Dr. Oz’s 10 Commandments for Weight Loss

by Anne Bennett on April 14, 2010

Dr. Oz, the cute TV doctor who conveys all things good and bad about our health, has recently come out with a set of weight loss commandments that I think are worth considering. Most of them make sense, but there’s at least one that I just won’t do. Here they are, with my thoughts.

1. Thou Shalt Not Wear Pants that Stretch

This is a good idea–if you wear stretchy pants, you can’t tell when you’re full, and worse, you can’t tell when you’ve gained weight! Wear jeans. They don’t lie.

2. Thou Shalt Not Keep Bad Clothes in Your Closet

Keeping your fat clothes gives you an “out” when you want to take a prolonged vacation from healthy eating. Come on, trust yourself. Get rid of the baggy clothes!

3. Thou Shalt Not Eat Meat That Walks on Four Legs More Than Once a Week

I know why he said this–red meat has more saturated fat, cholesterol and calories than chicken or fish. This is a hard one for Midwesterners, where the term “fresh fish” is a euphemism. I’m trying tofu. So far so good, but I’ll be the first to admit, it ain’t steak.

4. Thou Shalt Not Graze

Amen. Plan your meals, including snacks, and don’t go into the kitchen and open the refrigerator for anything other than water or Diet Coke.

5. Thou Shalt Not Eat After 7:30 pm

Remind you of anyone you know?

When you eat at night, it’s usually in front of the TV and it’s probably not an apple. Establish your own cut-off time and stick to it. You may have to tell yourself that you won’t die before morning.

6. Thou Shalt Not Pile Food More than 1 Inch High or Within 2 Inches of the Plate Edge

I’m just going to say, “Duh!” and move on.

7. Thou Shalt Not Chew Food Less than 20 Times Per Bite

Look, I admit to being a bit obsessive, which is why I had a weight problem in the first place. So this one does not appeal to me. I get the message–chew your food, but I am not counting.

8. Thou Shalt Not Covet Thy Neighbor’s Plate

This one is a refinement of No. 4. Those extra bites we take from a friend’s plate of french fries, or from the candy dish in a co-worker’s office, can add up to 1,000 extra calories over the course of a day.

9. Thou Shalt Not Carry Small Bills

Dr. Oz says that if we carry small bills we’ll be tempted to use vending machines to buy junk food. This one is cute but stupid. The day is coming when we can simply slide our debit cards into a slot and get our treat of choice. It’s not about the money in our pockets, it’s about the wiring in our brains. Stay away from vending machines. Any food therein isn’t worthy of you.

10. Thou Shalt Not Eat While Standing Up

No brainer. How many times have you gobbled something right out of the refrigerator, or while standing in front of an open cupboard? That’s mindless eating, and Dr. Oz wants us to eat consciously.

I believe that the only way to be successful in the long run is to find a way to come to peace with our food, and that means paying attention to what we eat, as well as how and when we eat it.  It’s about quality over quantity. Consciousness over mindlessness. And finally, empowerment over guilt.

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Marie April 14, 2010 at 8:59 am

I have been thinking (an idea from the Ruby show) that I need something to get back on track and was going to change 5 things starting saturday(need to ease in to this thought!) I think there are a couple ideas on here I could benefit from such as;

#2 I haven’t gotten rid of any of my “fatter” clothes and still wear some-so time to clean the closet,

#4 uggg I SOOOO need to do that but it’s sooo hard! I love to munch in the evening,

#5 might help me do #4!,

#8 this is sooo easy to do I eat off my daughts plate ALL the time or friends when we are out.. and lastly

#10! WOW I never even thought about that not standing and eating! So much mindless eating would be avoided!

YAY! I have 5 things! Ruby gave up diet soda, I just can’t seem to bring myself to that! Thanks soo much see you saturday hopefully after the 5k! Have a great week!

admin April 14, 2010 at 11:24 am

Marie, I’d start with 3 changes instead of 5, so you don’t get overwhelmed. When you’ve nailed down those 3, then take on the other 2. As you said, you need to ease into this! Good luck! Anne

Laura Kouri April 15, 2010 at 9:37 am

As I read your Dr. Oz post, I laughed aloud at the line, “You may have to tell yourself you won’t die before tomorrow.” Great stuff, Anne! Thanks for continuing to inspire and entertain us.

kelly April 15, 2010 at 5:47 pm

Please do your research on diet coke. It shouldn’t be recommended for people who’d like to lose weight.

Angela April 21, 2010 at 7:32 pm

I found this very motivating. And I can always use more motivation.
Thanks for sharing his list.
I am reading a great book called Switch by Chip and Dan Heath. It is about dealing with change. There is quite a bit of their research that deals with changing food habits. You might be interested in it.

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Jody November 8, 2013 at 9:32 am

An extension of no. 8 (thou shall not covet your neighbor’s plate) is:
When you go to a restaurant, be the first one to order so you don’t go in with good intentions and then be lured by what someone else ordered. Also, don’t look at the menu. Look their menu up online and decide what you’re going to order before you set foot in the place.

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