50 million pound challenge: Eat This, Not That…

When I first got serious about changing my eating habits, I almost died.

I’m not kidding.

To go from eating regular butter, sugary jelly and 2% milk to…none of that was ALMOST the death of B. Going cold turkey is hard for anyone. Especially when you don’t consider healthier alternatives.

And then one glorious day I heard about the book Eat This, Not That. It isn’t new. This “No-Diet Weight Loss Solution” book written by the Editor-In-Chief of Men’s Health came out in 2008. I didn’t discover it until a year later and it is changed my life. I’m not even kidding, y’all.

I think this is the most realistic way to begin loosing weight. While most of us KNOW what’s good (green smoothies) and what’s bad (french fries), sometimes it helps to get an idea of what’s “better”.

Here’s an example…

I never want to give up cereal. I’d rather eat healthier cereals. Eat This, Not That displays the stats of various cereals. On the left you eat the “Eat This” and on the right, there’s the “Not That”. The book also gives little tidbits about how to read the labels. Genius!

They do the same thing for your favorite restaurants.

Now don’t get it twisted, sweets. Devouring a doughnut is never the “healthy choice” but if you’re going to take that route, it’s best to go with the one with the least calories and grams of fat. I’d rather eliminate them completely but hey, you gotta be realistic.

And then the book has sections for holidays…


And special circumstances…

I’ve read this book up and down. I’ve got it memorized so well that I know the “healthier” options of  all of the products I pick up at the grocery store. And the same goes for eating out.

This book has really changed my life. I’m thinking it’s the best route to go for those who slowly but surely want to make dietary changes. I also have the Supermarket, Kitchen and Restaurant Survival guides.

You can grab any of these books for less than $15 at your bookstore. I got mine from Amazon.

A fan of these Eat This, Not That? Or not so much?

Other 50 million pound challenge posts:
Eat This, Not That
Greens 3x a Day
I’m no size 6, but I don’t care
Portion Sizes
Water Water is my friend
Green Smoothies are my BFF
Weight Frustrations

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  • Jbeatlebuggy

    I've been thinking about getting that book for a while, because i am on a mission to eat healthier myself. I definitely plan on picking up that book very soon! ^.^

  • Ashwini

    Great book suggestion, I'll be sure to go check it out. :)

  • klb

    There's also a Cook This, Not That book for healthier cooking at home options.

  • Nikkia (Silver Lips)

    I love this book! It has helped me find great alternates when planning my meals wasn't working out. Great book suggestion :-)

  • Imee

    OMG I have this book and I love it! It helped me shed 15 lbs in less than a month. Granted, I'm still 150 lbs. and on a 5'2" frame, my doctor said that is still a bit much. Anyway, I'd love to join your team if it's not too late.

  • Dwana, (SME) Subject Matter Expert of S.O.S

    I have a few of these books and they are so helpful! No matter what diet plan or lifestyle change your going through this is awesome. I just started P90X yesterday and its about time I dust off these books. GL everyone!

  • SoFrolushes

    I have seen this book om Amazon and wondered if it was good. I might purchase one. It seems like a decent book and no gimmicks

  • Atiyah

    I want to get the book but too cheap to pay full price. I am keeping my eye out for it at Marshalls and Ross.

  • Kisu Brandnew

    I just bought 2 Eat This Not That books from my job's book fair! I bought the Kitchen and the Restaurant books and they are awesome! Enjoy!

  • Natalie

    I remember you mentioning this book before, I'm definitely gonna buy it cos who doesn't want to know what the healthier alternative is! Even if it's not healthy in the first place!


  • yummy411

    my latest love is cook this, not that. can't wait to try a recipe!

  • Rachel

    Someone in my office here at work has the entire set of these books. They are neat to look through but if you read the labels on food products, you can do the same thing using some common sense. ANYtime you go out, it's helpful to pull up the restaurant menu online (many of us have Blackberries and IPhones) and browse to be aware of the choices before you go.

    I'm pushing 40, 5'3" and 117 pounds. I work out 5 or 6 days a week, and three of those days I weight train by doing Les Mills Body Pump (that's a 1-hour cardio workout with weights). I've got larger biceps and quads than I have ever had and pump some 22 pounds on larger muscle groups.

    I bring my lunch to work 5 days a week and plan my meals ahead of time. Fish at least 2x a week, wraps and leftovers. I rate high enough on our health screen to qualify for a discount on my health insurance.