When Dr. Mehmet Oz first began his talk show, he advocated slow, steady weight loss and cautioned against extreme weight loss plans. Now, in his fifth season, he's created a two-week rapid weight loss diet that he featured on his July 25 episode. Plus: Learn about food sensitivity tests.
Do you have a health problem that is difficult to diagnose? You might be experiencing a food sensitivity, says Dr. Oz. It's particularly challenging because food intolerance can cause so many different symptoms, including brain fog, food cravings, weight gain, skin rashes and stomach pains.
Dr. Oz asked Paleo expert and nutritionist Nora Gedgaudas, author of "Primal Body, Primal Mind: Beyond the Paleo Diet for Total Health and a Longer Life," to discuss what's involved in detecting food sensitivities. She listed corn, soy, dairy and grains as the most common culprits.
Nora suggests using an elimination diet approach for two weeks or more to test yourself for different foods. To track your reactions, maintain a food journal that includes your meals, snacks and reactions.
In an exclusive interview, Nora said that she views going gluten-free as an essential part of her Primal plan. "According to extremely knowledgeable research scientists such as Dr. Alexio Fasano, gluten is a substance no human being can actually even digest," says Nora.
And with the wide range of adverse effects of gluten consumption (more than 200), gluten should not be considered a food, she contends. Instead, Nora believes that it is "a bona fide contaminant."
Dr. Oz also discussed his two-week rapid weight loss diet. The plan requires eliminating sugar, coffee, dairy, wheat and artificial sweeteners. It's a low carb diet that features unprocessed foods such as chicken, turkey, fish and vegetables.
However, his decision to include yogurt has support in a new study showing that probiotics found in yogurt are beneficial for weight loss. Vanderbilt University researchers have discovered that mice who ate a high fat diet with probiotics did not gain weight, reported the Tennessean on July 26.
The researchers created a compound called NAPE. Mice who drank water containing NAPE had lower body fat and insulin resistance. NAPE benefits continued even after the mice stopped drinking the NAPE water.
Although the compound is not yet ready to be sold, the concept has potential, said Dr. William Schaffner. "I like yogurt myself, so I'm pleased to hear my mother's notions that it's good for your health might be right."
For those who aren't fond of yogurt, supplements containing those good-for-you bacteria do exist. On a previous episode, Dr. Oz noted that lactobacillus rhamnosus reduces inflammation to help with weight loss and insulin resistance. Fermented soy and milk as well as probiotic yogurt contain that type of bacteria.