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Collins Gem - Calorie Counter Paperback – 3 Jan 2006


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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Collins; New edition edition (3 Jan 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007211503
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007211500
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 2 x 11.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 288,411 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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‘Anyone who is thinking of dieting – STOP HERE. This is the handyman guide to dieting. All weight loss classes will ask you to keep a watch on how many calories/fats/carbohydrates you eat per day – BUT they never explain to you what foods have what in them…. If you don’t know, you need this book’


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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A. S. Gilbert on 10 July 2008
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There is a wealth of information in this chunky little book. I only gaive it three stars because I feel there are rather too many ready-made, branded foods listed because the label on such items would give all the information, anyway, so no need to look them up in a reference book.

Everything I eat I have created myself so I need calorie values of ingredients, not finished items. So I found I had to wade through ready-made, canned, etc before I find what I am looking for.

But for someone who has little idea of caorie values or needs a fuller list this would be a good little reference book to keep in the kitchen.
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100 of 105 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Richard Dudley VINE VOICE on 17 Jan 2006
This is a truly excellent little book – packed with information and easily transported if – like me – you spend a lot of time away from home.
There are introductory sections on food and nutrition and details of ideal weights (as BMI – body mass index, or weight ranges for heights).
However at the core of this book are lists of calories per 100g or 100ml and occasionally for “units” as sold. Also listed are percentages of protein, carbohydrate, fat and fibre although I found these less useful. Entries are grouped under major headings such as Fish, Fruit and Vegetables or Meat.
Most raw foods are given calorie counts as are some cooked foods (e.g. grilled fish or stewed meat).
Much of the book is taken up with calorie counts of processed meals – frozen, tinned, in packets or jars. While it is true that you can simply look at these on the products in the shop, it is quite useful to see the range of calories for the “same” product from different manufacturers.
Of itself this book will only help you so far in dieting. I’ve found that it is best used when combined with a food diary – I use a spreadsheet. While a chore, the discipline of weighing food and counting calories is quite eye-opening. You really begin to see where the “extra” calories are coming from. In my case post-meal snacks such as cheese and crisps.
Over 6 months I’ve managed to reduce my BMI from over 25 to under 20 by eating more sensibly (lower calories foods, smaller portions, fewer snacks and more exercise). All without “fad diets, “miracle cures” or labelling some foods as “bad”.
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37 of 39 people found the following review helpful By ash-uk on 5 Jun 2007
Been there done that, after putting on weight from giving up smoking. If you seriously want to lose weight this book provides the foolproof method without the smoke and mirrors of Atkins Diets etc:

1. Get this book (it's a pocket sized book - you don't need to read it all, just the introduction to get started)
2. Keep a food diary (examples can be found on the web - I kept mine on a spreadsheet)
3. Use the book and the diary to keep a tight track of calories in v calories out (the book is a real education in this respect, also providing information on calories burned during exercise)
4. Then stay below your maintenance calorie level (you can calculate this from the book) and you can't fail to lose weight (I stayed 1000 calories per day below my maintenance weight = about 2lbs loss per week). Even if you consume too many calories one day, do some exercise to take it off the next
5. Some reviewers have downgraded their review of this book because the book provides a calorie count per 100 grams or millilitres of food or drink. However, this is the most foolproof way of calorie counting so keep some scales and a measuring jug handy to take the lazy guesswork out of the equation. Otherwise you will only cheat yourself...!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Lea L on 16 Mar 2009
I bought this particular calorie book because I have lots of collins gem products and they're pretty good. This is okay. Its lacking in some really basic things such as the calorie value of fresh pears for example, they have the calories for tinned ones but not fresh ones. It also doesn't give saturated fat values. On the plus side it gives fibre values and overall fat values.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By J. Teagle on 3 Dec 2007
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As mentioned by another reviewer, its coverage is less than comprehensive. It seems to blithely assume that people only ever buy brand-named foods - what about shop's own brands? I couldn't find a single one. Pretty good value for money if you ignore this, but disappointing for me as I don't buy brand names. It does at least have a decent selection of fruit and veg in it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rachel on 11 July 2009
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This is one brilliant little thing! Small enough to carry it in your handbag (or even your pocket) it contains any information you need to know about British food. Not just calories! I am a GP and I keep recommending this little book to my patients who wish to loose weight. I try to get people to become calorie-aware. Most people think that they can eat as much as they want as long as the food is "healthy", and I try to make them aware that even healthy food can make them fat .... The Collins gem Calorie Counter is part of almost every consultation I have with patients who wish to loose weight.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By S. Hill VINE VOICE on 15 Sep 2007
I have used a book like this for years, but wanted an update because many of the manufactured items were out-of-date, and many things which are now commonplace were rare in 1991.

I still find myself using my old book in preference to this one.

This sort of book should be comprehensive and easy to use.

The book has details of many manufactured foods - which is, to a degree, pointless because (a) manufacturers frequently change their recipes (and thus the food's calories) and (b) publish the calories on the packet. When it comes to basic food items, the coverage is average and has some surprising omissions. For example, it doesn't tell you how many calories there are in raw asparagus, just in the boiled tips. If you want to know the calorific value of aubergine, tough (unless you happen to have fried your aubergine in corn oil, that is). And that's just the As.

The layout isn't terribly clear but that's probably more a result of the Gem format. It provides values per 100g in the main: invest in a decent set of digital scales and you're away (which should help the honey-dripper reviewer below).

Avoid unless you only eat ready meals!
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