According to Dr. Oz, the number one cause of weight gain in America is stress. “Stress changes the body’s hormones and can also impact the ability to eat proper amounts of food.” To avoid stress eating, Oz recommends that people learn to recognize toxic hunger, the body’s false feeling of emptiness. When a hunger pang strikes, avoid eating for five minutes. If the hunger subsides, it means the body wasn’t really in need of food. Real hunger will be accompanied by salivation, which in turns helps people enjoy the food they are eating. To shed the pounds, Dr. Oz suggested a breakfast of about 300 calories, a lunch of 400 calories, and a dinner of 500 calories and noted that women trying to lose baby weight should add three snacks of either 75 or 100 calories.