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Volumetrics Weight Loss Diet

There’s been some buzz lately about The Volumetrics Eating Plan, since it was rated the “Best New Diet Plan” by Consumer Reports Magazine. I’m not too familiar with it, so asked my LinkedIn network to “weigh in” on the subject (sorry, I couldn’t help but use that pun twice in the same day). Has anyone heard anything about this new weight-loss program, The Volumetrics Eating Plan?

Matthew Nehrling:

I’ve read several doctor’s articles on this and they all seem to be concerned with the main focus is imply foods that make you feel full, vs, the overall health quality of the food. One could technically eat a large bag of nuts and feel full, but if you ate nothing but this, you would not get your proper nutrients.

IMHO, just another fad.. everyone knows how to lose weight, fad diets just promise shortcuts. Eat less, eat quality, exercise!

Joshua Beach:

I own the book, and would recommend it to someone who prepares some of his/her own food (there are many recipes for foods with low energy density). If you don’t spend much time in the kitchen you are better off applying the energy-density concept to your diet on your own to curb your hunger while restricting calories.

Peter Kent:

Yes, I’ve heard of it, even read the book. I think its makes a lot of sense, actually.

I’m by not means obese, but I would like to lose 10 – 15 pounds. Problem is, because I’m not particularly overweight, I don’t have a huge incentive to lose the weight…I’d like to lose a little, but, well, I still like beer and chocolate, and don’t like feeling hungry.

Volumetrics, though, let’s you eat large quantities of food, as long as it’s low-calorie-density food. You can sum up volumetrics thus:

“Eat lots of soup, vegetables, and fruit.”

It makes a lot of sense….eat foods that fill you up, without adding much in the way of calories, and you won’t feel hungry yet will lose weight.

Brad Chmielewski:

I haven’t heard of it called “the volumetrics eating plan.” But the idea of eating foods that make you full have been around for awhile.

See also, my own top 50 weight loss tips

A Doctor "weighs in" on my Weight Loss Tips

My weight loss tips are still as valid today as they were when I originally organized them. To my point, Dr. Mark Cohen took the time to comment on them a few minutes ago:

I think your 50 points on weight loss are “on target.” However, they make the process of weight reduction appear to be one primarily based upon self motivation and the will to succeed. Although self motivation is a vital ingredient, we know that it readily gets increased and decreased depending upon what else is going on in our day to day lives. Your number 43 for example, (Train Wrecks Will Happen), assumes that when people attempting to change their lifestyle have a “lapse” in judgment and behavior, that they will simply be able to get back to their weight reduction program. This has not been the case with many of the clients that I’ve worked with. Feeling discouraged, ashamed and distraught, the lapse quickly becomes a full blown relapse if they don’t receive quick feedback and considerable ongoing support. I greatly value your message and believe that your points are real helpful, but I also think that you’re message would be a more complete one if it addressed the complexities of relapse. At the same time, I want to complement you on your statements about the need to talk to others and get support for staying on course.
Keep up the good work.

Thanks, doc!

50 Weight Loss Tips

I lost 30 pounds in three months. If you wanted to know how I did it, and how I intend on maintaining my current weight, then these 50 weight loss tips are for you. I’m not an expert, but I do speak from experience. If it helps you attain your own weight loss goals, then I’m happy to have helped (if only to serve as a reinforcement of knowledge you already possess). Most of this, I learned on my own or through close friends and family members. Feel free to add your own tips to this list, too!

If you want even more help, I now have an PDF eBook series available, which includes an ebook version of the diet and weight loss tips that follow. Be sure to download my weight loss ebook before you scoot away! Having these tips on your hard drive or your iPhone will serve as a regular reminder of how to maintain your personal health.

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Captain 145

I did it; My weight loss goal has officially been met as of this morning. After a swift 40-minute workout, I stepped on the Tanita scale and weighed in at 145 pounds. Three months ago, I was sitting at a hefty 175lbs. Today, I’m 145lbs – a full 30lbs lighter. I’m so incredibly satisifed with the results, knowing that I’ll likely stabilize in the 140 – 145 range. It certainly took tremendous dedication on my part – but now that I’m in this state, I intend on staying here. My healthier weight will be maintained largely by watching caloric intake, so that even when I’m not able to exercise, I can stay within my body’s daily intake requirements. In some ways, I’m done – my weight loss goal has been achieved. But in many ways, my journey has only begun. It will take a conscious effort not to let myself slip back to where I’m not happy. Thank you, Fatblasters – thank you.

Captain 147

They say a picture says a thousand words, and the differences between these two profiles are quite visible. Consider, however, that the photo on the left was taken a full month into my plan – when I had already lost 15 pounds (160 from 175)! Losing weight isn’t much fun, nor is gaining weight – but in the end, whichever way you have to go, the results should speak for themselves. I’ve lost about 25 pounds of fat in the past three months…

Before and After.jpg

It’s not a “true” before and after photo. If you really care to look, this snapshot was taken two weeks into it (168 from 175). The worst ones came before I started, like at Seattle Mind Camp or Northern Voice. Ponzi thinks I’ve come down as far as I can go – weighing in at 147 yesterday. I believe, however, that I’ll get to between 140 and 145 before all is said and done.

Diet and Weight Loss Tips?

Hey bloggers – y’all got any diet or weight loss tips? We’re embarking on a community project here. “Wanna share your weight loss / maintenance / health secrets with the rest of us? Tips and tricks could be geeky or not! I’ll get the ball rolling with a few bulletpoints, and I’m hoping that you can do the same. If you can, send those tips in to me ASAP – preferably in a semi-organized list format. Tell us who you are, what you do, and why you do it. Let’s inspire each other to keep going forward! Be sure to include your name and URL if you’d like to have credit for the submission. When I’ve collected notes from about 50 of you, I’ll issue volume one of Lockergnome’s Guide to Losing Weight. At the end of the day, we’ll have a small compendium of tips that might just help another Gnomie find his or her way to a happier body.”

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Captain 173

Oh boy. I can’t believe I’m admitting this.

Since moving to Seattle, I’ve gained a whopping 30 pounds. It’s not time to go on a diet – it’s time to remember the lifestyle that put me at 142 well over a year ago. I’ve dropped weight (significantly) twice in my life: the first time (to 123), by low carbing it; the second time (to 142), by watching calorie intake and working out. Third time’s the charm?

I knew something wasn’t right when I accused Wicket of shrinking my pants. Like, half of my closet doesn’t “fit” anymore. Fat sure sneaks up on you quickly, eh? It’s my own fault – my own laziness and ignorance has brought me to this bloated state. I’m not quite Stay-puft Marshmallow Man size, thankfully (no offense to those who are). However, it’s time to nip my fat butt in the bud.

Each time I’ve set out to conquer my weight issues, I’ve learned something new – lessons which (for the most part) have stayed with me throughout the years. When I started low carbing, I stopped drinking sugary drinks outright (not even diet colas pass my lips). I also stopped eating partially hydrogenated foods (those evil trans fats I’ve been warning you about). Been that way ever since the late ’90s. The last weight loss happened through the skilled hands of Ponzi, who helped prepare calorie-conscious meals while I hit the Gazelle / Ab Lounge and quit coffee. Truthfully, I really don’t drink coffee anymore. Mostly. So where did I go “wrong?”

I stopped watching the scale. I had one too many snacks throughout the day. I didn’t watch my meal portions. I picked up a few sweet drinks for brief periods of time (thanks, Starbucks). I stopped working out every day. I stopped thinking about what I was doing, and what “not thinking” was doing to my body. That’s my takeaway this time – that *MUST* be my takeaway.

I’m Captain 173 today, heading down the same path that put me at 142. Gnomedex 4 was my target point (starting somewhere in the low 160s as I recall). I’m shooting for -30lbs by Gnomedex 6 at the end of June 2006. Egads. This is going to be an uphill battle, as I’m not taking any diet supplements or doing anything wacky. “Eat right and exercise” is always the safest, best bet for anybody.

I’ve printed out a simple chart that I’ve taped in front of our bathroom scale upstairs. I’ll be weighing myself in every morning (at roughly the same time every day), recording the weight in the line next to the date. I’ve got a 40-minute routine on the Gazelle every day, followed immediately thereafter by a 5+ minute stint on the Ab Lounge. Meals will be monitored, snacks will be measured. I’ll post my progress here every week.

30 pounds. It’s doable.