By Marsha McCulloch, RD, LD, 2012
You're likely a pro at comparing calories and carbs when choosing between two foods. But what you might overlook is how filling the foods are. Figuring out what will satisfy your hunger yet keep your daily calorie intake on target is easier than you might think.
"Studies show people get full by the amount of food they eat, not just the number of calories they take in," says Barbara Rolls, Ph.D., a researcher at The Pennsylvania State University and author of The Volumetrics Eating Plan (Harper, 2007). People tend to eat the same volume or weight (in grams) of food from day to day, she says. So to stay within your daily calorie allowance yet eat a satisfying amount, pick foods that pack fewer calories per bite -- in other words, low calorie-dense foods. Rolls calls this approach Volumetrics.
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