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Dr. Oz debunks weight loss and diet myths, discusses plastic surgery addiction

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Dr. Mehmet Oz debunked some common weight-loss and diet myths on the Feb. 12 episode of the Dr. Oz Show:

1. Does a vegetarian diet help you lose weight? No. Dr. Oz said a plant-based diet has many health benefits, but isn't effective strictly as a weight-loss tool. This is because people often substitute protein for huge portions of high-calorie carbs.

2. Does eating at night make you gain weight? Yes. Dr. Oz said new studies showed eating late at night causes weight gain, and shift workers are at risk. Shift workers can avoid weight gain by making their first meal the largest and eating their smallest meal before bedtime.

3. Does a low-calorie diet help you lose weight? No. Many people think drastically cutting calories will help them slim down, but this is false. Reducing calories initially causes weight loss, but if you eat too little your metabolism slows down. Dr. Oz recently said a high-fat diet promotes rapid weight loss.

Dr. Oz Discusses Body Dysmorphia and Plastic Surgery Addiction

On a separate segment of his show, Dr. Oz examined the dangers of plastic surgery addiction. His guest was Cindy Jackson, a 58-year-old woman who holds the Guinness World Record for most cosmetic procedures.

Since 1980, Jackson has gotten over 50 plastic surgeries and cosmetic procedures (totaling almost $100,000), including three facelifts, two nose jobs, two eye lifts, liposuction, lip and cheek implants, surgery on her knees, waist, stomach and thighs, chemical peels, and chin-bone reduction.

Cindy admits she's obsessed with looking young. Dr. Oz's guests were addiction specialist Dr. Drew Pinsky and plastic surgeon Dr. Anthony Youn.

Dr. Youn, author of In Stitches, said unscrupulous plastic surgeons sometimes perform unnecessary surgeries just to make money off their clients, and said less is more when it comes to cosmetic procedures.

Dr. Pinsky, author of The Mirror Effect, agreed. Dr. Pinksy said plastic surgery addicts like Jackson suffer from body dysmorphic disorder and often use the surgeries to mask their addiction to powerful anesthesia drugs. Despite the warnings, Jackson said she'll continue to get more plastic surgery.

Dr. Oz's Easy Tips to Prevent Heart Disease

February is Heart Health month, so Dr. Oz revealed drug-free, inexpensive ways to prevent heart disease:

  • Hibiscus tea. Hibiscus tea reduces blood pressure, which lowers your heart-disease risk.
  • Cinnamon. Sprinkle cinnamon on your oatmeal, coffee or yogurt to prevent blood-sugar spikes (surges in blood sugar lead to weight gain and heart disease).
  • Metamucil fiber supplement. Dr. Oz said most of us don't get enough fiber. Consuming more soluble fiber reduces cholesterol, which lowers heart-disease risk. It also aids weight loss and digestion.

For more of Dr. Oz's weight-loss and health secrets, check out his new magazine, Dr. Oz The Good Life.

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