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If you love Joy Bauer's Joy Fit Club segments on NBC's TODAY, you'll love this one-of-a-kind cookbook and inspirational guide to healthy living. Filled with motivational stories, satisfying recipes, and strategic meal plans, it offers powerful encouragement and real-world advice for reaching your healthiest, happiest weight. Whatever your weight-loss goals, The Joy Fit Club is the ultimate book to inspire you and provide you with practical tips toward achieving your personal best.

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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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; 1 edition (March 23, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1118181395
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118181393
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (89 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #31,117 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Joy Bauer MS, RD, CDN is America's favorite and most trusted nutrition expert. Joy's mission is to improve the health of our nation, and she believes it's never too late or too early to reap the benefits of healthy living.

As the nutrition and health expert for The TODAY Show, Joy shares reliable, practical, and straightforward advice that helps millions of Americans eat better and lead healthier, more fulfilling lives. She also hosts the program's popular "Joy Fit Club" series, which celebrates determined people who have lost more than 100 pounds through diet and exercise alone. Her other ongoing series include Joy's Diet S.O.S. and Joy's Healthy Food Finds.

Together with Florence Henderson, Joy hosts RLTV's heartwarming new show, Good Food-Good Deeds, where she whips up delicious, healthy meals and provides engaging information on aging gracefully.

Joy is the exclusive nutritionist for the New York City Ballet and the author of multiple New York Times bestselling books. Joy's most recent releases include Slim & Scrumptious and Your Inner Skinny as well as her latest book, #1 New York Times bestseller Joy Bauer's Food Cures: Completely Revised & Updated.

As AOL and Everyday Health's nutrition expert and the creator of, Joy provides the latest nutrition, health and diet-related information to millions of online readers. Joy is also a monthly columnist for Woman's Day magazine.

Joy received her Bachelor degree in Kinesiology from the University of Maryland and a master of science in nutrition from New York University. At the beginning of her career, Joy completed a five-year post as Director of Nutrition and Fitness for the "Heart-Smart Kids Program", a program that she developed for The Mount Sinai Medical Center's Department of Pediatric Cardiology in New York City. Joy also served as nutrition consultant for the Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center, where she designed and supervised their ongoing research in eating disorders and weight management. In addition, Joy served as the clinical nutritionist with the neurosurgical team at The Mount Sinai Medical Center and taught Anatomy and Physiology and Sports Nutrition at New York University's School of Continuing Education. She also served as the exclusive nutritionist for New York University's faculty, students, and athletes. As the founder and CEO of Joy Bauer Nutrition, Joy headed one of the largest nutrition centers in the country for close to two decades.

Passionate about giving people scientifically sound health information, Joy received the 2010 National Media Excellence Award from the American Dietetic Association.

Joy lives in New York with her husband, Ian, her daughters Jesse and Ayden Jane, and her son Cole.

Joys Professional Affiliations:
* American Dietetic Association: Registered Dietitian
* New York State Certified Dietitian-Nutritionist
* American Dietetic Association: Sports & Cardiovascular Nutritionist Group
* American Dietetic Association: Pediatric Practice Group
* NBC's TODAY Show, Nutrition and Health Expert
* Contributing Editor/Columnist Woman's Day Magazine
* New York City Ballet, Nutritionist

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49 of 51 people found the following review helpful By Keith E. Moore on April 26, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Joy is amazing. I love following her on facebook, her tips and recipes are always so helpful and insightful.

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 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".
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51 of 57 people found the following review helpful By Untethered on April 14, 2012
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Anyone who has truly taken the journey from "Before" to "After" (and yes -- that's my story beginning on page 39 of this book) knows that the journey toward total health never really reaches the finish line. This is why I am so inspired by Joy Bauer and the information and stories presented in this book. At last, there is a resource for helpful tips, notable trends, delicious (and healthy) recipes and even meal plans... Along with an abundance of inspiration provided by the real people who not only won the battle of the bulge, but did so through common sense (without fads or gimmicks). As someone who took off over 250 pounds of excess weight, I know that I must remain committed to keeping the weight off and staying healthy. That makes this a book that can inspire anyone -- whether at the beginning, in the middle or at the end of their weight loss journey. And yes, I realize as one of the people who is featured in the book that this review might seem somewhat biased. But this fact also classifies me as someone who has met Ms. Bauer in person and someone who has been lucky enough to see her dedication first hand. She really, really gets it -- and her message matters. Anyone can lose weight, feel great and love themselves -- during the entire process. And this book reminds us all how we can do just that.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By ConnieP VINE VOICE on April 28, 2012
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As someone who struggles with her weight, I enjoy watching Joy Bauer's "Joy Fit Club" segments on the Today Show. In fact, that is where I heard about this book. The members of Joy's Fit Club have lost 100 pounds or more. I only have a fraction of that to lose, but the stories shared and the advice given are still relevant to me. The book profiles 30 members of Joy's club, and goes into more detail than what is shared on the Today Show. I love their success stories! It certainly makes me think that if these ordinary, everyday people can lose 100 pounds or more, I should be able to lose a few pounds myself.

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.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By CrimsonGirl VINE VOICE on June 10, 2012
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Any naysayer who claims that "dieting doesn't work" should read the success stories in this book. These are people who lost 100, 200, even 300 lbs. and have kept the weight off. I personally never had hundreds of pounds to lose, but I was overweight and lost 20% of my bodyweight back in 2002. For the most part, I have managed to keep it off since then with the exception of a setback in 2010 due to some personal issues. However, I was able to work through those and take the pounds off again. Maintaining a significant weight loss long-term *IS* possible, and it's inspiring to see the dramatic transformations of those Joy has profiled in her new book.

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.
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