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74 of 91 people found the following review helpful
on October 29, 2009
I love this book, its organization, its attitude; but my confidence in it was shaken when I came upon (p. 195) Hellmann's Light Mayonnaise, a household staple of mine, classified as a "Not That" because it allegedly contained 90 calories and 10 grams of fat.

Those are the stats for regular Hellmann's! Hellmann's Light actually has 35 calories and 3.5 grams of fat.

The "Eat This Not That" franchise has morphed quickly into quite a juggernaut, with updates published frequently. What a job this must be! But have the multiple editions come at the cost of the accuracy we (and Oprah!) depend on the ZincZenko/Goulding team for?

Guys, please, at least put an "Erratum" page on your website.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
This is a great addition to the series, with updated information and more ways to lose weight. There are also new recipes in here, which is great! I'm glad they came out with a new one because I was curious as to how various new products I have seen in the supermarket have fared. I have lost 45 pounds by using the information in the older books. If you're going to get this book, and you cook at home all the time like I do, you should also purchase the Supermarket Survival Guide. There are more recipes in there, and you will also learn a great deal about what you're really eating when you buy something from the supermarket. I really wish that the 2010 edition focused more on supermarket food because I almost never eat out, but they did a great job with this book. I highly recommend this series to anyone who wants to lose weight or just eat better food, because, you will absolutely lose weight if you use this information.

If you do eat out, this book is also great, because they even give the restaurants grades. Just going to a different restaurant can help you in the battle against the bulge, and with obesity rates on the rise, we need all the help we can get!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on February 10, 2010
Simple, no nonsence guide to help you make intelligent choices in what you eat. It's not a book to just be read, but to be constantly referred to; I keep my copy in my backpack, and consult it often. But let me warn you; some of the revelations are going to shock you. For instance; did you know that at Cold Stone creamery, EVERY drink one of their regular line of shakes contains a MINIMUM of 1,000 calories, 92 Grams of Sugar, and 1.5 grams of trans fat? And that's just for their Small Shake! Did you know that pre-made guacamole can contain as little as 2% of Avacado? That Turkey Bacon isn't any better for you than Pork Bacon? Neither did I! But these facts, as well as thousands of others, are all readily available in ETNT.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on March 15, 2010
I love this book! I've even made some of the recipes at the end and they were great! I've been on a mission to lose weight and eat better as well as encourage my husband to do the same. He's not as commited and disciplined as I am for weight loss or eating better, but as a result of my following the suggestions in this book for myself, my husband benefits without even trying! I'm so stoked by the information in this book that I plan to purchase the grocery shopping edition.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on May 16, 2010
What a fascinating book, excellent for keeping in the bathroom and skimming it a few pages at a time. I suggest doing this AFTER a meal, or else you'll emerge hungry and on the prowl for one of their recommendations at your local chain restaurant. And that brings up the one minor flaw: if you live in a city with very few national chain outlets, you'll get a bit less useful data from the book. I now live in a city of 100,000, with another city of 100,000 twenty miles away, and yet in the combined metro area, there are no Panera Bread or Dunkin'Dougnuts outlets, for instance. I spent most of the past 35 years in a town of less than 30,000, with very few of the big national chains present. The heart of the book is to compare the nutritionally worst menu items in each joint with their truly healthiest offerings. But if you live in a large metro area, and eat out a lot, this volume is a real eye-opener. My favorite things at McDonalds, for instance, turn out to be pretty good choices, while my favorite item at Quiznos shows up to be horrible in terms of fat and calories. All restaurant frequenters who have access to most well-known chains can benefit by digesting the information in this book. If you discover that you almost always choose the healthiest, it makes you feel virtuous. If you realize that the opposite is true, it will spur you to changing your choices when a patron. The fact that some "salads" have a thousand calories, and some big burgers only 300, is a nice surprise for us carnivores.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on August 1, 2010
I bought this book (last year's edition) and lost 50 lbs. (with exercise). I went from 230 lbs. to 180 lbs in 6 months. Basically it's just simple food swaps. What I like about this book the most is they're NOT telling you to NOT go to any fast food places. But if you're going to go there anyways to eat, just "eat this, not that!". If the book was just a list of food you can't eat, I would've never bought it. Telling you you can't have this or that to eat is horrible. If you can't eat things without being given replacement things you'll never lose weight because you'll feel constantly deprived. They give you simple swaps anyone can do. I cut out a lot of cheese and the pounds were just coming off. No lie. This book was ESSENTIAL to my weight loss. HIGHLY recommended!
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
I bought this book to simply skim over it a little and see the calorie differences in restaurant and fast food meals. But I could not put this book down and ended up reading every page. It is a very comprehensive guide to making smart decisions while eating out or in the supermarket and how to save thousands of calories, but it is much more than that. It is a nutritional guide showing the best foods to eat, whole foods like eggs, oranges, kiwi fruit, honey, avocados, dark chocolate, salmon, and other nutrient dense filling foods. The books main concept is how to choose the less of two evils. Like foods are deceptive, A Burger King Whopper at 770 calories has 230 more calories than a 540 calorie McDonald's Big Mac, if you have to have a burger and you choose the Big Mac instead of the Whopper you were going to have you just saved 230 calories. After ten meals you have saved 2,300 calories and this is just one change.(The Hardee's/Carl Jr. six dollar burger has 890 calories.) Remember that each pound of stored fat has 3500 calories, if you can cut 500 calories a day out of your current diet you will lose a pound a week. this book shows you how to make better decisions in the restaurant, fast food joint, supermarket, and in the kitchen.
This book really opened my eyes about restaurants. Along with being very expensive they also serve ridiculous size portions and add a days worth of salt to many dishes. The worst offender is Outback with its 2,580 calorie baby back ribs. How about On the Border Dos XX Fish Tacos at 2,550 calories, or Uno's Pizza Skin appetizer weighing it at 2,400 calories. Most milk shakes contain over a thousand calories but Cold stone's PB&C Shake contains a whopping 2,030 calories. However you can make smart decisions eating out and this book grades all the national chain restaurants and fast food restaurants and gives you the options that are smart choices when you measure calories, fat content, and sodium. The authors also made this book a fun and easy read. This book is information you must have to make smart eating decisions for yourself and your family and to win the war on obesity and weight gain. If you eat out a lot you can literally cut your calorie consumption in half by eating what this book recommends at the same restaurant or going to another where the same item has half the calories. You can also save a ton at the supermarket with simple changes. Very painless weight loss plan. I highly recommend.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on March 10, 2010
Book is very well put together. Practically every page has some relevant information on how the average person can improve your diet with out having to eat like a bird or eat tree bark type foods. Do yourself a favor and purchase it, I think you will enjoy. My 2 scents.....
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on February 22, 2011
I scrutinized this book trying to find its inconsistencies, but its flaws were few and far between. "Eat This, Not That" 2010 Edition is an excellent reference for Americans looking for healthier food options, whether they want to lose weight or simply eat more responsibly.

Many people who gave this book a bad rating thought that it focused only on restaurant meals. But that's wrong. There is a section that compares grocery items, a section that compares the right foods to eat during certain holidays and occasions, a section about popular restaurant meals you can make at home that will cost you less and be fewer calories, a section about the benefit of eating fruits and vegetables of certain colors, and a section on foods to eat that help you do certain things (foods that boost metabolism, cheer you up, make you energetic, etc). The grocery shopping rule of thumb? Get foods with fewer ingredients.

As for restaurants, the authors' main point is that you should buy grocery food and cook at home instead of going to a restaurant whenever possible. When they're comparing the good and bad meals at each chain restaurant, you'll notice that even the "Eat this" meals are often not all that terrific. The reality is that extremely healthy foods are not going to help these restaurants yield high profits. But if you go to these restaurants anyway, this guide will at least tell you some items on the menu that are relatively healthy. All the restaurants aren't found in every metropolitan area, and every menu item is not carefully researched, but you honestly can't expect one purse-sized book to have everything.

There is also a useful index in the back, so if you have a specific grocery food item or restaurant in mind, you can find out what's good and bad about it more easily.

The only down side I could really find is that the grocery chapter has products from the same brand on opposite sides of the page (i.e. one you should eat, the other you should not), and that can be confusing if you don't write it all down or carry this book with you. Also, DON'T READ THIS BOOK WHEN YOU'RE HUNGRY! The colorful pictures sometimes tempt me to go and eat.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on February 7, 2010
If you think you were making the best choices, this is the book to read! "healthy" is not always what we think!
I am learning how to make better choices after i read the book.
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