The Volumetrics Eating Plan - first proposed seven years ago by nutrition professor Dr Barbara Rolls - has been questioned by leading medical observers, just as search engines report an increasing interest in such fad diets and other ways of shedding winter weight gains.
"Searches on "volumetrics" are up 26% over the last week as folks flock to the latest diet fad," says Yahoo Buzz.
"Volumetrics touts the benefits of consuming foods with a high "energy density" that will leave you feeling sated. The anti-deprivation approach always proves popular and this example is no exception. Queries on "volumetrics eating plan," "volumetrics recipes," and "volumetrics diet foods" are gaining weight as searchers look to slim down."
Respected medical advice group Web MD says that Volumetrics is based on a basic fact: people like to eat. And if people are given the choice between eating more and eating less, they'll take more almost every time.
The Volumetrics Eating Plan
The Volumetrics eating plan - an evolved version of the original Volumetrics Weight Control Plan - says that if you eat foods with high energy density - the number of calories in a specified amount of food - you rack up calories quickly. If you go with less energy dense foods, you can eat more and get fewer calories.
So typically, you choose foods that are high in water content such as fruit and non-starchy vegetables, and avoid foods high in fats, such as cookies and chips.
The Volumetrics books contain detailed diet plans and a lot of Volumetrics recipes and menus, foods and test equipment.
Web MD concludes that: "While the hook of Volumetrics is clever, it essentially boils down to the sensible diet that any nutritionist would recommend: lower-calories, lower-fat, with lots of vegetables and fruits."
So if you really want to squeeze into that summer swimsuit the Volumetrics eating plan may be worth considering. Fundamentally it appears sound; its popularity is gained by marketing on the fad diet bandwagon.
Voldyne 5000 Volumetric Exerciser
Note: The Voldyne 5000 Volumetric Exerciser pictured with the books above is nothing to do with the Volumetrics Eating Plan. I came across it when searching for more information about the diet, and thought it added an extra dimension. Seems like an ingenious way to build up your breathing and lung fitness. I know my lungs lose fitness sooner than any other part of me!