Rev up your engines, tune up your taste buds and call the neighbors. Dr. Mehmet Oz is (shock and awe) encouraging you to head for the nearest fast food restaurant. But before you divert from your diet to the drive-through, beware of the "buts" in this news. On his September 17 talk show, Dr. Oz specified precisely which fast food meals are Oz-approved. In addition, he offered tips on how to fast safely.
Entitled "Dr. Oz unexpected," the September 17 show proved that Dr. Oz is willing to soften his role as food police. Among the 500-calorie fast food menus that he approves:
- Burger King: One value-sized fries and one hamburger
- McDonald's: One kid-sized fries, one hamburger and one oatmeal raisin cookie
- Arby's: One junior roast beef sandwich and two potato cakes
- Chick-Fil-A: Six grilled chicken nuggets, one small order of waffle fries
However, Dr. Oz emphasizes that even if you choose these sensible choices, fast food dining should be the exception rather than the rule.
"You know that if I had my way, we’d all be eating fresh, wholesome vegetables, fruits and whole grains at every meal. But let’s be real — sometimes it can be hard to muster the energy to resist those quick, cheap, easy fast-food meals. So today I’m waving a white flag. I’m meeting you where you eat to show you how to enjoy an occasional fast food meal without busting your waistband," he declared.
A hot topic in the diet world recently: Fasting. Dr. Oz doesn't want to fuel the frenzy of drastic fasts. In a recent blog about the intermittent fasting diet known as the "Fast Diet" (click to learn more), he wrote, "Dieting by starving or extreme calorie restriction is never a good way to lose weight. You not only risk pushing your body in starvation mode, but your stressed body tends to crave sweets and starchy foods. This is also why I always recommend having a full breakfast every morning. Starving yourself just makes you hungrier for junk food later."
Instead, he believes that modified approaches to traditional fasting can benefit your body. Studies show that just a 12-hour fast can make a difference in boosting weight loss and enhancing your health. For example, if you stop eating at 8 p.m., you can eat breakfast at 8 a.m., followed by a lunch at noon, a mid-afternoon snack, an early dinner and a light before-bed snack.