by MPD
Categories: Eats.

Dr. Oz is changing lives in a BIG way!

On a recent episode of his hit show, the good doctor challenged Rocco, a meat-obsessed cowboy, to a 28-day vegan cleanse. At only 52-years old, Rocco’s blood sugar was at 172, his waist size was 49 and he weighed 265 pounds. When all was said and done, Rocco had the heart of an 85-year-old man. Yikes!

Rocco accepted the challenge to go vegan and by the end of the 28-days had lost 6 inches from his waist, reduced his glucose by 73 pounts to only 99 and lost 30 pounds.

I must say, I always have such a reaction to these kinds of stories. When I was 16, I was a meat-obsessed, unhealthy teenager who weighed a whopping 255 pounds. 9 years of veganism and 75 pounds thinner, I truly the understand the power of a plant-based diet.

Take a second and watch the clip below. I guarantee you’ll be inspired.

  • David

    Any clue how to find the video with the remainder of the Rocco segment?

    • Aileen

      Yes, where’s part 2 of this video?

  • JC

    Check out this uplifting and inspiring video on why other people choose vegan:

  • Don

    While I respect those who find that vegan diets work, I want to add that it’s not for everyone.

    I recently switched to a diet with far more red meats and lean meats in it. Before, I was feeling unhealthy, had very low energy, was gaining weight and was very confused about it because I WAS on a primarily vegetarian diet (I’d have a piece of chicken every now and then.) Now I’m full of energy and have been losing weight, and finally feel satisfied. I even sleep better.

    Meat in my diet is not a luxury or a mistake–it’s a requirement. And I’m sure I’m not alone.

    The thing to take away, I believe, is that your diet *is* important and if you’re sick and not functioning at your best, it’s one of the first things you should look at changing. If you’re already a meat eater, go vegan. If you’re a fast food junkie, get more fresh food in your diet. And if you’re eating lots of salads and ‘healthy’ food and suffering… try a steak.

    Also, everybody’s different. We are not all carnivores, we are not all vegetarians, and that’s ok. Don’t judge what works.

    • a.c.

      completey agree. well put.

    • anardana

      I’ve heard this idea before, but as a happy vegan I don’t understand it. I am honestly curious about what you think it is about meat that makes you feel good/healthy, as opposed to a protein-and-iron-rich vegetarian diet.

    • kristin

      were you vegan or just vegetarian? dairy products are far more fattening and harmful to our bodies than meat can be. if you were supplementing a lack of meat with tons of cheese, i bet that’s why you didn’t feel great.

    • treaclemine

      Humans are all omnivores – capable of choosing to get our nutrition from a wide range of sources.

      There should be a plant-based diet to suit just about any human – if it’s well-planned to meet your personal real needs.

    • Boogie Fever

      Unless you think that the government is not corrupt and has our best interests at heart, you’d be doing yourself a favor to cut back on meat and dairy products. There’s a lot they don’t want you to know. You’re not just eating meat, you’re eating antibiotics, hormones, antibacterial spray, pink slime, meat glue…I could go on and on. These are things the government do not want you to know. If you have to eat meat despite all this (plus the stuff everyone knows about like cholesterol, etc.) eat meat from a local farmer who doesn’t do all that stuff.

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  • Robert

    It’s amazing that things like this are going mainstream. If you ever needed a case to go Vegan (a health one) this is it.

    People, Veganism is the road to living healthy and anything you hear otherwise is propaganda put together by the meat/dairy/egg industry.

  • Paul Smith

    @Don, agreed. One diet doesn’t fit all people. Some people have intolerances to things they had no idea were causing such issues, ie my wife with all grains. Others, dairy doesn’t work well for them. And others, meat. Where people get confused is when they mix their morals with their health needs, and believe that completely eliminating meat will also mean they’ll become healthy. For some, absolutely. Others, definitely not. I’ve known people that were dedicated vegans, got pregnant, increasingly weak, and then delved into the Weston Price diet, which is nutrient dense and focuses on animal based nutrients, from far beyond just the meat, and have found it tremendously beneficial.

    I’d say, whatever works for your health best, and matches best with your beliefs, do that. But don’t detract from your own health simply to hold to a belief.

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