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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Rodale Press; 1 edition (October 3, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594865957
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594865954
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.6 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (163 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #93,878 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 http://www.cherylforberg.com/blog/ She lives in Napa, California.
Follow her at www.facebook.com/cherylforbergrd

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62 of 64 people found the following review helpful By L. Boswell VINE VOICE on March 12, 2007
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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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45 of 49 people found the following review helpful By P. Plein on March 13, 2007
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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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53 of 62 people found the following review helpful By Mandy Phillips on April 21, 2008
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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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33 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Debra K. Mckenzie on March 16, 2007
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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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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Walter Bressler on January 31, 2007
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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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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By P. Paddock on January 18, 2007
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I have seen much more complete calorie counter books. There are A LOT of everyday items that are not included in this book, for instance, oatmeal that needs to be cooked, not instant, and many vegetables are not included. I realize that you can't include everything, but I think that there is too much information on fast food restaurants and restaurants that are not located in all of the major cities and that space could be better used to include more food items and their calories.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By bdn on January 1, 2011
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I don't recommend the Kindle edition of this book. Instead of creating HTML tables and typing the information to make them readable for Kindle, the author just take pictures of the tabulated information and pasted them to the HTML documents. The tables are unreadable and I had to return the book. These tables might be readable in Kindle DX but there is no such warning.

NOTE: THE RATING IS FOR THE KINDLE VERSION FORMAT - NOT THE CONTENTS OF THE BOOK - SINCE I MUST GIVE A RATING TO POST THIS REVIEW
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Cari Lyn Vinci on May 6, 2008
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Several things make this "guide" unsatisfactory.

First, they use such a small type that it is impossible for anyone over 40 to read it without glasses.

Next there are the "creative categories"...I kind of expect milk products to be under "dairy"...not under "beverages".

Then there is the inconsistency of their measurements of a serving size. For cottage cheese, the chart ranges from 4 oz to 1/4 cup to 1/2 cup...now we get to "do the math".

Their "Dining Out" consists of all the Fast Food restaurants on the planet...with only PF Chang as a restaurant that I might find helpful.

Do yourself a favor...buy a different book.
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