How to Determine Your Calorie Type (3:23)
Now that you’ve calculated your calorie type and determined you fall into the low-calorie camp, which requires eating 1,500 calories or less, here is what you can eat to stay within your designated range and make the most of it.
What to Eat on a Low-Calorie-Type Plan
On the low-calorie-type plan, you can enjoy foods like egg-white-and-veggie omelets, with spinach and tomatoes on the side for breakfast; cauliflower rice with grilled chicken and sliced cucumbers for lunch; and spiralized noodles with sugar snap peas and steamed shrimp for dinner. If you’re craving a snack, go for sliced apples to satisfy your sweet tooth and celery sticks for the crunch factor. For more meal ideas, check out the low-calorie-type recipe box.
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Why It Works
The reason this meal plan suits low-calorie eaters so well is because there is protein in every meal, and plenty of high-volume foods like nonstarchy vegetables that will fill you up with water and fiber and keep you full and satiated in the most calorically efficient way. For example, 400 calories of oil occupy very little room in your stomach, and 400 calories of chicken occupy a bit more, but 400 calories of vegetables take up the most room for the least amount of calories, guaranteeing you will lose weight without going hungry.
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Chris Powell’s Low-Calorie Hack
One way to “game the system” when it comes to eating a low-calorie diet is to combine one tablespoon of heavy cream with a diet root beer. Chris recommends this treat because the fat from the cream will curb your appetite, and the diet soda will fill you up for no calories. However, drinking diet drinks on a regular basis is not always recommended for a healthy lifestyle, so Dr. Oz recommends making his version: one tablespoon of coconut oil in a glass of warm water.
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