Eat This, Not That!

'Eat This, Not That!' is a subscription based website and a book created by the editor-in-chief of Men's Health Magazine. It was created to aide in weight loss and smarter eating habits. All diets can work if you know how to control what, how, and when you're eating, which isn't always an option. There are situations when you can't always pack your own lunch, choose your own snacks, or cook your own dinner. There are times when you have to make choices about whats available to you in those situations. 'Eat This, Not That!' was created with those times in mind.

'Eat This, Not That!' helps you make smarter, healthier choices in your eating habits. The choices are made to ensure that you are increasing your resting metabolism so that you can lose weight throughout the day. 'Eat This, Not That!' is not necessarily a diet, it doesn't force you to keep cutting calories down, it just aides you in picking healthier foods while satisfying your cravings. The only cutting of calories is empty ones.

The site grades foods from a variety of categories anywhere from foods you can purchase at the grocery store, to foods in restaurants. There are also listed 'swaps' for these items, which are just a healthier alternative. There is also books you can purchase from the site or even a subscription to the site that includes access to all restaurants 'swaps' and reviews which also comes with Men's Health.

Healthy Foods
High levels of:
  • Fiber
  • Protein

Unhealthy Foods
High levels of:
  • Calories
  • Fat
    • Saturated fat
    • Trans fat
  • Sodium
  • Sugar

The original 2007 edition of Eat This, Not That! book was very successful and was used by many, but it only helped readers pick better choices in fast-food and popular sit-down restaurants. In response, several other books have been added to the series to help users pick better food in different aspects.

Eat This, Not That! for Kids (2008) was published with the intent of providing parents with the most healthiest options for the kids at major restaurants. It also helps parents pack healthier lunches and buy better groceries at the supermarket.
Cook This, Not That! Kitchen Survival Guide (2009) provides readers with healthy recipes for all meals of the day and special occasion recipes. Each recipe not only includes the ingredients list and the directions, but it also includes nutritional information for all of the ingredients, and the cost per dish.
Drink This, Not That! (2010) offers readers the run-down on the beverages that Americans commonly consume--whether it's a fruit juice you give to your kids, a soda you drink with your pizza, or a beverage you consume at your local bar. It lists the nutritional information for beverages sold at grocery stores, restaurants, fast-food chains, and at liquor stores.

In addition to the books mentioned above, there are even more books that are similar to the original Eat This, Not That! book, but slightly differ. These books include Eat This, Not That! Supermarket Survival Guide (2008) which focuses only on foods that are found in the grocery store; Eat This, Not That! The Best (& Worst) Foods in America (2009) which gives a breakdown of the best and worst foods in different categories; Eat This, Not That! Restaurant Survival Guide (2009) which focuses only on the foods that are in restaurants; and Cook This, Not That! 350-Calorie Meals (2011) which lists recipes that are 350 calories or less.

iPhone Application: Eat This, Not That!

The Eat This, Not That! app is available on the iPhone for $4.99.
The Eat This, Not That! app gives user the opportunity to compare foods by their nutritional facts. Users are able to search for a food they're looking for or they can scan different foods at restaurants and supermarkets manually.

In the "Compare Cart" section of the app, users can compare foods from popular restaurants side by side. This feature can definitely come in handy when you're trying to decide which restaurant you want to have lunch at.

The Eat This, Not That! app also includes nutritional information for items that can be found at the grocery store. Grocery stores foods can also be compared side by side in the Compare Cart, which is much more convenient to use than having to hold the packages next to each other.

The app also offers a feature named "Calorie Logger", which allows users to set up a health profile, enter your weight-loss goal, and calculate your allotted calories throughout the day. It also lets users enter the foods they ate and any physical activity.

Eat This, Not That! also offers a free iPhone app entitled, Eat This, Not That! The Game. The game challenges a player's nutritional skills by placing two similar fast-food items side-by-side and prompting the player to pick the better of the two.

There are criticisms from experts who note the claim that 'Eat This, Not That!' makes stating that it targets belly fat and can help you build muscle is completely false. They say that no diet can target specific areas of fat and only strength training will build muscle. Another criticism is the foods listed are very "mainstream America", there's not a whole lot of exotic food choices.

Web Resources:
Eat This, Not That! Homepage
Eat This, Not That! on Twitter