Dr. Oz's 10 Most Controversial Weight Loss Supplements

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Yesterday Dr. Mehmet Oz basically admitted before a Senate subcommittee hearing that many of the claims he makes about weight loss supplements are not based in fact.
“I can’t figure this out, Dr. Oz – I don’t get why you need to say this stuff when you know it’s not true,” complained Senator Claire McCaskill in a hearing before the Senate subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety and Insurance. “When you have this amazing megaphone, why would you cheapen your show?”

Replied Oz: “I actually do personally believe in the items I talk about on the show. I passionately study them. I recognize that oftentimes they don’t have the scientific muster to present as fact. Nevertheless, I would give my audience the same advice I give my family, and I have given my family these products.”

The weight loss products Dr. Oz is talking about are, of course, the many supplements that have achieved mega-success after a mention on his show, a phenomenon now known as “the Oz effect.”
And while he admits they’re “controversial,” he also argues that they’re a necessary “crutch” for the two thirds of American adults now classified as obese.

“If the only message I gave was to eat less and move more, which is the most important thing people need to do, we wouldn’t be very effectively be tackling this challenge, because viewers know these steps and they still struggle,” he said. “So we search for tools and crutches for short-term support so people can jump-start their programs.”

Further defending the role of his show, he adds: “I would rather have a conversation about these materials on my stage than in back alleys.”
So what are the weight loss supplements getting Dr. Oz into hot water? A quick rundown:

1. Forskolin: In the hearings, McCaskill brings up Forskulin, reminding Oz that he called it “lightning in a bottle” and “a miracle flower” in an episode of his show this past January.
What it really is: A chemical found in the roots of the plant Plectranthus Barbatus that’s been used in traditional medicine to treat high blood pressure and heart disorders.

2. FBCx: Oz counters McCaskill with a defense of FBCx, “which is basically a fiber and we know that fiber when taken correctly is a very effective weight loss tool.”
What it really is: A type of fiber called alpha-cyclodextrin that’s been used to lower cholesterol and bind triglycerides. The term FBCx is an abbreviation for “Fat Binding Complexer” and is basically just a branding term.

3. Raspberry Ketones: Dr. Oz has called it: “A number one miracle in a bottle to burn your fat.”
What it really is: A compound derived from red raspberries that may help regulate adiponectin, a protein that affects metabolism.

4. Yakon Syrup: Dr. Oz has termed  it “a metabolism game-changer.” What it really is: A syrup extracted from the root of the South American plant Smallanthus sonchifolius that can be used as a lower calorie alternative to sugar.

5. Saffron Extract: Dr. Oz touts this “miracle appetite suppressant” for its ability to banish cravings.
What it really is: A spice culled from the plant Saffron crocus, used in Asian and Middle Eastern cooking.

And 5 More: Other weight loss “miracles” touted by Dr. Oz include Sea Buckthorn, Capsiberry, Garcinia Cambogia, African Mango Seed, and Green Coffee Bean extract. In fact, it’s Green Coffee Bean extract that got Dr. Oz into trouble in the first place.
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced last month that it was charging one company, Florida-based Pure Green Coffee, with false and deceptive advertising after they sold half a million bottles of green coffee bean extract (at $50 a pop) following a Dr. Oz episode discussing the supplement.

Do any of these weight loss supplements actually work?
We simply don’t know, because there aren’t reliable studies showing that they do. In some cases, extrapolating from other uses in either modern or traditional medicine, it seems possible that they could have weight loss benefits. (Here are 7 weight loss supplements that have at least some scientific data to back up their efficacy.)

But given the lack of studies, they also could have side effects or even pose serious risks at the concentrations necessary to cause significant weight loss.
And then there’s the problem of cost. “It’s a major problem when people are spending more and more money and they’re gaining more and more weight,” said Senator Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota.

After chastizing Oz, McCaskill asked for his support in a movement for stronger consumer protection. “l know you care about America’s health,” she said. “You are being made an example of today because of the power you have in this space. We didn’t call this hearing to beat up on you but we did call this hearing to talk about a  real crisis in consumer protection.”

Oz’s response: “I want to be part of the solution, not the problem.” Let’s see what that means in practice. What do you think of these products  – fraud or fad worth trying?
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Another Diet Myth Exploded: Gradual Weight Loss No Better Than Rapid Weight Loss

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Once again, a popular weight loss myth has been exploded. It has been widely believed that weight loss, which is nearly always difficult to maintain, is even less likely to stay lost if it is the product of a rapid weight loss. The belief is even enshrined in current guidelines. Now a study published in The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology provides no support for this belief. Instead, the study suggests that although long-term weight loss remains elusive regardless of the diet, short-term weight loss is actually more likely with rapid weight loss.

Australian researchers randomized 204 obese adults to either a 12-week rapid weight loss diet (with NestlĂ©’s Optifast) or a 36-week gradual diet. A weight loss of 15% was the goal of both diets. Participants who lost at least 12.5% of their weight then participated in the second phase of the study, in which they were placed on a 144-week maintenance diet.

In the first phase of the study, 50% of people on the gradual diet and 81% of people on the rapid diet achieved the 12.5% weight loss goal. Both groups struggled considerably in the second phase: 71.2% in the gradual diet group and 70.5% in the rapid diet regained most of the weight they had shed in the first phase. In both groups, patients who successfully completed phase 1 lost a little over 14 kilograms in the first phase but then gained back all but 4 kg in the second phase.

In an accompanying comment, Corby Martin and Kishore Gadde write that the study shows that “a slow and steady approach does not win the race, and the myth that rapid weight loss is associated with rapid weight regain is no more true than Aesop’s fable.” They cite a number of potential short-term advantages of very low calorie diets and note that these diets are now well formulated and provide adequate protein and essential micronutrients. They are “safe if used under expert supervision,” the write.

“Across the world, guidelines recommend gradual weight loss for the treatment of obesity, reflecting the widely held belief that fast weight loss is more quickly regained,” said the first author of the paper, Katrina Purcell, of the University of Melbourne, in a press release. “However, our results show that achieving a weight loss target of 12.5% is more likely, and drop-out is lower, if losing weight is done quickly.”

In response to the above post a reader left an extraordinarily thoughtful and moving comment. Since comments are often overlooked I have decided to post the full comment here:
I just read your piece on weight loss rated rapid vs slow and steady. I am a veteran with decades of experience. I have successfully lost 143 pounds in 2001 with what is known as the vlcd program. I spent from March 31,2001 until November of 2001 with 700 calories average daily intake. I came out at a healthy weight but not mentally prepared to deal with the aftermath of a completely morphed body image. I could not wrap my brain around what had transpired in 6 short months. I still saw the 333 pound woman when I looked in the mirror. I still caught myself looking in the plus sized clothing section. There are as many factors that cause morbid obesity as there are programs offering the “cure”
My doctor tried to prepare me for the mental effects as well as guide me through the health aspects. I held my ground but one unexpected stressor in my life set me on that treacherous path . In eighteen months I found myself at 367 pounds, forty-four pounds heavier than when I started. I floundered and tried for 5 more years. In March of 2006 I made the choice to have a roux en y gastric bypass, in 6 months I was well on my way with 100 pounds off. In all I lost about 165 pounds. That was over eight years ago. The statistics for gastric bypass are as for all other weight loss programs. Eighty percent will gain at least 30 pounds, twenty percent will gain all and possibly more,leaving them worse off .
I was as low as 190 and at the four year mark was back to 260. There are several factors that gave me the impetus to not become a statistic. I had promised myself to never again let my body suffocate the life out of my living. I enforced a number in my mind 200 lbs. as a 5 foot 7 woman, I am healthy looking and comfortable. I set it in my mind as an alarm clock. I didn’t allow a snooze button. If I pass it up it is a buzzing noise altering my behaviors, keeping me alert. I don’t obsess, I refuse to give one more minute of my life over to the agony of obesity.
I do what I can to ensure continued stability. I exercise everyday. I don’t dread it. I don’t think of it a weight-loss perspective. I focus on the mood lifting benefits and the new found energy and strength.
More than a few people comment on my daily trek at 5 am to the health club. They say they wish they could, or they just don’t have the time. I hate mornings, I don’t have time. I just do it. I look forward to it, it has become a solo rendezvous with the person who wakes up everyday in a strange new body that feels comfortable and gives me a sense of immeasurable satisfaction. She communes with the woman who nearly died under 170 pounds of dysfunctional living. They give each other mutual love and respect. I was morbidly obese not out of laziness, or lack of willpower; I was surviving in the only way I knew how.
I am skilled at losing 50 pounds in the slow and steady method, I have proven that rapid weight loss is doable if you focus on end results. I have lived everyday since March of 2006 with the knowledge that my escape from morbid obesity is fleeting as the blanket of low lying fog on a beautiful fall morning. If I don’t pay attention I will never know the moment it faded away. My workouts are the time I “sit and take in the beauty” it brings to every moment of my life.
In 2012 I lost the 60 pounds I had gained and I maintain between 190 and 205. I have learned to live. I am beginning to forgive and love what I have become. I have no strict diet, I have no set routine for exercise. I just do. I make good choices when I can. I do some sort of activity everyday.

Gastric bypass is trading one set of issues for another. I have had a few health challenges that remind me of the sacrifices I chose to make. I am not on any particular band wagon. I don’t recommend any method for weight loss be it rapid or slow and steady. Weight loss success doesn’t fall into a neat formulaic pattern it is a solo path for each sojourner . Some don’t make their destination. If like myself someone is blessed with success; I encourage them to take a moment everyday to acknowledge the rarity and beauty of it. To love themselves enough to make the choice everyday to hang on to the blessings they’ve been afforded.
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Tips to Lose Fat

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Exercices and Nutrition

Top 4 Fat Loss Tips for busy women

When you are a busy woman, it is just common for you to have no spare time for looking after your health, which can then lead to gaining more excess weight. Usually, this is because those who have a hectic schedule end up eating a lot of unhealthy foods that have high calories. Since their schedule does not allow them to visit the gym, these ladies go out of shape and worse, they even become vulnerable to different dreadful diseases.
If you are one of these ladies, there is no need for you to worry as there are still some great ways for you to tone your body and experience an effective fat loss naturally.

Go for Light Meals

Prepare your meal twice or thrice beforehand and when you feel hungry, you can just easily heat them up in the oven or microwave. You can go for those meals that can be cooked easier. You can also buy plenty of fresh fruits and try adding them more to your daily menu. Fruits like bananas, oranges, and grapefruit are great options as these have high content of potassium and are also good vitamin C sources. For effective fat loss, go for more fresh fruits instead of fruit juices for these have high calorie content.

Avoid Carbonated Drinks and Junk Foods

If you are really serious with your fat loss, one important thing that you have to remember is that carbonated drinks and junk foods should be completely eliminated from your life. Carbonated drinks and soda contain sodium that can increase weight. Junk foods are also high in calories that will definitely make you add up on your weight without you knowing it.

Stay Hydrated
For you to stay fit and to promote fat loss, drinking lots of water should be your number one priority. Drink two liters of water daily for this is the most ideal way for you to stay fit. This will also be of great help for flushing out all the toxins from your system.

Try Free Hand Exercises
Even busy women like you can experience fat loss by just conducting a 2 minute session of exercise that includes squats, lunges and running in places that can help you stay fit. If possible, try taking the staircase on your way to work. This fat loss tip can be of great help for those ladies who want to reduce their tummy and get rid of their extra pounds of weight that usually happen to those women who have desk jobs.

Even if you are too busy with your work, it does not necessarily mean that you already need to set aside your health and completely forget about the tone and shape of your body. Women have to remember that the only way for them to keep up with the demands and pressure of their work is by maintaining a healthy and fit body. Make sure that you take note of these fat loss tips and experience the best and most natural way to a healthier life!
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10 Proven Ways To Lose Belly Fat Fast

Ways to lose belly fat
Fat Belly is Awefull
It goes without saying that you do need to get moving with some exercise to burn calories fast. The best exercises for losing belly fat are based on two factors. The first is what actually works and the second is what you enjoy and can stick with. With just 15 or so minutes of exercise, you can burn upto 100 calories. Here are 10 great ways to lose belly fat and burn calories fast.

1. Riding A Bike

Apart from being one of the best ways to lose belly fat, cycling is a great exercise that you can do with your family as you work towards getting a great figure. Just 10 minutes of cycling help you burn 100 calories.

2. Going For A Walk

You can easily fit this exercise into your day by parking your car a little further from work or getting off public transport one stop early. Walking is one of the most basic, cheapest and an effective way of losing calories. Brisk walking for 15 minutes will help you burn 100 calories.

3. Jogging

Running and jogging helps you lose belly fat, keeps your heart rate up and gives your lungs a good work out. At an average pace you can lose 100 calories in approximately 9 minutes of jogging.

4. Taking The Stairs

Always take the stairs and not the lift or escalator. Park on the top floor of the car-park if you drive to work or add some stairs into a regular walking route. In about 11 minutes you can burn 100 calories by walking the stairs.

5. Tennis

Tennis serves as a great workout because it works your abs and lower back muscles. You can burn 100 calories is just 15 minutes as you're constantly in motion on the court, and it's a great way lose belly fat while having fun.

6. Skipping

Skipping ropes help to strengthen your heart and lungs. It takes a bit of practice to get it right but, when you get going, skipping is a quick way to lose fat and tone your upper body.


7. Dancing

Dancing is another one of the best ways to lose belly fat that is also great fun! Put your dancing shoes on, put your favourite dance tunes on and work it out. You can burn 100 calories in about 20 minutes just by dancing around your living room!

8. Swimming

Swimming is a great workout as you need to move your whole body instead of just your legs or your arms. Swimming for 15 minutes at a reasonable level will burn 100 calories.

9. Strength Training

Resistance or strength training is often considered one of the best ways to lose belly fat because muscles burn more calories, even while they are at rest. Focus on training the largest muscle groups of the body like the legs, back, and chest.

10. Zumba

Zumba is a Latin-based dance workout that's really fun and easy to follow. Zumba is one of the most popular ways to burn calories fast because in one single class, you can burn up to 900-1000 calories alone!

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