One of my favorite TV shows is “My 600-Lb. Life,” so I’m pretty familiar with Dr. Nowzaradan — also known as Dr. Now — and his no-nonsense approach.
The diet program he uses to prepare patients for bariatric (weight loss) surgery has recently gained popularity as the Dr. Now Diet.
This restrictive diet should only be attempted by people who are preparing for weight loss surgery or who are at imminent risk of serious health concerns due to weight.
In addition, they should only follow the diet under the supervision of a medical team, including a doctor or surgeon and bariatric dietitian.
Here’s what you need to know about the Dr. Now Diet.
Diet review scorecard
- Overall score: 2.2
- Weight loss: 1.0
- Healthy eating: 2.5
- Sustainability: 3
- Whole body health: 2
- Nutrition quality: 2.5
- Evidence-based: 3
Summary: The Dr. Now Diet is designed to help candidates for preoperative weight loss surgery lose weight quickly. However, it’s extremely restrictive and should only be attempted under medical supervision.
The Dr. Now Diet is a very restrictive low carb, low calorie diet.
Dr. Nowzaradan is a Houston-based bariatric surgeon who specializes in weight loss surgery for people with morbid obesity.
He became famous for the reality show “My 600-Lb. Life,” which documents the lives of his patients who weigh more than 600 pounds (272 kg). The show follows their journey before, during, and after weight loss surgery.
Dr. Now is well known because he takes on patients many other surgeons think are too risky to operate on.
Before the patients have surgery, many of them need to lose weight to reduce their risk of complications and show they’ll be able to make the lifestyle changes doctors prescribe after surgery.
Dr. Now puts the patients on a strict low carb and low calorie diet to help them quickly lose weight in preparation for surgery. He details the diet in his book, “The Scale Does Not Lie, People Do.”
The Dr. Now Diet is a very restrictive low carb, low calorie diet. Dr. Now is a bariatric surgeon who gained fame on “My 600-Lb. Life.” He encourages his patients to lose weight prior to weight loss surgery using this diet.</…….