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Less Flavors Could Equal Less Weight

Reporter: Shannon Samson

Web Producer: Jill Middleton

We've all heard of low fat, low carb, and high protein diets, but one Yale doctor says it's having too many flavors in our meals that keeps us fat .

He says cutting back on those flavors is the key to weight loss.

Jonathan Link lost 20 pounds and lowered his cholesterol in the last year. He says it's because of the flavors he chooses.

Jonathan says, "Now it's not a diet. It's the way that I eat. Its like a cookbook."

Jonathan is a follower of the flavor point diet. Author and Yale professor, Doctor David Katz says too many flavors in one meal triggers your brain to want more food.

Dr. Katz says, "When you're eating food that has that flavor - sugary foods, salty food - you turn on the appetite meters that respond to that flavor category. When that meter registers full, so do you, but if you have all of them turned on, if you're firing on all cylinders, you've got to fill them all up before you feel full."

Katz's plan involves theme days. On orange day, all your meals have some oranges in them. He says key points are: don't mix sweet and salty, don't eat foods with long ingredient lists, don't eat highly processed foods like fast food, and don't cruise from snack to snack.  Pick one and have your fill.

But Dietician Meredith Luce says the diet may be asking people to do too much work.

Luce says,  "I think it's a little gimmicky to think in terms of the whole focusing on flavor as being the thing that is going to help people learn to eat less. It's not going to be this major gong that goes off that says, 'ok, your meter is full.'"

But Luce does say, "If it works for you, go for it!"

Jonathan says, "Now I go out. I feel more confident. I see are people looking at me, and I like being looked at."

So while "variety is the spice of life," it's a lack of variety that has spiced up Jonathan's. 

Dr. Katz says that of the 20 people in his 12-week study, everyone lost weight. The average was 16 pounds.

For more on the diet, go to Dr. Katz's Web Site.

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