Bob Greene's Webcast Transcript
Bob: And you'll notice the bread—very important to eliminate the six foods, one of them is white bread, and we do a multigrain whole wheat bun. This is a multigrain bun.
Oprah: So let's talk about the six foods that you're going to eliminate, and one of the things we need to do—my problem is not—I don't eat unhealthfully.
Bob: No, you don't.
Bob: Remember there's a lot of folks out there that are trying to revamp their diet. You're pretty far down the road trying to fine-tune your diet.
Oprah: Yeah. I only have healthy stuff in my house. I mean, so I only am eating whole grains and whole, you know, wheat pastas and stuff like that, and this is one of my favorites. (Indicating.) Yes.
Bob: That's actually—you know we always call this Wasa. It's Wasa. (Pronouncing.)
Oprah: It's not Wasa? It's Wasa?
Bob: It's a Wasa cracker from Scandinavia. But in general, the first thing you want to eliminate—
Oprah: And the reason we're talking about the Best Life plan is I know there are other diets where you can lose a lot of water weight quickly and that are more drastic and you feel like, "I am dieting." But everybody's been through that. This is about really making a decision that this is the long term and you're going to change your life for the better over the long term.
Bob: And you want to disguise the fact that you're eating less calories. You obviously need to eat less calories if you're struggling with your weight, but paired with the exercise, you just want a hundred or 200 calories your body does not notice and go into hibernation. If you cut more than a couple hundred calories out of your day—
Oprah: What does your body doesn't notice and doesn't go into hibernation?
Bob: Well, we are programmed by genes that, in times of starvation thousands of years ago—
Bob: We had feast and famine.
Bob: And our genes haven't changed, so we're set up to sense when there's a famine. And when there's not food coming in, we've drastically cut—we know this. This is not a theory. It's a fact. That we shut down our metabolism. In other words, the calories you expend normally. Blinking your eyes. Your heart beating. Everything slows down. So on a highly restrictive diet, everything else is compensating and slowing down.
Bob: Where if you add exercise and only cut gradually, the weight loss is slower, granted, but it's more long lasting and you never build up to that—send off those alarm bells that there's a famine.
Bob: And you won't shut off your metabolism at all. It will increase it as long as you're active.
Oprah: All right. Let's talk about the six foods we're going to eliminate.
Bob: The first one, reason I want to make it clear that you can add these back. Don't say, "Oh, he's eliminating alcohol," which is the first one. Because we can add that back. But do you remember—
Oprah: I am going to have some champagne on January 20.
Bob: I think you should because you haven't signed something.
Oprah: Because I didn't sign—and that's why I didn't sign a damn thing, Bob.
Bob: I don't blame you.
Oprah: You know why? Because January 20 I'm going to have some champagne, people.
Bob: I just did an interview—
Oprah: And that's why I haven't signed.
Bob: That was talking about you and talking about that time you signed it and then I did not let you—you asked me, "But it's the Emmys!"
Oprah: I'm not signing diddly-squat until January 21.
Bob: Well, what is it you signed, though? You signed it, so honor that commitment.
Oprah: Yeah. But even if I signed something, I mean, it would be, like, well, okay.
Bob: Also you're past that point. You've been active and exercising. For most people starting to change their diet, it's about alcohol slows your metabolism down.
Oprah: Absolutely does.
Bob: So I want it off the table for only a month. Maybe a second month if you're not seeing the results, and then it comes back. But in controlled amounts.
Oprah: Could all the people who are watching right now who are going to make the commitment, because you don't want to lie to yourself. Because once you lie to yourself then, you know we talked about it earlier, that lie sets you up for failure. So could you say, "I'm going to make the commitment but I'm going to have champagne on January 20?" Could you do that?
Bob: You personally or the people out there?
Oprah: I'm talking about the people. I've already said I'm going to do it. I will be drinking on January 20. Some champagne. So I'm saying, can—for everybody who's watching right now you're saying, "I'm on the plan, I'm on the plan." Could I say—
Bob: So what are you asking for a waiver for the half a million people who have logged on to this? You want a waiver.
Oprah: I want a waiver.
Bob: Looking for that exception.
Oprah: Yes. Because I want us all to raise a glass of something on January 20.
Bob: We're talking, what, eight days away?
Oprah: Yeah. Eight days.
Bob: Well, why don't we all start—if that's really important to someone that they have alcohol—
Bob: —on that date.