Weight Loss Guide
Editors David Zinczenko and Matt Goulding, chief honchos of Men's Health, have brought out a book called Eat This, Not That, that lines up everything on the menu in restaurants and groceries for scrutiny. Most of us are not quite sure of the calories in the foodstuffs we buy, and this book surgically lays them bare.
How the book helps?
Eat This, Not That is a handy book that can be taken along while shopping for food or eating out. It is full of facts regarding calories, fats, carbohydrates, sodium and sugar to help choose better among the vast options available. Calories are singled out as the most important of factors responsible for weight gain, and are dealt with in detail.
The colorful book is designed in a well-ordered way for quick reference. On the left side of the page are the "Eat This" foods and on the right side are the "Not That" foods. All of the foodstuffs that an average American eats are covered in the book. There is place for every junk food and prepackaged food that you get at supermarkets.
All the major restaurants come under the scanner and are rated according to the nutritional qualities of the food they offer. Several tips are provided to search the best that each restaurant offers. The authors have rated every restaurant from A plus to D minus. Several restaurants are shamed by the authors for not listing the nutrition facts. In fact, many of them have promptly put up the list after the exposé.
The book is good-humored and lists 20 "weapons of mass destruction". Foods on the chart are those with excessive amounts of fats, sodium and of course calories. The "super eight" foods that are the most beneficial to health are black beans, blueberry, carrot, oats, spinach, tomato, walnut and yogurt.
The book advises on how to choose foods that are more in nutrition and less in calories. It is not a very "obvious" thing to know about nutrition facts of all food items. The book helps identify each one of them. Better choices can be made with better knowledge. The right choices will reward you with several hundreds of calorie loss.
However, the book tends to mislead people by claiming that their plan spot-reduces belly fat, which is absurd. No diet can target specific areas of the body, because it simply has no connection. It is the overall metabolism of the body that decides where to remove fat from. And, belly fat is almost always the first to go. Another negative of the book is that no exercise plan is specified.