A new eating plan on Dr. Mehmet Oz‘s website promises that you’ll lose three pounds in three days! All you have to do is eat the same three meals at the same times every day and totally ignore the fact that this is a crash diet that promotes unhealthy weight-loss behavior.
The eating plan is full of claims and advice that sound very legitimate and scientific, like that eating at the same time every day will “keep cortisol levels low, which helps to bust fat even better!” and certain ingredients “will help your weight loss…[like]metabolism-boosting oregano.” But…there’s no data or evidence given to back up those claims.
I’ve always been under the impression that one pound to two pounds a week is the generally agreed-upon amount that’s safe to lose. Apparently some weight-loss experts say it’s ok to lose up to three pounds in a week, but that’s still four days more than Dr. Oz’s diet recommends. Regardless of the exact scientific recommendations, a three day diet that promises you’ll lose three pounds sounds suspiciously like a crash diet, which is not only bad for your body, but also not likely to work. Unsurprisingly, this isn’t the first crash diet that Dr. Oz has vetted.
While two of the recipes are actually pretty decent (a good mix of fats, carbs and healthy proteins), there’s no healthy snacks included in the plan. I imagine that alone would make it difficult for people to follow, even for three days. And the dinner? Is just a green smoothie, albeit with a dash of protein powder. I can’t imagine that I’d be satisfied with just a green smoothie for dinner even one day out of my life.
Now, I’m not a nutritionist, but it looks to me like this particular diet is a recipe for failure. Even if you follow this repetitive plan perfectly for the three days suggested and lose three pounds, chances are the weight you lost is mainly water weight. You’re going to gain that three pounds back quicker than you lost it. Dr. Mike Roussell, a nutritionist, says that the faster you lose weight, the faster you’re likely put it back on. It’s tempting to try these kind of crash diets, but evidence shows again and again that slow and steady (plus regular exercise) wins the weight loss race.
It doesn’t take a genius to figure out that Dr. Oz doesn’t personally write (or approve) all of the content that goes on the website that bears his name. But I still don’t think diets of this kind should be publicized with the Dr. Oz name, one that people in America really seem to trust. The diet’s claims are largely baseless, the behavior it promotes is unhealthy, and ultimately, this kind of content is just adding to the massive amount of conflicting and poor weight loss advice Americans must wade through in the attempt to live healthier lives.