Dr Oz: What’s Your Meal Type?
Once you take the quiz here, you’ll want to see if you answered mostly 1’s, 2’s or 3’s in order to determine your meal type. Dr Oz was joined by Dr Mike Dow, author of “The Brain Fog Fix,” and nutritionist Maya Feller to explain the different meal types.
Dr Oz: Night Owl Meal Type & Emotional Binge Eating
If you answered mostly 1’s, you’re the night owl. That means you like to eat the majority of your calories at night and enjoy social interaction and parties. Because you love social interaction, your brain wants that surge of dopamine and serotonin. That can cause you to over-indulge at night. High-fat foods release that dopamine, as well as processed carbohydrates. You may be pretty good at restricting during the day, but then at night you practically go crazy. The problem is that you’re training yourself to become an emotional eater. Instead, try to find activities that will give you that surge of dopamine in a different way.
For example, go out with friends or go see a thrilling movie. Maya came up with ideas for eating better as well. A great idea is to start your day with a simple breakfast like a hard-boiled egg, then later have a healthy snack like Greek yogurt with berries. Then in the afternoon, it’s a good idea to have a small snack loaded with fiber to prevent a binge once you get home. A good idea would be an apple with some almonds.
Dr Oz: Plate Cleaner Meal Type
If you answered mostly number two’s, you’re the plate cleaner type. That means you’re likely used to following the rules and eating three strict meals per day. The problem is that you may tend to eat out of habit or ritual, instead of the actual physical feeling go hunger. Instead of automatically cleaning your plate, you should stop eating when you’re physically full.
Maya also suggested you stay well hydrated throughout the day. You can try drinking eight ounces of unsweetened tea, warm or iced, to slow down and provoke satiety. It may also help to eat off a smaller plate to make you feel like you’re eating more. It’s important to practice portion control by measuring out your portions.
Dr Oz: Picker Meal Type & Grazing
If you answered mostly number 3’s, you’re the picker meal type which means you often graze on food all day long. Dr Oz admitted he’s a picker. The problem is that a lot of pickers don’t realize how much they’re actually eating because they’re not sitting down for an actual meal. It’s important to be more mindful of what you’re eating.
Maya also suggested planning ahead, especially around the holidays or parties, so you avoid eating mindlessly. Plan what you’re going to have and not have. If you’re going to go back for seconds, make sure it’s for a lean protein or non-starchy vegetable.
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