Dr. Oz: Medical Myths & Chris Powell’s Custom Formula For Weight Loss (5/10/13)

Today on The Dr. Oz Show, no one is perfect and most of us are likely to fall for medical myths – most of us including the Dr. Oz himself. He debunks myths coming from our mothers, dermatologists, and nutritionists. Plus, The Biggest Loser’s Chris Powell joins the show to share his custom diet formula to help you find out what you need to do to help yourself lose weight.

Myth #1: Wearing a bra will help prevent sagging breasts.

It turns out that wearing bras may actually cause  instead of prevent sagging. Dr. Oz admits this is “brand new stuff” and tries to show what is happening inside the body. A smart thing to do, he says, is to never wear a bra while you sleep, that this is especially important if you’re younger than 35. Instead, Dr. Oz suggests that women allow their breasts

Myth #2: Beans cause the smelliest gas.

“Beans beans, the musical fruit, the more you eat, the more you toot” as the saying goes. But Dr. Oz reveals that dairy is what actually cause the smelliest gas. However, not all dairy is created equal. On the less smellier end is aged cheese, near the middle is ice cream and pudding, and on the smelliest end is eggnog and regular milk. Have some chili for lunch instead.

Myth #3: Men can’t do kegels.

Kegel exercises were originally developed by Dr. Kegel to help women strengthen their pelvic muscles. Dr. Oz shares that men can, in fact, do kegel exercises as both males and females have the same muscles. Moreover, 40% of men could regain erectional function if they performed kegel exercises for a few months.

Myth #4: Sex burns a lot of calories.

One audience member’s husband guesses that they burn 1,500 calories while they’re having intercourse. Whoa. But the truth about this “excuse” Dr. Oz says (though he’s been expounding this advice himself for four years), is that sex on average lasts six minutes and only burns 21 calories. (The guest spouse wants a recount.)

Myth #5: Touching frogs causes warts.

Susan, another audience member, shares she gets warts all the time (but she’s never touched a frog). She gets her warts on her fingers and on the back of her hands. Besides acne, warts is one the most common things most Americans must go through. Warts happen when virus particles get into the skin and hijack skin cells that then cause the skin to form that signature warty bump. The remedy sounds as ridiculous as the myth which is using duct tape over the wart.

Now if you diet and you still can’t lose weight, The Biggest Loser’s Chris Powell guests on the show to help you. Here’s his custom weight loss formula tailored specifically to your needs:

Current Body Weight x 12 = The amount of calories your body burns a day.

Now if you weigh 165 pounds, multiply that by 12, and you’ll get that your body burns about 1,980 calories daily. With that number in mind, Chris says that if you can take in less than 1,980 calories, you’ll lose weight. The problem is, however, that most people think they’re taking in 20% less calories than they actually are.

If your body is burning 1,980 calories, you need to eat fewer calories to lose weight. First things first, however, don’t take in less than 1,200 calories. If you dip beneath that number, your body will go into starvation mode and actual try to keep as many calories as it can. To lose that weight, eat a “jump start” meal 30 minutes after waking up. Chris says that as long as we’re eating every three hours, we’ll have greater control over our appetite and not give in to impulse binge eating.

So what does a 300 calorie meal look like? It looks like one palm-sized portion of protein, two fist-sized portions of veggies, one fist-sized portion of carbs, and a thumbs-up sized portion of fats. It’s important to do everything in moderation, and Chris says that if you’re eating healthy pretty regularly and there’s something sweeter you want on top of that, feel free to have it.

That’s our recap of the best of Dr. Oz today, 5/10/13. We’ll have another recap tomorrow. Until then, please check out our Dr. Oz archives by using the “Search” widget on the right sidebar.

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