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Prevention's 3-2-1 Weight Loss Plan: Eat Your Favorite Foods to Cut Cravings, Improve Energy, and Lose Weight Paperback – Bargain Price, December 26, 2007

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Joy Bauer has built one of the largest nutrition centers in the country and is the author of several bestselling books. She is the nutrition and health expert for the Today show and a contributing editor to Self magazine and Parade. She lives in New York with her family.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Rodale Books; 1st edition (December 26, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 161553170X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1615531707
  • ASIN: B001FOR6B6
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 1 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,494,259 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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45 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer VINE VOICE on February 9, 2008
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This common-sense plan is perhaps a little more structured than others, but the more freewheeling plans haven't worked for me (*too* many choices). If you've seen her 90/10 book, which was good, this is much better.

90/10 was 3 meals and 1 "treat" - a more rigid plan where you could either choose ONE treat or ONE healthy snack, but you couldn't have both.

This plan is more realistic and flexible, factoring in 3 meals, 2 healthy snacks, and 1 (optional) treat spaced every 4 to 5 hours - something most people should be able to manage. There are 3 calorie targets: 1,200, 1,500, and 1,800 depending on a variety of factors (such as age and how much weight you need to lose). It's also presented in 3 phases. Usually I balk at diets with "phases" - they tend to start radically low-calorie with elaborate recipes and long lists of forbidden foods, and they go on like that for weeks.

Although Phase 1 restricts carbs from bread, rice, and potatoes, her rationale is to get you eating more vegetables and fruits for a week. She doesn't eliminate carbs completely and the most interesting thing is that Phases 1 and 2 are the same number of calories throughout, so you're not 'starving' yourself in Phase 1.

I disagree that the whole plan involves extensive shopping and cooking - Joy does ask that you follow the meal plan closely for Phase 1, and if you have to brown bag, that's challenging, but Phase 1 is only a week long. (It may be best for you to pick a specific week to start this plan, but that all depends on your particular lifestyle.) The meals cook up surprisingly quickly, are tasty, and for the most part, interchangeable.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Ellie on January 6, 2008
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Joy has written a reference book for weight loss based on balance, common sense, and research. I would recommend reading the whole book before beginning the diet and exercise regime. It takes patience to grasp the 3-2-1 concepts and phases. Also, I found her use of the word 'try' to be annoying - I like action words like 'plan' or 'arrange'.

The food 3-2-1 idea is the easiest to grasp. The 3 meals, 2 snacks, and 1 delicious indulgence sounds like a simple formula - and could work nicely. But following the menus and recipes require shopping, organization, time (not often available on busy days), and cooking skills!! If you're sharing these meals with other family members, you may also need to find more recipes that are kid-friendly or modify those in the book. Joy is realistic about needing to eat out, but you will need to check out menus before picking a restaurant since small portions and simple meats/vegetables can be hard to find. And -- when the weight loss phase is over, you may not really understand where calories come from in your own day to day choices.

The exercise 3-2-1 pictures show a fit younger adult female, so go slowly and be careful per book recommendations. You may be better off with an organized exercise class if you inexperienced or have special needs.

The behavioral 3-2-1 are simple. It really helps to have enjoyable rituals after a meal (like gum or tea), drink non-caloric beverages throughout the day, and have a support person. In my experience working with weight loss patients, many of Joy's strategies are very helpful in sustaining a new daily routine!

Enjoy the book if you are ready to make a serious effort and are willing to study a book first.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By C. Bledsoe on January 11, 2009
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Several years ago I took off 30 pounds doing Atkins, but didn't want to go back to that after putting 15 pounds back on in the last 2 years. Wanted to go with something more balanced and healthy. I found the Prevention 3-2-1 plan to be just what I was looking for to get me back on track and eating healthier. The eating plan is sensible and easy to follow. I like the meal options given in the 3 calorie choices, 1,200, 1,500, and 1,800. The exercise plan is great, but I found it hard to follow just using the book. I ordered the 3-2-1 workout on DVD and found it much easier to use. Great's working for me.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By V. E. Newcomb on July 3, 2008
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The book is very helpful in a simplified plan for eating wholesome food. It is easier to follow than most diet plans. It has helped me to lose and still enjoy the foods I love - in smaller amounts. I recommend it as a plan that can be followed long term.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Liz on February 13, 2011
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The diet is Ok but what really makes this book are the exercises. I only lasted 9 minutes but I can feel that all parts of the body have been used.
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