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3 Things You Should Know About Doctor Oz's Diet Tips
Do you get your diet advice from Dr. Oz? Or do you get weight loss tips from other daytime medical shows likeThe Doctors? If you do, then there is a new research study that will interest you. It turns out that the Dr Oz’s diet tips may not be as helpful as you’d like them to be. And that might affect your ability to lose weight.
Study Evaluates Dr. Oz Weight Loss Tips
A study published inThe British MedicalJournalrecently evaluated the quality of health advice provided by popular medical television shows. A group of researchers, including medical doctors and pharmacy experts, examined the medical advice provided on 40 randomly selected episodes ofThe Dr. Oz ShowandThe Doctors. The scientists determined that roughly half of the tips provided have no solid research to support them or that medically established research contradicts the advice provided on the programs. Researchers concluded, “the public should be skeptical about recommendations made on medical talk shows.”
How to Use Dr. Oz Diet Tips to Lose Weight
If you are a fan ofThe Dr. Oz ShoworThe Doctorsyou don’t necessarily have to stop watching the shows if you are looking for weight loss advice. Their diet tips can be fun and are often helpful. But if you use their recommendations to slim down, there are three critical tips you should keep in mind to make sure your weight loss program is successful.
- TV diet tips may be unbalanced: TheBritish Medical Journalresearch points out that the medical and diet advice provided on these popular shows is often presented without the balance needed to help viewers make fully informed decisions. The researchers also point out that conflicts of interests are often ignored.
TV weight loss advice is not personalized.Many of the diet tips or lifestyle recommendations provided by Dr. Oz andThe Doctorsmay work for some television viewers, but may not be the healthiest suggestion foryou. Remember that every dieter’s health history, goals and lifestyle is different. A great diet tip for your friend might be the worst diet tip for you.
- If the weight loss advice you see on television contradicts the personalized advice you’ve received from your own health care team – and especially if your weight loss program is already working – be very cautious before you change your program based on the TV show advice. The BMJ researchers suggest that you get detailed information from your personal physician about the specific benefit, potential harms and real cost or inconvenience of any treatment before you incorporate it into your program.
Medical shows provide entertainment. Ultimately, daytime television shows provide entertainment to their viewing audience. Diet tips are presented in a way that makes the viewing experience fun and interesting. Unfortunately, that may lead to confusion or misinterpretation.
- For example, on a recent episode of his show, Dr. Oz recommended eating pine nuts before bed at night to curb nighttime snacking. He said that dieters should eat two tablespoons of the fatty nut to help manage cravings. But as Dr. Oz explained his diet tip, he stood in front of a large bowl of pine nuts. It would have been reasonable for a viewer who was not paying close attention to believe that eating a larger portion of pine nuts could help them lose weight. But since pine nuts are high in fat, eating too many of them could cause that viewer togainweight instead.
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