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Eat This Not That! Supermarket Survival Guide: The No-Diet Weight Loss Solution (Paperback)


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With tens of thousands of products crammed into the walls of the neighborhood supermarket, trying to find a reliable snack, pantry product, or frozen dinner can be a serious challenge for the time-strained consumer. The Eat This, Not That! Supermarket Survival Guide changes all of that, offering discerning shoppers everywhere a simple plan for finding the healthiest foods for them and their families. Beyond homing in on the best and worst in the world of packaged foods, the Eat This, Not That! Supermarket Survival Guide scours the aisles to help you pick the most nutrient-packed produce, the leanest, tastiest cuts of meat, exotic cheeses that double as healthy snacks, and the best contaminant-free fish the ocean has to offer.

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Features of the Eat This Not That! Supermarket Survival Guide: - the 20 Worst Foods in the Supermarket - the Ultimate Supermarket Label Decoder - 17 Secrets the Food Industry Doesn't Want You to Know - Shop Once, Eat for a Week - How to Stock the Perfect Pantry Investigative, comprehensive, and compelling, this guide helps consumers navigate their shopping carts through the thousands of nutritional pitfalls in every grocery store to help you lose weight, save cash, and bring home the tastiest, healthiest choices every time.

A must have for anyone serious about losing weight. , December 30, 2008
By a reader

Losing weight is hard, granted, but not knowing what exactly to buy at the grocery store is tough as well. This is where this book comes in. It details the foods to avoid and which to buy from meals to snacks and helps making losing weight that much easier. In my opinion, it is one of THE books to have at your disposal so losing weight doesn't become too much of a chore and lends itself to second nature. I highly reommend this one to anyone who is serious about losing weight, once and for all, along with another that really helped too: Fatass No More! How I Lost Weight and Still Ate Cheeseburgers and Fries.

Puts the "super" back in "supermarket", December 30, 2008
By Mary (Kansas City, MO)

To the average American trying to lose weight, the supermarket can be a scary place. I usually dread my weekly trip there, thanks to the temptations in every aisle and the hours I seem to spend perusing overwhelming nutrition facts. But the "Eat This, Not That" guys have officially taken the guess-work (and the candy-aisle scariness!) out of grocery shopping. The easy-to-digest spreads with colorful photos and info boxes make decisions simple so you can feed your family the right stuff. I just bought this book and, for the first time, I'm excited about my next trip to the supermarket!

A very cool shopping guide!, January 1, 2009
By Steven A. Peterson (Hershey, PA (Born in Kewanee, IL)

The introduction places this delightful work in context (Page vii): "It can be a place of wonder and excitement. . . . But it can also be a place of great danger, where marketing ploys, and outright lies can rob you of your fitness, your health, your vitality. . . . I'm talking, of course, about the American supermarket."

To summarize: This is a book that helps readers shop smarter. It notes for different classes of food (from candy to snacks to cereals and on and on) the ones that are most and least damaging, in terms of calories, fat, and sodium. A brief one line analysis generally accompanies each set of data on each product.

Examples of this part of the book. For instance, pages 176-177 feature corn chips. The conclusion, if one chooses to get some corn chips, is to purchase and eat products like Snyder's of Hanover Multigrain (130 calories, 5 grams of fat [0 grams of saturated fat], 110 milligrams of sodium) and not those like Frito's Original Corn Chips (160 calories, 10 grams of fat [1.5 grams of saturated fat], and 160 mg of sodium). Or take frozen pizzas, if you must. Think in terms of buying Palermo's Primo Thin Margherita (260 calories, 12 grams of fat [5 grams of which is saturated], and 520 mg of sodium)--not DiGiorno's Traditional Crust Pepperoni (770 calories, 35 grams of fat [14 grams saturated], and 1430 mg of sodium). Some of the comparisons as those above are quite stunning, and suggest that doing some decision-making at the store can have nutritional consequences.

Some interesting features--Survival guide for supermarket tips (pages 2-9), including a depressing check of stated calories per serving on the package and what the book says are the real calories per serving. the 20 worst packaged foods for a person in the country (e.g., Haagen-Dazs chocolate peanut butter ice cream; the book suggests purchasing Edy's slow churned peanut butter cup ice cream instead), tips on which produce to purchase for nutritional kick, "making sense of meat," tips on snacking, and so on.

But, in the final analysis, it is the tips on which are the best and which the worst, in terms of nutrition, products in a variety of food categories. This book provides a nice service along those lines. I had thought that this would not be particularly useful when I ordered it (one look at the wild and wacky cover illustrates one reason for my pessimism), but I am happy to say that my doubts were not realized.

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