Dr. Joel Fuhrman names the top diet disasters (in his opinion) on the Dr. Oz show:
- Diets in general
- Gluten Free
- High protein
- Fat Free
- Calorie Counting (less calories)
- More Smaller Meals Per Day
Well Paleohackers, what do you think?
What is your opinion regarding what he said?
UPDATE: Just to clarify... I do not watch Dr. Oz! A friend of mine posted this video on her Facebook wall, which then came across my news feed. I became curious, so I decided to watch the video. After I watched the video I thought to myself... Hey, I should post this on Paleohacks!
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on January 15, 2013
at 11:35 PM
I see that #1 is Diets in General. That category covers Dr. Fuhrman's book Eat to Live, and all the other diet books he has peddled over the years.
What a huckster.
He also pimps veganism. http://www.drfuhrman.com/library/vegan_athlete.pdf
on January 16, 2013
at 12:25 AM
I wouldn't trust Oz as far as u could chuck him or tire flip him
on January 16, 2013
at 01:05 AM
Well, there is some wisdom I can get behind in that list. If a diet isn't a lifestyle change, it will fail because the person will go back to their prior eating habits. Gluten Free leaves lots of room open for abuse that allows horrible foods (yay gluten-free jelly beans!). High Protein can be over done to a level that nears toxicity, and high protein might still work with highly processed meats, quality protein underneath toxicity levels would be the target. Fat Free diets taste like cardboard, so inevitably they are high in sugar. Calorie counting just simply cannot be done by most people as it takes far too much effort, besides, a calorie isn't a calorie. Smaller meals many times a day is just an opportunity to accidentally eat too much many times a day.
on July 28, 2013
at 07:21 PM
Hi- I just wanted to clarify that Dr. Fuhrman is definitely not pro-gluten. The "vegan pro-gluten" comment is off base because Fuhrman is not into grains, as they are often not nutrient-dense in comparison with vegetables. He rails against white rice in his book, and even brown rice he thinks is much less nutritious than broccoli.
Furhman's diet is primarily vegetables, fruits, a limited amount of legumes (about a cup), small amounts of nuts and seeds, and the occasional fish. The main place where he differs with Paleo is that he gets you to drop calories by not eating animal fats. So it's a little more miserable than Paleo if you are trying to really lose weight, but it does get results. He allows for some animal/fish proteins, and the quantity is really dependent on how much weight you need to lose and/or how much heart trouble you have. I think on his ANDI scale, quality proteins would be far far higher than the processed grains. But, his whole theory is simply that if you are not getting all the nutrients you need from vegetables, especially dark leafy greens, you are going to be hungry and over-eating, and if you eat a lot of fat, you might get too many calories to lose weight. If you are not in a big weight loss phase, you can cheat minimally on animal fats and proteins. In my opinion, his approach is also a good supplement to a Paleo diet if you find yourself hungry on it and need to know why it's important to really add the green leafy vegetables in, sometimes in higher quantity than you'd think. His plan is also consistent with a Paleo diet if you are more active and need more fats or animal products.
The marketing and diet-competition that Fuhrman sometimes indulges in is certainly bullshitty, but from the perspective of someone who benefitted a great deal from Dr. Fuhrman's approach (ie- eat lots of green vegetables and understand why), I'd simply say don't knock it till you've read the book and/or tried it.
And thus, my two cents!