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Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Book Review: The Biggest Loser Complete Calorie Counter

The Biggest Loser Complete Calorie Counter: The Quick and Easy Guide to Thousands of Foods from Grocery Stores and Popular Restaurants--As Seen on NBC [BIGGEST LOSER COMP CALORIE COU]My Sister M has been obsessed with finding a book to help her navigate her way through the Jorge Cruise's S/C Values, something beyond The Belly Fat Cure book which she already has. When she told me the story of how hard it was to find one with all the right information it in, I asked her to write up a review! I get most my nutritional info from Calorieking.com, but maybe some of you prefer a book too:

The Belly Fat Cure diet has required some new paradigms for me. For quite some time, I’ve thought of foods as having one dimension: How many carbs does it have? But BFC brings food into a three dimensional view by counting carbs, sugar, and fiber grams. I didn’t realize what a daunting task that was until I couldn’t find all three in just one book. Searching for such a book made me realize just how single sighted I had been about carbohydrates. As I scanned the book shelf in person and online, I even found myself saying, “Who would just want to know how many carbs are in a food?” The Biggest Loser Complete Calorie Counter book was the ONLY one I found that included carbs, sugar and fiber required by the BFC diet. In addition, it also includes calories, protein, fat (plus saturated fat) and sodium.

 The 226 page book is slim and nicely organized into 28 categories with staples like vegetables, fruits, breads plus gelatins, grains, nuts and beverages, plus a separate expansive Sport Drink and Sports/Nutrition Bars sections.

These sections include fresh, generic and name brands. In addition, there is a quick look for generic entrees and side dishes like macaroni and cheese or chicken pot pie. There is also a nice restaurant section where I counted about 36 different restaurants from Arby’s to Wendy’s and mall stops like Cinnabon, Annies and Starbucks. Some of the menus seemed to be along the “don’t ask, don’t tell” line, where only the lower calorie entrees were listed.

 The calorie counter is prefaced by a section on how to read labels and a brief explanation for the different nutritional headings. There is also a nice little section of “Top 20 Lists and Tips” from previous Biggest Loser contestants for snacks, eating out and desserts.

 My only suggestions would be to color code the nutritional grid and I would like to see it in a spiral format to keep it from becoming too dog-eared too quickly. Overall, this little book is a “must have” to keep informed on the BFC diet.


  1. Love your site - it's really helped me get started (just got the book in the mail yesterday). I have a question about probiotics - maybe I didn't read the book thoroughly enough, but I don't see them mentioned anywhere. Do you know anything about that?


  2. Thank you so much for sharing the information on the Biggest Loser Calorie Counter book. I ordered it right away. I also want to thank you for sharing your favorite products and EVERYTHING you have shared with us. I need all the help I can get and I'm trying to make this a fun journey too. Your information is SO helpful, so thanks again for all the work and time you put into this. Congratulations on all your weight loss! Maureen

  3. Maureen and annon, thanks for your comments today! I had a really terrible day and it made me happy to see these when I got home!

    Probiotics were definitely pushed in class, especially if Splenda/Sucralose had been in your diet before. Jorge recommended Ultimate 12/12 or anything that has at least 12 strains of probiotics. They are in most yogurts, but most yogurts have too much sugar for this plan. They put the "healthy bugs" back in your digestive system. I have taken them 3xs a day for 15wks, and I notice a difference in my digestion when I run out. I talked to my Dr about them, he could have cared less, but said I did need more acidophilous in my system, which the Ultimate brand has. They about $19 for 6wk supply at Vitamin Cottage. I think GNC has them too.

    I am still reading the book, but it really skips out on the basics of the plan as he explained it to us in class and spends 98% of the pages on recipes. Some people like that, but not me.

  4. YAY thank you!!!!!
    -Susie (fitsandgiggles)

  5. Thanks for the info. I actually like the recipes, but I do wish there was more detail about the whole program itself. I'm on day 4 and am feeling pretty good. I love the fact that you can eat toast w/ your eggs (Ezikiel is so delicious!), it really helps.

    I'm so glad I found your blog! (I was the first anon that asked about probiotics!)

  6. smccobb - I dont like eggs much, but to make a little egg sandwich feels soooo indulgent (as Jorge would say!). Finding the right bread is really key on this plan! So glad I can put a name with your questions now!

  7. Amber, your blog site is great. You are changing many of our views of food and health and the good, bad and the ugly. Good for you and good for Sister M.
    Karen M

  8. Hi, Glad to see you posting more often,,,seems like you have a lot of readers like me that enjoy how you put things.
    I agree that Candice has a great bloog too, I have printed all her recipes,,,and made quite a few of them so far, You two have been so dedicated in helping the rest of us. I hope you keep it up even when you reach your goal,
    So happy for you,,,Hope your Sister follows through with the program, "Hi to M",,, See you have another Linda commenting :)
    Linda from Baltimore

  9. Hi Amber,

    I am able to leave comments now!! I don't know what happened or when (I've been off the blog for a few weeks) but how cool and great!

    I'm glad you like this book. I think I'll look for it on Overstock as I've got several books and things I'd like to order. Wouldn't it be great if most cook books were spiral/3 ring bound with laminated pages to wipe off?

  10. I searched high and low for a calorie counter book that included SUGAR and it was DIFFICULT back in January when I started. But at Barnes and Noble I found a great one called The Ultimate Carbohydrate Counter" by Nolan & Heslin. It includes calories, carbs, sugar, and fiber. It is $7.99 and I carry it with me everywhere - it is pocket sized. My new pet peeve is recipes in magazines that give you all the nutritional info at the end EXCEPT sugar grams. I intend to change that by writing to the food editors of the offending magazines. DEMAND SUGAR COUNTS on everything!