Dr. Mehmet Oz spoke to Theresa Caputo, star of the reality TV series “Long Island Medium,” and discussed diet and weight loss tips with obesity expert Dr. Andrew Weil on the Sept. 29 episode of the Dr. Oz Show.
In his lead segment, Dr. Oz asked Caputo how she feels about criticism of her abilities. On the “Long Island Medium,” Caputo conducts private and group readings with people who want to communicate with deceased loved ones.
The show is currently in its sixth season, but has its share of critics who think Caputo is a phony. Theresa said she understands that some people don’t believe in mediums and insisted she’s not trying to convince them otherwise. She said she’s merely there as a resource for those who do believe in psychic phenomenon.
In her experience communicating with the dead (chronicled on her TV show), Caputo said she has been able to unburden people of longstanding anxieties, guilt and other negative emotions after helping them reach out to deceased loved ones.
Theresa said one of her clients was able to lost 15 pounds after resolving her deep-seated issues about a family member who had died years ago.
Andrew Weil: Saturated Fat Does Not Clog Arteries
On a separate segment, Dr. Oz’s guest was alternative-health guru Dr. Andrew Weil. Weil, a physician and weight loss expert, said a healthy diet starts with your grocery list. He suggested buying fresh vegetables and fruits, but said frozen veggies are also nutritious.
Weil said canned fish, such as sockeye salmon, sardines and kippers are a great addition to your grocery list because they’re high in omega-3 fatty acids and are excellent sources of calcium. Following a diet featuring healthy fats, non-starchy vegetables and low-carb fruits prevents heart disease, aids weight loss and promotes optimal health, he said.
Weil said when buying fruit, you should opt for low glycemic fruits such as berries because they’re low in sugar. Low-glycemic fruits can be included in most healthy diet plans, including the low carb Paleo and ketogenic diets, which beat low-fat diets for weight loss and heart health, according to research from Tulane University.
Dr. Weil, a lacto-pesco vegetarian (a vegetarian who eats fish and milk), previously said healthy saturated fats such as olive oil and many nuts do not clog arteries, so you should feel free to include them in your diet. Weil joins a growing list of medical experts who say unprocessed saturated fat does not cause weight gain or heart disease.
Obesity expert Dr. Eric Westman has helped hundreds of morbidly obese people lose thousands of pounds on the low carb ketogenic, Atkins and Paleo diets. Low carb diets promote rapid weight loss without deprivation by forcing the body to burn fat for fuel, said Dr. Westman, co-author of Keto Clarity.
NBA superstar LeBron James recently revealed his 25-pound weight loss on a low carb ketogenic style Paleo diet. James followed a diet that consisted entirely of meat, fish, vegetables and low-sugar fruit for 67 days straight. “No carbs, no sugar, no dairy, no refined sugar,” he said. [All I ate was] meat, fish, veggies, fruit.”
As he looks ahead to the 2014-2015 NBA season, LeBron said his weight loss has made him faster and more dangerous on the basketball court. “And that’s not such a good thing for the competition,” he said.