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Dr. Oz & Isabel Kallman

5 Things I Learned from Meeting Dr. Oz

By Isabel Kallman

A couple of weeks ago I attended a taping of The Dr. Oz Show.  In fact, the episode I watched being filmed to tape– Four Secrets to Lose 40 Pounds— is airing today.  Then I was lucky enough to meet Dr. Oz for private Q&A with some other online writers.  And, I have to tell you, I was pretty much blown away.

I guess I hadn’t really ever heard him speak, but the group asked him questions about a multitude of medical topics ranging from HPV vaccines for boys (recommendation for which had been announced the previous day by the CDC) to cleanses and without skipping a beat, Dr. Oz was giving us his thoughtful opinion sometimes citing research that had been released just that morning.  It’s like he has a microprocessor for a brain.  It’s scary and equally fascinating.

Truth is that I can say I get it now.  I see why he is so appealing.

In NY, where I live, Dr.Oz comes on at 11am and 4pm, the latter of which is Oprah’s old time slot (but on my local Fox station).  That’s two chances for me to watch and I hope to tune in as often as I can because as a self-professed want-to-know-it-all, he’s my new go-to guy.  Here are some great nuggets I learned from him:

1: Soup-er Size your Day
Start your meal with soup and you will consume 30% less food, particularly if you pick a soup that is high in fiber.

2: There is a biological reason why it is more difficult for women to lose weight than men.
It’s because muscle mass loss is 2x greater in women than in men. So, it’s important for women to resistant train and build lean muscle mass.

3: When you don’t get enough sleep, you crave carbohydrates.
I remember when I was on Wall Street and I would catch the 6am shuttle plane to Boston a couple of times a week, I couldn’t resist the bagel and cream cheese they would serve for breakfast.  Now I know why!  I was sleep deprived.

4: Below seven hours of sleep, your metabolism suffers.
The average American needs eight hours of sleep.  So, Dr. Oz recommends setting your alarm to go to sleep, not to wake up.  Interesting.

5: Children have a lot more taste buds than adults and that’s why they can be picky eaters.
I’ve read a lot about feeding your child, but no one has put it so simply before. As you age, taste buds die and foods taste less strong to an adult than they do a child.  That makes SO MUCH SENSE and why adults are much more adventurous eaters.

The taping for Four Secrets to Lose 40 Pounds is part of Dr. Oz’s Transformation Nation series which is helping Americans 40 years+ of age to lose 40lbs by Spring of next year in a marathon, not sprint-like, fashion.  Even if you’re not looking to lose a significant amount of weight, you can learn lots about healthy dieting, nutrition and exercise from following along.

We can all be students of our own bodies.

Published November 7, 2011. Last updated September 16, 2018.
Isabel Kallman
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Isabel Kallman

Isabel Kallman is the founding mom of

Feel free to send nice emails to isabel[at]alphamom[dot]com.


Isabel Kallman is the founding mom of

Feel free to send nice emails to isabel[at]alphamom[dot]com.

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1 Comment
  • shari brooks

    November 7, 2011 at 2:36 pm

    I so enjoyed the Q&A after wards with Dr. Oz. Isn’t it amazing how knowledgeable and approachable he is towards any and every topic regarding health and wellness. Since meeting him, I’ve adopted one of his rituals: I too set my alarm clock to GO TO BED! Amazing what a little sleep will do (and prevent you from doing)