What’s the real cost of Dr. Oz’s antics?
Dr. Mehmet Oz, much to his surprise, was put on hot seat this week by Senator Claire McCaskill in a hearing before the Senate subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety and Insurance. The senate panel has been investigating fraudulent activity by the billion dollar bogus weight loss supplement industry and Dr. Oz, it seems, believed that he was there to testify as an expert. Instead he was grilled for his part in being a major perpetrator in misleading the public on his syndicated TV talk show.
Dollar values may indeed factor into the senate investigation, but a major issue is the cost to the confidence of those who are overweight or obese and who have followed Dr. Oz’s advice. Chances are it’s not the first time they’ve been at this dance. They’ve likely attempted to shed extra weight before. The diet rollercoaster has accommodated too many passengers.
But this time was supposed to be different. Dr. Oz, a reputable cardiac surgeon, told them in his most sincere voice that he had “the number one miracle in a bottle to burn your fat.” And they believed him. They believed him yet again when he unveiled another supplement that was “a metabolism game-changer.” Then there was the “miracle appetite suppressant”.
They’ve also likely experienced the elation of quick weight loss and the despair following the regaining of the pounds.
He has stolen their belief that they could eat well and lose weight.
Dr. Oz has certainly done a huge disservice to those who followed his advice. Here are the top 4 ways Dr. Oz has harmed the very people who have supported him by buying into his hype about weight loss.
• They believe they are failures and can never achieve a healthy weight.
All too often when a person attempts to lose weight and does not achieve their goal, they believe that they have failed. “Everyone else did it so why can’t I do this” is a common sentiment – no matter that it was the regime or diet that was dooming them to failure, not their efforts.
• Quick weight loss regimes lead to muscle loss and a decreased metabolic rate or calorie burning capacity.
While most of these supplements offer no benefit in losing weight, they frequently are accompanied by instructions on what to eat. And you can bet it’s a pretty strict or low calorie routine that leads to quick weight loss. During this time, lean body mass or muscle is usually lost which leaves the dieter with a slow metabolic rate which makes weight gain very easy indeed.
The regained weight is usually fat which leaves the dieter with more fat than before the dieting began.
• The change in metabolic rates due to muscle loss leaves you tired and less likely to be active or exercise.
Taking part in regular exercise is key for anyone – overweight or thin- for promoting good health. If you’re tired, what are the chances you’re going to take part in regular exercise?
• Rigid routines can lead to obsession with food.
While the weight loss efforts may have been abandoned, the body’s response to starvation doesn’t disappear that quickly. Cravings for foods forbidden on the quick weight loss diet can last and not only lead to weight gain but also increase the risk of developing eating disorders and binge eating behaviours.
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