Understanding Caloric Density
In recent years, the idea of eating more and weighing less has become popular. Why not? The trick is to understand caloric density or volumetrics, which means you can eat as much as you want of foods that are nutrient-rich and low in calories. For example one package of Oreos is 2,200 calories. For that same amount of calories, someone could consume 1 pound of carrots, 1 pound of papaya, 1 pound of apples, 1 pound of onions, 1 pound of lettuce, 1 pound of kale, 1 pound of tofu, 1 pound of 2% cottage cheese, 2 pounds of cantaloupe, 2 pounds of celery and 2 pounds of cucumber.
Your body only needs a certain volume of food each day. If you’re having a bowl of soup, your body doesn’t know if that bowl of soup has 100 calories or 1,000 calories. It just eats a bowl of soup. When you choose foods with a low caloric density, you can feel full without packing on the pounds.