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The Where, Who, When Weight Loss Trick

The Where, Who, When Weight Loss Trick

As the Golden State Warriors saw the last four-plus minutes tick off the clock in game seven of the NBA championship without scoring a point, Steph Curry couldn’t get where he needed to be, with whom he needed to be, or when he needed to be there! LeBron, Kyrie, Kevin, J.R., and Tristan did. (Forgive Dr. Mike, a Clevelander and fanatic Cavs backer.) Clearly, where, with whom and when made all the difference.

The same strategy (thanks, Coach Lue) can work for your winning weight-loss effort.

Where: Eating at home is associated with eating less fat and less added sugars and syrups. And undistracted mealtimes (no TV or digital devices) create more mindful eating, so you don’t overeat.

With Whom: Family dinnertimes can reduce the risk of obesity for adults and children. For lunch, eat with folks who are nutrition-minded—makes smart choices easier.

When: Establish an eating schedule. Constant grazing (a formerly-advocated eating style) leads to a bigger waist size. What we’ve learned: Eat breakfast; have lunch around the same time daily. Consider trying a five-days-a-month reduced-calorie eating plan (Doctoroz.com has the info). Eat home-cooked meals, and allow three hours between dinner and bedtime. An erratic eating schedule may mess up your body clock (circadian rhythm) and interfere with appetite control, metabolism of fat, and cholesterol and glucose levels--big risks for obesity and heart disease.

More study is needed to quantify precisely the effects of erratic eating schedules, but we’re confident a calm, orderly eating routine provides big health benefits.

Medically reviewed in February 2019.

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