Book review: The Ultimate Volumetrics Diet

The Ultimate Volumetrics Diet (Wm. Morrow, $27.50) is the latest in a series of books involving the highly regarded weight-control plan developed by Penn State professor Barbara Rolls.

Unlike the charlatans whose books populate the diet-plan shelves in bookstores, Rolls’ volumetrics is based on solid science and common sense. The idea is to consume foods that are filling, but low in calories. These typically contain lots of water and fiber, such as soups, salads, fruit and low-fat dairy products. The diet does not limit any particular foods and does not promote calorie-counting. However, it provides a context for evaluating the effect of what people consume.

The book contains updated research, as well as a 12-week weight-loss plan and strategies to cope with temptation when eating out and more than 100 new recipes. The goal is to train the reader to think in terms of the calorie density of food, and to track food consumption and physical activity. The book’s calorie comparisons are not unlike those of the Eat This, Not That genre.

Volumetrics practitioners will not find much groundbreaking content in this latest edition. It mostly expands on the franchise.