The key idea is to pick HEALTHY foods that you enjoy to include in your diet and follow a 1450 nutrient-rich calorie plan each day. (That total includes two 125-calorie snacks of your choice.) If you choose to eat things you love, it will be much easier to stick with the plan. Also, watch your stress level. According to Oz, because many of us respond to stress by overeating, it’s the number one cause of obesity in America. Here are the four tips he shared in the segment:
- Manage portion size. Use the size of your palm as a gauge for meat portions. Be liberal with servings of vegetables and fresh fruits. Manage pasta potions using the “okay” method as follows: Make the okay sign by putting your index finger at the joint of your thumb and measure an amount of pasta that fits in that circle.
- Don’t skip a meal. Starving yourself never works. Missing a meal will likely lead to bingeing later, so don’t do it.
- Get sufficient sleep. If you don’t get enough sleep, your body will crave more food – and vice versa.
- Take a walk. Getting even 20 minutes of exercise can improve your metabolism. If that’s not a good enough reason, remember that exercise is also a good way to reduce stress and can be an excellent distraction when an unwanted food craving strikes.
In the magazine article, Dr. Oz shares a menu plan, sample snacks and other tips for weight loss. Click here to read the “Eat What You Love” plan online in Good Housekeeping and/or, enjoy the segment clip from the Today show. Apologies about the ad – I can’t remove it.