Volumetrics: Simple Weight Control
By Diane Balch on March 26, 2012
I’m not an advocate of diets especially ones that restrict foods or whole food groups. Your health can suffer and, of course, human nature being what it is... you will crave what you can’t eat. Developing better eating habits will help you maintain a healthy weight in the long run. If you have weight to loss, the pounds will come off slower with a eating style change, but if you truly alter your eating habits the weight will stay off.
Besides following Michael Pollan’s adage: “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.”
I have found the concept of volumetrics to be extremely healthful and helpful for weight control. The concept is simple: fill up on lower calorie high fiber, high water foods like fruits and vegetables instead of dense high calorie, high fat foods like meat and dairy. It is just a matter of learning to fill your plate mostly with veggies while allowing yourself a small serving of protein and a whole grain. The theory is we eat the same volume (weight) of food everyday. The trick to keeping the pounds off is to fill up on low calorie items.
There is a new book The Ultimate Volumetrics Diet that you can use to learn how to portion your plate. You’ll be surprised at how quickly this style of eating can become second nature.
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