Dr. Oz brought Dr. Judi Hollis and Dr. Michael (Mike) Roizen on his show to help Carnie Wilson, the daughter of Brian Wilson (one of the Beach Boys), with her battle over weight loss. For those of you who don’t know about Carnie’s struggle with losing weight, here is a quick recap. In 1999, Carnie weighed 300 pounds and was the first person to have her gastric bypass surgery broadcast live on the Internet. Following Carnie’s surgery, her high blood pressure, high cholesterol and pre-diabetes went away. It was not too long before Carnie replaced food with alcohol though.
Now Carnie is free from alcohol, but looking for a way to lose weight and keep it off. She has been struggling with her weight since she was 4 years old. When Carnie was growing up, she was vivacious, always showing off, a total ham, and obsessed with eating sugar. Sometimes she would crave sugar so much that she would eat a box of raw cake mix. Carnie now has a daughter, Lola, and a husband, Rob, who are both supportive of trying to help Carnie get healthy. Carnie has a new show called “Carnie Wilson, Unstapled”… and in a clip Dr. Oz played for us she said that if she is not baking, she is drinking. So she has started to sell baked goods. Dr. Oz is very concerned with this new venture though… he said it is like a drug addict working with drugs or an alcoholic working at a bar.
Dr. Oz took Carnie to the truth tube to see her current stats: 218 pounds, waist size of 41″ (over 37″ is a lot for women, and over 40” means that you are poisoning your insides), her blood pressure was ok, but her blood sugar was 100, which means that she is back to being border line diabetic. Dr. Oz says that being border line diabetic or fully diabetic means that you have too much sugar in your blood, and the sugar acts like shards of glass that scrape up your arteries. Dr. Oz created a special plan for Carnie to get healthy and stay healthy, and here it is:
Dr. Oz’s Back to Basics Diet for Carnie:
1. We have all been exposed to a ton of ideas – diets like all protein, all fat, all fruit, all cheese… throw away all of these gimmicks and focus on the actual biology of blubber and fat!
2. Focus on automating meals. Pick 2 breakfast meals, 2 lunch meals and 2 dinner meals… and that is all you can eat. It will simplify things for you.
3. You must have physical activity. Dr. Michael (Mike) Roizen or “the enforcer” told Carnie that she must take 10,000 steps every day, and gave her a Pedometer to count every step she takes, which is a great motivator and a great way to check that you are getting enough exercise daily!
Dr. Judi Hollis is setting Carnie up with a support system with other fellow sufferers or a “wounded healer,” because that will help her greatly with the psychological aspects. Dr. Hollis said that only someone who has been through what Carnie is going through will be able to get in her mind and call her out when she is making up excuses, like her excuse that it is “baby weight.” Judi said that nobody should ever call their weight problem “baby weight” because your kids will hear you and it is not fair to them.