Dr. Oz Shares Crash Diet Secrets! Should 'America's Heart Surgeon' Be Talking About Dieting?

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Dr. Mehmet Oz first came into public consciousness as one of Oprah's experts. His useful information, trustworthy blue scrubs plus a head of great hair made him the man to listen to for all things medical. Women like my mother swears by "Dr. Oz." She trusts him more than she does her own doctor. We know that Dr. Oz will never steer us in the wrong direction.

Today's show focused on tips for losing weight. This is a topic covered often on the thoughtful talk show. It makes sense. We all know that there is an obesity epidemic in our country plus summertime is here. It's time to go bare. Everything we eat privately, we wear publicly. I have lost 26 pounds this year so the topic is absolutely of interest to me. However, I was extremely surprised by the good doctor's approach to the topic.

Of course he has to appeal to viewers' wants, but it was disturbing to hear "America's Heart Surgeon" use the term "crash diet." Oz's guest with the master plan was Dr. Joel Fuhrman, MD. Fuhrman is the author of the book "Eat to Live." According to his site, "When prominent physicians, such as Mehmet Oz, MD, have patients whose life depends on losing weight, they call on Joel Fuhrman, MD."

Thankfully, when Dr. Fuhrman and Dr. Oz presented Fuhrman's actual plan to conquer "toxic hunger," it was more about a way of life vs. a diet. We all know that diets don't work. Although Fuhrman's plan is completely healthy, framing it in a "lose weight in 7 days" approach feeds into our quick fix, unhealthy diet mentality.

Takeaways from Dr. Fuhrman's Plan:

Natural Sugars

The discussion included an audience member used to indulging in typical Caribbean fare such as rice and curry chicken. She also appeared to be quite enamored of sugar. Dr. Oz explained that "sugar drives toxic hunger." The doctors recommended that we indulge in natural sugars such as fruits instead.

Fat-Blasting Foods

The main part of this eating plan is limiting sweets, meats, and dairy. Dr. Fuhrman demonstrated what a bowl of 1,000 calories of potato chips looks like versus 1,000 calories of nutrient dense vegetables. He also introduced the concept of BOMS: Berries, Onions, and Mushrooms. Fuhrman claims that these foods will blast fat out of the body!

Skinny Shakes

Move over, Bethenny Frankel. Fuhrman recommended a beverage he called the "Skinny Shake." It looked delicious. He advised that dieters blend ice, strawberries, lemon, and pomegranate together. The resulting shake is an anti-inflammatory that will reduce free radicals.

All in all, it sounds like a healthy plan. Let's just stay away from the words "crash diet," shall we? Dr. Oz, we love you because you know better!

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