What’s Up Doc: Has Dr. Oz Gone Mad?

 Dr Oz

The other day I happened to be flipping through TV channels and came upon The Dr Oz Show.

For the most part, I like Dr. Oz – I think he’s hip, current and above all he explains things to people in ways that are easily understandable. BUT I will tell you that this particular episode left me disappointed, disgusted and frankly pissed off!

This particular show’s topic was centered on the subject of women’s backsides and how to reduce the size of a woman’s butt. Dr. Oz had a stage filled with women who all gave the reasons why they hated their above average sized butts and what they’d done to try to conceal or reduce them throughout the years.

Here’s a clip.

But it’s what happened next that truly astounded me – Dr. Oz recommended that the women eat 275 grams of carbohydrates per day, and according to him, doing so would help reduce their butt fat! But that’s not all – he went on to say they could consume all types of carbs including whole-wheat rolls filled with mashed potatoes! Are you freakin’ kidding me?

This show and the information given out was in my opinion wrong on so many levels that I’m literally beside myself. Lets start with the fact that every woman on his stage was considerably overweight and in fact some were even obese. Yet they somehow ended up on a show that discussed only booty fat. How about the fact that nearly all of the women had a minimum of 30 pounds to lose? I mean seriously, the stage looked like a Biggest Loser weigh-in, with all the participants wearing spandex shorts and T–shirts. It doesn’t take a genius to figure out that these women have excess fat all over their body, don’t exercise or eat well, and need full body help, not just on their backsides! Come on!

Second, to suggest that eating mashed potatoes, pastas, breads and other refined carbohydrates are the way to weight loss is absurd. What is this, the early 80’s diet plan? Especially in the quantities the good Doctor suggested – 275 grams? That’s nearly 1200 calories per day of just carbohydrates, before calories from fats and proteins are even added. I don’t even eat that many carbohydrates. To add insult to injury Dr. Oz said the ladies also needed to reduce their fat intake to compensate for the extra sugars, and that this would facilitate fat loss. Listen, I know he has an MD, but Dr. Oz is off his rocker on this one!

Later the famous doc went on to share his magic recipe for Derriere Diet Butt-Busting Brownies that also allegedly target butt fat. Wanna know what’s in them? Well we have milk, oats, raisins, cayenne pepper and cinnamon. Okay and…? What’s so butt busting about that recipe? Yes it’s true cayenne pepper is known to have thermic qualities, meaning it raises body temperature and cinnamon does help regulate blood sugar levels. But to suggest eating these brownies targets butt fat is simply ridiculous.

Bizarrely at no point during the segment did Dr Oz stress the importance of a healthy lifestyle; diet, exercise, reducing calories and how to keep your insulin levels stable. In fact the doc’s actually a bit hypocritical, because later in the episode he revealed how a particular brand of sugar (one he’s endorsing actually), keeps blood sugar levels more stable than regular table sugar, which helps keep your energy consistent and is better for weight management. Yet he just told a stage filled with overweight women to eat pasta, mashed potatoes and rolls! Surely those aren’t low on the glycemic index and convert to sugar fairly quickly. So which is it Doc?

Here are the facts. We know that carbohydrate management is key to weight loss and that by taking in lower amounts of carbs, more of the body’s fat will be utilized for fuel. The reason is simple – carbohydrates are fuel and if you supply them to the body in ample amounts, your body will have no reason to use fat for fuel. Plus lower levels of sugars will also keep insulin levels low and prevent excess fat storage. Dr. Oz’s proposal not only goes against the grain, but it defies logic and rationale.

What bothers me most is that I’d bet Dr. Oz doesn’t eat 1,200 calories of carbohydrates per day, or his mashed potato sandwich. Yet he’s suggesting his audience give them a go. That’s just plain wrong in my view. My fear is that woman all across the nation watched this episode and are now eating tons of carbohydrates thinking it’ll make them thinner. It won’t.

I do like Dr. Oz, and I actually think he knows this is bad information. Everything else aside, even the suggestion that eating certain foods will specifically target your butt fat is nothing more than a fairy tale. You don’t need an MD after your name to know that.

But what do you think? Are you a Dr Oz fan? Have you seen a recent news or health story that left you speechless? Comment away…

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15 comments on “What’s Up Doc: Has Dr. Oz Gone Mad?

  1. You are spot on. They would have been better served talking about total fat loss and mentioning some glute specific exercises. This is coming from someone who has had a large behind my whole life. I must say they are very en vogue nowadays though but a good firm, lifted one is the best!

  2. Wow that is insane if eating like that made you lose weight I wouldn’t have a weight issue. Hard work and healthy food are the only things that have ever helped me.

  3. This http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b01c7rgn/Womans_Hour_The_Truth_About_Exercise/ (starts at 34mins after the singer) disturbs me greatly, because it doesn’t look at the emotional reasons for obesity and most people aren’t capable of very short intense workouts, indeed, wasn’t Tabata in its purest form aimed at athletes? I’m fit, but I I know I cannot hit my limits during just 4 mins a day. 10 or 20, yes.

    Yet this reccommends just three mins a week, mixed in with a generally active lifestyle. people will just do a sluggish minute, then think they’ve done enough and go back to sitting on their arse. if they can be bothered to remember the minute at all.

    the programme the interview is for goes out in the uk on Tuesday. I’m preparing to be horrified.

  4. Excellent post. I completely agree – this episode seems nuts. I didn’t see it, but I saw the ads. One thing I always hate is how these shows always exploit overweight folks – especially women – by parading them in front of the camera half-naked or cinched into a teeny pair of spandex bottoms to boost the shock value factor. Even after seeing just the 10 second clip, I knew that episode was going to be full of garbage. How do you have a bunch of overweight people on your show and talk only about the butt fat aesthetic when they may have much more important concerns to address that go beyond getting one’s ass into a pair of Calvins? Ugh. Ridiculous.

  5. Dr. Oz has become a shill for any product, or any fad found in a cheap woman’s magazine. I used to adore him. But since his producers have decided to make his show totally irrelevant, I have had to quit him.

  6. I am surprised and shocked to see Dr.Oz advocate such an insane plan to lose ‘booty fat’. I do believe that on some level he must know this is ridiculous because he is usually a knowledgeable person. The whole issue of spot reduction of fat is just plain wrong. We cannot spot reduce fat! Like others here have said, it would have been better had he talked a whole lot more about the importance of cardio, resistance training and eating a well balanced, sensible diet. Eat well and train smart – it’s the age old adage that people always seem to want to get around. There are no short cuts to anything that’s worth having! In this episode, I give Dr.Oz a two thumbs down.

  7. Agree with Deb; he’s a quack and a shill who advocates some very questionable products and methods. I never watch him and have doubts about anyone who follows his word as gospel (much like the Oprah admirers).

  8. I know I commented on FB, but I’ll comment here too. The carb recommendation is nutso!!! Period! I will say, though, I did read Dr. Oz’s You on a Diet book, and for someone with significant amount of weight to lose (and little to no exercise ever), it would work.

    I also agree, I didn’t really think those ladies’ behinds were the overall problem – most could use an overall reduction. It looked like they had a few very “average” sized women towards the back, when I caught a glimpse (maybe two or so) but put the more “shock value” (as someone else said) people towards the front.

    The brownies you mention sound ridiculous. If one can’t stop eating brownies after just one serving, having “health-ified” versions on hand won’t help at all when you eat the whole pan in 2-3 days! I’ve fallen prey to that line of thinking and it’s contributed to my current weight issues (which I’m working on).

  9. I watched Dr. Oz guest host on The Marilyn Denis Show in Toronto, Canada last week. They had a “nutrionist” who was rating “fad diets”, and Paleo was that day’s topic. The so called expert said that she did not recommend Paleo because she did not know where women would get calcium????????? I couldn’t believe that someone would go on the air as a so called expert without knowing all of the facts of what she was critiqing. I was astonished and infuriated that such mis-information was allowed to go over the air. Dr. Oz stood by nodding as she recommended people eat Ezekiel Bread to get their “healthy dose of grains”! Pathetic! I wanted to suggest to the TV show producers that they check their “experts” so called “facts” before they let them open their stupid mouths.

  10. I think Dr. Oz HATES women but particularly FAT WOMEN. He enjoys degrading them on his show and pretending to care. Where are the FAT MEN on his show? Is he really fooling that many people??

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