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Eat This Not That! Restaurant Survival Guide: The No-Diet Weight Loss Solution Paperback – November 24, 2009

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Praise for Eat This, Not That!:
“I love nutrition, I’ve gone to nutritionists, but putting it in this kind of stuff that we recognize in our everyday lives with our families, is truly educational. This is great.”-- Bonnie Hunt, host of The Bonnie Hunt Show“Don’t stop eating the things you love just be cognizant when you walk in the restaurant of how much sodium is in your dishes.” -- Dr. Travis Stork, co-host of The Doctors“For all the criticism [Eat This, Not That!] leveled against some of these restaurant chains in the past, they are listening and making improvements.” -- Matt Lauer, co-host of the Today Show“I Think Eat This, Not That! is a brilliant book.”--Rachael Ray“We eat out all the time, and this is the fastest, cheapest, smartest plan I can imagine. It really revitalized our family.”-- Dusty Robinson, Eat This, Not That! reader, who used this book with his parents and they lost a combined 70 pounds.

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DAVID ZINCZENKO, editor-in-chief of Men's Health magazine, is the author of the New York Times bestsellers The Abs Diet and The Abs Diet for Women. He is a regular contributor to the Today show and has appeared on Oprah, Good Morning America, and Primetime Live.



MATT GOULDING is the food and nutrition editor of Men's Health. He has cooked and eaten his way around the world, touching down in Allentown, Pennsylvania.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Rodale Books; 1 edition (November 24, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 160529540X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1605295404
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 0.6 x 6.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (114 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #32,081 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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DAVID ZINCZENKO is the New York Times bestselling author of Cook This, Not That! and The New Abs Diet. He is former editor in chief of Men's Health. Once an overweight child, Zinczenko has become one of the nation's leading experts on health and fitness. He is a regular contributor to ABC News and has appeared on Oprah, Good Morning America, Primetime Live, 20/20, The Rachael Ray Show, and The Ellen DeGeneres Show.

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Alain B. Burrese TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 19, 2010
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"Eat This Not That" by David Zinczenko with Matt Gooulding is described on the cover as a "Restaurant Survival Guide" and "The No-Diet Weight Loss Solution." The restaurant survival guide is pretty accurate if surviving a restaurant is choosing lower calorie foods over those with sometimes more calories for a meal than you should be eating all day. The no-diet weight loss solution is based on just eating the healthier choices provided which will automatically cut calories and thus, lead to weight loss if all other factors remain the same.

Obviously, loosing fat has a number of variables. Your exercise is a huge one, and what you consume is another. This book will help you make smarter choices when dining at your favorite restaurant so that you consume less calories. It does not have all the choices you will face when staring at a menu, but has some of the best and worst for you to compare.

The book starts with a brief introduction regarding restaurant choices and how Americans have gotten fatter over the years. It then tells you how this book can help. I agree, the book can help. The book then shares a couple of "top swaps" before explaining the new rules of eating out. This section provides some good tips to help you stay on your diet and eat healthier. This section also shares some secrets the restaurants don't want you to know, such as how many calories supersizing adds, what's in a Chicken McNugget, or what's in a Wendy's Frosty.

Next comes a chapter on the best and worst restaurant foods in America. Things such as the Best Kid's Fast Food which they list as McDonald's 4-Piece McNuggets with Apple Dippers, Caramel Dip, and 1% milk. (Personally, we've gotten this for our daughter, but don't give her the Caramel Dip - why ruin a perfectly good apple?
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Richard of Connecticut VINE VOICE on January 22, 2011
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You go to Burger King with your family and you think by ordering a BK Big Fish Sandwich for yourself, you're doing the right thing. Meanwhile one of your children orders two, not one, but two Whopper Jr's, and the reality is
you are taking in more calories than your son. You eat the fish and you wind up hurting yourself.

You go to TGIF, you order the Pecan Crusted Chicken Salad, it sounds great, chicken is good for you, and so is salad. You have just consumed 1300 calories. Try the Asian Sesame Chicken Salad at Panera Bread and you have cut 950 calories from that meal. There is no other way to know what you are eating than to have a book like this at your side. Is it any wonder that we as Americans are up 20 to 30 pounds on average from our relatives in the 1960's? The cards are stacked against us, or in this case, the foods.

It's because restaurants are out for the buck, and they want their food costs to be as low as possible. To do that they think about 3 words constantly. They are FATS, SALTS, and SUGARS. By utilizing the maximum amounts of these three ingredients, they can give you flavors which you desire, but not the quality and nutrients which you need, and there is no way for you to tell the difference. There are five chapters in this book. They are:

1) The New Rules of Eating Out

2) The Best and Worst Restaurant Foods in America

3) At Your Favorite Restaurant

4) Menu Decoder

5) The Captive Eater's Survival Guide

Every chapter is crammed full of fascinating information that you simply cannot be without. The pictures are extraordinarily helpful. This country spends over $500 million on health and fitness books, over $18 billion on health and clubs.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Barbara Ekorenrud on March 2, 2010
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purchased these books for my husband, who is a firm believer in not dieting but realized he needed to change his eating habits- he loves these books- finds that just having the information available in an easy to understand way, is helping him make better choices- I'm finding that it is helping me also to make healthier decisions also.
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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Justice for Trayvon on January 9, 2010
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This is an okay book that encourages people to eat healthier by planning what to eat before dining out. I found myself shocked at some of the ridiculously high calorie foods, and the high sodium levels in foods that I though were healthy. The book breaks it down to different eateries and gives 3 alternative healthy choices, as well as, 3 alternative poor choices. I was surprised that in some cases a donut is the healthier choice when going to my favorite coffee shop. This is a very simple book that can be read/scanned very quickly and just stored away. I got through the whole book in about 20 minutes, and it only took that long because I was so shocked at some of the findings. Makes me want to stay in to prepare my own meals.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Lillian Kennell on February 24, 2010
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I found this book interesting. Foods I thought would be good to eat were on the "do not eat list" and foods I usually avoided were really much better to eat. It changes your mind on which restaurants you should dine.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By j.c. lucy on February 3, 2010
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This is some pretty interesting information that will indeed help when making choices at restaurants. The only problem there is for me is that there are a lot of restaurants that are not in my area. It covers enough of the restaurants in my area though. Just a lot of pages that are N/A for me.
All in all pretty interesting and helpful.
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