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    How to Eat


    WebMD Feature from "Esquire" Magazine

    By Mehmet Oz, M.D. & Michael Roizen, M.D.

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    You're staring at the fridge. Or the pantry, or the menu. How do you make the right choice? By remembering a few simple rules.

    Breakfast
    The point of breakfast is twofold. First, it replenishes the calories you've burned and eliminates the hunger you've built up overnight, when you haven't eaten for nine or ten hours. You're literally breaking a fast. Second, it keeps you satiated until lunch, your next big meal. There are good and bad ways to do this. Here are the good ones.

    1. Don't eat breakfast until you actually feel like you need it. There's no law that says you have to eat before you shower or even before you go to work. Just listen to what your body's telling you.

    2. Go with something simple. This can be either high fiber (oatmeal, whole-grain cereal, whole-grain toast, a small fruit shake with a fiber supplement) or high protein (two eggs or a three-egg-white omelette). The main thing is, avoid embellishments. If you go with high fiber, it's okay to add a few nuts or dried fruits, but don't go wild. If you go with the eggs, try adding some cayenne or other spicy red pepper. The heat in these comes from capsaicin, which triggers the release of CCK — the chemical that closes your stomach's gates. You'll feel fuller all morning. And if you just can't live without sausage or bacon, try the low-fat turkey kind. And two pieces, max. 

    3. Coffee should be drunk black or with a little skim. And skip the sugar and cream, which can add upwards of five hundred calories.

    Lunch
    Think about how most of us are around lunchtime: rushing to finish the morning's tasks, thinking about the afternoon meeting, feeling starved. That's a recipe for bad (or indifferent) choices. So try to eat roughly the same foods every week. This eliminates hazards that can crop up when you're too harried to think about what you're scooping onto your plate.

    1. Don't wait until you're starving to eat lunch. If you tend to be ravenous by 1:00, start eating at 12:30. That way you won't be in a rush to get something into your mouth, and you won't be tempted to forage or put too much on your plate.

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