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Will drinking olive oil cause weight loss?


Can you recommend a good olive oil for drinking??

I have a friend who has lost over 50 lbs., he drinks at least 4 oz of olive oil per day. Has stopped taking high blood pressure medicine and is the picture of health with very smooth skin. Do you know of such situation or diets that are recommended? Can you recommend a good olive oil for drinking?

Dr. Deane

I would not recommend drinking olive or any other oil. Any health effect you wish to obtain can be gotten by substituting oils and fats you currently use with olive oil.

Fats have a unique ability to satiate, which seems to be making up for the fact that your friend is eating 8 tablespoons = 960 calories a day just in olive oil. That much oil would ruin my appetite.

The fact that he no longer takes blood pressure medicine is more likely due to losing 50 lbs than the olive oil he is eating.

Most doctors do not recommend diets. It is not only what you eat but how much you eat that is important. You should eat a balanced variety of foods such as the "Mediterranean Diet" or the new USDA pyramid, both of which contain a healthy amount of monosaturated fats such as olive oil. If you are at a healthy weight you should eat enough calories to maintain it without gaining. For those trying to lose weight, eat the same healthy foods, but smaller portions so that you are losing 2-3 pounds a month.

Most restriction diets will work temporarily due to "gustatory fatigue". You get sick of eating just grapefruit or whatever is on the diet, so you eat fewer calories. The problem is you can't (and shouldn't) eat just meat or grapefruit or olive oil for the rest of your life so people are constantly switching to the next diet in vogue.

Sunday, February 26, 2006

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