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The Ultimate Volumetrics Diet: Smart, Simple, Science-Based Strategies for Losing Weight and Keeping It Off Hardcover – April 10, 2012

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“With its emphasis on . . . high-volume, low-calorie foods, the Volumetrics Diet promises you’ll lose weight without starving. . . . Experts love its emphasis on whole foods and veggies and dieters love it for the wide range of fiber-packed recipes that keep you full for hours.” (Shape Magazine -- Winner, Best Low-Calorie Diet)

Most Effective Diet of 2012 (The Daily Beast)

2012 Best Weight Loss Diet, Best Diet for Healthy Eating, and Easiest Diet to Follow (US News & World Report)

“Backed by the best research.” (USA Today)

“Volumetrics could be the most popular and effective diet you have never heard of.” (Newsweek)

“The [consumer products rating guide] gave its highest honors to the ‘Volumetrics Eating Plan’ diet.” (New York Post)

“A refreshing entry into the crowded weight-loss market. It’s honest and honestly motivating.” (Washington Post)

“We love it—no gimmicky false promises. Rather, it’s a diet book that treats its readers respectfully.” (Tufts University)

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“With all the crazy diet books flood[ing] the market…it is nice to read and recommend this highly readable, sensible, research–based approach to achieving and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. The book is very attractive, with beautiful color photographs; is easy to read; and has a wealth of practical information.” (American Journal of Clinical Nutrition)

From the Back Cover

Lose weight and keep it off while managing your hunger: That's the simple and effective promise of Volumetrics, the #1 New York Times bestselling diet and lifestyle plan that for more than a decade has shown readers how to feel full on fewer calories. In The Ultimate Volumetrics Diet, Dr. Barbara Rolls expands on her time-tested message with new findings, recipes, and user-friendly tools. Dr. Rolls's twelve-week program supports readers step-by-step as they develop new habits to help them lose weight and keep it off—and her 105 delicious recipes, divided into thirty-five food categories, provide a foundation for personalizing and preparing everything from breakfast favorites to main courses to desserts.

The Ultimate Volumetrics Diet also features:

  • Budget- and time-saving tips for losing weight
  • Myth busters shattering common beliefs about diets and dieting
  • Food shopping strategies and options for saving time or saving money
  • Game plans for eating out, including menu buzz words, key questions, calorie labeling, and more
  • New tips for feeding the family and camouflaging veggies in favorite dishes
  • Concise charts with nutritional information for personalizing meals
  • Before-and-after photos comparing standard and Volumetrics recipes, with tips on how they were adapted to provide more food for the calories

Change the way you think about managing your weight and enjoy a lifetime of healthy food choices with The Ultimate Volumetrics Diet.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow Cookbooks; 1 edition (April 10, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780062060648
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062060648
  • ASIN: 0062060643
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1.1 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (103 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #107,462 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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If you enjoy eating, don't like feeling hungry, and want to lose weight on a long term sustainable path, then I recommend reading this book.

Using the caloric density as a guideline as to how much of a given food you should eat is easy to follow. My willpower to avoid sweets has become almost heroic. Honestly, I am shocked how boxes of cookies and bags of chips go untouched by me now. They are just too calorically dense.

When I snack, and I snack all the time, I am eating fresh fruit or no-fat cottage cheese. I eat scrambled eggs with salsa for breakfast. Fruit through out the day and a big dinner with lots of veggies. In fact, after dinners I feel full.

I have yet to try the recipes in the book so I can't comment about them.

Losing weight following the volumetric principles has been easy and pleasant. Just remember: NO hunger PAINs, NO weight re-GAIN
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A book about healthy eating and weight control that really is based on sound research! What a treasure!

So often such books sound like they are based on science, but their "science" base does not truly represent what current evidence shows. Volumetrics, in contrast, is "the real deal". A large number of good quality studies shows that this approach based on calorie density of food really does help us create eating patterns that reduce calorie consumption without going hungry. On top of it all, it stands in contrast to the diets that promise weight loss -- with the goal of improving your health -- via unhealthy approaches to eating. Volumetrics allows you to learn new eating habits while you are losing weight that are habits you will want to continue for their good health value.

As a registered dietitian who specializes in strategies to reduce cancer risk while promoting overall health, the Volumetrics approach is what I talk about all the time. A healthy weight is among the steps to reduce cancer risk most strongly supported by research. The approach to eating outlined in this book shows how to get there using overall eating habits that also support lower cancer risk and better overall health.

The bonus? With Ultimate Volumetrics, you not only learn about this healthy approach to weight management -- you get step by step help moving from where you are now toward that goal, and you get recipes to help you find ways to prepare food that meets these goals and tastes delicious. No deprivation here. No need to feel your family will suffer while you try to lose weight, and no need to even announce "This is a healthy meal". Nobody will care, since they'll just know they're eating delicious food, while you know they're eating more healthfully than before.

Out of the hundreds of unhealthy weight loss diet books, this is a true gem.
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By Greg on June 15, 2014
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This is my first and only diet book. It came time for me to drop 20 lbs and having no reference, I was a miserable for a couple weeks. Eventually, I thought "maybe there's some kind of diet which will allow me to eat high volumes of low calorie foods." Sure enough, that's part of what Volumetrics is all about.

First, I respect that the author has a Ph.D. Also, it's well written, well edited. The author writes in first person, "This week I want you to focus on X, "which is a bit odd but you get used to it. It's really not a "diet", more like a sensible approach to eating. The concept is thus: Water has zero calories. Oil has lots of calories. Everything else falls in between somewhere. On packaged food, the calories and weight are listed. Divide the calories by the weight (grams) and you get a number between 0 and 8 or so. That's called Calorie Density (CD). Try and eat more foods with a lower number. Do this consistently and drop 1-2 pounds a week. Brilliant!

Armed with a small scale, calculator, reading glasses, and a magic marker, I took it to the next level and emptied the pantry. I did the math and arranged things such that the low CD foods were on the top shelf, and the high CD items were on the bottom. And I started eating more of the preferable items. As time progressed, the lower shelves became barer and barer and upper two are overstocked. After 12 weeks, its still working.

I've only sampled a few of the included recipes but will try more as time goes on. Also, there are some things I'm not willing to do. I gave up tasty milk and now purchase 1%, but "fat free milk" is not in my future. Low fat cheese doesn't cut it either, so I just eat smaller portions of the good stuff.
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The series (ALL THREE BOOKS) show how to have a larger volume meal without adding insanely high numbers of calories. I recommend this set of books for anyone needing to limit calories who wants a full feeling after each meal!
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If I had a dollar for every "diet" I've tried, I would be rich, but the information in this book is so simple and common sense that it doesn't deseve the name "diet." Even my husband is enuthiastic about the principles and recipes. This book is a life-changer.
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By Jules on April 10, 2012
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I am so excited that the new book by Barbara Rolls is out. I have used her previous books and managed to get to my ideal weight and keep it off. I also read the recent article in Nutrition Action about this book so had to have it. The book is based on her research studies and includes new recipes with color photos that look amazing. It also has before and after pictures showing how you can adapt meals so you will feel fuller on fewer calories. A must have!
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