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The Volumetrics Eating Plan: Techniques and Recipes for Feeling Full on Fewer Calories Paperback – Bargain Price, May 8, 2007
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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 soupsall high in water contentare low in energy density, and therefore allowed in greater quantities. These foods tend to be more filling, so you eat lessand 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.
“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) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Since I started using a loose version of this diet plan, I've lost 40 pounds (in about nine months). It's a big deal because I have PCOS and Insulin Resistance- two things that are very detrimental to weight-loss. In addition, that weight-loss has been without spending hours at the gym. All the exercise I really get is just from my daily activities (like cleaning and running after two small children).
I'm now pregnant and am still losing. My baby is doing great and I feel so much better than I did with my first two pregnancies :) I have no doubt that I owe it to my new, balanced, nutrient-rich diet.
The one thing I dislike about this book is that some of the recipes tend to be a bit bland (They use no salt). They also rely heavily on canned tomatoes, which are extra-acidic. Their flavor sticks out in the dish, sometimes. I've been combating this by using fresh tomatoes and using salt and my own seasoning mixes.
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. (...)