If emotional eating and stress-induced food binges are causing you to gain weight, there's help. On his Jan. 29 talk show, Dr. Mehmet Oz explained how to conquer your stress for weight loss success. Plus: Find out about Dr. Oz's take on the new discovery that vitamin E can help prevent Alzheimer's disease.
Dr. Oz says that blood sugar is linked to stress. Blood sugar spikes can result in boosted stress levels. The result: You crave something sweet and fattening, leading to weight gain. Here are Dr. Oz's tips to curb emotional eating and stress:
- Recognize what makes you stressed, so that you can control your emotions.
- Start your day off with complex carbohydrates that have a low-glycemic index, such as oatmeal.
- Stop eating two to three hours before bed.
- Eat one serving of protein every 3 to 4 hours and one with each meal. Protein is absorbed slowly and can help stabilize blood sugar levels.
- Choose snacks that are high in protein, such as peanut butter, eggs and Greek yogurt.
In addition, new research has shown that vitamin E can reduce the risk of Alzheimer's and also slow the effects of this condition. You can benefit from the results of this study by eating foods high in vitamin E:
- Nuts and seeds such as almonds and sunflower seeds
- Leafy greens such as kale
- Vegetables such as tomatoes
- Oils such as soybean oil
- Fruits such as kiwi and mango
The recommended daily dose of vitamin E is 20 mg or 30 IU's a day. Other possible sources include vitamin E supplements and fortified cereal, such as Total Whole Grain Cereal.