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Carbs & Cals: A Visual Guide to Carbohydrate & Calorie Counting for People with Diabetes [Paperback]

Chris Cheyette , Yello Balolia
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29 Nov 2010
Carbs & Cals is a visual guide to carbohydrate and calorie counting. It contains over 1,200 photographs of popular food and drink items, clearly showing the amount of carbohydrate and calories in each photo. For the first time, carbohydrate and calorie counting has been turned into an easy-to-understand, practical, visual guide.

The 13-page introduction to the book explains the effect of carbohydrate on blood sugar levels and explores the amount of calories we need in our diet, giving practical tips on how to use the book for diabetes control and weight management.

The 217 pages of photographs are arranged into 15 colour-coded sections: Biscuits & Crackers; Bread; Breakfast; Cakes & Bakery Items; Desserts; Drinks; Fruit; Meals; Meal Accompaniments; Meat & Fish; Potatoes; Rice, Pasta & Grains; Snacks; Take-aways; and Vegetables & Pulses.

There are up to 6 different portion photos for each food (with their corresponding carbohydrate and calorie value displayed above each image). This provides an easy comparison to the food on your plate and a helpful guide to the carbohydrate and calories you are consuming. The prepared/cooked weight is also shown below each photo.

Carbohydrate counting is an important part of diabetes management, particularly for Type 1 diabetes. This book will provide an invaluable tool for anyone engaged in this process.

For people with Type 2 diabetes or those trying to lose weight, Carbs & Cals vastly simplifies the calorie counting process. It takes out the guesswork and time spent weighing food by showing you the calorie content in each food photograph. This allows you to make choices on how to reduce calories by choosing a smaller portion or swapping a high calorie snack for a healthier option.
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  • Paperback: 244 pages
  • Publisher: Chello Publishing Limited; 4th edition (29 Nov 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0956443052
  • ISBN-13: 978-0956443052
  • Product Dimensions: 14.9 x 21.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (646 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 19,150 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Fantastically useful for people who are trying to lose weight. --Balance (Diabetes UK) magazine

This book is the king of carb counting resources. --Winning at Insulin magazine

This is an excellent, unique resource and I cannot recommend it highly enough. --Nursing Standard

Book Description

The Carbs & Cals Poster Set contains 5 themed carbohydrate and calorie counting posters. The 5 posters are:

1) Drinks - contains 25 photos of popular drinks.

2) Meals - contains 25 photos of popular meals.

3) Portions - contains portions of Rice, Pasta, Mashed Potato, and Oven Chips (6 portions of each of these foods)..

4) Snacks - contains 25 photos of popular snacks.

5) Take-aways - contains 16 photos of popular take-away food, arranged into sections of Pizza Shop, Kebab House, Chinese Take-away, and Indian Take-away.

The complete set contains 115 full-colour photographs, covering a wide range of popular food and drinks.

Each poster is A1 in size (around 84 x 60cm) so they are ideal for group teaching or display.

The Carbs & Cals Poster Set is a great accompaniment to the Carbs & Cals book and flashcards. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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59 of 59 people found the following review helpful
This book is a fantastic help for all diabetics especially Type 1. Counting carbs can be so diffucult when trying to control your blood sugar as a diabetic. The visual pictures of the food and the portion sizes make it so much easier to ulimately calculate the right insulin dose to have with the food/carbs you eat.
And so gain better diabetic control.
A must for all adults. Children and their parents.
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39 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Book 30 April 2010
This is a brilliant book for anyone who needs to count their Carbs and Calories!...I am a Type 2 Diabetic, have been since 1991 and have never been taught how to count Carbohydrates although I am on Tablets and Insulin (Basal Bolus). I was on a Diabetes Forum and somebody wrote about being advised to get this book Carbs and Cals by Chris Cheyette and Yello I went to their website... [...] ordered one.
I am really glad I did.! the book is so easy to use, with pictures of plates of food graduating portions showing you what a portion should look like and how many Carbs and Calories are in the portion size you choose to have.There is a lot of useful information as well.If you don't have is very useful for losing weight..and the book is well worth while getting.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Revelation! 11 Aug 2010
By plummy
I recently bought this book after visiting my diabetic clinic. What a [[ASIN:095644301X Carbs & Cals: A Visual Guide to Carbohydrate & Calorie Counting for People with Diabetes] revelation this turned out to be - after seeing the portion sizes and carbohydrate values in the book I realised I had been underestimating the amount of insulin I needed to give me stable blood sugar levels and that I needed to make alterations to my diet. I must say the calories are an eye-opener too! I have had type 1 diabetes since I was 12 (quite a few years ago now) but this book proves that there is always something new to discover and learn. If you have a meal out or a take-away it is difficult sometimes to guesstimate - this book takes a lot of the hard work away and makes life much easier ... I would recommend it to anyone - you won't be disappointed.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Handy Delight 18 Aug 2010
Thank you Chris Cheyette. All the dietitians I know are envious that you have come up with this wonderful book. I use this everyday at work. It has been the most useful tool I have had as a diabetes specialist nurse. Looking back since I bought it, I have used in every discussion in appointments with people I see! Using the photographs to judge portion sizes (because you have a selection on each page) is extremely useful to try and work out carb: insulin ratio used at each meal. The photographs are of foods readily available here in the UK, although it would be a handy delight when on holiday abroad as well. People I have introduced to this book have found the rice and pasta pages very useful. Also the alcohol pages too. There is an iphone app available too.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Carbs & Cals 25 Sep 2011
My son has recently been diagnosed as a type 1 diabetic, and this book has been a godsend! We have used this book for calculating his carb intake for virtually every meal, and it has been so good that his school has bought one too. Although we use electronic scales at home, the pictures are really great for helping us make a realistic guess for carbs content in places where weighing food is impossible or impracticle, such as restaurants. It is easy to understand, and virtually all day-to-day foods are covered, as well as some of the more unusual fare. I would recommend this book to anyone.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars DAFNE friendly 15 April 2012
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Having recently completed a DAFNE course, relating to the self management of Type 1 diabetes, I was delighted to have the recommendation from a course tutor to purchase this book. It is a perfect partner to the simple guide provided on the course and should be considered a 'must' for anyone who wishes to take the DAFNE guidelines seriously.
The book combines carbs and cals guidelines with multi photos for most of the everyday foods and drinks and, used sensibly, reduces guesswork to a minimum.After 52 years as a Type 1 diabetic, I have been inspired by a simple, well edited book. Well worth the small outlay.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent resource book 19 May 2010
By Mummy TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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I have to agree with the other reviewers here.
Before my son was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes (aged 2) I had never worried about carb counting, so this book is incredibly useful. It has clear concise information and is well laid out. I use the collins carb counter book for anything that is not included here (though there isn't much that isn't). This book has become a very useful tool and I often to take it to playgroup as it helps take the guesswork out of what size portion he has had while there. I'm planning to get another copy for when he starts Nurery, or I might get the flashcards. There is also a phone app version.

Just a note, I have bought the new edition and though the same foods have been used, some of the carb (and Cal) values have been changed. Some are a little lower, some a litle higher. Some by only 1g of carb some by as much as 4g. Overall I don't expect this to make a huge difference to his carb intake and the old edition is still handy to have. I mention it as you may wish to give thought to updating your copy.

PS The poster set produced by Carbs and Cals are huge, you would need to have a lot of wall space to display. Better suited to an office or clinic than say a small nursery classroom. It does have a handy 10g snack comparison (which is what I was after) Publishers take note , that info on a handy flyer would be great.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book - very helpful
I bought this book for 2 reasons. The first reason was because my partner is a type 1 diabetic who was having a lot of hypos, so I wanted to make sure he was getting a good enough... Read more
Published 13 hours ago by Bel G
5.0 out of 5 stars Carbs & Cals
This was bought for more information as I have just been diagnosed as Type 2 diabetic. Really useful and easy to follow.
Published 1 day ago by Supersec
5.0 out of 5 stars just the job
An excellent book, well set out, very easy to understand,all in all a great product, highly recommended, if you are into weight watching.
Published 2 days ago by AndyP
5.0 out of 5 stars helpful
This is a great book & i find it very useful helping me with counting my carbs & cals everyday.
Published 2 days ago by Vanessa Hardy
5.0 out of 5 stars carbs and cals top book
avery good book for understanding the value of foods and drink a must have book for loosing weight well done to you
Published 3 days ago by grumpy face
5.0 out of 5 stars Good buy
Chose Carbs & Cals as my hubby is diabetic and this book was recommended, I would recommend this book to family & friends.
Customer service was excellent.
Published 4 days ago by Paper Chaser
5.0 out of 5 stars Go for it - carbs & calories without weighing
Good book - at a glance carbs & calories. No weighing tho obviously more of a good guide. Plate and bowl sizes given.
Published 4 days ago by Sable
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy to use
We were amazed at what we learned from this book. It is very clear and a great help for planning a healthy diet.
Published 6 days ago by Kathryn Windle
4.0 out of 5 stars great book
lots of foods are covered, its easy to use and understand. The introduction coveres GI and Diabetes and what carb counting it all about which was very useful.
Published 7 days ago by katy-jane
5.0 out of 5 stars Carbs and Cals
A great book with all the necessary information to assess your C & C intake, necessary as being Diabetic it enables you to assess your sugar intake so as you can adjust your... Read more
Published 7 days ago by Diggerboosh
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