Occasionally I get a comment from a reader that simply says it all — and can stand alone as my complete blog for the day. Today is one of those days. After watching the Dr. Oz segment where he shamelessly promotes a dangerous “Atkins like” weight-loss diet — the Dukan Diet, Mitzi writes…
Severely dismayed now that I watched the second segment of Dr. Oz….
How could a medical doctor possibly approve people only eating vegetables every OTHER day in the main weight-loss phase of the diet? I can see how the exercise physiologist could fall for it, but Dr. Oz? Losing weight by any means necessary is almost never long term. My mother has done it again, and again, and again. She swore by the Atkins diet, and lost 100 pounds only to regain it, and then some. She had her gall bladder removed (50% filled with cholesterol-based stones, though her blood lipids were fine), and she still eats bacon every morning to “suppress appetite”.
One of the things that sent me on a quest for healthy living was not wanting to wind up spending life as many American women do, yo-yo-ing from diet to binge to diet and ruining a healthy metabolism in the process. The Dukan “diet” actually encourages that very behavior! Eat whatever you want for 6 days? Then only protein one day a week? How will that make up for anything? We have to change what we WANT to eat.
On a trip to Spain a few years ago, after two days, I was prowling the streets, looking for a good bowl of rice and beans (or a vegetarian paella, or something veg that wasn’t a sandwich or light salad). You change the cravings, and proper eating comes more and more easily. As long as you put garbage in – you get garbage out.
Thank you Mitzi for sharing your powerful message. If any of the readers today missed those various Dr. Oz postings, here they are — in sequence — for your convenience:
Five days later: Dr. Oz – back to the same old fad diets…
A recap (with both videos): Nutritional excellence one week; yo-yo diet the next…
One final note; right now, we are in the process of gathering written “endorsements” for our book — and we are thrilled and honored with our progress to date. With Dr. Campbell & son writing the foreword, we already have direct quotes from John Robbins, Dr. Joel Fuhrman, Raymond Francis, Howard Lyman, Alexandra Stoddard, and Kim Barnouin (co-author of Skinny Bitch). In addition, there are quotes being prepared by Dr. Esselstyn (shown here), Dr. Neal Barnard, Dr. Dean Ornish, and a former Fortune 100 CEO — all people of integrity and consistency.
Although an endorsement from Dr. Oz would probably sell more books, I am not sure that I would want it. After all, I am not sure what he truly believes. Either he is totally confused himself or….he just needs the money.
Now if Oprah wants to endorse my book, I would be thrilled. She is not afraid to tell it like it is — even though she once got sued (along with Howard Lyman) by some Texas cattlemen for saying on her show, “I will never eat another burger!”
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—J. Morris Hicks…blogging daily at HealthyEatingHealthyWorld.com
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PS: Thanks again Mitzi