Dr. Oz: Late Night Snacking
Dr. Oz has been talking to Tina, a woman who does everything to lose weight during the day, but struggles when nighttime falls and she wants a night snack.
Dr. Oz introduced her to Dr. James Rosser, who has lost a lot of weight over the years and struggles with nighttime snacking himself.
Dr. Oz: Occupy Your Hands to Beat Emotional Eating
Dr. Rosser said that when we think our hunger for a snack is emotional, rather than physical, we need to take about 5 minutes to think about if we really want the food. Then, we can occupy our mind and our hands, to distract us from eating.
He suggested Tina learn how to knit, do crosswords or sudoku, or paint her nails. Tina said she might do her nails, because she hasn’t been getting a manicure lately.
Dr. Oz: Brush Your Teeth to Prevent Night Snacking
Next, if you still want a snack, brush your teeth and use some mouthwash. This will make the snacks taste worse because mouthwash and snacks don’t taste good together. Brushing and using mouthwash will also help you feel like it’s the end of the day and you’re done with eating.
Dr. Oz: Healthy Snacks
The final step is to eat healthy snacks at night, if you absolutely need to. Dr. Rosser suggested a banana cut up into coins, apple sauce, and nuts. Dr. Rosser said you should wait 5 minutes between each one.
Dr. Oz: Eat One Serving of Bad Snacks
If you absolutely must eat something bad, know what a serving is. Eat just the one serving, rather than a whole bowl. Eat one serving of your favorite snack like Rocky Road ice cream, potato chips, or candies. If it comes down to it, put a lock on your freezer to stop you.
Tina eagerly grabbed the Rocky Road serving they had on the table, enjoying it onstage, even though it was daytime. “Take that away from her!” Dr. Oz said.