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Book Review: Eat This Not That (Rodale, 2008) by David Zinczenko

The prolific writer David Zinczenko, Editor-in-Chief of Men's Health Magazine is regularly publishing books that assist the consumer with better food choices. His latest title--Eat This Not That!: The No-Diet Weight Loss Solution, is chock full of glossy photos of food choices from chain restaurants. Packed with "secrets" about how to save on calories when dining out, at a family barbeque, or while purchasing groceries, this softcover is small enough to take on the road.

A few years ago, my good friends, Mike and Betty, opened a Jimmy John's sandwich franchise. The business was the first in our suburban Florida neighborhood and did quite well. Spread across the United States, you know what you're getting when you walk in the door. And that is probably one of the greatest advantages of franchise dining, you'll know what to expect. Zinczenko says that what you probably don't know is that Jimmy John's vegetables are from local sources and are delivered on a daily basis, ensuring freshness. Unlike Subway, Jimmy John's meats are delivered unsliced, and both veggies and meats are cut daily. This is true. My friend Betty also arrived before dawn to freshly bake the bread--both white and whole wheat.

Zinczenko adds that to save on calories--the glory of his book--eat the Turkey Breast Slim Sub rather than the Turkey Tom. His additional secret is to pass on the mayo and substitute avocado spread--shaving off 200 calories, 24 grams of fat, and 98 grams of sodium. Other worthy picks are the Totally Tuna Sub (507 calories) and the Vegetarian Sub (290 calories). Zinczenko advises everyone to pass on the Pepe Sub (684 calories), the Gourmet Veggie Club (856 calories), and my son's favorite--The J.J. Gargantuan (1,008 calories)!

My favorite lunch was specially made by Betty--the Unwich. A sandwich without bread, rolled in a lettuce wrap instead!

Other notable restaurant chains mentioned by Zinczenko: Applebee's, Sbarro, Schlotzsky's, Smoothie King, Starbucks, Taco Bell, Wendy's, McDonald's, KFC, Denny's, and many others. Whether you're doing the Midnight breakfast with friends, or catching a mid-morning brunch on the run, there are still good food choices available, but it's up to you to make them.

Eat This Not That offers readers choices, with glossy photos, and blocks of calorie and fat counts for each meal/food. It's a great book!
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Eat what you want, when you want--and watch the pounds disappear!

Americans spend more than $400 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.

All of that has changed with EAT THIS, NOT THAT!. This book puts the entire food industry under the spotlight, and arms you with the savvy tricks and insider information it takes to eat well no matter where you are. With EAT THIS, NOT THAT! you're the expert in every eating situation, from the frozen food aisle to your favorite fast food joint to your local sports bar. You control your food universe--and lose the pounds you want--because, unlike every other customer, you'll know the smart choices to make--instantly!

EAT THIS, NOT THAT! is jam-packed with secrets the restaurant industry doesn't want you to know. For example: * Burger King doesn't want you to know that a BK Big Fish® Sandwich and fries have a whopping 1000 calories--nearly half your daily caloric intake! (Fish is usually healthy, but not this kind. Find out why with this book.) * Pizza Hut doesn't want you to know that a standard pizza in Italy contains 500 to 800 calories, but the same meal...

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ISBN-10: 1594868549
ISBN-13: 978-1594868542
Author: David Zinczenko
Genre: Health, Mind & Body
Publisher: Rodale Books; 1st edition (December 10, 2007)
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