The Diet Denominator: Fill Your Tank for Less

A practical guide to choosing low energy density foods


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Kay E. Schlegel-Pratt, M.S., R.D., L.D.N., C.N.S.D., Founder, Essential Nutrition (, a nutrition counseling practice in Chapel Hill, NC and Nutritionist, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC — Foods with high water and/or fiber content and a lower fat content generally have fewer calories when compared weight for weight with foods lower in water and fiber and higher in fat. The former, high volume foods have been used in weight loss eating plans to create more satisfaction on fewer calories. Now, Dr. Bottone has created a simple, convenient tool using two values available on any food label to help people choose foods with a high volume and lower calorie intake, which can be helpful as they strive to reduce calories for weight reduction.


Brenda Alston-Mills, Ph.D., Associate Dean and Director, Office of Organization and Professional Development for Diversity and Pluralism, Michigan State University — The Diet Denominator: Fill Your Tank for Less is a wonderful teaching tool that allows you to read information, practice how to do it, and then apply the knowledge to everyday life. Good nutrition is easy and does become habit forming.  I applaud Dr. Frank G. Bottone Jr. for his contribution not only to the field of applied nutrition but also for his genuine concern for the common good.


Steven B. Adler, R.N., B.S.N., B.S., Research Coordinator, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC — The Diet Denominator provides a user-friendly system for making smart food choices at home or on-the-go and will serve as a helpful resource to anyone wanting to lose some weight, while, in the process, making a life change and improving their health.

Try the free online energy density calculator here:


All you need is the Nutrition Facts panel on your food item. Take a look at the sample chart below. See book for details.

Still not a believer?

Read about energy density diets at the Mayo Clinic here:

More magazine articles appearing in Muscle and Fitness
written by Frank G. Bottone, Jr., PhD on Energy Density.

Long before it was popularized!

Be Water Wise (below left)

High Protein Diet and Hunger (below right)
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Articles written by Frank G. Bottone, Jr., PhD appearing in
Muscle and Fitness (below left) and Men’s Fitness (below right).

Another article in the American Dietetic Association’s (ADA’s) Weight Management Newsletter