Eat This, Not That! Restaurant Survival Guide: The No-Diet Weight Loss Solution

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Overview

Americans spend more than $500 billion a year eating out, and behind each burger, turkey sandwich, and ice cream sundae is a simple decision that could help you control your weight?and your life. The problem is, restaurant chains and food producers aren't interested in helping you make healthy choices. In fact, they invest $30 billion a year on advertising, much of it aimed at confusing eaters and disguising the fat and calorie counts of their products.

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Overview

Americans spend more than $500 billion a year eating out, and behind each burger, turkey sandwich, and ice cream sundae is a simple decision that could help you control your weight—and your life. The problem is, restaurant chains and food producers aren't interested in helping you make healthy choices. In fact, they invest $30 billion a year on advertising, much of it aimed at confusing eaters and disguising the fat and calorie counts of their products.

Thankfully Eat This, Not That! Restaurant Survival Guide is here to help. It’s the first book in the Eat This, Not That! series to focus solely on burger shacks, pizza parlors, pasta joints, breakfast diners, Mexican cantinas, Chinese eateries, drive-thrus, and coffee shops. With in-depth coverage of 80 of the biggest restaurant chains in the country, it arms you with the information you need to take control of your diet and sidestep the egregious calorie-landmines that are secretly sabotaging your chances of losing weight. And why would restaurants do such a thing? Because people keep buying. The top brass at any restaurant knows that the more food that goes onto the plate, the more drastically the customers will underestimate the caloric heft. That’s why the average cheeseburger has 136 more calories today than it did in the 1970s and why two-thirds of the country is now overweight or obese.

Additional features in Eat This, Not That! Restaurant Survival Guide include:

· Restaurant Report Card: America’s Best and Worst Restaurants

· The Menu Decoder: rules for navigating any menu in the country

· The Buffet Survival Guide

· The New Rules of Eating Out

· 50 Great Restaurant Meals under 500 Calories

· Money- (and Calorie-) Saving Guide to Making Your Favorite Restaurant Meals—at Home!

Loaded with tips on everything from navigating neighborhood restaurant menus to making smart choices in the drive-thru to cutting cash and calories at the country’s largest chain restaurants, Eat This, Not That! Restaurant Survival Guide is the indispensable encyclopedia to the world of eating out.

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Editorial Reviews

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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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780594572152
  • Publisher: Rodale Press, Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/24/2009
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 6.40 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

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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  • Posted February 18, 2010

    Great idea for a book series!

    This is a great book for anyone who eats out alot (not just men). It gives some really good substitutes and is very eye-opening.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 6, 2010

    Travel tool

    I travel frequently for my job. It is very difficult to lose or even maintain weight when eating out for every meal. This book was a handy tool that allowed me to make better decisions, not always the obvious choice, when dining in some of the major chains

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  • Posted May 6, 2010

    Mind blowing information

    Our government should be ashamed of what they allow us to consumer. The FDA is suppose to protect consumers yet this book informs us of all the chemicals, worms and larvae, and other disgusting things the FDA limits. Excuse me! After I purchased Quaker Oats and it was infested with meal worms I decided to purchase a brand with a cleaner factory. This book breaks down those $15 words and what it means to our bodies when trying to digest it. He has taken the time to figure out what pot-pie is equivalent to 32 strips of bacon and which one will not give you a heart-attack. Simple brand choices in the store that are pointed out have helped us maintain a healthier body. I loved the breakdown of top produce that we should buy organic if we can afford to. I highly recommend this book for everyone. The nutritional information from meats to ice cream is priceless!

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  • Posted April 12, 2010

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    Not losing weight in spite of your best efforts? Check this out!

    Wow - what an eye-opener. I bought this for a friend, and the other "Eat This Not That" for myself. The information is very similar, and in some cases identical. Weight Watchers lovers will love this book. It gives you great side-by-side comparisons of popular dishes in popular chain restaurants. I was shocked and GROSSED OUT by all the hidden calories and fat in some of my favorite dishes. No more baby back ribs at Outback for me: 2,000 CALORIES! Key learning: sit-down doesn't mean healthy, and fast food doesn't always mean "fat" food. Keep it in the car with you!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 8, 2010

    Not worth the money

    Really didn't help me make better decisions. Never mentions how much of the calories are actually in the salad dressing or mayonaise slathered on the items that make the bad choices so bad. Maybe the grilled chicken and avocado sandwich would be OK if I asked them to hold the mayo. Also doesn't seem to give any nutritional points for veggies. Maybe a salad with greens, tomatoes and black beans would be a healthier combo than pizza if I left off the dressing and the fried tortillas, but this book never mentions that.
    Finally this book gives the impression that if you eat their "right" choices you are going to loose weight. But that's only if you actually eat the wrong choices all the time. PLEAAAZZZZE !

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