Truth or Myth: 5 Dieting Tips Demystified

Dr. Oz tackles 5 common – and potentially misleading – dieting tips to help you rule out bogus weight-loss methods.

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Lastly, always use caution when consuming caffeine to aid weight loss. Caffeine should always be enjoyed in moderation since too much can cause anxiety, nervousness and insomnia. Drink no more than 3-4 cups of caffeinated coffee or tea per day.

Truth or Myth: Gaining Weight Is Inevitable as You Age


It’s a Draw: With age, your body’s production of hormones that help maintain muscle mass begins to decrease. Additionally, most of us become less active as we get older, which also causes loss of muscle mass. Combined, the distribution of your weight changes. As you lose muscle weight, more of your weight can be attributed to fat.

To counteract age-related weight gain, you need to practice strength training. Do 10 minutes of exercises such as lunges, leg lifts and pull-ups several days a week. By building your muscle back up, you’ll burn more fat. 

Another harsh reality tied to aging: Your metabolism simply slows down by about 5% for every decade past age 40. To counteract this, force your metabolism to work harder by cutting calories. As a rule of thumb, beginning at age 40, cut approximately 50 to 100 calories out of your daily diet.