The healthiest way to lose weight from a Traditional Chinese Medicine nutrition perspective, is to modify the diet and eat whole, nutritious foods. TCM philosophy is one of balance, with a respect to individual differences. Many of us tend to eat quite an imbalanced diet, with an excess of sweet, salty and spicy foods. This is a recipe for weight gain. To lose weight healthfully we should focus on eating bland flavored foods and herbs. The bland taste has the ability to drain dampness. Generally those that have the pattern of excess damp are those who have weight to lose. Too much sweet, salty and sour tastes creates dampness, as they tend to be moistening, so a person with dampness problems should not take too many of these types of foods and herbs.