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5.0 out of 5 stars A low calorie lager and Smash diet - would it work?, 27 Feb 2014
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I like this book a lot.
I'd been looking for a while for a clear and simple calorie guide. For the past month, I've been losing weight on a diet of my own making just by trying to count calories. I've not a huge amount of weight to lose admittedly but this book will take away a lot of the guesswork. After reading some of the reviews, I was dubious as to whether the portion sizes would be too vague to give a reasonable idea of calorific values but this guide is actually pretty clear - eg hot dog - portion size = 1 sausage plus bun. Being a vegetarian, I'll cite another 'food' of greater interest - lager: 1 small (I'd take that to be a half pint) 87 calories; high strength small 226 calories; low alcohol small 70 calories. I was not expecting to see much in the way of other nutritional analysis but protein, carbs, fat and fibre are all listed too.
With a book like this, you tend to 'test' it by seeking out a particular foodstuff. With cosmopolitan and epicurean tastes like mine, I sought out 'Smash' and was disappointed to find it absent. I picked up the book later only to find it under 'Potatoes, mashed, instant' - a mere 57 calories for 3 'heaped tbsp'. OK - a lager and Smash diet then? ....Maybe not - but it's good to know a small lager is about the same number of calories as a 'prawn choux ball'. Not much contest there, I feel.
For many people, losing weight seems easier than keeping it off. This is where 'Hugely Better' comes into its own. Keep it handy in the kitchen after the formal dieting bit's over and it could help you to maintain weight. How many ex-dieters would continue to weigh food to determine portion size to work out how many hundred grams and thence how many kcals it contains? With this book as a quick reference guide, you'll be better informed and better able to maintain weight I reckon.
I had thought 'Hugely Better' would be more a pocket sized format - it's about the size of a regular paperback - but still easy to tote about if you're keen. A Kindle version would be useful.
I'd say forget silly diets you're unlikely to be able to follow in the long term; buy yourself a decent guide to calorie counting like this - it's all you need to lose weight and maintain that loss.
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