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What's the Deal With the O2 Diet?

What's the Deal With the O2 Diet?

I'm leery of the word "diet" because I think most are unhealthy and ineffective. But this O2 Diet, designed by nutritionist Keri Glassman, caught my eye. It's an eating plan based on consuming antioxidant-rich foods — not on counting calories or restricting what you eat.

Supposedly, eating foods that are high up on the ORAC (oxygen radical absorbance capacity) scale will improve your health inside and out. Developed by the USDA, the ORAC scale measures how well a food protects against free radicals, the damaging elements in our bodies that lead to many forms of cancer, heart disease, and symptoms of aging. Research shows that "eating a high-ORAC diet increases the antioxidant power of human blood 10 to 25 percent, improving memory and cognition, preventing cancer, improving skin, and aiding in weight loss."

Keri's plan involves eating 30,000 ORAC points a day. Just to give you a sense of what that means, one cup of blueberries contains 9,700 ORAC points, one ounce of dark chocolate contains 5,900 points, and half a cup of beans offers 7,800 points. The book explains which other foods are high on the ORAC scale and all the antioxidant powers they possess. Although this antioxidant-based program promises to "make you thin and beautiful," it seems like the more valuable outcome is improved overall health.

Sounds interesting, doesn't it? Tell me, have any of you tried the O2 Diet?

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Shebelle Shebelle 7 years
I actually think this is a good idea. I haven't read this book but I read "You on a Diet" and one thing scientists have found out is that extra weight causes inflammations in the body which can cause a hormone imbalance. This hormone imbalance can lead to problems with the metabolism and overeating. In "You on a Diet" they also recommend that you eat foods high in antioxidants as well as anti-inflammatories (they even recommend you take baby-aspirin). It really makes a lot of sense and even though I have been into diet and nutrition for a long time and thought I knew everything there is to know - this was news to me.
ilanak ilanak 7 years
The O2 Diet has been very positive - it has changed my relationship with food/diet! Thanks so much! This book is more than just a diet- it is a livable, healthy way of life. Not only did I lose weight on this plan, I felt energized, happy, calm and never deprived. In fact, this antioxidant rich plan left me feeling on an almost euphoric high. More so, the plan is easy and fun! O2 changed my relationship with food and my body. I no longer feel guilty when I eat, I am eating until I am full and I don't feel deprived. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to lose weight, feel good and break free from a bad relationship with food. After one short month, I cannot imagine eating any other way.
Spectra Spectra 7 years
It's kind of a no-duh thing--fruits and veggies have a lot of antioxidants, ergo more fruits and veggies in your diet will give you more antioxidants. And of course you're going to lose weight if your diet is primarily fruits and veggies. I wouldn't waste my money on this book.
cg130 cg130 7 years
I seems kind of interesting, but it seems like a fad. I'm with everyone else - eat healthy food!
Ajh Ajh 7 years
I would prefer a "diet" more focused on overall health than losing weight. Even though I'm overweight, I'd rather eat healthy, exercise and still be overweight, than to do a fad diet and endanger that health. I guess this one focuses on trying to require more healthy choices into whatever your current eating habits are? My current diet is whatever I can afford. I run things by the fullness scale. This cake is $0.25 and this banana is $0.50. The Banana will make me feel less hungry for longer than even three cakes, so I consider the banana a "cheaper" item. (Random numbers there, but the concept holds true.) Overall this leads to healthier choices because junk food simply isn't very filling.
kclulu kclulu 7 years
Sounds complicated...I am with Marblemunch, eat a diet rich in whole foods, eliminate process foods and exercise regularaly and you should be fine. Anytime a point system is involved I lose interest. Maybe it is my aversion to math I developed in elementary school:)
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