Did anyone catch ABC’s 20/20 last Friday? Titled The Fat Factor, the producers must have figured FAT would be an interesting topic as millions of American’s sat in front of their TV sets feeling overfed and perhaps a little bit guilty about their late night turkey sandwich.
After talking to Wynonna Judd and Carnie Wilson about their trials and tribulations as weight struggling women, the focus turned to the newest diet book, The Flavor Point Diet written by Dr. David Katz. (It doesn’t go unnoticed that Katz is the senior medical correspondent for ‘ABC’, as well as the diet doc from ‘Celebrity Fit Club’ fame, and a featured columnist at O Magazine). A pretty media savvy doc, I’d say.
Described by Rodale (his publisher), as a “groundbreaking diet drawn from cutting-edge science that maximizes your eating pleasure, optimizes your health, and guarantees permanent weight loss, by combining foods selected by flavor,” Katz believes you can meet your weight loss goals by tricking your brain into being satisfied for very long periods of time. You won’t eat when you’re not hungry and therefore lose lots of weight, faster.
Sounds revolutionary, doesn’t it? However, I’m not sure how this diet satisfies the plethora of other problems people face when struggling with their weight, like emotionally eating, managing their stress, time and management issues and competing priorities, just to name a few.
Nevertheless, the strategy is to follow ‘flavor themes’ by week, day, meal and dish, to eventually reach your ‘flavor point’ where you feel full and satisfied. According to Dr. Katz, too many flavors (variety) offered to your brain and the less successful your dieting will be. “The concept is very, very simple. An excess of flavor variety over-stimulates the appetite center in the brain,” says Katz.
The research offered to back up his theory comes from research conducted at Yale’s Prevention Research Center, where Dr. Katz is director.
It’s important to note I haven’t read the book (it comes out this week), but it does sound like the premise may not lend itself easily to the lifestyle of a typical busy American woman. Themed weeks, days and meals sound awfully challenging. Not that you can’t lose weight on this ‘diet’ or any other ‘diet’ for the short term, but can you live with it? Is it a lifestyle and/or a healthy lifestyle? How long can you really eat this way or any other rigidly described way? Will you be set up for failure is you’re currently managing binge eating?
Isn’t it more important to understand how to achieve long-term weight loss success with mindful and intuitive eating techniques and healthy eating and weight management without dieting? We think so. A healthy weight loss program is more than just about food.