*Based on a true story. I actually overheard somebody say that drinking apple cider vinegar on any empty stomach burns fat, and they “know” that because Dr. Oz said it.

So I took to the trusty internet. I found a video where Dr. Oz talks about this magic elixir. He quickly plugs his app & diet regimen, and then has an apple cider vinegar “expert” come on to talk about the benefits.

Suddenly, all the buzzwords you can think of flood the conversation. Belly fat, diet, detox, gut bacteria, toxicity… and don’t worry, one more plug for his diet program.

I have so many thoughts on this, but I’m going to leave you with 2 major takeaways.

First, stop looking for weight loss secrets and shortcuts. If drinking vinegar actually burned fat, we’d all be drinking it and losing weight with great success. There aren’t shortcuts to fat loss. It takes time, it takes patience, and it takes controlling your calories.

Secondly, don’t take nutrition advice from someone because it sounds like you should. Dr. Oz is a doctor, so clearly he knows what he’s talking about, right? Did you know that you can make it through med school learning next to nothing about nutrition? Doctors are typically very intelligent people, but that doesn’t mean they know anything about nutrition.

And I hate to break it to you, but Dr. Oz does not have your best interest in mind- he’s trying to profit off of you. And frankly, he’s doing a great job at it.

If you truly need nutrition advice, find someone you trust to give it to you. And if you need serious help, a dietitian is going to benefit you far more than a doctor on television.

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