Eat Satisfying Food to Aid Weight Loss

Written by Jennifer Strailey

What if you could eat healthfully without feeling deprived? Dr. David Simon, author of Vital Energy, reveals the six steps to satsifying meals to lose weight

The problem most people have in sticking to a healthful diet is that gnawing feeling of deprivation. But it's not necessarily hunger that causes you to stray. Dissatisfaction is the devil that'll make you do it. 

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If a meal fails to satisfy our six tastes, sweet, sour, salty, pungent, bitter and astringent, we're left hungry for more, says Dr. David Simon, medical director of the Chopra Center for Well Being, and author of Vital Energy: The 7 Keys to Invigorate Body, Mind & Soul

He says a healthful diet is easy to follow when you're eating foods with flavor. Focus on getting those six tastes at every meal. By feeding your palate and senses a variety of tastes, you'll reach satisfaction sooner. 

Here's a low-fat, high-fiber, antioxidant-rich meal from Simon's book that hits on all six taste sensations: 

  • Stir-fried pea pods, tofu, and water chestnuts with soy sauce (sweet, bitter, salty, sour)
  • Rice with raisins and turmeric (sweet, bitter, astringent)
  • Hot and sour soup (pungent, sour)
  • Green tea (astringent)
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