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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Truth or Myth: Eating Fat Makes You Fat


Myth: Fat, along with proteins and carbohydrates, is an essential nutrient, vital to your overall good health. You need fat in your diet. The key is to eat healthy fats and consume them in moderation to maintain a healthy weight since fats provide more calories per gram than proteins or carbohydrates.

Make a habit of getting 30% of your daily calories from heart-healthy unsaturated fats such as olive oil, nuts, avocados, fish, flaxseed, etc. Avoid unhealthy trans fats found in processed foods such as cookies, chips and margarine; limit your intake of saturated fats found in whole milk, butter and red meat.

Truth or Myth: Drinking Water and Coffee Can Make You Lose Weight


Myth: Neither water nor coffee can “flush fat” from the body and make you lose weight.

Water is essential for life and contains zero calories. Therefore if you replace drinks that have calories with water you’ll end up consuming fewer calories, which can help dieting. It’s this healthy habit that can help you lose weight – not the water itself.

In terms of coffee and weight loss, coffee acts as a stimulant, which means that initially it gives you a jolt of energy, slightly boosting metabolism. But bear in mind that if you add sugar or cream to your coffee, the metabolism boost will get cancelled out by excess calories.