Last week, I posted my review on The Writing Diet by Julia Cameron, in which Cameron encourages people to write down what they eat to aid in losing weight. Well, as I started utilizing the technique, I realized that I knew very little about the nutritional value, or lack of, in the foods that I was eating. I had seen Eat This, Not That at Target, so that is the book that I planned to pick up.
Instead, I ended up getting The Calorie King 2009 Calorie, Fat, and Carbohydrate counter 2009 (Large Print Edition). It’s pocket-sized, and includes more than just calorie counts. As the title indicates, it also has the overall nutritional content of foods at popular restaurants. The best part is that it includes thousands of grocery items and non-grocery items that you prepare at home. For instance, it’s hard to tell how many calories are in a sandwich that you make at home. However, by adding together the calorie count for a two slices of bread, a slice of bacon, a piece of lettuce, and a teaspoon of mayo, you can calculate the nutritional content of your favorite BLT easily.
It’s full of graphics, too, which keep you from becoming bored with it too quickly. The Biggest Loser Complete Calorie Counter guide was a few dollars cheaper, but I went with this one because the BLCCC was black and white, while this one was glossy and full of color. Basically, I like shiny things.
I can’t say that I actually count all of my calories every single day. That would be a little too much for me, but I do grab the guide on my way out to eat. It has helped me make better choices at my favorite restaurants like Chilli’s where the fried chicken crispers, with corn and fries are a whopping 1880 calories! Needless to say, I haven’t ordered them since buying this book.
It works well as a handy guide to add up calories and nutritional content, and in the beginning of the book, it has practical advice on dieting, cutting down on sugar and saturated fat, and ways to effectively lose weight.
Unfortunately, not every single restaurant that I frequent is included – and for some restaurants, many of my favorite dishes are not listed. There is usually a way to work-around by using the grocery items as a comparison.
The biggest downside to this book is the price. If you don’t want to pay $10 or more for a little book, lots of the same information is available online for free, either directly at the restaurant’s website or on thedailyplate.com.
What are some of your favorite free, online sources for nutrition information?