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Compare Dr. Oz's low carb and diet restaurant advice to Xtreme Eating winners

Beware of fast food, says Dr. Oz.
Beware of fast food, says Dr. Oz.
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Oprah Winfrey became famous for her multi-media publicity platform, from a TV show to a magazine, and Dr. Mehmet Oz is following his mentor's lead by publicizing his own new magazine. In addition, he dished up suggestions for low carb diet and weight loss restaurant swaps on his August 1 talk show. Compare those choices to the caloric "winners" at the Xtreme Eating Awards competition.

When you eat at a cafe, Dr. Oz suggests opting for a sandwich that uses lettuce rather than bread. For example, you could have a turkey "sandwich" but ask for lettuce to replace the bread to boost your weight loss. It's an option useful for those on Paleo and low carb diets as well as gluten-free plans.

Some restaurants offer take-out containers and long buffets of food. Dr. Oz recommends using caution. A good selection would include grilled chicken, peppers, onions and spinach.

Love pizza? Choose the thinnest crust possible and pile on the vegetables. Dr. Oz suggests minimizing the amount of cheese put on the pizza.

And when it comes to pizza, the Xtreme Eating Awards 2014 included a pizza entree that has more calories than most of us require in a single day. The dubious honors are given at a competition hosted by the nonprofit Center for Science in the Public Interest, reported SF Gate on August 1.

The weighty winners included the Cheesecake Factory's Bruleed French Toast. Order it if you like the idea of 2,780 calories that includes 93 grams of saturated fat and 24 teaspoons of added sugar. You would need to swim for seven hours to burn off the excess.

Then there's BJ's Restaurant and Brewhouse's Signature Deep Dish Chicken Bacon Ranch Pizza. It contains 2,160 and 30 grams of fat. By comparison, Dr. Oz estimated that one slice of a thin crust veggie pizza has 147 calories and six grams of fat.

Does a sandwich sound good? The A. 1. Peppercorn burger at Red Robin Gourmet Burgers provides you with 3,540 calories and 69 grams of saturated fat. Compare that to Dr. Oz's lettuce-wrapped sandwich with about 400 calories and five grams of fat.

And although Dr. Oz frequently advises viewers to eat fish, one of the Xtreme Eating Awards went to a very unhealthy fish dish. The Big "Hook" Up platter at Joe’s Crab Shack contains 3,280 calories, 50 grams of saturated fat, and 7,610 mg of sodium.

To put those calorie totals in perspective, the USDA estimates that a moderately active woman needs 2,000 calories daily. A man should aim for about 2,600 calories.

Dr. Oz hopes that his new magazine will help consumers to be more aware of their food choices. Each issue features a diet article, healthy lifestyle tips and recipes. Called "Dr. Oz: The Good Life," the magazine clearly models itself after Oprah's successful publication by putting the physician on every cover and sprinkling his wisdom throughout every issue.

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