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Product Review: The Calorie King Calorie Fat and Carb Counter 2013 Edition



You do not have to put off your New Year’s weight loss plans because you cannot afford the nationally advertised diet programs or because you are worried about the effects of taking dietary pills and supplements.  The best way to approach a new diet plan is to know how to diet, know what to expect and why it works.  I have found this resource that will help anyone learn to eat right and lose weight.

Don’t let the title of the book scare you.  The Calorie King® Calorie FAT & Carbohydrate Counter by Allan Borushek, aka the Calorie King, is not full of mathematical equations and complicated computations for figuring out what or what not to eat.  This is a comprehensive guide to dieting the safe and healthy way.  Borushek is a health educator and clinical dietician who approaches dieting by taking all the mystery out of what cholesterol and carbohydrates are, why fiber is important, and how blood sugar plays a role in body metabolism and weight loss.  And he does it all in this handy reference guide.

In this book you will find easy to read and understand explanations of fats and cholesterol, carbohydrates, blood glucose, protein, and fiber, how it all works and why they are important for our bodies.  Borushek offers tips on calories and weight loss, reshaping eating behaviors and food portion sizes.  Even though he partners with the Joslin Diabetes Center and offers a diabetes diet guide in this book, it is not just for diabetics.  The information makes meal planning and understanding slow and fast-acting carbs and how carbs affect blood sugar levels so easy to understand!  Everyone should know how the body reacts to what is ingested.  All of this valuable information is enough to make anyone want to take the next step to a healthier life style.

If this was all that was found within the pages of this book it would be worth the money and more.  But Borushek does not stop there!  He also provides guides for counting calories, fat and carbohydrates for all manner of food and drink.  And not just a formula for figuring it all out, but he actually did all the work for you.  You look up the food or beverage and all the numbers are right there in chart form.  There are pages dedicated to counting fats and cholesterol, fiber, protein and salt and sodium, all alphabetically listed.  For example: on page 261 you would see that  1 large chicken egg has 210 mg of cholesterol and 2 tablespoons of low fat cottage cheese has 5 mg.  On page 269, 3 cups of popcorn has 3 grams of fiber while 1 medium pear has 4.5 grams.  Each section includes a chart of daily intake requirements so you can plan menus carefully.

And that’s not all!  Borushek considers those who cook at home AND those who frequent restaurant and fast food establishments.  He has calorie, fat and carb guides in this handy book for the following categories, all in alphabetical order and for general and specific brand names of foods:  fresh food, frozen food, spices, sauces, snacks, packaged and processed foods, desserts, dairy, beverages, including alcohol, food found at fairs and carnivals, stadium food, cafeteria style food, sit down restaurants, fast food and international cuisines.  I have the 2008 edition and the 2013.  The newer edition has added newer restaurants and food products to the lists.  Just reading the info will blow your mind!  Here are a couple of examples using my favorites – now in moderation!- page 191 Coldstone Creamery® ice cream, Love It® size has 530 calories, 31 grams of fat and 53 carbs, not including mix ins!  Page 223 Panera Bread®, Bacon Turkey Bravo Sandwich on Tomato Basil Bread has 800 calories, 29 grams of fat and 83 carbs for just the sandwich!  Page 100, 1 cup fresh strawberries has 50 calories, 0.5 grams fat and 12 carbs.   You will find the good, bad and the ugly listed in this book and that’s a good thing.

Even if you are not ready to change the way you eat, this entire book is fascinating reading material.  I dare say that after reading the guides and tips you will be encouraged to make healthy choices and changes for you and your family.  Work on one section at a time; it’s easy to do!

This book is available in regular print for an average price of $8.99 or $13.99 for large print and can be found at the Calorie King website, Amazon, and booksellers all over.  If you prefer, you can obtain ebook editions for Nook, Kindle, ipad, and iphone.  New this year is the Spanish edition too.  You may access food product updates at anytime.    Borushek also has a blog that offers so much more information on health and nutrition that you won’t be disappointed when you check it out. You may access that at

I am not being compensated by Mr. Borushek or any company mentioned in this review; this is my own opinion~ Correen Coultas




4 thoughts on “Product Review: The Calorie King Calorie Fat and Carb Counter 2013 Edition

  1. Thank you for your helpful review. We are trying to find the Calorie King book in spanish. You say here that there is a spanish edition. Do you know how we can find it? Thank you!

  2. nesesito informacion de como y donde conseguir este libro en español,me urge bajar de peso,porque soy casi diabetica,por favor nesesito informacion,gracias.

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