How to Make Your Favorite Foods Work for Your Diet

Want to eat the foods you love while on a diet? We have the answers here.

The What to Eat When plan created by Dr. Oz’s go-to experts Dr. Michael Roizen and Dr. Michael Crupain, stresses the importance of when you eat over what you eat for weight loss. Studies have shown your body expects to eat during the day and fast at night so you are able to metabolize food and burn calories faster in the morning than at night. Therefore,  the plan suggests that you should eat within a certain time frame of roughly 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. for the best results.

This plan changes the whole notion of what is considered breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The biggest hurdle you will have to overcome is adjusting your eating structure, but the benefit is you can still enjoy all of the foods you love. Read on to find out how. 

Enjoy Burgers (But for Breakfast)

Dr. Crupain and Dr. Roizen advise eating your biggest meal of the day in the morning – which is why they recommend eating dinner for breakfast. Just because you can eat a burger on this plan doesn’t mean you should be eating one every day. Try a healthier route by eating salmon burgers or grilled chicken.

When you are used to eggs or oatmeal in the morning this notion of vegetables and protein instead can be hard to grasp, but if you’re making delicious meals it shouldn’t matter that you’re eating traditional dinner items for breakfast. Dr. Crupain recommends three to four ounces of protein, unlimited vegetables, and two servings of carbs in the a.m.

Eat Pasta (Just Cold)

You can have pasta on this plan! But for optimal success, it’s best if it is eaten cold. Cooled down carbs have a high resistant starch content– a type of fiber that will fill you up without spiking your blood sugar or increasing your cravings. Dr. Crupain advises eating two heaping cups of whole grain pasta or one cup of cold quinoa with another couple of ounces of protein and some veggies.

Drink Wine (In Moderation)

Feel free to enjoy a glass of wine with dinner as long as it’s a small portion and within the time limits of the plan. On this plan it is recommended that you eat dinner around 5 p.m., so make sure to have your glass of wine around then. 

Eat Chocolate (As Long As It’s Dark)

Chocolate isn’t something you have to give up just to lose weight. You can still treat yourself as long as you stay within the eating time boundaries and also watch your portions – too much can cause a sugar overload.

While it technically doesn’t matter what you eat, as long as you stay within the time constraints of the plan, you should still try your best to eat healthy. Dr. Crupain and Dr. Roizen suggest eating lean protein, poultry, fish, whole grains, fruit, and unlimited vegetables and staying away from sugar and processed foods. The better you eat, the better you will feel, but don’t be afraid to treat yourself every now and then.


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