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#6/7 (Two-Way Tie): Volumetrics

This diet follows the book The Ultimate Volumetrics Diet. This plan is based on the theory that foods can be classified by how dense they are. Foods that are low density have fewer calories per gram, meaning you can eat a larger amount without eating lots of calories, but still feel full. High-density foods have more calories per gram, meaning you eat a smaller amount, consume more calories, and don't feel as full.
 
There are four categories of these foods. Category 1 is the very low-density foods, including nonstarchy vegetables (broccoli, greens, mushrooms, tomatoes, etc.), nonfat milk, and broth-based soup. Category 2 includes low-density foods (starchy fruits and veggies, low-fat meat, grains). Category 3 is medium density, and includes meat, cheese, salad dressings, pizza, ice cream, etc. Category 4 includes the high-density foods, such as crackers, chips, candy, butter, and oil.
 
This diet encourages you to eat lots of Category 1 and 2 foods, watch portion sizes in Category 3, and avoid Category 4. The book includes recipes and tips for daily cooking. The main point of the diet is to get you thinking about substituting lower categories for higher category foods, leaving you fuller while eating fewer calories. Eating out is okay as long as you keep the categories in mind while ordering. This diet leaves lots of room for variation and is more of a lifestyle change than a strict diet.
 
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