Dr. Mehmet Oz revealed how antibiotics fuel weight gain on the April 7 episode of the Dr. Oz Show ("The Fat Drug: How Antibiotics Make You Gain Weight").
"This is a crisis issue," said Dr. Oz, whose guest was Dr. Martin Blaser, author of Missing Microbes.
Dr. Blaser said farmers have been pumping chickens and other livestock full of antibiotics for decades to make them gain weight. Unfortunately, these antibiotics end up in our bodies, making us sick and fat.
Dr. Blaser said experiments he conducted on laboratory mice indicated that those being fed antibiotics gained 15 percent more weight than drug-free mice.
Dr. Blaser also found that children who were given antibiotics during the first six months of their lives were significantly bigger by age seven than those who did not take these drugs.
Dr. Oz explained that the overuse of antibiotics for infections trigger weight gain by doing the following:
- Antibiotics boost the fat cells in your body.
- Antibiotics trigger sugar cravings.
- Antibiotics change the way your body metabolizes food.
Dr. Oz said he believes antibiotics are prescribed too often, and recommended the following guidelines:
- Don't take antibiotics to treat a simple cold.
- Take a probiotic supplement on the first day you take antibiotics and continue for two weeks. This will prevent weight gain, said Dr. Oz.
Family Goes a Year Without Sugar in 'Year of No Sugar'
On a separate segment of his show, Dr. Oz's guest was Eve Schaub, who chronicled her family's sugar-free diet in her memoir, Year of No Sugar.
Schaub said living without sugar was difficult at first for her family — especially her children — but they eventually got used to not eating sugar and feel healthier than ever. Eve said when her kids ate a banana cream pie after being on the sugar-free diet for a year, they actually found it too sickly sweet.
A sugar-free diet isn't for everyone, but limiting sugar not only promotes weight loss, but curbs carb cravings, reduces blood-sugar spikes (and accompanying mood swings), and gives you glowing skin.
Dr. Oz's Sugar-Free Mayonnaise Recipe
- 1 cup canola oil
- 1 egg
- 1 ½ teaspoons white vinegar
- 1 teaspoon mustard
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1/4/ teaspoon pepper