Dr. Oz Discusses Dopamine Diet to Stop Snacking and Lose Weight
In a recent episode of The Dr. Oz Show, Dr. Oz introduces special guest alternative-health expert Bryce Wylde― a past Dr. Oz special guest who introduced a miracle oil that melts belly fat away―who tells viewers that your weight issues could be due to a dopamine deficiency that is driving you to crave and eat too much of the wrong kinds of foods. To help control your dopamine levels, Bryce Wylde, author of Wylde on Health tells viewers what to eat to put a stop to out-of-control cravings.
“I believe that we finally have the key to controlling food cravings,” says Bryce Wylde. “There’s new science now that tells us that there are chemicals in the brain that tell us how hungry you are—it’s a neurotransmitter called “dopamine” that directly impacts the kinds of foods you crave and how much of them you will eat. I’ve discovered a new way of eating that helps regulate dopamine safely, effectively and naturally. The results are incredible—my patients are losing weight and keeping it off successfully.”
Bryce Wylde explains to Dr. Oz and his viewers that the neurotransmitter dopamine is responsible for controlling our mood—especially the “feel good” mood―in our bodies.
“Dopamine is a feel-good neurotransmitter that essentially allows us to feel pleasure,” says Bryce Wylde as he elaborates by explaining how that the café mocha in the morning we drink gives us a lift that is not due to so much by the sugar that’s in it, but the chocolate that elicits a surge of dopamine release causing the nerve fibers to fire and stimulate the pleasure center of the brain.
However, the crux of the biochemical response to foods that raise our dopamine levels is that it can actually lead to a dopamine deficiency if the brain is continually assaulted with large spikes of dopamine brought on by eating the wrong kinds of foods such as the white carbohydrates in snacks.
Bryce Wylde explains that when we develop cravings for that feel good moment by snacking, that it lasts only briefly as the dopamine levels begin to quickly drop. Then, we begin to crave again and eat more snacks to get the dopamine back up to suppress the craving. The brain, however, responds to this continual dopamine assault by trying to get the body to achieve homeostasis and does so by depressing the dopamine receptors in the brain and preventing additional dopamine spikes. The problem though, is that our body is left with strong cravings that we try to satisfy with even more snacking and consuming more calories.
Dr. Oz explains that many of us go throughout the day trying to satisfy our cravings by eating foods that only temporarily raise our dopamine levels rather than eat the types of foods that can keep our dopamine levels up and stabilized throughout the day that will prevent our craving/snacking behavior. This is especially evident when you find yourself craving something―but you are not sure what―and begin to oscillate between eating sweet, salty and savory snacks.
Bryce Wylde tells viewers to determine whether a person is a constant craver due to his or her dopamine levels, that the following questions can help identify the problem:
Question #1: Do you make a late night trip to the fridge at least twice a week looking for something to curb a craving?
Question #2: Do you continue eating even after you feel full by getting that 2nd plate of food or 2nd dessert serving?
Question #3: Do you feel irritable and tired when you try to cut out your favorite snacks and foods?
Bryce Wylde tells viewers that if you answered “yes” to any one of these three questions, then you may be low in your dopamine levels and thereby be a constant craver. The good news, however, is that by following his dopamine diet, you can get your dopamine levels under control and stop your craving.
The Dopamine Diet
Step #1: Eat the right kinds of foods that are high in tyrosine. Bryce Wylde explains that tyrosine is a natural chemical in many foods that acts as a precursor to dopamine in the body. By eating foods rich in tyrosine, your body will metabolize the tyrosine continually throughout the day, keeping dopamine levels up―thereby preventing a dopamine deficiency and the return of cravings.
Examples of tyrosine rich foods include fava beans, edamame, chicken, duck, oats, wheat germ, mustard greens, algae, ricotta cheese and chocolate. Bryce Wylde especially recommends eating fava beans every day and to vary your meals with at least one of his suggested tyrosine rich foods in each dish.
Step #2: Increase your dopamine levels with supplements in your diet. Bryce Wylde tells viewers that whether you are on the dopamine diet or not, that you can take a supplement called “L-Tyrosine” found at health food stores and on the supplement shelves at your local grocery that will also help keep your dopamine levels up throughout the day. He recommends taking 500 to 1,000 milligrams each day first thing in the morning for up to 4-6 weeks at a time.
To make the tyrosine supplement work optimally with the brain, Bryce Wylde also recommends taking a DHA Omega-3 supplement that will help the brain function better and process the dopamine.
“I call it [DHA Omega-3] ‘brain juice’” says Bryce Wylde. “You put that in your dopamine diet and it’s going to supercharge your tyrosine―it’s going to make it work better in your brain.”
For more about Bryce Wylde’s dopamine diet, you can find additional information about having your dopamine levels tested through a urine exam on The Dr. Oz Show website.
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Reference: The Dr. Oz Show― “Naturally Suppress Cravings with the Dopamine Diet.”