Lose Weight and Lower Your Cholesterol With Dr. Oz on the Oprah Winfrey Show
Posted by Catherine Morgan on September 18, 2007
Money Doesn’t Buy Happiness, But It Does Buy Healthy Foods — by Catherine Morgan (cross-posted at BlogHer)
When I hear Dr. Oz is going to be on Oprah, I usually try to watch. So today my daughter and I tuned in. One of the things Dr. Oz was talking about, was how eating eleven pounds of vegetables a day can be helpful in losing weight and in lowering blood pressure. At that time a big platter full of fruits, vegetables, and nuts was brought out and put in front of Dr. Oz and Oprah. It looked yummy to me.
It was when that platter of fresh fruits and vegetables was brought out that it occurred to me…I love all of those foods…So why do I have such a hard time sticking to a healthy diet? If it isn’t because of the taste, could it be because of the cost?
For several years now, I have been battling uncontrolled hypertension and high cholesterol. And as a nurse, I know the best way to conquer these problems is with a healthy diet. So Dr. Oz wasn’t really talking about anything I didn’t already know, just something I haven’t really been able to “stick” with.
Can someone actually lose weight by eating eleven pounds of food a day?
After 12 days, their cholesterol dropped by an average of 25 percent, their blood pressure dropped by 10 percent, and they lost about 10 pounds each—including two-and-a-quarter inches of their waists. “The results were … remarkable,” Dr. Oz says.
“When you eat this kind of food, you’re sending a very clear message to your brain,” Dr. Oz says. “You’re taking calories and nutrients. What we normally do in America is we give calories to people without nutrition. … The natural colors are gone, and so your brain sits back there and says, ‘Am I still hungry or not?'”
By the end of that segment of the show, I had come to the conclusion that the best way for me to lower my blood pressure and cholesterol would be to follow this type of diet. But blueberries, broccoli, walnuts, and all those healthy foods aren’t cheap…and I’m pretty sure my budget can’t handle it.
Others have tried…
Sam and I have recently started a new diet–a combination of Dr. Oz’s YOU diet, and Bob Greene’s Best Life Diet. Our focus is not so much on losing weight, but on making healthy eating and lifestyle changes. One thing that may have to change is our grocery budget. At least half of my grocery shopping is now done in the produce aisle–all the fresh fruits and veggies seem to add up. But am I really going to spend more in the long run? Some things I’m NOT buying lately: a lot of meat, cold cereal, huge bags of cheese, and white bread. Also, I’ve cut way back on eating out.
From The Daily Table…
Last week, CNN reported on a “new solution” to the obesity crisis: allowing employers to charge their obese employees a larger per-paycheck co-pay on their health insurance. Apparently, in July, new federal rules went into effect allowing for the “positive” reinforcement. But is hitting people in the pocketbook the answer to America’s expanding waistline? Probably not–just yesterday, researchers at the University of Washington reported a link between property values and obesity, which confirmed what most of us already knew–that folks who live in low-income areas are more likely to be obese.
From The Naked Truth…
Oprah reviewing the raw food diet? They were discussing an experiment at the Paignton Zoo, in Devon England. Volunteers were monitored at the zoo, where they lived for 12 days, eating like apes. No monkey chow for them, just 11 pounds of raw fruit, nuts, and veggies!
The simple fact is fad diets don’t work. You might end up losing weight at first, but keeping it off is the difficult part. Focusing on permanent and realistic life changes is much more effective. Eating less fatty foods and opting for more fruits and vegetables will take the weight off and keep it off as long as you make this a lifelong practice.
And from Bev Sklar at That’s Fit…
Now here’s a test. Dr. Oz says a 30-year-old woman should be able to nail 45 bent-leg push-ups, while a man the same age should be capable of 35 standard push-ups. Take away five push-ups for every decade thereafter. Hold on, let me take the test. My face is red and hands are shaking, but I passed … barely. Any takers?
So…What do you think? Can anyone “afford” to eat healthy? Can you? Do you?
I’m beginning to think that…
Money doesn’t buy happiness, but is does buy healthy foods. I’m pretty sure that if I could afford to eat all these wonderful and healthy foods, I would be successful at lowering my blood pressure and cholesterol.
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