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Eat This, Not That: Does it Work?

Emma Gonzalez | November 28th, 2012

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Eat This, Not That is one of today’s most popular diets, and for good reason: it promises easy weight loss of 10, 20, or even 30 pounds while chowing down and goodies like full-fat peanut butter and fast food. But does it work? Or is it just another in a long line of fad diets that promise too much fluff (and not of the marshmallow variety) and too few results?

The truth is, it’s a little of both. Eat This, Not That employs some good, basic nutrition, but not all of its claims ring true. So while it can be tempting to grab this book from the library shelf, take its advice with a grain of salt. As always, a physician-assisted diet, such as those through The Center for Medical Weight Loss, does the best job of balancing nutrition science with your real-world lifestyle and exercise preferences.

Eat This, Not That: The Good

The Eat This, Not That diet book series does a good job of highlighting nutritional information for your favorite foods. It also employs realistic alternatives – forget swapping your cheeseburger craving for a dressing-free salad; Eat This, Not That instead points you to the healthiest burger option. This realism is what makes this one of today’s most popular diets, since many people find the information both enlightening and practical. But that’s also where the books go wrong.

Eat This, Not That: The Bad

Experts agree that weight loss boils down to one basic equation: calories in minus calories out. If you burn more calories than you consume, you lose weight. So it is slightly disingenuous for the book to recommend a Big Mac over a Whopper with cheese: while a Big Mac has fewer calories that the Whopper, it still represents half your recommended daily fat. And that’s before the fries and Coke. Long story short, you cannot eat a Big Mac everyday and expect to lose weight fast.

A better alternative to weight loss

Healthy weight loss and maintenance revolve around lifestyle, not a temporary diet. Eat This, Not That can be a good tool for helping make smarter food choices, but at the end of the day you’ll need more than that. A physician-guided weight loss program is an excellent compromise, as it is tailored to your individual requirements. At The Center for Medical Weight Loss, your nutrition expert will help you create meal plans that satiate your hunger while allowing you to indulge once in awhile.

But unlike a mass-produced book, this isn’t a one-size-fits-all approach. Your particular needs and goals always come first. The Center has a proven track record with thousands of successful weight loss stories. Get started today by entering your zip code at the top right to find a Center near you. Introductory offers may be available for first-time patients.