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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: QUILL (December 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060932724
  • ASIN: B000GG4ZKY
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.8 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (122 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #438,123 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Do you overeat because you don't feel satisfied or full? Volumetrics is based on "the science of satiety"--what researchers have learned about the food choices that make people feel full. The authors teach you how to eat low-calorie-dense, high-volume foods so that you feel like you've eaten plenty, even though you've eaten fewer calories. You'll lose weight without feeling hungry or deprived.

Here's an example of how volume affects eating. Raisins are dried grapes. But 100 calories of raisins fill only one-quarter cup, while 100 calories of fresh, whole grapes fill one and two-thirds cups. You'll feel satisfied after one and two-thirds cups of grapes, but if you're eating raisins, you're likely to keep filling your mouth. The point is not to stop eating raisins (or chocolate, cheese, or other high-calorie, low-volume foods), but to realize that you're likely to take in many more calories before your body tells you you're full. If you're trying to manage your weight, eating more low-density foods (lower-calorie foods that have a lot of volume) will make you feel full while you drop pounds.

Barbara Rolls, a respected and well-published food-nutrition researcher at Pennsylvania State University, and food writer Robert Barnett explain energy density and how to use this concept to lose weight. They include the scientific evidence about how low-density (low-calorie, high-volume) foods make you feel satisfied, the best (and worst) foods for a satisfying, lower-calorie diet, a menu plan, an exercise plan, and environmental influences on eating. You also learn which foods are easiest to overeat. This is not a fad diet--it is logical and scientifically based, yet easy to understand and put into action. --Joan Price --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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“Refreshing. . . .Honest--and honestly motivating.” (Washington Post)

VOLUMETRICS... is such a refreshing entry into the crowded weight-loss market. It’s honest-- and honestly motivating...This book treats its readers respectfully, never promising more than it can deliver-- but delivering plenty nonetheless. (Lawrence Lindner, The Washington Post)

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223 of 225 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 12, 2000
Format: Hardcover
"Volumetrics" is the best weight management book available today. This is the book anybody interested in weight management should read. It is a refreshingly honest approach that refutes a lot of the diet hype books on the market today. The book offers practical advice on how to control your hunger, as well as recipes. It doesn't offer the phony promises of "burn away fat while eating lard" that so many of the blockbuster diets on the market offer. Instead, it delivers a pound-shedding plan to lose excess weight without feeling hungry that is based on years of science research. The general premise is built around research that indicates that people eat the same WEIGHT of food everyday, regardless of the number of calories that it contains. Lower the calorie content, but not the food's weight and you will lose excess pounds without going hungry. It is a very easy book to read and includes recipes for meals, and is easier to follow than other energy density-base books such as the Pritikin Principle. It also appears more thorough and honest than Dr. Shapiro's Picture Perfect Weight Loss. The book's only weakness is its lack of color photographs and illustrations, which is unfortunate because that will probably hurt sales.
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74 of 75 people found the following review helpful By K. Walters on March 4, 2005
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I am a fitness and nutrition fanatic (just ask Amazon who I could singlehandedly support)! I own 100s of nutrition and diet books, and this ranks near the top. Why? Well, first, this is the ONLY diet plan that I have followed that has not left me feeling deprived and hungry most of the day. Second, I have been able to lose the weight I wanted following this plan. Third, this plan is healthy, well-researched and does not promote the exclusion of any food type, which makes maintaining weight after weight loss extremely difficult to impossible. And finally, the author presents her research and information in a clear-cut and easily understandable manner.

As a result, this is a plan that I will be able to follow for life, which means I may be in the minority of people who is able to maintain my weight long-term. I can't recommend this book enough. If I was stranded on a desert island and could only bring one of my many nutrition books with me, this would be it. I look forward to reading Dr. Rolls' update to this book, entitled the Volumetrics Eating Plan, which was released this month.
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88 of 91 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 5, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I found this book to be a sensible way to approach eating- for life, not just dieting. It contains a wealth of practical advice that is supported by solid research evidence. The meal plans and recipes are varied, not overly burdensome, and the ones I tried were delicious.
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58 of 59 people found the following review helpful By Olive Drab on March 8, 2000
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I have tried to lose weight and this approach is the first that actually works. I have lost 7 pounds in 2 months. It is a sensible approach to one's diet, focusing on eating lots of vegetables and fruits.
When you fill up on water-rich food (veggies & fruits), it's easy to avoid ingesting foods like chips and sweets. The idea is to eat when you are hungry, but eat foods that are veggie-rich. It also suggests that you don't eat when you're not hungry. I found this hard at first, but when I want to eat and am not hungry, I make myself a healthy salad, and it's satisfying.
Give this a shot - the book is worth it's cost. I'm finally down the road of weight loss! I hope it works for you, too!
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52 of 53 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 21, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I applaud the authors for presenting truthful information about dieting that seeks to be helpful even at the potential cost of missing simple-minded readers seeking an easy out offered by the latest fad diet. The book is well organized, easy to read, convincing, and helpful to those who want to learn and are serious about dealing with weight problems for the long term.
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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 8, 2001
Format: Paperback
This is the single best diet book I have used. I have tried both the protein diet and Suzanne Somer's food combination diet, and both left me feeling hungry and sick a lot of the time. I was also never able to stick with either of them for an extended period of time. This book has some incredible recipes and the meal sizes are large enough even for me! I've also noticed that a lot of the strong cravings I used to get for unhealthy foods like pizza and donuts have significantly decreased. It must be because I spend the week enjoying great food instead of counting the minutes till the weekend when I allowed myself to eat the bad stuff. I would highly recommend this book!
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 23, 2002
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I cannot recommend this book enough! It has become my "bible" of nutrition -- I carry it with me at work and home. I have read many diet and weight loss books, and this book is the most useful and practical book I have read so far. Its explanation of the nutritional value (or lack thereof) of various foods, the effects of hunger, and myths of overeating are reasonable and adequately supported by studies. The authors set forth an easy to follow weight-control plan, including great-tasting, very simple recipes and calorie-counting. The book presents an easy-to-follow meal plan with many choices. For example, the breakfast portion of the book gives 12 different options that do not starve you or force you to eat liquid grass or other strange items. The book does not advocate extreme or ridiculous ideas, like all protein or no carb, nor does it claim that you will lose 50 pounds in a week. On the contrary, the authors advocate a balanced meal and attention to portion control as well as the need for fitness. More importantly, they specifically instruct you how to do so. Other assets of the book include many charts that measure fat and calorie content of various foods, including restaurant foods and even the condiments. The beauty of the authors' plan is that you can eat a lot more and feel full by substituting fatty foods with vegetables or grains full of fiber and water. What I found startling is the revelation of how much more food you can eat that contains a lot less calories and fat (but more nutrition) than a single serving of a high-fat, high-calorie food. I like that there are no tricks or gimmicks to this book; it is simply a reasonable, "no-duh" plan that helps you lose or maintain your weight by helping you understand what it is you are eating and how you can substitute healthier foods for the unhealthy ones. Since I started, I've felt healthier and started to lose inches! I look forward to the follow-up book(s). Good luck to you all!
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