Sunday, July 8, 2012

REVIEW: The Joy Fit Club by Joy Bauer

Date:                           7/8/12
Title:                           The Joy Fit Club
Author:                       Joy Bauer, MS, RD
ISBN 13:                     978-1-118-18139-3
Pages:                         229
Publisher:                   Universal City Studios Productions LLLP
Cover:                         NetGalley
Reviewer:                   Yolanda M. Johnson-Bryant– Literary Wonders!  
Rating:                        5 Stars

            I love this book because Joy Bauer offers practical tips to lose weight and eat healthy. The tips described in the Joy Fit Club are as simple as cutting calories on a daily basis to speed up weight loss, exercising daily and finding a good support system. This is nothing new, however, Joy makes it seem so simple and fun.
            Joy gives examples of people who have tried her program, listing their weight before and after, user strategies, goals and advice for each user from Joy. The one thing that I did not see readily available was the amount of time it took these subjects to lose the amount of weight they did.
            In going through the various case studies, I thought it was beneficial to show each person’s eating habits prior to the program and after the program, as well as items kept in each person’s pantry items. I think this is crucial in not only losing weight, but maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
            In addition to case studies, tasty, easy to prepare recipes are a welcomed addition to the book in the form of a 3-week meal plan (breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks.) The recipes include Curried Chicken Salad with Green Peas and Whole Wheat Pumpkin Pancakes. Bonus recipes from Joy’s kitchen include Lemon-Ginger Beef and Broccoli Stir-Fry, Mini Meat Loaves and Chipotle Chicken Tortilla Soup complete with nutrition information and serving sizes.
            This is definitely one of my “Kitchen” books—one of those books that I keep in my kitchen and use on a regular basis. 

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