To Lose Weight, Just Add Wa­ter

Health & Nutrition - - POUND WISE -

Vol­u­met­rics is a weight loss the­ory based on the idea that peo­ple tend to eat about the same amount (by weight) of food a day, re­gard­less of calo­ries. Choos­ing foods that are low in en­ergy den­sity – that is, low in calo­ries but high in vol­ume – al­lows you to eat the same amount of food but with fewer calo­ries. The con­cept was first pro­moted by Dr. Bar­bara Rolls at Penn State Univer­sity and is widely ac­cepted by weight-con­trol ex­perts. In gen­eral, the best way to lower the en­ergy den­sity of your diet is to eat more low-fat or non­fat foods with a high wa­ter con­tent (fruits, vegetables, broth-based soups, cooked whole grains) in place of low-mois­ture and/or high-fat foods (such as cheese, crack­ers, choco­late, and French fries). Add more vegetables to stews and pasta dishes, for ex­am­ple; top piz­zas with more vegetables and less cheese; fill sand­wiches and wraps with lots of let­tuce, toma­toes, and other veg­gies (like grated car­rots).

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