The Flavor Point Diet
The Flavor Point Diet: What It Is
The Flavor Point Diet takes a new approach to
weight loss. Many diet books are disguised under eye-catching headlines but
when it comes down to it, most eliminate foods or food groups, are low in
calories, and are packaged to help sell books. Rarely does a new diet theory
emerge based on science, and from a well-respected authority.
Yale University nutrition expert and author, David Katz, MD, with his wife
Catherine Katz, offer up the Flavor Point Diet, a novel plan based on
appetite control and "sensory specific satiety" research. The diet
promises delicious food and a breakthrough plan to turn off your hunger and
help you lose weight for good.
The Flavor Point Diet is the first weight loss program based on the
science of flavors and their impact on appetite. According to the authors, when
you eat a meal with multiple flavor categories such as sweet, salty, or savory,
the competing flavors stimulate the appetite center of your brain, causing
overeating. Limiting the flavor categories in a meal or snack makes it easier
for your brain and stomach to reach the "flavor point" where you are
satisfied and stop eating.
While Katz admits the Flavor Point Diet may sound a bit gimmicky, its
focus on whole foods may suit the dieter who wants to learn about nutritious,
healthy eating, and delve into the science
of flavor themes, too.
The Flavor Point Diet: What You Can Eat
In order to gain an understanding of flavor point satiety, the Flavor
Point Diet includes phases of discipline to help you adapt to a new way of
thinking about selecting food.
"The first two phases are educational and necessary to learn how to
unjumble and organize flavors," explains Katz. In the first phase, lasting
four weeks, dieters eat according to a daily flavor theme.
- Week 1: raisin/currant, pineapple, cranberry, lemon, peach, orange,
- Week 2: tomato, carrot, mushroom, onion, pumpkin, spinach, bell pepper
- Week 3: apple, tomato, almond, thyme, walnut, sesame, basil
- Week 4: spinach, orange, mint, lemon, pecan, dill, cranberry
A detailed menu accompanies each flavor-themed day along with recipes and
nutrient analysis. For example, on spinach day the menu suggests:
Spinach and feta breakfast omelet with whole-grain toast
Crackers and spinach-yogurt dip, or baby carrots
Spinach and turkey salad
Pasta with spinach marinara sauce
Side green salad
Alternatives are included if you prefer a substitute for a meal or snack,
and dieters are given the option to choose between a menu averaging 1,500
calories, or the 1,300 calorie "weight loss express."
Three weeks into the Flavor Point Diet, dieters are rewarded with the
option of a weekly indulgence day of coconut or chocolate. These menus are
themed with chocolate or coconut and kept under 1,500 calories for the day.