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May 2, 2012 12:59 PM
Did anyone see the Dr. Oz show where he talked about his 7 day calorie confusion diet?
He said to keep from starvation mode, you eat a 1200 calorie diet with a couple of days of a 2000 calorie diet including dessert.
What are your thoughts? I'm tempted to try it.
  19907813
May 2, 2012 1:00 PM
I didn't see it, but what is it suppose to do? Make you drop weight quicker????
  19638427
May 2, 2012 1:02 PM
Also called calorie cycling...

I do it a little...but not religiously. It works for me because some days I am hungry and some not...I just keep my weekly calories at a slight deficit...some days I go over by 300, some days I am under by the same amount.

Calories are not day-specific by any means. An extra 500 calories on ONE day ONCE a month still turns into a pound gained in 7 months. Weight loss is the same...a deficit is a deficit...daily, weekly, monthly...still equals a loss. :)

A lot of people like the same number each day because it's easier to *budget* their meals.
  8948829
May 2, 2012 1:03 PM
So if I fo over by 500 cals one day and then another I am under by 500 cals, I wont gain the 7 lbs???
  19638427
May 2, 2012 1:04 PM
i mean a pound in seven months!
  19638427
May 2, 2012 1:04 PM
QUOTE:

Did anyone see the Dr. Oz show where he talked about his 7 day calorie confusion diet?
He said to keep from starvation mode, you eat a 1200 calorie diet with a couple of days of a 2000 calorie diet including dessert.
What are your thoughts? I'm tempted to try it.


Lol and what did he say about "starvation mode"?
May 2, 2012 1:05 PM
Yes, Dr. Oz's plan is to cause confusion. Don't be a sucker.
Edited by taso42 On May 2, 2012 1:05 PM
May 2, 2012 1:05 PM
I didn't see it, but I've heard that your calories average out anyway. So, what it may be doing in eating the 2000 cal days is making sure you're overall average is high enough that your body doesn't start hoarding fat. However, I'm no expert so take it for what it's worth! I know some people like to have a higher calorie day just to "wake up" the body when they've been eating low for a while.
May 2, 2012 1:08 PM
If your body requires 2000 calories (example) to maintain...and you eat 60,000 calories in 30 days, you will maintain. You may fluctuate within the month, but you will not have a gain or loss, barring any change in exercise.

Doesn't matter what day you eat the calories.

I am at 1690 calories per day. If I eat 2000 one day and 1380 the next, I am still within my goal. Using the weekly tracker on MFP is really helpful for this.
  8948829
May 2, 2012 1:08 PM
The ABC diet sounds horrible! I think Dr Oz is a bit confusing! I'll stick to my daily calorie goals, somedays I might go over by a little and some days I might be a bit under, it all depends. I try to stay close to it every day!
  19638427
May 2, 2012 1:10 PM
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Sounds like Dr. Oz stole this from the A.B.C diet (Anorexic Boot Camp Diet)
to keep your metabolism going and changing, should work

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May 2, 2012 1:13 PM
I think the basic point is to not get into a routine...just like most things in our lives, you want to mix it up once in a while. If you do the same workout or set of workouts on a regular basis, your body will adjust and you'll find the benefits decreasing; likewise, if you eat the same things everyday for a protracted time, your body will adjust and the benefits will decrease.
May 2, 2012 1:17 PM
This is not any new thing. Lots of people zig zag calories.
  7030416
May 2, 2012 1:20 PM
QUOTE:

Did anyone see the Dr. Oz show where he talked about his 7 day calorie confusion diet?
He said to keep from starvation mode, you eat a 1200 calorie diet with a couple of days of a 2000 calorie diet including dessert.
What are your thoughts? I'm tempted to try it.


My thoughts? Stop listening to that dude.
  13605134
May 2, 2012 1:23 PM
QUOTE:

Sounds like Dr. Oz stole this from the A.B.C diet (Anorexic Boot Camp Diet)
to keep your metabolism going and changing, should work

The ABC Diet Plan
Week Mon Tues Wed Thurs Fri Sat Sun
Week 1 500 500 300 400 100 200 300
Week 2 400 500 Fast 150 200 400 350
Week 3 250 200 Fast 200 100 Fast 300
Week 4 250 200 150 100 50 100 200
Week 5 200 300 800 Fast 250 350 450
Week 6 Fast 500 450 400 350 300 250
Week 7 200 200 250 200 300 200 150
Week 8 Fast Slowly return to a normal diet


Um...?
May 2, 2012 1:27 PM
This isn't anything new - it is also called the Wendy plan. It is meant to shake things so your body doesn' t get used to the same thing everyday.
May 2, 2012 1:28 PM
Cycling is a legitimate method of losing fat. It can work really well for people who do NOT deal with being in a deficit very easily. You can create any type of cycle that works for you..... but it's not just dieting for a few days and then pigging out when you feel like it.

For example if you do a 7 day cycle - you might do 5 days at a deficit of 500 calories and then have two days where you eat AT maintenance. NOT above. You will still be in a deficit overall for the week, but you feel less deprived because you have days where you eat more. The theory is you will be able to stick with it better.j

LeighPeele.com talks a lot about cycling.
May 2, 2012 1:29 PM
Ugh...Dr. Oz...

ETA: This is not a dig at the OP. Just don't like the guy. He talks outta both sides of his mouth too much. Lots of people calorie cycle/zig zag. If what you're doing isn't working, it's worth a shot. But if what you're doing is working, I'd save it until you need it.
Edited by misscristie On May 2, 2012 1:36 PM
  4123911
May 2, 2012 1:48 PM
Oh I do this "diet" on a monthly cycle:
- Normal weeks I eat my suggested calories.
- Week before PMS week i feel awesome & not super hungry... for me this was last week & for the total week I was 1200+ cals under.
- Week of PMS... I'm a gorging cow & hungry all the time... I eat the prev week's cals back. On my 2 "bad" (extra cravings/hungry) days I go over each day by about 600 cals.

It all evens out & I don't turn out being such an awful ***** :) Oh & I lost 9lbs last month drinker
  10432922
May 2, 2012 1:49 PM
I do zig zag calorie & carb also.
I do like it. Because there are days I don't like to eat and vice versa. I also can save my calorie for certain event in the week.
I only have to make sure I have enough protein for the day and that's it.
Eating high calorie once a week, helps regulate hormones and keep metabolism high.
Since I'm on a schedule for workout ( 6 days), my weekly calorie is (TDEE - 20%) x 7. I don't have to think about how much exercise calorie I have to eat back.
  248329
May 2, 2012 1:52 PM
The Rotation diet has been around since the 1980's. Glad to see Dr. Oz invented this (again).
May 2, 2012 1:52 PM
I read this in a book recently "the Petite Diet" this one said if you are 5'4 and under to do it . (calorie cycling) 2 days of 1100 and 1 day of 1600. I dont mind the 1600 but theres no way i could do 1100. or at least i think i couldnt, i havent tried.
  6911260
May 2, 2012 1:53 PM
QUOTE:

Yes, Dr. Oz's plan is to cause confusion. Don't be a sucker.


+1
  3856388
May 2, 2012 2:00 PM
I tried zig-zagging (or calorie cycling) for about a week. I didnt care for it, so I went to a daily limit, but I think it is good idea in theory. I did not find out about this thru the tv, rather during research. I am posting the link to the site if anyone wants to see what it would look like for your body/lifestyle. It should be based on your body and not a "one size fits all" in my opinion.

http://www.superskinnyme.com/calorie-calculator.html
  10932928
May 2, 2012 2:11 PM
I used to like Dr. Oz when he was only occasionally on tv (like on oprah) now that he has his own show it seems like hes just running with any random story or study, because he has to come up with SOMETHING to talk about every day! i mean how much health related shows can you have before you start bull****ting?

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