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Joy's LIFE Diet: Four Steps to Thin Forever Hardcover – December 23, 2008

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Book Description

Forget low-carb, no-carb, low-fat, high-misery diets. How about a diet that's just no-gimmick and low-fuss?

Each week, millions tune into Today for the Joy Fit Club, a celebration of ordinary people from around the country who have lost at least 100 pounds each through diet and exercise alone. Since Today nutrition and health expert Joy Bauer launched the segment last year, thousands of inspired viewers have written to Joy and declared, "I am ready to lose the weight. Can you help me?"

Joy's LIFE Diet is her answer to all those viewers. But Joy's LIFE Diet isn't just about weight. L.I.F.E. stands for Look Incredible, Feel Extraordinary. So not only will you shed pounds, but you'll wake up each morning feeling more energized and more enthusiastic. The secret is in following these four steps:

  • Release: A single intensive week that focuses on stripping away negative eating habits.
  • Relearn: Two weeks that will help you to reprogram your appetite and discover the joys of healthy eating.
  • Reshape: An easy-to-follow eating plan that can be integrated into any lifestyle and lasts until you reach your goal weight.
  • Reveal: Designed to help you find your maintenance groove. It's time to celebrate your weight-loss success! Welcome to your LIFEstyle!

With flexible and inclusive plans that can be tailored to your needs, Joy's LIFE Diet is a revolutionary weight-loss book that will keep you feeling your best and teach you to love healthy and delicious food.

A Note to Amazon Readers from Joy Bauer

Deciding to take action towards a healthier lifestyle will improve nearly every aspect of your life. I’ve witnessed the effect weight loss can have from personal clients and from Joy’s Fit Club members, those determined dieters who on their own, without my help, took off between 100 and 300 pounds...and kept it off. They went from channel surfing to paddling a kayak, running marathons and triathlons, and hiking across Europe. They feel so healthy and energized that they get remarried on a Caribbean beach, play ball with their kids, discover hidden talents, and even forge new careers. Starting an effective weight loss plan is the best gift you’ll ever give yourself.

I believe that if you are going to expend all that energy, you should get something more than broken promises, disappointment, or a temporary drain of water weight. You deserve to get something spectacular for your efforts. That’s why I created Joy’s LIFE Diet, so you can Look Incredible and Feel Extraordinary. Imagine waking up each morning feeling rested and alert, loving the way your body looks, and enjoying a steady flow of energy and enthusiasm.

It is important that you realize that starting a diet is not an act of defeat. Beginning the LIFE diet is an act of courage and hopefulness and success! It means you haven’t given up on yourself. Your search for the right diet has brought you here, which means you have already done the initial work. Congratulations--you have that passion for action!

Now, if you are willing to invest even a fraction of the energy you’ve already given to all the other diets you’ve probably tried, you can Look Incredible and Feel Extraordinary. LIFE--it is my personal code, and it can be yours, too.

LIFE Dark Chocolate Cherry Muffins

1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon real maple syrup
1/2 cup unsweetened apple sauce
3/4 cup fat-free milk
1 tablespoon strong coffee
3 large egg whites
3/4 cup fat-free vanilla yogurt
1 teaspoon vanilla
1-1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
6 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
2/3 cup dried cherries

Heat oven to 325°F. Prepare muffin pan with muffin liners and spray with nonstick spray. Combine dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl. In a separate bowl, combine the wet ingredients: maple syrup, apple sauce, milk, coffee, vanilla, egg whites, and yogurt. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir well to combine. Stir in the cherries. Fill the muffin cups 3/4 full with batter. Bake at 325°F for 20 to 25 minutes, or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean. The muffins can be frozen in an air-tight container, sealed freezer bag, or individually wrapped for up to 2 months. For best results, freeze muffins immediately after baking and cooling to room temperature. Makes 12 muffins.

From Publishers Weekly

The Today Show's nutrition and health expert, Bauer offers an upbeat, workable and still palatable weight-loss system designed for long-term healthy living. She asserts that starting her four-step program (Release, Relearn, Reshape, Reveal) is not an act of defeat for the severely overweight but a determination to change one's life, even in small increments over several years, as the 20 profiles of success stories scattered throughout her work attest, many of whom have lost well over 100 pounds. The first week requires the most stringent rules (no sugar, salt, alcohol or starch), somewhat relaxed over the next weeks, and there is an extensive Allowed at Meals food list, though you are encouraged to swap dishes among categories in her menus and indulge in snacking from her Unlimited Foods list whenever you want ( i.e., all the non-starchy vegetables you care to eat). Some key points include eliminating from sight trigger foods, using healthy (not toxic) fats and seasonings, consuming three meals and an afternoon snack every day, and drinking two glasses of water 30 minutes before lunch and dinner. There are numerous recipes for each section, while one chapter (Recreation) addresses an exercise program; however, the profiles really bring home the key link between losing weight and a liberating mobility. The recipes attempt to keep a nice balance between flavor and calories, and Bauer's tone is even and encouraging. (Jan.)
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 317 pages
  • Publisher: collins living; 1 edition (December 23, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061665746
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061665745
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1.1 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (110 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #671,873 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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50 of 55 people found the following review helpful By Natasha Stryker TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 23, 2008
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This diet book is full of the advice you already know, while all true, I felt it was redundant. There are many diets out there that have the same script: eat this, don't eat that, here is a daily menu to chose from, cut out sweets, don't eat fat, the first few weeks are limited choices -- all this is the basis for weight watchers, south beach, etc. I liked the testimonies and I am sure the plan works because it is all the common sense that a plethora of diets before it have touted.

I am not saying it is a bad book, it just doesn't really contribute anything new to the guidelines of how to live at a healthy weight. The cover and description acts like all this info is ground-breaking. It IS a book full of good advice and guidelines, a revolutionary diet that will blow your mind and make dieting obsolete it is not.
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32 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Chicago Book Addict TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 5, 2009
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I was really looking forward to this book because as a Self magazine subscriber I enjoy the Food and Diet Q&A she does on that site. Because of this, I had pretty high expectations and unfortunately it fell short.

The biggest downfall with this book is that while the content is presented nicely and approachably, none of it is groundbreaking. If you are embarking on a diet for the first time this isn't an issue, but if you read health magazines or have read other diet and wellness books you'll find yourself thinking that you've heard this before. Despite that, I don't think this book is without its merits. Dieting is largely a personal thing and I think you have to pick what works for you and by that token some people will find it to be the perfect approach for them while others will not.

The Pros:

-Joy does a good job of making losing weight approachable. She breaks the process down into 4 steps, shares success stories, and has a friendly approach, all of which can go a long way if you are intimidated.

-Her book is straight to the point. If you're not interested in the science behind losing weight and want a "Do this, not that." approach you are likely to enjoy this. There is very little grey area, no calculating, etc. She gives you meal plans for each step so you don't have to think about what will be acceptable at each stage in the diet.

-There is some flexibility. While the diet is based around the meals she suggests you are allowed to swap components out in each meal if there is something you don't enjoy. For example, if you don't like the protein on the list you can swap it out for another acceptable protein. Same goes with vegetables and fruits. You can also repeat the meals as many times as you like.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Nicole A. on December 30, 2008
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I was a diet coach during the pilot phase of this plan and can vouch that the LIFE diet really works. I am a Registered Dietitian and work daily with clients struggling to lose weight. I was looking forward to the release of this book so that I can recommend it to clients that I see. It is sound, based on science, healthy, tasty (I've taste-tested most of the meals and they are dee-lish) and what's best about it is that it's adaptable and simple. You have the option to follow a meal plan, or to use the allowable foods to create a plan of your own, using your own foods. You will relearn how to eat within your preferences and can individualize this program to work for YOU. I think this is the element lacking in most diet programs. I reviewed this diet before choosing to coach my parents on it. If this were a "diet," in the restrictive, unrealistic and harmful sense of the word, I would not have recommended this to people who I knew would both not enjoy "dieting" and people who I would not want to undergo harm, discomfort, or rebound weight gain. My parents have successfully lost 55 lbs together on this plan over the course of 6 months, and they were not significantly overweight to begin with. They both have a new sense of confidence, health, and vitality that I can say I have never witnessed during my life as their daughter. I can say with confidence, both professionally and personally, that if you are looking for a book that won't give you false hopes and disappoint you, this is an excellent pick. Here's to 2009 and the opportunity for healthy, steady weight loss from a true expert.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Lisa M. Griffis on December 25, 2008
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Hi, I am a member of the Joy Fit Club and was on the Today Show in October. I have lost over 175 pounds but was stuck on a plateau for over two years. Joy challenged me to use her LIFE Diet to bust the last 25 pounds off of me. I used her LIFE Diet and it is wonderful. The book is filled with great recipes and best off all it works.
I am finally in a size 8. Thanks Joy!

Be good to yourself in the New Year and get her new book and take it to heart as you start living a healthier life for you and your loved ones.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Megan G. Sweeten on January 26, 2009
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I've tried many diets in the past, but this one feels different.... more
like an overall healthy lifestyle that I can follow long-term. I'm down 15
pounds after four weeks on Joy's LIFE program -- which is a pretty big deal
for me. The best part is I don't feel deprived and I'm enjoying the recipes
(easy and delicious). I highly recommend this book for anyone struggling
with their weight or simply looking to eat healthy.
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