FADS - Volumetrics Diet

The last FADS diet I want to discuss is the Volumetrics Diet This diet is pioneered by a Professor named Barbara Rolls from Penn State University and is based on the density of food. With this diet food is divided into four different categories

1. Very low density – non starchy fruits and vegetables, broth, soup and non-fat milk

2. Low density – starchy fruits and vegetables, grains legumes, low-fat meat,

3. Medium density – pizza, cheese, meat, bread, ice cream and cake

4. High-density – chocolate, chips, cookies, nuts, oil

This diet means you eat a lot of categories one and two, be careful of portion sizes with foods that fall within category three and limit how much of group four is eaten. The diet is based on volumetrics philosophy in which you eat based on food density and no restrictions. Research has shown that when people try to restrict a food from their diet, it backfires and they crave it and want to eat it more.

Research hasn’t proven this to be effective for lengthening our lives, but it has been shown that this way of eating can improve appetite control which can help a person to lose weight long term. Due to the fact that there are no restrictions, people are more likely to stick with this way of eating long term as opposed to the Atkins diet. If weight loss is on your mind this fad diet, would be a more sustainable approach than the prior diets I discussed.

In conclusion to the FAD diets, there are different diets and eating lifestyles that are out there to choose from. Everyone makes choices based on what is best for them, but it’s important that we look at every aspect of a diet before making the decision to try it. Determine your goals, and research to decide if the diet can help you accomplish that long term. There is no right or wrong, there is only what is best for you, and what will make you a happier and healthier person. Hope this helps,


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