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Dr. Oz helps explain why diets don't work

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Dr. Oz claims that diets fail to work for a variety of reasons, the first of which is that diets don't get to the core of why someone is overweight.

Dr. Mehmet Oz has partnered with Weight Watchers for his Transformation Nation initiative and the almost concluded "Million Dollar Weight Challenge." He has hosted representatives of the weight loss company and their spokesperson Jennifer Hudson.

Then why would he believe that diets don't work? As it relates to Weight Watchers, neither the company nor Dr. Oz believes the term "diet" applies to the PointsPlus program.

Weight Watchers explains why: "Once you get into the mindset of being on a diet, it's common to deprive yourself too much, create false expectations, and make overly ambitious plans that are almost impossible to stick to. Weight Watchers gives you a structured program that teaches you how to make the right choices to lose weight."

Jodi Sawyer, RN is one of those that regularly post on the Dr. Oz website and her answer to the question about diets centers on dieting to lose a specific amount of weight and then returning to regular eating habits.

"We think all of our troubles will be gone because we will be thin and feeling great. We lose the weight, but soon it starts to creep back on. So what do we do? That’s right: We start another diet."

What does Ms. Sawyer suggest? Changing eating habits, engaging in moderate exercise and journaling what goes into your mouth during the day. Adults who put back weight time and again need a change that becomes a lifestyle.

On the site there are a multitude of opinions from medical professionals about how to take weight off and keep it off. All echo the theme of Ms. Sawyer. Weight-loss for life takes more than a strict and regimented diet..

Trainer Julie Kocher-Zinkus offers this advice:"Diets often fail because they typically address only one part of the equation, FOOD. Other important factors to successful weight loss and maintenance of ideal weight, include addressing the following: exercise, stress management, sleep cycles, hydration, and nutrient density."

Dr. Lisa Palmer of The Renew Center of Florida has her own advice to add. Dr. Palmer's techniques for helping patients make life changes in an organic way, echoes the theme of long-term solutions being better than short-term fixes.

The word diet conjures up deprivation or the absence of something from our daily lives."The other reason why I don't like the word is because the emphasis is placed on what you will not do. We are inclined to think about the absence of a problem instead of the presence of a healthy solution," she says when thinking about what a diet means.

Lona Sandon of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics explains the body's reaction to a tradition diet in which calories are severely restricted and certain classes of foods are forbidden in total. "When you significantly restrict calories for weight loss, a natural reaction of the body is actually to produce more of the appetite stimulating hormone ghrelin. Current research on dieting supports only small calorie reductions such as reducing only 100 calories per day for long term success.

For more information about Dr. Oz and his Transformation Nation, click over to the Dr. Oz website.

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