So here we go again. The episode started with Dr. Oz claiming that “recent studies prove that snacking on the right foods at the right time can turn your body into a fat-burning machine.” He then went on to present that eating certain snacks of 200 calories or less two hours before dinner will result in less food consumed at dinner. One of those snacks he presented included prosciutto, a cured ham, which he recommended wrapping around 2% mozzarella cheese, and adding 2 olives, 1 cup zucchini, and 1/4 cup chickpeas.
Like with Sage Leaf, I began an intensive search and here’s what I found--a South Korean study titled, “Effects of Alpha-Lipoic Acid on Body Weight in Obese Subjects” published in early 2011, that stated to the authors’ knowledge, “this is the first study to show that alphalipoic acid treatment led to a significant weight reduction in obese human subjects.” There appears to be no published study since, so this seems to be the first and only study of its kind.
Second, the study initially involved 360 obese subjects (of which about 1/3 dropped out for different reasons including adverse side effects) consuming 1,800 mg (9 times the dose recommended by Dr. Oz).