You have seen it in infomercials before: diet plans where you eat the foods you want and still lose weight. At first you are skeptical. After all, eating your favorite foods is what get you overweight in the first place.
But there is a science to it. A research study at the University of Toronto led by Janet Polivy, Ph.D., has found that dieters who follow an overly-restricted diet–where they give up all or most of an entire food category like fat or carbohydrates–even for just three days get an irresistible craving for food they are not supposed to eat. Even the thought or anticipation about depriving yourself of pasta or steak can trigger eating binges in days beforehand. The researchers find this phenomenon to be so common, they have coined a name for it: the “Last Supper effect.”
Mehmet Oz, M.D., the celebrity doctor more famously called by his nickname Dr. Oz, could not agree more. “You can’t stop eating. It’s like holding your breath indefinitely underwater.
“(The problem with deprivation) is that you violate the biology of blubber,” Dr. Oz added. In simple terms, you body interprets dieting differently. Once you start dieting, your body thinks you are struggling to survive and goes into panic mode. Your brain relays a signal to the rest of the body to store fat as a natural protective mechanism.
Understanding this phenomenon, Dr. Oz developed an eating plan that is meant to lose the weight without starvation and deprivation. His “Eat What You Love” plan allows you to get on and off the plan when they feel like it, as well as become wiser about the choices you make. The plan does not starve because you consume enough calories a day–with the right amount of fat, protein, and fiber–to override your body’s starvation meter.
There is a catch, though. The plan follows a particular schedule of what to eat and a specific amount of calories in each meal: 300 for breakfast, 400 for lunch, 500 for dinner, and 125 for each of two snacks. For instance, your first day of breakfast consists of cranberry-lemon muffin, a cup of nonfat plain Greek yogurt, and 10 grapes.
People eager to take on the Eat What You Love Diet should follow the recipes of each meal, which can be found in Good Housekeeping website. The plan also has “smart substitutions” for foods you do not like to eat like hummus and carrots. Dr. Oz also recommends a daily intake of calcium (500mg) and Vitamin D (1,000 IU).
Source: Good Housekeeping