Have you seen Dr. Oz’s 10 Weight Loss Commandments? I ran across a link on Pinterest and was intrigued enough to check them out.
I mean, he was one of the authors of “You on a Diet,” so he has to know what he’s talking about, right?
That’s what I thought. While I can get behind most of his advice, we’re going to have to agree to disagree on one major point: No. 3.
3. Thou Shalt Not Eat Meat That Walks on Four Legs More Than Once a Week
Oz says that meat from an animal with 4 legs is higher in unhealthy saturated fat than meat from 2-legged animals such as chickens, or animals with no legs, like fish. He adds that women who eat large amounts of red meat more than once a week have a 50% higher chance of dying from heart disease and have higher cancer rates.
Give up steak, hamburger and pork? I think I’d rather take my chances. I’m not convinced those statistics are correct, anyway: My cholesterol and blood pressure are actually better when I’m low-carbing it.
I also disagree with No. 5: Thou Shalt Not Eat After 7:30 p.m. It fails to take into account the fact that some of us work until midnight and take a dinner break at 7 or later.
The most ingenious of Oz’s commandments is No. 9: Thou Shalt Not Carry Small Bills
Nothing loves a small bill better than a vending machine. When you have them at the ready, you are one step closer to an impulsive, calorie-loaded afternoon slip up.
That, friends, is solid advice. I know I’m more likely to hit up the vending machine when I have a single than if I have to break a $5 or something bigger. (Of course, I can only eat one thing in the office vending machine: Peanuts — and they’re a lot cheaper at the gas station across the street.)
I also found No. 7 interesting: Thou Shalt Not Chew Food Less than 20 Times Per Bite
And after reading “Drop Dead Healthy,” I know a lot more about chewing. Thorough chewing was one of the first new habits A.J. Jacobs tried to cultivate.
Chewing allows your body to realize that you are eating food, prompting it to create a sensation of fullness at the appropriate time. When you don’t chew enough, you get ahead of that process, eating well past when you are actually satisfied.
The Boyfriend would benefit from following that advice, I think. He eats way too fast.
Oz’s commandments are kind of like Bob Harper’s new Skinny Rules. I agree with some (like the water drinking, protein eating, refined flour/white potato cutting, portion size watching) and not others (sweetener banning).
Hmm. Actually, when I look at Bob’s list, that’s really the only one that doesn’t sit so well. (I’m not a huge fan of the “eat apples and berries every day” edict either, if only because consuming both would put me over my carb count — and the idea of going meatless for an entire day isn’t feasible for me.)
But for the most part, I could live — happily — with Bob’s rules. Oz’s? Not so much.