Dr. Oz: Feel Full Longer & Eat Less
Dr. Oz kicked off his show by talking about ways to feel full longer and eat less in order to lose weight. He talked to Dr. Brian Wansink, author of Slim by Design, who has dedicated his life to finding the secrets of skinny people. He and his team study things like mindless eating and overeating at the Food and Brand Lab at Cornell University.
Dr. Oz: Why Do We Overeat?
Dr. Wansink said it’s not our appetite that causes us to overeat. He said it’s more about our environment. Foods are more available, affordable, and attractive today than they ever were before.
Dr. Oz: Three Foods Make Kitchens Fat
Dr. Wansink says there’s three foods that make our kitchens “fat kitchens”. The person who has chips on their counter is going to weigh about nine pounds more than the person who doesn’t. The person who has breakfast cereal is going to weigh 21 pounds more than the person who doesn’t. And having soda in your kitchen will make you 25 pounds heavier than someone who doesn’t.
If you have a fruit bowl sitting on your counter, you’re likely to be eight pounds less than someone who didn’t.
Dr. Oz: The First Thing You See is What You Eat
Dr. Wansink said that the first thing you see is what you eat. You’re five times more likely to eat the first thing you see than the third thing you see. Dr. Wansink demonstrated how this can help you lose weight by putting a piece of chocolate cake in an opaque bowl and in the crisper. Then, he cut up some fruit and wrapped it up and put it on the top shelf. He said that kids eat almost 70 percent more fruit if you cut it up.
He added that if you’re a soda drinker, make the commitment to have no more than two sodas in the fridge at one time. If you do all of this, you could save up to two pounds a month. This will also benefit your entire family.
Dr. Oz and Dr. Wansink gave this advice to Trisha and she said it really worked for her family. She said her kids ate a lot more fruit and her husband didn’t even touch the cake.
Dr. Oz: How to Shop Smarter at the Grocery Store
Dr. Wansink said that it’s important to fill the front half of your cart with fruits and veggies, whether canned, frozen, or fresh. This will make you buy more fruits and veggies, because everything you pick up you’ll identify as a fruit or vegetable or something else.
Dr. Oz: Fill Half the Plate with Veggies
Dr. Wansink said you should fill half your plate with fruits or veggies. The typical person eats 21% fewer calories this way. He said you can eat whatever you want on the other half of the plate. Just make sure you fill half the plate with veggies and fruit.