The unique concept of the Volumetrics Weight Control program is that we overeat and fail diets because of hunger which is caused by not getting a good sense of fullness at the end of our meals.
By eating specifically to create that feeling, the authors believe that you will increase your chances of weight loss success.
Type - Portion Control
Are special products required? - No
Is eating out possible? - Yes
Is the plan family friendly? - Yes
Do you have to buy a book? - Yes
Is the diet easy to maintain? - Yes
So how does it work?...
The diet plan focuses on creating a sense of “fullness” without eating a large number of calories. If you feel full you are less likely to eat between meals, experience cravings, or over eat at your next meal.
The authors utilize portion control strategies to create that feeling at each of your meals. Because you feel full, you are able to maintain the Volumetrics Weight Control weight loss program for a long amount of time, up to but not more than six months.
It is estimated you can lose between 1-2 pounds per week and the maintenance part of the program may be a lifelong commitment.
The main idea is to eat bulky foods like vegetables that take up a lot of space in your stomach but are relatively low calorie.
In the Volumetrics Weight Control plan you try to avoid foods that are high calorie dense, where a lot of calories are packed into a very small portion.
Even though a small portion of food can contain a lot of calories, due to its small size, it is not always filling or satisfying to the stomach. The aim of the program is to always make the stomach feel full after a meal.
The Diet Plan...
The first phase of the plan is the weight loss phase which cannot exceed six months at a time.
Caloric intake during this phase should be 500-1000 calories less than your usual intake. These calories are to be spread out over three meals and snacks during the day.
The calories also should be in the following ratio: 55% from carbohydrates (whole grains, fruits, and vegetables), 20-30% from fat, and 15% from protein (lean meats, fish).
Increased water intake is encouraged, but alcohol, coffee, and sugar are limited. High calorie foods are also limited on this diet.
Is it good for you?...
The basic premise behind the Volumetrics Weight Control diet plan is sensible and sound. If our stomach is full, we shouldn’t feel hungry. If we don’t feel hungry, we shouldn’t aimlessly snack or overeat.
Just this idea alone should be enough to lead a lot of us to dietary and weight loss success.
The rest of the diet is also sensible common sense, like following the USDA Food Pyramid guide regarding what to eat and spacing your meals out throughout the day.
The underlying principle of choosing bulkier foods with lower calorie count is the great success of the diet plan.
People should be able to lose weight on the Volumetrics Weight Control program due to its low caloric nature and sensible principles. Short term studies have proved its efficacy though long term studies are still being conducted.
Due to the feeling of fullness from eating bulky foods and not restricting any food groups, it should be easy for most people to sustain.
The Volumetrics Weight Control program appears to be safe and effective if followed responsibly and combined with exercise and a wide variety of foods.
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