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The concept of having more for less is something everyone understands. How often have you eaten something small and walked away feeling satisfied? That's exactly what you'll learn to do from The Volumetrics Eating Plan. This New York Times Bestseller by Barbara Rolls, Ph.D. describes a way in which you can eat less calories and still feel full. Those fewer calories will result in fewer inches on your waistline.

Don't confuse Volumetrics with a diet - it's a lifestyle change cleverly disguised as a commonsense eating plan. Dr. Rolls is a widely respected expert in weight loss and her book and plan come with high praise. Volumetrics will not remove entire categories of food or overwhelm with rules, counting and guidelines. Volumetrics comes with a wealth of tools including meal planners, sidebars outlining health food selections and more than 120 delightful recipes- that are as easy and smart as they are tasty and nutritious. Best of all, they are all low calorie and will leave you filling full and satisfied.

Dr. Rolls has printed one other title - Volumetrics Weight-Control Plan, in which she originally discussed her vast research and findings on satiety, the ability to eat to a satisfying point without overeating. Volumetrics is flexible and allows you to use the plan to best fit your likes, dislikes and personal goals. Unlike a lot of diet plans, this gives you broad choices, flexibility, simplicity and the comfort of knowing it's all backed by sound and highly-respected research. Prepare to have your mind changed about eating and dieting.

So how does it work? Volumetrics will greatly decrease your current caloric intake and as a result you can expect to lose about 1-2 pounds each week. You'll enjoy fresh produce, lean protein with almost all meals, whole grains, good fats and low-fat dairy.

Volumetrics doesn't really use the word "No;" Instead it gives you choice and variety. For instance, really enjoy a tasty bowl of mac 'n cheese? Volumetrics makes it just as satisfying with far less calories by using whole-wheat pasta, no-fat milk and low-fat cheese, as well as using less butter. Also, add fresh vegetables and you've got Volumetric's uber-satisfying Veggie-Stuffed Macaroni and Cheese. Fried chicken and cheese-soaked broccoli a sunday favorite? Instead, try chicken parmesan with asparagus, salad and even a dessert. This practice of substitution is applied to so many of your favorite snacks and meals that you won't believe you ever had them any other way.

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  • A credentialed author, who is a professor at Penn State University
  • Has sensible weight loss goals of a pound or two a week
  • Some experts say satiety is relative, and that sometimes water-intensive foods may still leave some people feeling hungry shortly after eating.

A few of the more than 125 popular recipes include Bayou Red Beans and Rice, Penne with Olives and Spinach, Mediterranean Turkey Sandwich and Gazpacho Soup.


The book established exercise goals and explains some of the hidden benefits of even moderate exercise.


Volumetrics gets the stamp of approval from most experts. And even those who have some reservations don't attack the strategy on any deep level. While some people have concerns with the emphasis on making meals on your own, let's face it - pre-packaged foods are often high in sodium. All in all, this is an interesting and sound approach to eating.

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Hi guys.

After following the Volumetrics diet for a while, I can tell it’s the best diet I have ever tried. Not only did I start to lose weight but I feel like I have more energy and sleep better. Maybe it’s only auto-suggestion, but it really seems Volumetrics is working for me.

As for books, I found a few and this one is pretty great: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00W5DN2UK.

In it you can find real people's experiences in which they talk about recipes, side-effects of this diet, its health benefits, their weight loss journey and much more. Because it's not written by some dietitian trying to make money, it's pretty convincing. The benefits of the Volumetrics diet are almost tangible when you read this stuff.

And, best of all, you can have this book for free over the next few days. I’m a little jealous now as I paid for it, but never mind. :)

Hope you will enjoy in it as much as I did.

posted Jun 18th, 2015 12:55 pm

Anna 'ford


I love this eating program. But I have a overeating problem.
eversince I was a kid I was small, and left out of goodies and trests. /We were poor. My big heavy sister got to9 the goodies first and would eat most of it. Them save it for later and woukld eat it infrount of me. And nevre share. So I started to get more of my share too. Now I am still experiencing the same old poor me if I am not satisfied with more. Your program takes care of that. But I dont always.eat the programs way and pile on the food.I Im going to try harder .And get pass this hurdle.Anna Ford

posted Nov 21st, 2010 8:06 pm


I was glad to see loveknot's post since I am also 5' 5" and weigh 156, and her results have been very good. I am going to purchase this book within the next 48 hours and begin it. Also, it received the highest rating of all diets from consumerreports.org!

posted May 12th, 2009 11:56 pm



I've really been able to stick with this diet. I am a 5'5" woman, and moderately active. I started out at 156 lbs. about 4 months ago and am now down to 139 lbs. and still going! I feel like I don't really have to try that hard--I still get my favorite roast duck from China Town, but now saute' a smaller portion with tons of veggies and am so full I don't want to eat the whole duck like I used to!

posted Apr 9th, 2009 7:49 pm

Todd I. Stark


I've used some of these principles successfully for years and with Rolls' explanations, I was able to refine them to be even more effective. Her discussion of the various aspects of satiety really hammers home what you need to do to be successful in long term weight control. You have to be aware of what satisfies you and what doesn't, and learn the skills for creating meals that satisfy with just the right amount of calories. This is much more than a "diet" it is a guidebook for successful lifelong healthy nutrition. You have to learn the skills and take responsibility, but this program gives you the best long term strategy I think.

posted Feb 28th, 2009 6:16 am



With the holidays around the corner I'm getting my diet started early and picked volumetrics cause it allows me to eat a good amount of food without feeling starved like some diets and still shedding 1-2 pounds a week.

posted Oct 4th, 2008 4:57 pm



I LOVE the food options and recipes they have and have starting seeing the pounds melt off - easy to read book too!

posted Oct 4th, 2008 4:53 pm


Absolutely the best "diet". I wouldn't even call it a diet I would call it a new way of eating. In 3 months I lost 24 pounds. I was not hungry at all. I would definately recommend this to everyone

posted Apr 3rd, 2008 8:41 pm


I did Volumetrics for awhile. I did very well. The recipes are delicious. You will definately be full. In 3 months I lost 24 pds. I actually got the books back out to resume this way of eating (I fell off the wagon around Thanksgiving). It makes you see how you can adjust your favorite recipes to be more healthy for you.

posted Apr 3rd, 2008 2:25 pm


Rolls and volumetrics seem sound enogh. I love the idea of feeling full on less, and the thought that research is involved


i've seen some great reviews on this book...seems like it would work and a great way to lose weight


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