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The Hugely Better Calorie Counter [Paperback]

Carolyn Humphries
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29 Aug 2008
Calorie counters are bought to help control eating and get on top of weight problems. But today we understand that the problems more often start in the supermarket trolley. So this book makes it really easy to choose all the right products. The next most important point is that food packaging offers you cals per 100 grams in an effort to hide the real impact from you. This book tells it like it is, portion by portion, glass by glass. Just using it to buy a healthier calorie content in the food you buy in the supermarket, will help keep you in better trim and shape. Like all of the best ideas, it's very simple really - practical.

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Foulsham (29 Aug 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0572034814
  • ISBN-13: 978-0572034818
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 17.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (89 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 81,208 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Carolyn Humphries was born and brought up in Somerset. Her grandmother was a professional cook and taught her all her skills. She produced her first Sunday lunch at the age of nine! She always aspired to become a cookery editor and writer and, after training as a journalist and a stint as a restaurant chef, became a cookery writer and then Deputy Cookery Editor on Woman magazine in the mid 1970s. Since then she has written for numerous magazines, been a consultant on many books and is the author of over 60 of her own - mostly cookery and health-related ones but also Really Simple English Grammar (recommended by John Clare in the Daily Telegraph), Modern Wedding Etiquette and Paint Your Life a Brighter Shade of Green (she feels really strongly about the environment). With a passion for good food, she cares deeply about what we eat and where it comes from. She is dedicated to promoting healthy eating, encouraging everyone to buy British, local produce, when possible, and also suports Fairtrade.

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Carolyn started her career at the top working as Head Chef for a restaurant but eventually switched to journalism where, in 1977, she was able to combine her love of food with her flair for words when she became Deputy Cookery Editor for Woman magazine. Over the years she has freelanced for numerous women's, parenting, education, food and lifestyle magazines as well as for PR companies specialising in food, nutrition and health. She has written over 40 books and has taught both cookery and journalism at further education level. She has written many books for Foulsham and sold over 92,000 books in 2006 alone.

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142 of 142 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best calorie counting book I've come across!! 23 Jan 2003
After an extensive search to find a book which calculates calories according to portion sizes, I finally discovered this one, and use it religiously every day when calculating my calorie intake. It is extremely comprehensive and includes brand names along with the calorific value of everyday foods.
Would recommend this book to anyone who wants a calorie counting book that takes the guess work out of calculating your daily intake!!
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167 of 170 people found the following review helpful
I haven't looked at many calorie counter books, but this one's perfect because:
a) It's portion sized, eg a "a small knob of butter", rather than 10g of butter (I have NO idea what 10g of butter looks like, but I DO know that I put a "knob" on my toast!)
b) If you care, Carolyn also explains her portions at the front of the book, eg small knob of butter = 2 teaspoons.
c) She doesn't fill the book with stuff you can read on the back of the relevant food packet, nor fill the book with brand comparisons, eg XYZ digestive biscuits vs ABC digestive biscuits.
d) She includes relatively obscure/exotic foods eg pigeon, avgolemono soup and eel pie mash (no winkles, though, alas!)
e) She includes restaurant/home-made foods which would be calorifically difficult to guess, eg onion pakora and pineapple- upside-down pudding.
f) And finally, Carolyn linguistically addresses both the UK and USA markets. (How wonderful it is to discover a book which doesn't assume that we all eat cookies rather than biscuits!)
Hence, a top rating from me.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Easier to read the labels 5 Mar 2010
By Jennie
I bought this book in January to help shed the post-Christmas bulge - and can't stand it! The amounts are very vague - eg "a portion, a chunk" rather than by weight, and there is no break down for different brands/flavours of many foods which, as any seasoned dieter knows, vary wildly. There are also many omissions. I've gone entirely back to basics and am sticking to reading the labels on packaging. The old freeby books that used to come with Slimming magazine were more comprehensive and more user-friendly!
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56 of 57 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very useful little book 6 May 2002
At last a calorie counting book that doesn't concentrate on brand names and doesn't give you the calorie value of obscure amounts, but of servings!!
And it also gives you the amount of protein, carbohydrate, fat, and fibre in what you're eating too!!
All listed alphabetically for easy reference.
All-in-all a very useful little book.
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76 of 78 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Hugely Better Calaorie Counter (Essentials) 11 Mar 2003
Having been recently diagnosed as a Diabetic I was searching for information on calories, specifically individual ingredients and the average per portion of a restaurant meal. Whilst this does not cover absolutely everything I wanted, there is certainly enough information contained in this book for me to make informed decisions. The book is very clearly laid out in an A - Z format and focuses predominently on the calorific content of individual foods such as an apple as well as the average calorie count of a prawn curry. I do recommend this book to anyone who is in a similar situation.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy to use 17 Mar 2008
I bought this book along with the Calorie, Carb and Fat Bible 2008 and this little book is the one I have used most. It is easy to use and I found it a lot simpler to understand. If you just want a quick reference guide to help you count calories through the day this is definitely the book I'd go for.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as described 2 April 2007
By Amz
this book claims to be useful as it lists meals rather than separate items that you have to add up to get your calorie intake, but most of the meals you actually eat are not in there. Don't recoomeend this book for this aspect but if you want something for things you don't generally get calorie amounts for on the packaging then it is okay.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars At times inaccurate, inconsistent or incomplete 25 May 2012
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I like the idea of this book. I want to get ballpark figures for calorie intake rather than accurate ones. I need to know whether I am eating say 2000 or 2500, not whether I am eating 2000 or 2005. This is however at times inaccurate, inconsistent or incomplete.

Inaccurate - see for example butternut squash which it gives as 9 kCal for 1/2 medium squash. Really? Other sources give 32 kCal/100g. That would make the squash about the size of a Cadbury's Creme Egg. Another example - sweet and sour chicken - 126 kCal per serving. Really? Other sources talk more of the 400-500 kCal mark.

Inconsistent - see for example nuts. Some are given in serving sizes of 25g; others in serving sizes of "small handfuls"; others in number of nuts. This is just plain annoying.

Incomplete - for example there's no entry for olive spread, which I would have thought would be a common item. Well OK, I could just look up butter for a ballpark figure in this particular case, but if it's leaving out such staples, that's also annoying.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very good
What a fantastic book if you are watching calories. Very informative without being complicated. Laid out very well.
Published 16 days ago by skyliner
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Not bad
Published 20 days ago by Mrs V Woodcock
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great if you are out and about and want to keep an eye on what you are eating.
Published 1 month ago by suzanne ayres
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good guide
Published 1 month ago by mrs c.s. kelly
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Published 1 month ago by Beryl Baird
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Really love this product, arrived very quickly and was exactly what i wanted
Published 2 months ago by Mrs. M. Obrien
5.0 out of 5 stars Bood present on pages 168 to178.
The book is very good. I found dried blood on pages 168 to178.

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Published 3 months ago by JULI REES
5.0 out of 5 stars A really practical way to count calories
The coverage of this book is amazing. What you would expect - basic food, with their calorie counts are there, but what surprised me, and made this such a valuable, and practical... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Elizabeth S. Wells
5.0 out of 5 stars so easy
This book is very good, it lists just about everything you could think of. Also has helpful hints at the front.
Published 5 months ago by H
5.0 out of 5 stars Thank you!
Thank you so much. I am delighted with the item. It is very easy to use and perfect for my requirements!
Published 5 months ago by Mrs. M. Daly
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