Dr. Mehmet Oz is a fan of running, but says people who want to lose weight should focus on strength-training workouts such as yoga over cardio exercise like jogging.
"Although I’m a huge fan of running, and I do a lot of activity that involves running, like playing basketball, tennis and jogging, I don’t think it’s the best way to lose weight," Dr. Oz told the Miami Herald Sept. 7.
"If you really want to lose weight you want to build muscle mass and do it in a way where you can control your appetite. I personally do a lot of yoga. Yoga may not seem like a weight-bearing exercise, but it absolutely is. You’ve got to lift your body weight and do it frequently."
Oz, 53, says yoga can improve muscle tone, flexibility and offers mental-health benefits. Oz, cardio-thoracic surgeon who has hosted his own health-oriented talk show (the "Dr. Oz Show") since 2009, says he's constantly bombarded with weight-loss questions.
"The most common public question I get is about weight loss," he said. "There’s just unbelievable interest in it. People just want to know more because they’re struggling with it every day. They see it in the mirror. They see it on the scale."
One of the more popular topics recently is fasting for weight loss. Dr. Oz says fasting has many great health benefits (such as allowing your body to recover from the constant stresses of metabolizing food), but isn't the best way to lose weight.
"Fasting has been an effective way for humans to deal with adversity for all known human history but it’s not the best way to lose weight," said Oz, who follows a vegetarian diet. "It’s the best way to reboot yourself, to detox."
Oz has met many celebrities over the years, but is especially impressed by the dramatic health makeover that reality star Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi has undergone. Snooki, 25, recently lost 50 pounds by working out daily, eating well and cutting alcohol and junk food from her diet.
"I really enjoyed meeting her and watching her mature," said Oz. "I think 'Dancing with the Stars' is a wonderful opportunity for her to be a role model. She went from being a naughty girl to a good girl."