Most people know Whoopi Goldberg as a successful actress and co-host of "The View" talk show. But she's privately battled health problems, including her weight. Whoopi revealed how she finally won at weight loss and lost 30 pounds to Dr. Mehmet Oz on his July 15 talk show.
Dr. Oz has attempted to persuade Whoopi to stop smoking for years. But it wasn't until recently that she kicked the habit. Whoopi credits a campaign by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation for motivating her to give up her cigarette habit.
Just how important is it to stop smoking? The National Institutes of Health rank cigarette smoking is the single most important preventable cause of death and illness. One reason that many people hesitate to quit, however, is because they worry it will cause them to gain weight.
In a study reported in the International Journal of Obesity, researchers found that after four weeks of "smoking cessation, there were significant increases in body weight." Consequently, to avoid this tendency, those who quit smoking are advised to seek diet counseling.
For Whoopi, that help came from celebrity chef Rocco DiSpirito and his "Pound a Day Diet." Rocco recently appeared on "Extreme Weight Loss" to provide guidance based on his own experience in losing 50 pounds on his diet.
Rocco describes the Pound a Day Diet as a rapid weight loss approach that curbs hunger by providing dieters with six meals daily. The diet is based on the Mediterranean plan. However, it's calculated to control both carbohydrates and calories, with generous amounts of protein and healthy fats.
The low carb high protein diet appealed to Whoopi because it allows for more food on weekends. Dieters eat reduced-calorie meals on weekdays and then enjoy more generous amounts of food on their "cheat days."
In addition, the "Pound a Day Diet" includes recipes that are designed to provide makeovers for popular dishes. For example, Rocco created a BBQ chicken cutlet recipe that has 129 calories per serving and is sugar-free.
Based on the most recent research, Rocco's emphasis on protein is the most effective approach for weight loss. After studying apes and monkeys, nutritional ecologist David Raubenheimer found that eating sufficient protein plays a critical role in shedding pounds, reported Living Green magazine on July 15.
“We can use this information to help manage and prevent obesity through ensuring that the diets we eat have a sufficient level of protein to satisfy our appetite,” said Raubenheimer. He noted that it's important to balance that protein with other nutrients.
And a new device just might be able to help. A cell biologist is developing a gadget that automatically tells you about the calories and other information in your plate of food, reported NPR on July 15.
Matt Webster's new device uses scales and microwaves to analyze your food. "We have the weight of the food and the proportion that's water and the proportion that's fat, and from that information, we can estimate calories," explained Webster.