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This review is from: Joy Fit Club: Cookbook, Diet Plan & Inspiration (Hardcover)
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.