Health & Fitness

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; it 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 (get the info at www.doctoroz.com). 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 that a calm, orderly eating routine provides big health benefits.

Mehmet Oz, M.D. is host of “The Dr. Oz Show,” and Mike Roizen, M.D. is Chief Wellness Officer and Chair of Wellness Institute at Cleveland Clinic. To live your healthiest, tune into “The Dr. Oz Show” or visit www.sharecare.com.

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