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Volumetrics is an approach to eating based on extending the calorific energy of ingested foods. In essence, choose foods that control hunger. If you feel full, stop eating.
All foods are allowable. The focus is on what should be eaten, as opposed to what should be given up.
The volumetrics diet was founded by Dr. Barbara Rolls, a professor of nutrition and driector of the Laboratory for the Study of Human Ingestive Behavior at Penn State University. The diet is based on the work done in her laboratory and hinges on the principle that limiting the diet severely won't work in the long run. Dieters will end up hungry and revert to habitual ways. She presented her case in 2000 with The Volumetrics Weight-Control plan, and followed that book with The Volumetrics Eating Plan in 2005, which includes recipes.
Foods are assigned an energy density based on an algorithm created by the diet's founder. This energy density is then divided into four categories to provide an idea, to the dieter, of what types of food comprise each category. The dieter is allowed to eat each category at intervals, such as a few times a week, based on the value that the category provides to the dieter.
Calories are only cut by about 500 a day, not drastically, and the food pyramid is recommended for a healthy combination. In accordance with this, the diet recommends fats should be 20-30% of a dieter's intake, Protein Calories should be 15-35% and carbohyrdates should make up 55%.
Fiber is also recommended highly as they are very filling and generally low in calories. This may pose issues for dieters with sensitive GI tracts. Water is recommended at higher levels than other diets.
The volumetrics diet requires 30-60 minutes of moderate intesity daily exercise.
DISCLAIMER: For all dietary recommendations, consult your primary physician
to determine what is best for your
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