Friday, August 10, 2012

Dr. Oz, I'm calling you out.

Let me start about by saying, I love Dr. Oz. He's smart, he's attractive for a guy his age, and he's charismatic. I like his show. I don't watch it all the time, but when I do I enjoy it.

So sometime last week, I was perusing the web and saw that ad with the doodle of a female waist that fades into a significantly smaller waist. The caption said something along the lines of "lose inches with this simple little trick". Now I normally don't click ads like that because I know they are cons. There is no "little" thing that you can do that will cause the fat to pour off your bones. But anyhow, for whatever I decided that this time I would click the ad to see exactly what scam they were promoting this year. You could imagine my surprise when a video of Dr. Oz popped up.

"Well, this MUST be legit if Dr. Oz is talking about it", I thought. So I watched the little video that aired a couple of months previously and was interested in what was being said. Dr. Oz stated that he didn't believe in magic weight loss pills or get thin quick schemes, but this "superfood" was different. What was the superfood? It was green coffee beans, or coffee beans that had not been roasted yet.

The guest expert claimed that if you took 800 milligrams (read: horse pill) of the green coffee extract twice a day you would lose weight without having to do a thing. Again, Dr. Oz said he was skeptical of this and so he did an experiment with audience. Well that's just awesome Dr. O! Use the scientific method to prove or disprove the validity of the expert's claims. Go you! I continued watching as he explained how he put two female audience members on the coffee regimen for five days. The women were weighed before and after. The results? One woman lost 2 pounds and the other lost 6 pounds.

I want to preface what comes next by saying, I don't know if the green coffee bean regimen works or not, and I honestly am not interested in it. My gripe is not with the regimen, it's with Dr. Oz's approach.

Okay, with the disclaimer out of the way, Dr. Oz, shame on you. You put two women on a regimen for five days. What kind of sample size is TWO women? That's ridiculous. And for five days? Anything could happen in five days. That's a horrible horrible experimental set-up, and you should know better. Secondly, the "lost weight" was negligible. Weight can normally fluctuate up to FIVE pounds in one day. Eat a whopper, fries and a large soda, there's three pounds for you. Go the bathroom the next day, you're down a pound. A weight difference of two pounds means nothing and anyone who's ever tried to lose weight or gain weight should know that. My weight goes up and down three pounds several times throughout the day as I eat meals, exercise, run, and pee.

As for the girl with a six pound weight loss, that's a little more believable, but again, anything can happen in a week. Show me a continued and constant pound per day weight loss for a month and I'll be satisfied. Dr. Oz, if you pride yourself in having smart and educated viewers, don't try to pull a fast one on them. That's low. Give them decent research and decent results. From here on out, you're going to have to earn my trust again.

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