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.
5 Stars Big Help
This opened my eyes to restaurants and their menus. It’s helped me alot when I order. I can keep away from the things high in calories or sodium.
5 Stars A Most Have
If you are dieting, a diabetic or just a curious george, you must get this book and arm yourself with the do’s and not of eating. You will love it.
3 Stars Good Ideas
This book contained many simple swaps that you don’t normally think about. Good information.
5 Stars Great little guide regarding restaurant food
“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?) The best fast food burger is listed as Wendy’s 1/4 Pound Single and best sit-down burger is Red Robin’s Natural Burger. Number one on the worst list was Outback’s Baby Back Ribs full rack with a whopping 3,021 calories.
The next section of the book is an alphabetical list of restaurants with some of the best and worst foods. Thus the “Eat This and Not That.” There are full color pictures throughout that tended to make me hungry when I looked at the book before eating. I mean, come on, some of those bad foods look so good. However, so did many of the better choices. There are also little tidbits and interesting facts throughout the book. It’s easy to read, and pretty interesting. (That is if you are interested in what you are eating and what it contains, especially calories.)
Each restaurant has one main dish to eat vs. a bad one, and then a few other picks and other passes. Take Olive Garden for instance. The Eat this choice is the Venetian Apricot Chicken and the choice to pass is Garlic-Herb Chicken Con Broccoli. Other picks include the Lasagna Classico, Grilled Chicken Spiedini, and Herb-Grilled Salmon. Other passes were Spaghetti & Meatballs, Chicken Scampi, and Grilled Shrimp Caprese.
Next comes the menu decoder. This is a great section that explains a lot about what you see on the menu and will make you much more aware of the choices you are making. And finally there was a little bit about eating at airports, vending machines, amusement parks and such places.
Obviously, if you eat at the same restaurant frequently, you will run out of good choices listed in the book. However, with the information here, you will be so much better prepared to select the foods that fit with your dietary goals. I really like the book and think it’s a handy guide regarding restaurant food.
Reviewed by Alain Burrese, J.D., author of Hard-Won Wisdom From the School of Hard Knocks and the dvds: Hapkido Hoshinsul, Streetfighting Essentials, Hapkido Cane, the Lock On Joint Locking Essentials series and articles including a regular column on negotiation for The Montana Lawyer. Alain Also wrote a series of articles called Lessons From The Apprentice.
5 Stars Very Useful
This will help you cut out thousands of calories while pretty much eating the same exact meal from a different restaurant.