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The Biggest Loser Complete Calorie Counter: The Quick and Easy Guide to Thousands of Foods from Grocery Stores and Popular Restaurants [Kindle Edition]

Cheryl Forberg , Michael Dansinger
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (132 customer reviews)

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Based on the New York Times bestseller, with calorie counts for more than 5,000 foods!

Millions of inspired viewers have seen overweight contestants shape up and slim down on The Biggest Loser, NBC's hit unscripted show. Amazingly, their striking health makeovers were based on a simple "calories in/calories out" weight-loss strategy.

This user-friendly guide is the perfect resource for anyone, whether you're looking to follow The Biggest Loser Weight Loss Plan or trying to stay informed about the foods you eat each day.

With full nutritional analysis of thousands of foods and dining-out information ranging from fast-food favorites to sushi and other ethnic cuisines, The Biggest Loser Complete Calorie Counter has all you need to know to become the next Biggest Loser!

Product Details

  • File Size: 2150 KB
  • Print Length: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Rodale; 1 edition (October 3, 2006)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004GNF6O2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #112,669 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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251 of 254 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Get It- and Be the Biggest Winner June 1, 2008
The first 27 pages of this book consist of "tips" for losing weight. This includes things such as:

-the Biggest Loser diet in a nutshell
-how to keep a food journal
-how to read labels
-a section where the Biggest Losers from the show share their favorite foods in various categories such as "their top 20 low cal foods", "their top 20 evening snacks", or "their top 20 low cal desserts."

Then comes the part you likely got the book for: the calorie counter. HOWEVER, this is not simply a book that gives you ONLY the amount of calories in a food item, no, The Biggest Loser Calorie Counter: The Quick and Easy Guide to Thousands of Foods from Grocery Stores and Popular Restaurants--As Seen on NBC's Hit Show! also gives you the amount of protein, carbs, fiber, sugar, fat, saturated fat, and sodium (which is really good for those with heart or blood pressure issues) in a food item. Know too that in this particular calorie counter, food items are arranged in alphabetical order by "groups" such as "beverages" "desserts" or "pasta".

The book ends with a "dining out" section, which is where you can find info on foods in your favorite restaurants- well, maybe not ALL your favorite restaurants, but a lot of them. Also need to mention that the book can fit in an average-sized purse so you can take it along when eating out (if you're a guy, you'll just have to tote it around).

A very well-organized and handy book that should help many dieters on their quest for a healthier body, I give it 5 stars easy. Overweight people suffering from plantar fasciitis might also be interested in The 5-Minute Plantar Fasciitis Solution.
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58 of 60 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good, but not perfect. March 12, 2007
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This is a fairly comprehensive calorie guide, especially for basic foods that would make up your diet (like fruits and veggies and lean proteins, etc.)

I found the fast-food restaurant guides to be somewhat random and incomplete. Most popular places were included, but often only a small selection of their menu was given. Plus some of the large national chains weren't in there (maybe they couldn't get permission?).

The guide can also be somewhat difficult to navigate, the order didn't seem to make much sense, although I suppose you could just tag the pages for items you frequently eat.

All-in-all I'd recommend this as a good pocket guide to carry with you when you go out, because it is small and light and does contain a lot of information, even if it's not perfect.
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41 of 45 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Eating to live healthy March 13, 2007
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I found this a useful resource the first week or two I had it but do not use it as much now that I am getting used to healthy portions. I decided to buy this even though I was already using the internet at the end of the day to look up calorie info because I found it more beneficial to keep track of calories as the day progressed to prevent eating too many calories, at the end of the day it's already too late. I kept this in my purse and now usually leave it at home, but this is still a great resource. I still look things up sometimes but the first two or three weeks I looked at it everytime I ate. My only complaint is that even though this is a VERY thorough guide there are some very specific things like specific ways of preparing an omelete or different type of pizza that are not listed. There's more than a page of eggs listed but only one omelete and only four types of pizza. This is the only calorie guide in book form that I would recomend but I guess it's not possible to list every possible combination of foods.

Live well, live healthy, live happy.
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49 of 56 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Buy The Calorie King instead! April 21, 2008
This product does not even begin to compare to the Calorie King guide. I purchased the Calorie King calorie guide a few months ago on Amazon. My husband decided to start counting calories and asked me to order him a calorie guide. I was excited when I found The Biggest Loser Calorie guide. We are big fans of The Biggest Loser television show. We were both very dissapointed. First of all, it is very plain(black & white). It had very limited info on restaurant foods. Only healthy items like chicken or fish were listed. When I go on a diet I like to have more of a selection than chicken or fish. Calorie King is a much better guide for about the same price. The resturant section has most of the major chains & their menu items on it. The book is colorful and has helpful information on dieting. I am ordering another Calorie King for my husband. Don't waste your money on this!
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30 of 35 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars biggest loser calorie counter March 16, 2007
This book was very disappointing. It certainly did live up to the reviews I read. I am a physician and ordered ten of these books for the patients I teach diet therapy to. The book was difficult to find items in the manner that they were subdivided. Once the subdivision was found, it was then noted to be limited, and certainly not very comprehensive.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 125 lbs. in 8 months. Thanks Cheryl! January 31, 2007
Although I didn't win any big prize as NH's Representative for The Biggest Loser 3, I was one of 9 people from the 36 sent home to lose over 100lbs. I can't say enough how Cherly Forberg's books, counsel and input had a dramatic impact on my success. Not only were her materials easy to work with, but they were dead on when it came to losing lots of weight consistently. Most importantly, I was never hungry following her rules. If you don't do anything else to lose weight, you must exercise and use this guide on your way to a healthier life style.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
love it!!! will buy again!!!
Published 14 days ago by Phlebo2
5.0 out of 5 stars Very helpful in weight loss!
This is great for any weight loss program. Easy to find calorie counts for restaurants and home. Well-worth the money.
Published 1 month ago by Patricia Martin
5.0 out of 5 stars THE BIGEST LOSER
Published 2 months ago by Ronald C. Seitz
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Calorie Counter book
This book is great as it has a number of fast foods in it. Unfortunately it doesn't always rate the healthier options which are my choices. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Judy N
3.0 out of 5 stars was not happy
The writing is too hard to read. I was very disappointed. The head of each items was almost impossible to read and my eyes are not that bad at all.
Published 5 months ago by Diane Pawlowski
4.0 out of 5 stars An excellent handy guide and source
This is an excellent handly source of quick resource for me.
It is handly and helped with my Weight Loss Challenge event I am taking part of. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Kimberly Roose
5.0 out of 5 stars Very useful!
Very useful guide! I haves used my paperback guide for years and decided to buy it for my kindle so I would always have it with me!
Published 6 months ago by T. L. Rice
5.0 out of 5 stars Very impressed with the content
I am Very impressed with the content and accuracy or the book, it has helped with me and my daughter in our weight loss and calorie counting. Great for keeping on track daily
Published 6 months ago by Michael
2.0 out of 5 stars The Biggest Loser Complete Calorie Counter: The Quick and Easy Guide...
A little too condensed although it lived up to it's claim to include everything! And I was able to find whatever I was looking for.
Published 6 months ago by shirley bickel evans
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it
for those who are looking for a calorie count of a lot of favorite foods and actually prefers a book.
Published 7 months ago by Tva Employees Credit Union
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More About the Author

Cheryl Forberg RD is a New York Times bestselling author, a James Beard award-winning chef, nutritionist and culinary consultant for NBC's The Biggest Loser. Her role is to help overweight contestants transform their bodies, health and ultimately, their lives. A culinary expert and registered dietitian, she has shared cooking and nutrition tips with the contestants and viewers for eleven seasons.

Cheryl received her culinary education at the California Culinary Academy (CCA) in San Francisco. After graduating from the CCA, she embarked on a European apprenticeship journey, which culminated in stints at top French restaurants from Champagne to Strasbourg. Upon return to the United States, Ms. Forberg was chosen for the opening team of Postrio, Wolfgang Puck's first venture in northern California.

Cheryl's passionate interest in healthy cooking led to an exodus from restaurant kitchens and an entrée to some of the most prestigious households in America. During this period she held the coveted position of Private Chef for Lucasfilm, Ltd. in northern California. She went on to earn a degree in Nutrition and Clinical Dietetics and an RD (registered dietitian) credential from the University of California at Berkeley. As a former research dietitian at Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, she had the opportunity to integrate her scientific background into recipe creation for a variety of dietary protocols. This distinctive skill set enabled her to extend her culinary expertise beyond celebrated restaurant kitchens into the creation of inspired recipes that are also healthful. She has developed a clear and concise recipe format, easily understood by novice students.

Cheryl is a food and nutrition journalist, and her writing and recipes have appeared in mainstream culinary and health publications, including Sunset, Health, and Prevention magazines as well as the Washington Post. She is on the advisory board for Prevention magazine.

Cheryl co-wrote the eating plan for The Biggest Loser. She has written or contributed to thirteen books, including several NYT bestsellers - The Biggest Loser: The Weight Loss Program, The Biggest Loser Complete Calorie Counter, The Biggest Loser 30-Day Jump Start and Positively Ageless: A 28-Day Plan for a Younger, Slimmer, Sexier You.

She writes a weekly blog of cooking and nutrition tips at She lives in Napa, California.
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