calories in a day than you would have otherwise,” says Dr. Oz.

Diet Myth #2: A slow metabolism makes you fat.

“It’s a truth that your metabolism may be the reason why you are not losing weight,” says Dr. Oz explaining that a thyroid condition where your thyroid gland is not releasing enough thyroid hormone can cause the organs of the body to slow down and promote the accumulation of additional body fat.

However, blaming a slow metabolism and weight gain on a possible thyroid condition could be just playing the blame game.

“It’s a lot rarer than you think,” says Dr. Oz. “About 5% of all people can really claim that the thyroid gland is their problem…for most people it’s not the main reason why they cannot lose weight.”

Dr. Oz tells viewers that if they really do believe that they have a thyroid problem, then that they should see their doctor about it for a test to determine if they have a thyroid condition. If not, then they should begin to look into other weight loss solutions.

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Diet Myth #3: Eating fat makes you fat.

One view that many dieters share is the impression that all fats are bad and wind up as extra fat stored in the body. Furthermore, that eating carbs and proteins are the only foods you really need for energy to power your body.

In a demonstration representing a relative comparison of energy derived from carbs and proteins versus fats, “Science Bob” shows viewers that fats actually can provide as much energy as carbs and proteins.

“It’s actually a myth that eating fat makes you fat,” says Dr. Oz. “It’s an essential nutrient, it actually helps your satiety—it’ll keep you full. I recommend that one-third of all the food you eat is fat and two thirds may be carbs and protein…but eat the healthy kinds of fats, like from olive oil.”

Diet Myth #4: Drinking extra water, coffee, or both can make you lose weight.

According to a survey of Dr. Oz Show viewers as to whether drinking water, coffee or both makes you lose weight, the results show that 39% of viewers believe that water makes you lose weight, 15% of viewers believe that coffee makes you lose weight, and 46% of viewers believe that both water and coffee makes you lose weight.

“The entire audience is wrong,” says Dr. Oz. “It doesn’t make sense to push your body to drink more than that [what a body needs] to lose weight…you’re just peeing it out,” he states explaining with the assistance of “Science Bob” that the cells of the body require hydration whether it be from water of coffee, but that once the cells have taken in all of the fluid they can hold, that the rest is voided as urine. Therefore, drinking extra water or coffee will not lead to weight loss.

Dr. Oz does point out, however, that the caffeine in coffee can lead to weight loss as long as it is not taken in with added calories from sugar and cream. But even then, he recommends against taking caffeine solely for weight loss because it causes jitters and an energy crash that can only be avoided by taking even more caffeine, which can then lead to additional health problems other than excess weight.

Diet Myth #5: Gaining weight is inevitable as you age

“It’s a myth that gaining weight is inevitable as you age,” says Dr. Oz as he explains to viewers that as you age and muscle mass begins to decrease, that with decreased muscle mass fewer calories are burned per day. To counter the effects of aging Dr. Oz tells viewers that people need to do two things: weight train to rebuild lost muscle and cut calories.

“The rule of thumb is that for every 10 years after age 40, you have to cut about 50 calories out of your day,” says Dr. Oz.

For more advice from Dr. Oz on myths about weight loss, follow this link to an informative article titled “Five Diet Myths Shared by Dr. Oz and Health Officials on Weight Loss and Nutrition.”

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Reference: The Dr. Oz Show-- Five Diet Myths Busted