How to Master Volumetric Eating

Find out how to fill up on the right foods to lose weight.

How to Master Volumetric Eating

By Reina Berger

If you want to lose weight in a sustainable way, eating high volume foods may hold the key to your success. While fad diets commonly offer fast results with drastic measures, the volumetric diet relies on slow and steady weight loss that is sustainable and designed to last. Want to know the ins and outs of this eating plan? Keep reading to find out if this diet is right for you.


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The Basics

The Volumetrics Diet, created by nutritionist Dr. Barbara Rolls, emphasizes eating a high volume of low-calorie, all-natural foods. This approach is designed to fill you up and keep you satisfied, without forcing you to go over your calorie budget for the day or feel deprived. As opposed to a short-term solution, this eating plan is meant to change your overall lifestyle so that you approach food in a mindful manner and make nutritious choices.

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4 Steps to Shedding Your Pandemic Pounds

Forgive yourself, and start walking toward a healthier you.

For those of you who have put on the Pandemic Pounds or added several new COVID Curves, you are not alone. Alarmingly, the American Psychological Association has recently published that almost half of all adults in their survey now have a larger physique. In fact, 42% of people reported gaining roughly 15 pounds (the average published was surprisingly 29 pounds but that included outliers) over the past year. Interestingly, 20% of adults in this survey lost about 12 pounds (I am surely not in this group). Clearly, there is a relationship between stress and weight change. In addition, one in four adults disclosed an increase in alcohol consumption, and 67% of participants distressingly revealed that they have new sleeping patterns.

This past year has brought about what has been called the 'new normal.' Social isolation and inactivity due to quarantining and remote working have sadly contributed to the decline in many people's mental and physical health, as demonstrated by the widespread changes in people's weight, alcohol consumption, and sleeping patterns. Gym closures, frequent ordering of unhealthy takeout, and increased time at home cooking and devouring comfort foods have had a perceptible impact. In addition, many people have delayed routine medical care and screening tests over fear of contracting Covid-19 during these visits. Unfortunately, the 'new normal' has now placed too many people at risk for serious health consequences, including heart attacks and strokes.

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