Dr Oz did a show called the Best and Worst for 2010, which included a segment on the Best & Worst Weight Loss ideas including the best and worst Diet Pills, snacks, Metabolism Boosters, packaged foods and exercise. Doctor Oz said that Saturday is the best day to start a diet and Monday is the worst day to start a new diet. When you go grocery shopping for your new diet, the best aisle is the produce aisle and the worst aisle is the checkout lane because of the impulse candy purchases. The best place to eat in your house is in the dining room, and the worst place is in the kitchen. These are just a few of Dr Oz’s Best & Worst Weight Loss tips, here are the rest:
Dr Oz: Worst Diet Pills: Ephedrine
Dr Oz said that the worst diet pills are the ones that contain Ephedrine or Phed for short. You can imagine the lining of your arteries as a delicate surface, and Ephedrine can make your heart beat fast and violently, which can mess up the lining of your arteries, causing damage to your blood vessels, which can lead to strokes.
Dr Oz: Best Diet Pills: Glucomannan
Dr Oz said that Glucomannan is a natural thickening agent that costs $10 at vitamin stores and is the best diet pill to try. Glucomannan is used in Asia to thicken up soups, so you should take it with lots of water.
Dr Oz: Worst Snack for Weight Loss: Granola Bars
Dr Oz said that the worst snacks are any bars: meal replacement bars, granola bars or even protein bars. You may think that it is good for you, but it often is not because they are made with sugar alcohols that bloat you and there tends to be lots of sugar. The side effects simply are not worth it!
Dr Oz: Best Snack: Inca Peanuts or Sacha Inchi Nuts
Dr Oz said that the best snack for weight loss are Inca Peanuts (also called Sacha Inchi Nuts) that come from Peru in the Andes Mountains. Inca Peanuts are high in omega 3′s and vitamin e, both of which fight off heart disease – plus it has lots of fiber. Dr Oz said that Sacha Inchi Nuts have 3 times the omega 3′s of walnuts and twice the fiber of walnuts.
Dr Oz: Worst Metabolism Booster: Energy Drinks
Dr Oz said that energy drinks give you a temporary boost, but the caffeine and sugar are just quick fixes. The worst part about energy drinks is that so many of us think they are good for us.
Dr Oz: Best Metabolism Booster: Cayenne Pepper
Dr Oz said that Cayenne Pepper helps to reduce your appetite, making it the best Metabolism Booster.
Dr Oz: Worst Packaged Foods: Frozen Diet Meals
Dr Oz said that frozen diet meals are the worst packaged foods for weight loss because they tend to be high in fat in order to reduce the sugar, or they increase the salt to make it taste better.
Dr Oz: Best Packaged Foods: Whole Wheat Pasta
Dr Oz said that whole wheat pasta is very effective as a weight loss food, because it is high in fiber and protein, and it helps to keep fat and sodium low.
Dr Oz’s Frozen Meal Rules
Dr Oz said that you can have frozen meals as long as they fall under these guidelines:
- Fat should be less than 4 grams / serving
- Sodium should be less than 500 mg / serving (or even lower if you have high blood pressure)
- No Gravy
- No Cheese, because this adds fat and salt. You can add your own cheese if you want it.
- Only One Compartment – Dr Oz said that more than one compartments means there are vegetables that you won’t eat (but this is not true for me – I love my veggies!) and there is often a dessert which you should not be eating.
- Serving Size: Your Hand
Dr Oz: Worst Exercise: Sit-Ups
Dr Oz said that Sit-Ups tend to be the worst exercise for us because we do not do them correctly. Or if you had babies, you may have a split in the muscles in your stomach, and sit-ups can make them worse. So do the plank exercise instead.
Dr Oz: Best Exercise: Lunge
Dr Oz said the best exercise is the lunge, because you work out more muscles than sit-ups and you build up muscles that burn through lots of calories. When doing a lunge, make sure your knee is over your toe and as you sink into it, you should feel tension in your thigh and buttocks.