Diets diets everywhere, and nothing can you eat.
With so many diets on the market today how are you supposed to choose the one that will work for you? Weight Watcher’s, Atkins, Jenny Craig, Blood Type, Volumetrics diet, Cabbage Soup, Hallelujah – I could list diets from here to the end of the page and you would be no more informed than you were when i began this article.
I picked out just one to talk about today, the Volumetrics diet. It caught my eye because it contains the word “volume”, which makes me think there will be a lot of something involved. Let’s find out, shall we?
The way the Volumetric diet works is this: you make choices to fight hunger based on the density levels of the foods you want to eat. For example, foods from the low density list will be lower in calories and higher in fiber, so they will keep you feeling full much longer than choices from the high density category. Foods in the high density category also, as a rule, do not offer much in the way of good nutritional value, but are very high in fat and calories.
So, you would get more food “value” from eating low density carrots rather than peanuts. In fact, you could eat an entire pound of carrots as opposed to one ounce (that’s right, I said ounce) of peanuts. Its all about making good choices, what could be simpler?
Volumetrics is all about getting more out of foods you eat. Foods are divided up into four main categories, and are as follows:
1) Very low density – this group includes broth-based soups, non-fat milk and all non-starchy fruits and vegetables
3) Medium density – foods such as bread, pizza, meat cheese, salad dressing, French fries, ice cream, cake and pretzels are included in this category.
4) High Density – chocolate, chips, crackers, butter, oils and nuts are the foods included in this “keep choices to a minimum” category.
Basically, you may eat anything you want from any of these categories, choosing to limit the portion sizes according to the density. So once you learn which foods have what density, it is easy to fill your plate with great choices! So you aren’t really on a diet, you are just completely changing the way you think about the foods you eat.
Because you are changing your mind-set towards food, any weight loss you achieve from using the Volumetrics diet will likely be longer lasting than pounds lost using a fast, fad, crashy sort of diet plan. I know if I work at losing weight, I want it to stay gone!