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08-20-2003, 10:49 PM
Has anyone tried Dr. Phil's diet? Is it any good?:?:

08-21-2003, 08:44 AM
Not only have I never heard of it, I went to his site and he has no tapes, cds or books on weight loss at all. Where did you hear about it?

08-21-2003, 07:35 PM
I have Dr. Phil's books and watch his show quite a lot...I have never heard of any diet endorsed or discussed by Dr. Phil...I think when he has had people on his show discussing weight loss, he takes more of a psychological approach to why they are overeating...and what triggers that in them...I don't think he has an actual diet plan.

08-21-2003, 08:07 PM
The book -- The Ultimate Weight Solution: The 7 Keys to Weight Loss Freedom -- will be released on September 9. Here's a link to its description at


08-22-2003, 08:54 PM
yeah-it looks more like what he talks about on his show-not actually any sort of "food plan." I bet it is a good read though...

08-23-2003, 08:50 PM
Dr. Phil gets all the is it all the ladies like about him)

umm i never heard of the plan if i did i would help you

08-23-2003, 10:58 PM
Here is what I wrote down about Dr Pihl's Weight Lose philosphy... this is from an Oprah show that he was on back in June 2001..... (I have a motivational journal where I write all the things that is going to make me do this.... OK I am anal retentive... lol)


****You are overweight because you set yourself up to be...
****You may have a fear of NOT Failing... Of being thin and then having no excuses....
****Being overweight is unnatural.... You have to work at being overweight.....
****The key element in being overweightis your emotions.
****You have designed your life to be this way. (IE: Your emotions, your lifestyle, your eating choices, etc.)

#2 You cant change what you dont acknowledge.

****When do you use 7 abuse food???? Know this and you will be able to start to have control....
****Its not what you eat so much as why you eat.
****You have to get real about why you eat what you eat.
****What is your payoff for eating?
****You are eating for a reason.
****If you have a need you will find a way to fill it.

Until you get rid of the fear, until you get real with yourself, you will continue to feed the monster.


****You have to changeyour internal dialog. You have to acknowledge that what you say to yourself will effect you.
****Put the food down and go heal that disfigurement inside.
****If you are overweight that means that you are out of control. Being overweight is an unnatural state.
****The magic is you. There is something in you when you make a life decision.
****Visualize yourself as thin & Beautiful.
****Visualize yourself daily doing what needs to be done.

Dr Phils Five Step Strategy

#1 Set a Very Specific Goal.
****Remember that losing weight requires a change in thought and behavior so set goals for your emotions and weight.
****Dont set vague goals. How much do you want to weigh? How do you want to feel? Visualize all of this.
****Use this visualization to feel your commitment & inner strength.

#2 Work out a very specific strategy.
****Willpower doesnt work. To lose weight and keep it off you must have a plan of attack.
****Plan ahead. get rid of expandable clothes, stay away from fast food, keep healthy food in your pantry, etc.

#3 Identify small measuralbe steps.
****Implement steps that will fit your lifestyle, not somebody elses.
****Be sure to move toward a positive goal, not just away from being fat. Every step you take will bring you closer to being what you want to be.

#4 Create a healthy, realisitc timeline.
****Where do you see yourself in a month? 6 months? a year? Fit your goals to your calender & Stick to it.
****Dont expect to see huge results overnight - take time to change your lifestyle.

#5 Create a meaningful monitoring and accountability.
****If you know you have to report to someone you are more likely to stick to it.
****Go public with someone you trust.


Do you keep alot of junk food around?
Is there no alloted time for working out?
Is your clothing expandable so that you can grow into them?

Ok I probably just summed up his whole book and he is going to hate me.... I am sure there will be alot more than just this.... These notes of mine came from a series of Oprah shows that he did for a few weeks one a week.....

It is going to be a great book and I think if you read the book with an open mind and actually do the things he recommends to find the emotional aspects of it all (and not just right the notes like I have so far) I think this will work for so many.....

He is apparently also going to focus on this alot this season on his show.... Supposedly there is an 80% success rate for those who truly follow his program.....

I dont know if he is going to have specific eating or exercise programs... it should be interesting....

I just wanted to also say thank you for bringing this up and reminding me I had these notes.... I am going to go look at them again.... and start trying to figure this out....

Suzanne 3FC
08-26-2003, 06:52 PM
Thanks for the great notes, Angel!

I will probably order the book. I'm very curious!

08-31-2003, 06:12 PM
I was at the drug store on Friday and I saw a box of Dr. Phil powdered meal replacement and a box of Dr. Phil meal replacement bars. Looks to me like he has a diet.

09-01-2003, 07:56 PM
I havent heard a thing about the meal stuff.... that is interesting!

09-01-2003, 08:12 PM
here is a page off of Dr phils website that may give you some insight into his views on weight loss.....

09-02-2003, 08:24 AM
I saw a TV ad this weekend that says Dr. Phil and Katie Couric were going to launch a new diet campaign in just TWO WEEKS!

They didn't give a specific date and I don't know how long that advertisement has been running. So ???

09-03-2003, 12:43 AM
The show with Katie will be on a week from Friday. So I guess that puts it on Sept. 12?

It's to kick off his new Challenge. His show will change a bit next season, with more shows about weightloss. He will still have other topics too, though. Looks very interesting. Can't wait to see it and talk about it here afterwards! And get his new book too.


Suzanne 3FC
09-04-2003, 10:41 AM
I'm really surprised he would have food bars, etc. I could be wrong, as I haven't paid close attention to Dr. Phil, but I always thought his focus was on the emotional aspects of eating, as well as motivation and sticking to a diet. I think pushing diet foods will make him more commercial and less personal. This would make me less likely to put much faith in him, because I would always be wondering if he was just trying to sell something.

09-04-2003, 10:50 AM
I agree. I saw his food bars at Wal-Greens this last weekend and was really surprised. I usually like Dr. Phil, but I think the food bars will turn out to be a big mistake on his part. He seems to lose some credibility because of them.

09-04-2003, 03:19 PM
Hello Everyone!!!!

Just found this on the Today show website... they are apparently looking for volunteers to be a part of this....

Thought you might be interested.... maybe someone from this board can become one of his volunteers....

Suzanne 3FC
09-05-2003, 12:27 AM
Hey, I don't think the Dr. Phil bars are the same Dr. Phil!

I just did a google search on Dr. Phil food bars and meal replacements, and the only thing coming up is Phil Bars, by Dr. Phil Maffetone. He also makes the meal replacement powders. Not the same guy, at all!


Suzanne 3FC
09-05-2003, 12:28 AM
Oh darn, never mind...

Shape Up! With Dr. Phil McGraw.
30 Packets - 6 tablets each.
15 day supply.
Each Packet Contains: 2 High Quality Multivitamin/Multimineral Tablets, 2 Apple Weight Management Tablets, 1 Apple Metabolism Tablet, 1 Apple Specialty Tablet.
Change your behavior, take control of your weight.

A 15 day supply for $29.99

And I'm not impressed with the ingredient list.

Change your behavior, take control of your weight.
Then why feed us diet supplements?

Stepping Out
09-05-2003, 02:49 PM
Sounds pretty much like a GIMMICK to me :rolleyes: :nono:

I'm going to watch the show anyway-but I don't know about buying the book.

09-05-2003, 09:59 PM
I love Dr. Phil...but whoever got him into doing the meal replacements and supplements-boy that was a bad move. I think that he should have went with the book alone and concentrated on the emotional aspects of controlling your weight-and not into the "diet products." I had hoped he was better than that.

09-08-2003, 10:44 PM
Here is some info on the show we have all been looking for....

NBC News chews the fat with Dr. Phil McGraw


In an exclusive interview, live forum discussion and weeklong series, NBC News will chew the fat with self-help guru and talk show host, Dr. Phil McGraw about the components and lessons revealed in his soon-to-be-released book, “The Ultimate Weight Loss Solution: The 7 Keys to Weight Loss Freedom.” Beginning on Friday, September 12th at 8 PM ET in “A Katie Couric Special,” Couric will sit down with Dr. Phil in an exclusive one-hour interview. The second part of the broadcast will consist of a one-hour forum discussion with a live studio audience about the issues surrounding weight. The following week on “Today” Dr. Phil will appear daily as part of a week-long series during which he will work with a “Today” viewer on their quest for weight loss.
The September 12th broadcast will examine obesity and address why the United States leads the world in this alarming epidemic. Couric will talk to McGraw about the personal reasons that led to his involvement in this particular issue. It will also feature people who struggle with weight problems, and McGraw will use them as an example to explain his plan to viewers across America.
In the second part of the special McGraw will use his familiar “no-nonsense” approach to talk with a live audience at New York City’s South Street Seaport about why dieting doesn’t work, the roles that family and the media play in how and what we eat and the differences in men and women when it comes to weight. McGraw will share his plan with the audience and viewers at home on what they can do to stop instinct eating, clean out their refrigerator and get rid of those “fat clothes.”
The special will also include an interactive quiz for viewers at home. Based on McGraw’s ‘Readiness Profile,’ ten questions will run throughout the live portion of show, and on NBC’s website ( which, according to McGraw will tell viewers how committed they are, and ready they are, to tackle their weight problems.
In addition, millions of radio listeners will have an opportunity to hear the special report on NBC News Radio, a joint venture with Westwood One, in selected markets on Friday, September 12th (please check local listings for times.)
During the weeklong series on “Today” McGraw will meet viewers who are struggling with their weight and could benefit from his plan. Each day a different viewer will appear on “Today” to sit down with McGraw and discuss their individual battle with their weight and try to develop a plan going forward. Each viewer introduced will be monitored by McGraw to see whether they could make the lifestyle change.
In McGraw’s new release, “The Ultimate Weight Loss Solution: The 7 Keys to Weight Loss Freedom,” he offers his philosophies about the no-nonsense, no-gimmicky way to weight loss success. He outlines them in “seven keys” that will offer people the tools it will take to “get real” and lose the weight

09-08-2003, 11:00 PM
Gosh, I wonder what Oprah thinks about all this??? LOL.

09-09-2003, 10:24 AM
She is probably loving it... I am sure she is getting a cut from all of this.....

09-09-2003, 10:57 AM
I don't know if you all saw the news program (forgive me I don't know which one) but it said the reason Oprah supported Dr Phil going out on his own was to make money and she is always interested in making money. UGH!

Dr Phil is a Psychologist not a nutritionist and has no business touting bars, potions, or pills of any kind. I gave him a piece of my mind way back when he had the show about people who are offended by fat people and he never once told them their thinking was SCREWED UP! I think it is shameful that a lot of these people come out talking a good talk then cave in to good ole GREED! I plan on ignoring his program and whatever he is trying to sell to us now.

Richard Simmons did the same thing. He was very anti pills etc and now has his own line of the crap and crap it is! You can buy any good multivitamin and get the same nutritional stuff as any of this stuff being sold.


09-09-2003, 05:40 PM
GMA2one- I totally respect your opinion.... my biggest thing with Dr phil is that he is at least trying to make it a wake up call and to be honest most things he is saying is common sense stuff..... and it may be stuff that has been said by AMA and others but if someone is willing to listen to him then more power to him....

And I agree with you about the bars and stuff I was VERY DISSAPPOINTED in him promoting that type of stuff BUT JUST READ this article that said THAT ALL PROCEEDS GO TO CHARITY TO FIGHT CHILDHOOD OBESITY..... so while I wont be buying this stuff someone out there may and at least there will be some good out of it.....

Here is the article that was in the USA TODAY....

Hope this helps....

09-10-2003, 08:23 PM
Gma2one, you are completely right. We should all know better. I am an expert at dieting, weight loss, nutrition and the 1001 ways to get to a healthy weight. But I'm still fat.

That is why we can't think for ourselves, how we get sucked into every crazy diet gimmick known to man. We keep hoping someone is going to sell us the secret to losing the weight and keeping it off.

This guys version is "telling it like it is" which in my mind translates into his having a license to be obnoxious.

I'm not fat because I have unresolved issues!!! I don't have any issues. I grew up in a loving family, I married a wonderful man and raised a bunch of well adjusted kids... I'm fat because I like to eat... out of boredom, out of anxiety and in celebration just about anything.

Unless you have a weight problem, you can never appreciate the struggle that eating is always going to pose. When a diet derails, the reason it is so hard to start back up again is because you understand the diligence it takes to maintain the loss and you just don't have the energy to stay at it... someone died, you lost your job...

Oh wait. Shouldn't you find other ways than food to deal with your problems? I think it is much deeper than that. You take the energy you were using to lose weight and you rechannel that energy into healing yourself. You aren't reverting to food for comfort, you are unable to fight the unending pressure that losing weight entails AND deal with the current crisis.

Falling back into old habits isn't because you haven't dealt with your issues, it is because for reasons beyond your control you lost your "fight" and the genetic programming that in ancient times kept you alive, kicks back into high gear and keeps you fat.

Will I watch the show? Probably. I feel like I need to turn every stone in search of the holy grail. The key is to have the ability to seperate the useful from the crap. Besides, I don't want to be left out when everyone is diss'in (did I use that word right? lol) Dr. Phil.

Its a long step down off my soap box... (sorry)