So Dr. Oz is up on the hill, supposedly helping to sort through the swamp of marketers claiming their supplements are the miracle solutions to weight loss. Oh, Dr. Oz. I (and many others) think he, himself, might be the biggest part of the problem. Way, way back in the day, I looked forward to the doctor’s appearances on the Oprah show. Once a week, he had a lot of valuable info to share. Even when his show began, it has some valuable information and I still found him credible. Over the years, I quickly began to get impatient with his show as it became mostly a show about miracle weight loss supplements and foods. He contradicts himself so much, often within the very same hour, certainly from day to day. It makes me crazy when he says things like “yes, today I am giving you permission to eat _____________.” (fill in the blank with fat, sugar, caffeine, etc.) And don’t even get me started on his demonstrations and animations. They confuse the life out of me, even when I totally understand what he is trying to show. It’s a crying shame, because he often has some super interesting people on like Deepak Chopra, Dr. Furhman and Dr. Ornish. My guess is, those people, if they have an ounce of integrity, won’t be making future appearances on the show. If you still enjoy watching (and trust me, I dvr the new episodes to skim through and look for my favorite guests) please be aware of the products he is pushing as they relate to the advertising sponsors. (Notice how he tells us regular fiber isn’t good enough and how we have to take Metamucil …etc.) So watch if you like, but be smart and BEWARE!
Another show I have grown detached from, that I once loved, is Extreme Makeover Weight Loss with Chris Powell. I had NO clue, when I blogged a few weeks ago, and mentioned that I felt Heidi was going to be a bigger part of the show, that she was going to be his co-trainer aka co-host. She is sweet and in awesome shape, but it totally changed the dynamics of the show, at least for me. Now, it’s like the “Chris and Heidi Hour.” I don’t need to watch them working out in their garage. That’s not why I tune in. Additionally, 2 weeks ago when the guy had a goal of 100 pounds in 90 days and he was shy by ONE pound, Chris’ reaction made me want to jump through the tv and ring his neck. He looked sadly at the young man and asked, “Dude…what happened?” WHAT HAPPENED????? HE LOST 99 POUNDS in 90 DAYS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! That should be totally applauded!!! I also dislike how “cookie cutter” like the format of this show is. It’s just a fill in the blank situation in the editing room. No creativity at all. GIVE ME BACK MY BIGGEST LOSER!!!!!
Well, thanks for letting me rant. I try not to do it very often, but this upbeat, peace loving, fitness chick has her moments just like the rest of us!!! And I don’t like to see people being misled or mistreated. As for my gripe with the Dr. Oz show, it clearly doesn’t boost ratings to just remind people that healthy nutrition, watching calorie intake and daily exercise are the only real safe way to achieve and maintain goal body weight, but it’s the truth and a reputable cardiologist like Dr. Oz, should not be telling people fairy tales. It’s just wrong. And Chris Powell, shame on you for making someone feel they failed when they took off over 1 pound a day for a solid 90 days in a row.
“With great power, comes great responsibility” (from Spiderman)….These people need to use their power in a much more positive way………..
I’ll be at the gym for my regular 11:30 class today, 9:30 tomorrow and for both of my classes as well as to sub Ellen’s class on Monday morning. The service for Ellen’s dad is this Sunday at the Star of David at noon. She will be back to teach the rest of her classes after Monday.
If you are doing the ab challenge, today is a rest day. Enjoy it…and have a happy Friday one and all!