Have you even wanted to pick just one food and eat it all day long? That, in very
basic terms, is the gimmick of the Flavor Point Diet, a new weight loss
strategy by researcher Dr. David Katz of Yale University.
The diet is based on the theory that we are overloading our palates with different flavors and are consequently so
interested in them that we are never satisfied. According to the analogy given in the book, if we tempt ourselves with
a taste of something, we will never be satisfied until we have a lot of it. The more flavors we allow ourselves, the
more flavors we will want to eat. Dr. Katz says that by focusing on one "flavor intense" food each day,
cravings can be overcome.
The diet calls for having a different flavor each day - pineapple on Monday, apple day on Tuesday, thyme on
Wednesday, and so on. The sample menu for Apple Day
calls for such meals as a smoothie for breakfast and an apple fennel barley salad for lunch. The total calorie count of
the day is under 1500 and though the diet specifically claims that it involves "No Measuring
Portions" and no restrictions on what you can eat, it still calls for 1/2 cup of applesauce for the snack. Another menu calls for a "snack" of 5 crackers,
with no lunch on that day. The 6 bran pretzel sticks and 1/4 cup cottage cheese that serves as a snack on thyme day is another that sounds as
though it involves both counting and measuring, even if its not specifically calories.
This diet is nothing new. It's simply the common sense of not eating too much disguised with a weak attempt at