Dr. Oz: Belly-Busting Diet Myths and A Miracle Fat to Help You Lose Fat!

Fact or myth. That’s the topic of concern for Dr. Oz today. Below, Dr. Oz shares the Top 5 diet myths that may be working against us by making us fatter! It’s blasphemy, and quite shocking actually. Who would’ve known diet soda isn’t good for diets? Plus, why not eat fat to lose fat? We know it sounds counter-productive but it’s true! Find out more below as Nerdles gives you only the best of the best of Dr. Oz news today.


Diet Myth #1: Diet Soda Is Good For Your Diet

This isn’t true! Though it may be true that diet sodas have lesser calories than regular soda, you have to ask why? How? What did they do (or rather, what did they add) to the soda to make it “diet”? In this case, artificial sweeteners have been used in place of regular sugar to lower a drink’s calorie count. However, studies have shown that the use of artificial sweeteners have actually led to weight gain. There are three reasons for this:

  1. Because these artificial sweeteners are about 100 times sweeter than natural table sugar, our palates become desensitized to naturally sweet foods like fruits.
  2. Artificial sweeteners have been shown to “trick” our pancreas into releasing insulin which is largely responsible for the hormone that makes us accumulate body fat.
  3. Note the word “artificial.” These kinds of sweeteners confuse our body as to whether or not we are really receiving calories. The result is that we may actually feel hungrier and less full, which of course, will cause us to eat (in this case, drink) more.
Diet Myth #2: The Less Calories You Eat, The Less You’ll Weigh
One pound of fat equals about 3,500 calories. To lose one pound a week, you’d need to lose 3,500 calories. To achieve that weekly goal, you’d need to cut 500 calories from you diet seven days of the week, Monday to Sunday. The problem with that is our bodies are built to survive harsh times like famines when food is scarce. Even though we may have a fridge full of food, our body would still view a restrictive diet like this as a period of starvation. To save itself, our bodies will change gears into a sort of “starvation mode.” In this mode, the body will turn to our muscles for calories. As our bodies eat away at our muscles, our metabolic rates (the rates at which our body burns fat and calories) is slowed if not stalled. This, in turn, also results in slowed or even stalled weight loss. It may be that weight loss you’re experience may not be fat but muscle. Remember, muscle is your fat-busting friend. Cherish and take care of your friends.
Diet Myth #3: Stay Away From Pasta Because It’s Makes You Fat
First of all – and Dr. Oz would never be this blunt – YOU make YOU fat. Pasta in itself is not a fattening food at all. We just eat too much of it. On top of that, we’ll add meat, cheese, and sauce to our pasta; thus, effectively doubling or tripling it’s calories. Try this: Link the tip of your index finger and the tip of your thumb together to form the shape of a circle. It looks just like the “OK” sign. The size of the circle formed by our fingers represents the size of the portion of uncooked pasta we should ideally be having at any given meal. Any more than that and that’s already too much. Dr. Oz suggest adding olive oil and salt to our pasta dishes instead of fatty sauce.
Diet Myth #4: Don’t Eat Late After 8 To Save Your Weight
There is some slight, ever so slight, truth to this. Generally, after a long day’s work, we come home late, prop ourselves on the couch have a few tablespoonfuls of ice cream. Call it stress-eating or fatigue-eating, but this may cause us to eat more around this time. Thus, the MYTH that we shouldn’t eat after 8PM. The fact of the matter is, however, that time doesn’t cause us to get fat. The extra calories we put into our bodies make us fat. Think about it. A calorie doesn’t know (or particularly care) what time it is. Ultimately, a healthy woman needs about 1,800-2,000 calories per day, and a healthy man needs about 2,200 calories per day. Regardless of time, keep those numbers in mind, and don’t go overboard.
Diet Myth #5: Reduced Fat or Low Fat Is Better Than Regular Fat Foods
Dr. Oz gives us an example. Two tablespoons of regular peanut butter contains 190 calories. Two tablespoons of reduced fat peanut butter also contains 190 calories. Just as we mentioned in Myth #1, why/what/how is the regular fat being replaced with “reduced” fat? In cases like this, you might find that the “low” or “reduced” fat products is loaded with extra carbs or other chemicals to replace the regular fat.
Speaking of fat, there is one fat that Dr. Oz prescribes we should get plenty of – it’s Dr. Oz’s miracle fat called Rice Bran Oil. Rice bran oil has been used in Asia for centuries and is packed mono and polyunsaturated fats – the good fats! Not only that, it works well in the kitchen too. It’s been said to be lighter than olive oil. Plus, if you’ve got the cooking chops for it, you can slip this oil in for vegetable oil or any other cooking oil without anyone noticing. If you do it long enough, they’ll notice one thing fur sure – a smaller gut. To be more specific, Dr. Oz details of his miracle oil:
  • it contains high amounts of Gamma Oryzanol which helps to burn extra sugar from your bloodstream
  • it contains Omega 6 fatty acids which help decrease your appetite
  • it contains plenty of antioxidants and Vitamin E
  • it lowers the absorption of cholesterol
 There you go. 5 myths about dieting, plus a miracle fat to help you lose fat. Keep these in mind. Keep watching Dr. Oz. Keep coming back to Nerdles for the best Oz news on the web.
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  1. Johnny says

    This is a good article and has very basic information that works. To be healthy and lean, eat whole foods and move that body, preferably with resistance training… specifically barbells and dumbbells. It’s really that simple.

    Another good way to keep a tab on what you eat, is to try intermittent fasting.