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Calorie, Fat & Carbohydrate Counter (The Calorie King) Paperback – November 2, 2005


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Family Health Publications (November 2, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1930448112
  • ISBN-13: 978-1930448117
  • Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 4.3 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (279 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,931,220 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

Review

the most scientifically reliable, user friendly I have come across in my 15 years of being a Dietitian . --Gail Strong, M.S., R.D. US Naval Hospital --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From the Publisher

This book has stood the test of time. For the past 15 years, consumers, health and fitness professionals, universities, government agencies have found this book to be the definitive resource of food counts. Each year a new edition is published to reflect food trends.

More About the Author

Allan Borushek is a dietitian and health educator with over 30 years' experience in clinical dietetics and community health education.

He is the founder of Australia-based Family Health Network, parent of CalorieKing Wellness Solutions, Inc. Mr. Borushek has authored and published several books on weight control, heart disease prevention and diabetes.

Mr. Borushek is best known for his 'Top 100' annual best-seller, CalorieKing's Pocket Calorie, Fat & Carbohydrate Counter, which has sold more than 10 million copies.

Customer Reviews

The small size of this book makes it easy to carry around.
Constance Hingert
Whether you are counting calories, watching your fat, or counting carbs, this book is the one to buy.
J. Bates
The book lists over 11,000 food items and 200 fast food chains and restaurants.
Lee Mellott

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

161 of 164 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 2, 2003
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Last year I was diagnosed as a diabetic. While not an extreme case I still needed to start watching my carbs and weight. The problem is while watching your carbs and fat is easy at home, it's extremely difficult to do so while traveling. My wife and I went on a long trip last summer driving across a good chunk of the US. We were afraid my new diatary needs might spoil the trip a bit. I mean who wants to spend the whole time on vacation worrying about what you're going to eat all the time? This book allowed me to be able to stay within my carb and fat limits even when eating at places like McDonalds, Burger King or your average roadside diner.
The book has a ton of practical applications for someone trying to watch their calories, fat or carbs.
One last thing. Do not let the word "pocket" make you shy away from this book. Yeah, it can fit in your pocket but I looked through a number of full sized nutritional guides before finding this one and none of the $30 books has as much information and especially practical information as this book.
By the way. I lost 30 pounds and I'm in the best shape of my life!
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109 of 112 people found the following review helpful By Jason Colucci on November 20, 2003
Format: Paperback
These little books are so handy to have around if you want to eat out and still watch what you eat. I have had the 2002 and 2003 books and they are so good to have. If you are single and eat out a lot, if you are a college student who cant cook or just don't have time but you want to have some control of how much fat or calories you are eating this is the book for you! This book has just about every fast food place you can think of plus a ton of restaurants and just everyday food items. It breaks down fat, calories, carbs, protein, and many more for you, for just about everything you can imagine!
Want to go to Burger King or McDonald's, or even Taco Bell but you don't want to ingest 10,000 calories and 700 grams of fat this is the book you should have. It will tell you everything you want to know about every item on the menu (unless the item is brand new) so that you can make a smart decision about what to eat. Things like instead of getting a Whopper that has like 48 grams of fat in ONE sandwich, you will see you can get the chicken sandwich with no mayo for on 8 grams of fat. A much better choice! Or you go by carbs if you are watching them or just by protein, calories, or all of them. You can finally eat healthy or low fat (to the best of your ability, this is fast food) and still eat out! If you are someone who has just always wondered about how many calories are in a taco or someone who counts them everyday this is a book you should pick up for sure!
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Lee Mellott TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 6, 2005
Format: Paperback
Each year Allan Borushek releases a new version of "The Doctor's Pocket Calorie, Fat & Carbohydrate Counter." By issuing a new version each year Borushek is able to include the newest foods on the market and at fast food chains and restaurants.

Though there are a number of calorie counting books on the market, I like Borusheks because it is user friendly. It includes some little photos and sketches, and uses color to highlight different food items so its much easier to use than other counters. In addition Borushek includes hints to reduce fat, weight control tips, a diabetes guide and more. Lots of super useful information.

The book lists over 11,000 food items and 200 fast food chains and restaurants. For each item it includes calories, carbohydrates and fat. At the back of the book Borushek discusses other nutrients though these are not included for each item in the book. He discusses fiber, salt, protein, calcium and more.

At 4x6x1/2 the book is sized nicely to tuck into your bag or briefcase. And with its low price point you may want to purchase several copies. I keep one in my car so I know what I am consuming if I go to a restaurant.

The only drawback to the book in my opinion is dietician and health educator Borushek's face in a little crown on the cover. A little cheesy. But despite that the book is a winner.

Borushek also has a nice website where he sells a calorie counting program for your PDA, PC and/or joining an online community. He also offers his database of foods which is continually updated free at the site [...]

A very handy little book to have!
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 15, 2004
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I have been using calorie counting books for years and this is by far the best and most comprehensive I have ever seen. It includes 170 fast-food chains, many of which you would never find in other calorie books. It also has a very useful index in the back, so you can find items very quickly and the book is small enough to fit easily in a purse. Very highly recommended!
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2008 CalorieKing Calorie, Fat & Carbohydrate Counter (Calorie King) attempts to be a total health guide and not simply a calorie / fat / carb counter. Ambitiously, it touches on many subjects, but can only devote a page or a few pages to each topic. The format and small size don't allow this book to cover these subjects (diabetes, osteoporosis, overweight kids, etc) as well as a full size book. (For example, there is height/weight chart that gives only the most rudimentary information; if you're 5'6" your healthy weight range is 123-156. It doesn't seem to matter if you're male or female, or what type of frame you have.) If you have anything more than a passing interest in these things, you will probably want a book devoted to that specific topic AND a separate pocket size calorie / fat / carb guide to carry with you. Though this will fit into many purses or briefcases, at 4.25 by 6 inches and almost a half inch thick, this is a bit too big and heavy to be a true pocket guide.

The food section of the book is set up very nicely with columns for calories, fat and carbs. You'd be challenged to come up with a food that's not listed; for example, there are three pages devoted to listings of cheeses, and a page and a half devoted to bread.

A very nice feature of this guide is the fast food and restaurant guide, which is approximately 90 pages. Most of the listings are for fast food places, but there are also entries for chains such as Olive Garden and PF Chang. It surprised me that, living in the Queen City of Sprawl, I've only heard of about half of these places while others I recognize as regional but not around here.
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