Weigh In: Dr. Oz’s 28-Day Soda Quitting Plan

When it comes to medical opinions, it’s sometimes wise to get a second one. Case in point: An avid watcher of Dr. Oz, I recently came across his 28-day plan to help kick a serious soda habit. While his audience seemed excited by the plan, I’m not sure I’m buying his monthlong program.

Week one: Go from regular soda to a diet soda to get over the sugar craving. He encourages one to eat fish, eggs, and beans during this phase to help curb sugar cravings.Week two: Go from diet soda to caffeine-free diet soda to rid your body of the caffeine fix. He suggests taking ibuprofen for headaches and snacking on foods rich in vitamin B.Week three: Cut your soda intake in half. Instead of only drinking the caffeine-free diet sodas, drink a seltzer water combined with a small percentage (about 20 percent) of your favorite fruit juice.Week four: No more sodas! Just chew sugar-free gum when you need a sweet treat.

Don’t get me wrong . . . I’m all for quitting a soda habit, but I wonder if this is the best route. I rarely advocate artificial sweeteners, which is what most of the diet sodas have (hello, steps two and three!), and I wonder how easy it would actually be to give up the real deal for similar substitute items. If I were up for a no-soda challenge, I think I’d just go cold turkey and not mess with the aspartame. But hey, that’s just me. What do you think about Dr. Oz’s stop-the-soda-madness plan?

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Weigh In: Dr. Oz’s 28-Day Soda Quitting Plan

When it comes to medical opinions| it’s sometimes wise to get a second one. Case in point: An avid watcher of Dr. Oz| I recently came across his 28-day plan to help kick a serious soda habit. While his audience seemed excited by the plan| I’m not sure I’m buying his monthlong program.

Week one: Go from regular soda to a diet soda to get over the sugar craving. He encourages one to eat fish| eggs| and beans during this phase to help curb sugar cravings.Week two: Go from diet soda to caffeine-free diet soda to rid your body of the caffeine fix. He suggests taking ibuprofen for headaches and snacking on foods rich in vitamin B.Week three: Cut your soda intake in half. Instead of only drinking the caffeine-free diet sodas| drink a seltzer water combined with a small percentage (about 20 percent) of your favorite fruit juice.Week four: No more sodas! Just chew sugar-free gum when you need a sweet treat.

Don’t get me wrong . . . I’m all for quitting a soda habit| but I wonder if this is the best route. I rarely advocate artificial sweeteners| which is what most of the diet sodas have (hello| steps two and three!)| and I wonder how easy it would actually be to give up the real deal for similar substitute items. If I were up for a no-soda challenge| I think I’d just go cold turkey and not mess with the aspartame. But hey| that’s just me. What do you think about Dr. Oz’s stop-the-soda-madness plan?

Related Stories:

Why You Need to Stop Drinking Diet SodaYour 24-Hour Detox Plan4 Things You Should Never Eat

Image Source: POPSUGAR Photography / Anna Monette Roberts

Dr. Oz Asks Twitter For Questions, Gets More Than a Tweetfull

Dr. Oz is no stranger to scrutiny. In June of this year, he was grilled by senators for promoting certain weight-loss products as a “miracle in a bottle.” And on Tuesday, he received major backlash on Twitter after posting this:

What is your biggest question for me? Reply with #OzsInbox and I'll answer my favorites on http://t.co/8kjmALRoAd.

— Dr. Mehmet Oz (@DrOz) November 11, 2014

I’m sure he expected some great fodder for his show, but the outcome was disastrous. There was, instead, an enormous onslaught of accusatory questions like this:

@DrOz Do you ever wonder why so many intelligent, scientifically literate people think you're a dangerously irresponsible crook? #OzsInbox

— Robbie G (@Gruntfutuck) November 12, 2014

A few rude ones like this:

If I eat enough GMO food will it make you disappear? @DrOz #OzsInbox

— Benjamin Saunders (@BenSaunders) November 12, 2014

Many questioned his integrity:

@DrOz Why do you knowingly peddle remedies you know do nothing? For profit? #OzsInbox

— Alex Huszagh (@AlexHuszagh) November 12, 2014

Some were silly:

@DrOz #OzsInbox Which Starbucks roast should I use for the most effective coffee enema? I was thinking Sumatra, but Verona is so smooth.

— Anowyn (@AnowynTweets) November 12, 2014

Some funny:

@DrOz What does it mean when your poop glows in the dark? #OzsInbox

— Dr. Rob Lamberts (@doc_rob) November 12, 2014

And #LOL hilarious:

@DrOz #OzsInbox So, what is the BEST way to melt fat? Stovetop? Convection? Microwave? Or a good old fashion campfire?

— Anowyn (@AnowynTweets) November 12, 2014

But this was the overall feel of the one-sided conversation:

I'm overweight but lazy, what's the easiest way for you to take my money and give me false hope for a few days ? #OzsInbox @DrOz

— Rob DeSantis (@RobDComedy) November 12, 2014

So tell us, what would you tweet to Dr. Oz?

Image Source: Getty

Dr. Oz Asks Twitter For Questions, Gets More Than a Tweetfull

Dr. Oz is no stranger to scrutiny. In June of this year| he was grilled by senators for promoting certain weight-loss products as a “miracle in a bottle.” And on Tuesday| he received major backlash on Twitter after posting this:

What is your biggest question for me? Reply with #OzsInbox and I'll answer my favorites on http://t.co/8kjmALRoAd.

— Dr. Mehmet Oz (@DrOz) November 11| 2014

I’m sure he expected some great fodder for his show| but the outcome was disastrous. There was| instead| an enormous onslaught of accusatory questions like this:

@DrOz Do you ever wonder why so many intelligent| scientifically literate people think you're a dangerously irresponsible crook? #OzsInbox

— Robbie G (@Gruntfutuck) November 12| 2014

A few rude ones like this:

If I eat enough GMO food will it make you disappear? @DrOz #OzsInbox

— Benjamin Saunders (@BenSaunders) November 12| 2014

Many questioned his integrity:

@DrOz Why do you knowingly peddle remedies you know do nothing? For profit? #OzsInbox

— Alex Huszagh (@AlexHuszagh) November 12| 2014

Some were silly:

@DrOz #OzsInbox Which Starbucks roast should I use for the most effective coffee enema? I was thinking Sumatra| but Verona is so smooth.

— Anowyn (@AnowynTweets) November 12| 2014

Some funny:

@DrOz What does it mean when your poop glows in the dark? #OzsInbox

— Dr. Rob Lamberts (@doc_rob) November 12| 2014

And #LOL hilarious:

@DrOz #OzsInbox So| what is the BEST way to melt fat? Stovetop? Convection? Microwave? Or a good old fashion campfire?

— Anowyn (@AnowynTweets) November 12| 2014

But this was the overall feel of the one-sided conversation:

I'm overweight but lazy| what's the easiest way for you to take my money and give me false hope for a few days ? #OzsInbox @DrOz

— Rob DeSantis (@RobDComedy) November 12| 2014

So tell us| what would you tweet to Dr. Oz?

Image Source: Getty