The Shortcuts Dr. Oz Would Never Take

Faster isn’t always better when it comes to your health. There are some things that you should never scrimp on, even when you’re in a pinch. Here are the shortcuts Dr. Oz would never take.

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The Hormone Diet

This diet promises to help you lose weight quickly. While many claim it works, it has a potentially damaging effect on your metabolism.

The diet is based on the properties of HCG, or human chorionic gonadatropin. This hormone is produced during pregnancy, so pregnant women can use the right kind of fat when burning off calories.

The HCG diet pills contain small doses of HCG to help your body tap into stored fat and burn it off. They also suppress your appetite so you can consume as little as 500 calories a day. Initially, this diet may help you rapidly drop pounds. Ultimately, it destroys your metabolism, as you are essentially starving yourself. Another negative side effect is the loss of muscle mass, so much that you will no longer be able to effectively burn calories.

If you’re looking to naturally suppress your appetite, Dr. Oz recommends using the four Fs: fiber, fish, fowl and good fats - like walnuts and flaxseed.

100-Calorie Snacks

Just because you see 100 calories on the package doesn’t mean it’s a diet food. These snacks can still contain unhealthy ingredients like trans fats, which raise your bad cholesterol levels (LDL) while lowering your good cholesterol levels (HDL), and high fructose corn syrup. Dr. Oz recommends making your own 100-calorie snack bags so you can control your portions.

Taking an Elevator Instead of the Stairs

If there are less than 3 flights of stairs to get to your destination, take them. Walking a flight of stairs is one of the best exercises you can do. It builds muscle mass, since you’re fighting gravity, and it burns calories.

Taking Your Friend’s Antibiotics

According to the American Journal of Public Health, antibiotics are one of the most loaned drugs. One in 3 Americans has admitted to taking a drug prescribed to someone else. The dangers of borrowing someone else’s antibiotics is not finishing out the entire course of medication. This may lead to a worse infection and antibiotic resistance.