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Joy Fit Club: Cookbook, Diet Plan & Inspiration Hardcover – April 10, 2012
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Recipe Excerpts from The Joy Fit Club
Chicken with Creamy Garlic Pasta and Fresh Basil
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Lemon-Ginger Beef and Broccoli Stir-Fry
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Decadent Chocolate Mousse with Berries
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Millions of us face overwhelming challenges with food and weight that feel impossible to overcome. But we're stronger than we think we are! When you read the amazing personal stories featured here, you'll know that if these 30 courageous men and women can lose 100, 200, or even 300 pounds, you too have the power to achieve long-term success.
While the multibillion-dollar weight-loss industry offers endless potions, quick-fix fads, and unfulfilled promises, the real solutions for weight issues are much simpler. You need inspiration, support, and practical guidance on exercise and dieting. The Joy Fit Club offers all that and more, including Joy's personal nutrition advice and 10 simple rules for healthy everyday eating.
There's no single weight-loss solution that works for everyone. That's why each individual story here reveals how one brave, motivated person faced and overcame his or her own particular challenges. Every success story includes amazing before-and-after photographs of personal transformation, sample daily menus that reveal how small and consistent changes add up to a huge difference, and practical personal insight on exercise, nutrition, overcoming setbacks, and—ultimately—triumph.
So if you're looking to make a change, The Joy Fit Club shows you how to start, what to do, and how to keep up your momentum. With more than 75 delicious recipes, detailed menu plans, and encouraging, heartwarming stories of real people who changed their lives for the better, this book provides you with the tools to succeed.
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Top Customer Reviews
Anyway, I read the book tonight, while I ran at the Y. I expected it to be good, based on Joy and her approach to health and wellness, but I honestly did not expect it to blow me away like it did.
So my preface is that lately it seems like weight loss success stories that I have read in media (People's Half Their Size issue this year, for example) have focused on people who have used approaches to weight loss that I am really not a fan of. I don't find them to be realistically sustainable or helpful in the long term (there is a reason why 80% of people that lose 30lbs or more gain it back, and only 20% of people who lose 30lbs or more keep it off more than a year) and that is b/c they do not achieve their weight loss with methods that can be sustained long term.
So to me, featuring people in People magazine or other magazines etc who have had gastric bypass (ONLY effective if you change your habits and lifestyle...which if you do that in the first place, you will not need surgery...if you don't change, you will maybe lose an initial amount of weight, but you will stall, or gain it back, it's not magic), or use extreme fad diets (cutting out a macronutrient completely like carbs, or going to extreme measures like HCG or supplements etc) is not inspiring. It is not motivational. It is not helpful. All it says to me is "let me be suckered in by some company trying to make money off my 48th desperate attempt to lose weight". Not. A. Fan.
This book though...is freaking AMAZING because EVERY SINGLE PERSON in this book lost over 100lbs (and some 200-300lbs, OMFG!) 30 people, with absolutely NOTHING more than "Eat Less, Move More".Read more ›
The book discusses 8 important rules that you need to succeed. Some examples: You need to "get your head in the game;" you need to be ready to make a full-time commitment - for the rest of your life, not just until you lose 10 pounds or whatever. You need to exercise daily. Start out simple and build up from there. You need to recognize and avoid your trigger foods. (I don't know how many times I have purchased a bag of chocolates or potato chips, convinced that I'll eat them in moderation when I know deep inside that I really can't.) Also, you need to forgive your slip-ups. You need to get away from the "Well, I blew it today, that's it until I restart my diet next Monday" mentality (also a problem for me).
In addition, the book contains a variety of healthy recipes, including main entrees, soups, breads, desserts, etc. The nutrition information (calories, fat, fiber, carbohydrates, etc.) of each is listed. This will be especially helpful to me, since a member of my family was recently diagnosed with diabetes and needs to track his carbohydrate intake.
I find the book very inspirational, and look forward to using the advice and recipes ... and hopefully, losing my unwanted pounds.
The testimonials are the best part of "The Joy Fit Club". However, as I was using the cookbook, I began to be really annoyed by the editorial decision to intersperse the profiles in with the recipes rather than having them all in one section up front.
The recipes themselves are a mixed bag. Many of them are not really recipes at all but rather just suggestions for combining convenience foods (e.g. mixing canned black beans into a box of brownie mix). Maybe that's reflective of how lazy many Americans have become these days, but I love to cook (a big part of the reason I became overweight in the first place). I want real recipes in my cookbook and I don't think that's too much to ask.
-Curried Lentils & Veggies (pg. 59) This is definitely going into my regular rotation as it was super-tasty.
-Mustard Dill Salmon en Papillote (pg. 142) Really tasty but to be nit-picky the name should read "in foil" rather than "en papillote" because it was not cooked in parchment paper.
-Decadent Chocolate Mousse with Berries (pg.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The recipes are good, easy and great for those trying to lose weight. What I have a problem with is there is an odor eminating from the book itself. Strong, not sure what it is. Read morePublished 18 days ago by Amazon Customer
Love this book! Stories were inspiring and recipes were very doable.Published 1 month ago by Kathleen R. Mccarthy
Great book very inspirational very helpful and great recipes.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
I was looking for a nutrition book, rather than a "diet" plan. I have a number of food-sensitivities that are getting worse as I get older, and I wanted advice on optimal... Read morePublished 3 months ago by MizzMary