Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Book Review: The Volumetrics Eating Plan

The Volumetrics Eating Plan: Techniques and Recipes for Feeling Full on Fewer Calories The Volumetrics Eating Plan: Techniques and Recipes for Feeling Full on Fewer Calories by Barbara Rolls

rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a great read! It's very close to the changes that I've made to my eating habits. Dr. Rolls stresses that feeling full is the key to healthy weight loss. She also makes it a point that this isn't a diet, that's it is a lifestyle change, something that can be sustained and maintained for the long term. I think she might be on to something.

She talks a lot about energy density, which is the amount of calories per gram a food contains. High fiber and/or high water content like vegetables, fruit, whole grains and legumes are considered low energy density. Foods high in fat are considered high energy density. Anyone who has ever been on a diet knows that fat contains 9 calories/gram vs. carbs and protein which contain 4 calories/gram. What I learned from this book was that booze contains 7 calories/gram. Whoa! No wonder I've lost weight by cutting back on my beloved Chardonnay.

Dr. Rolls stresses the importance of eating a high volume/low energy density breakfast every day. This is great advice, something that I practice every day even though I've always tended to be a breakfast skipper (hence the fat ass.) She also stresses the importance of having a wide variety of foods as to avoid boredom and feeling deprived.

Making very-low and low energy density foods the majority of one's diet while having medium and high energy density foods in moderation will keep you full and satisfied on fewer calories and therefore losing weight while not having to count carbs or calories. This advice along with stressing the importance of increasing daily activity by wearing a pedometer and striving to add more steps each day makes for a really doable plan.

My only issue is that Dr. Rolls seems to be preaching "low fat, low fat, low fat!" While I'm trying to focus on good fat. Fat=flavor and fullness, that's why I only gave it 4 stars (I would have given 4 and 1/2 stars if there was the option.) Other than the fat picayune, I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to lose weight without feeling deprived. Dr. Rolls book can definitely help with achieving a lifetime of healthy eating while enjoying delicious and filling foods.

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