There is a growing trend among weight loss programs to educate the client in the scientific theory of volumetrics. Because weight loss can be significantly altered by the theory behind volumetrics, each client of the weight loss program should become familiar with the concept in order to boost overall health and improve the effectiveness of the diet program.
Weight Watchers is one such program that has provided clients with a brief lesson in volumetrics. From the first lesson, the Weight Watchers client is taught in volume density and provided, to some degree, guidance in choosing foods that are high in water content so as to improve the degree of satiety while dieting.
Energy density is also a term that is now being taught in many controlled weight loss programs. With energy density in foods, there is a fine line between water balance and fat balance which, ultimately, leads to the ability to eat more foods while still losing weight.
To make the volumetric program work for your diet and weight loss, there are some key points that must be remembered. First, remember that this concept takes practice in learning what foods carry more water naturally and, as a result, will provide you with a greater feeling of satiety with fewer calories. This will come with experience.
Next, remember that your vision holds a significant role in your eating satisfaction. For this reason, always eat your volumetric foods on a plate that is smaller than a standard plate used for mealtime.
As most of us know, eating slowly, and savoring the taste of food, is important to weight loss. As a general rule, if we eat more slowly, we will entertain all of our senses and, ultimately, feel more satisfied when the meal is done without any desire to go for a second plate.
As a person who successfully lost weight on programs such as Weight Watchers, I often found that I was very frustrated and overcome by extreme boredom when I stuck to just one program. Instead, by applying the concept of volumetrics to my diet, tracking BMI and calories and looking for foods that impact energy density, I’ve found a new and creative way to jump start my weight loss efforts.
As a general rule, the volumetric program encourages weight loss by taking your current weight, multiplied by 12. The total is then reduced by 500 and this is the number of daily calories you should consume to lose one pound of weight per week. In addition to this calculation, the volumetric diet encourages a 400 calorie, low density breakfast every morning.
While there are many formulas devised to follow the concept of volumetrics, it is important to understand the key to the successful weight loss, under this theory, is to look for foods that are high in water content and consume more of those while consuming less that contain high fat content. When unsure what foods should be used to tailor your volumetrics diet program, visit a nutritionist for personalized counseling and customized dietary programs.