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Watch for flying pigs: here's a weight-loss plan that's sensible and simple. And for those of you who can only think of bacon when the word "pig" is mentioned, prepare to go hog wild: the Volumetrics plan is designed to let you indulge in your favorite goodies every now and then, so you're much more likely to stick to the program. Developed by a nutritionist who has worked with the National Institutes of Health, the Volumetrics plan focuses on foods that are low in "energy density." In other words, fruits, vegetables, and soups—all high in water content—are low in energy density, and therefore allowed in greater quantities. These foods tend to be more filling, so you eat less—and that's how easy weight loss can result. Author Barbara Rolls includes forms for charting one's daily food intake and weight-loss progress, as well as dozens of tempting recipes for the likes of Risotto Primavera and Chicken Fajita Pizza. After years of watching friends remove the buns from their hamburgers and banish croutons from their salads, it's nice to see common sense making a comeback. --Erica Jorgensen --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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)

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

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

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

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks; 1st edition (May 8, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060737301
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060737306
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.8 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (146 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #326,195 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Jill O'Nan on July 4, 2005
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I began following Volumetrics in April, 2001. Four years later, I have lost 220 pounds! The Volumetrics Weight-Control Plan gave me everything I needed to overcome obesity: a comprehensive guide to good nutrition; a clear explanation of the science of satiety; and a host of delicious recipes to try. I have been able to stick with Volumetrics all this time because I don't feel hungry or deprived. In fact, I would say that by managing my hunger and helping me achieve a normal weight, Volumetrics has given me my life back.

This new Volumetrics book is a wonderful complement to the first one. It includes more detail on how to implement Volumetrics successfully, along with menu planners and beautiful color photographs of 125 new recipes. I've actually given The Volumetrics Eating Plan to several friends who don't need to lose weight but do like to cook. I only wish it had been available when I started my own Volumetrics eating plan four years ago (and I'm not just saying that because my testimonial appears on page 5!)

The reviewers who gave the book one and two stars, respectively, don't seem to understand the program. One reviewer complains that the book is "bad science based on a fear of dietary fat calories." In fact, Volumetrics recommends that 20-30% of daily calories come from fat. That's well within accepted guidelines, and ensures both good nutrition and good taste. I eat butter, eggs and cheese (in moderation), and I've lost weight steadily while feeling satisfied on Volumetrics.

A second reviewer complains that Volumetrics is the same as 99.99% of the diet books out there. I strongly disagree. I tried numerous diets over several decades and never understood the connection between energy density and satiety until Volumetrics explained it to me. Finding out that I could lose weight without being chronically hungry was a revelation!

I recommend Volumetrics to anyone struggling with obesity. (...)
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Dr. Barbara Rolls is one of the leading researchers on weight management. Through her studies she has been able to demonstrate that people can eat hundreds of calories less per day, lose weight and not feel deprived. Dr. Rolls shares her work in her new 316 page hardcover book, "The Volumetrics Eating Plan".

The secret is what Dr. Rolls calls, "volumetrics". With volumetrics you are not micromanaging your nutrients ie eating no fat or eating a high protein diet, nor are you giving up favorite foods like chocolate, bread or cheese. With volumetrics you learn to choose foods that will help you control hunger, lose weight yet not be "on a diet".

In studies Dr. Rolls conducted she discovered the foods that provide the most "bang" for your calorie buck. In her first book "The Volumetrics Weight - Control Plan" she described the science behind her research. In this book she goes further and describes how to implement these techniques in your daily life.

Dr. Rolls found in test studies that subjects could eat up to 800 calories LESS per day and not even notice the difference if they made the right choices.

You will learn how to choose the right foods that will help you lose weight without dieting and feelings of depriviation. Volumetrics involves energy density. Dr. Rolls categorizes foods according to their density. Density is based on amount of calories per gram of food. These categories range from Catergory 1 the least energy dense (green beans, celery, lettuce etc.) to Catergory 2 (olives, ketchup, rice etc.) to category 3 (raisins, hard pretzels, oil packed tuna etc.) to catergory 4 - high energy dense foods (bacon, butter, pecans etc.
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Recently on the cover of US News and World Report, the Volumetrics Eating Plan reaches out as the latest pathfinder in the new frontier of common sense dieting for life as "pioneered" by Dr. Will Clower in his eye-opener to faux foods and their negative impact on the American diet, "The Fat Fallacy". Unlike Mireille Guiliano of "French Women Don't Get Fat" fame, author Barbara Rolls has all the right nutrition-savvy credentials, which will definitely appeal to those lifetime strategists needing a nod from the medical community. As different as Guiliano and Rolls are in terms of in-the-trenches experience, both books have the same message, albeit Guliano's formats hers as a memoir with recipes and Rolls provides a more theoretical approach again with the requisite recipes.

During numerous trials, Rolls noticed that despite the macronutrients involved, (the current trend in dieting divides everything into three groups: carbohydrates, protein and fat) people still ate the same amount of food each day. What was different and what caused people to gain weight was that they ate different caloric amounts. Rolls realized that since people eat a specific volume of food daily, if they chose foods that would provide that same comfortable volume with less calories and more nutriments, weight loss would be achieved and easy to maintain without calorie counting.

Rolls suggests making up a large portion of one's diet with category 1 foods: foods that have fewer calories in a serving than their weight in grams -- most water and fiber rich foods like fruits, vegetables, and low-fat dairy product fall into this category. Rolls defines 4 categories, touting also a more expansive enjoyment of category 2 which includes foods with calories equal to or slightly greater than their weight --- ie.
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