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  • Hardcover: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Rodale Press; 1 edition (3 Feb. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1605294942
  • ISBN-13: 978-1605294940
  • Product Dimensions: 20.6 x 2.4 x 20.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,179,767 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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LIZ VACCARIELLO is the former editor-in-chief of Prevention, the nation's #1 healthy lifestyle magazine, and coauthor of the New York Times bestseller Flat Belly Diet! She resides in South Orange, NJ.MINDY HERMANN, RD, is a nutritionist, author, and food expert. She is coauthor of the award-winning American Medical Association Family Health Cookbook. She lives in Westchester County, NY.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 31 Oct. 2011
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This approach to weigh management is quite sound but unfortunately will leave Europeans with only about half a book. The book is totally American oriented. By this I mean it refers to American fast food products and market products totally unavailable in Europe. So while the concept is sound, when you take into consideration the above, you will be purchasing about half a book.
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By CombatCow on 1 Feb. 2013
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This book has plenty of pictures and all the information you need to make healthier food choices, the recommendations for meals is realistic and balanced.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Suzie on 10 Sept. 2012
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This book really shows you how you can eat well but keep your intake of calories to a
minimum. We are on the alternate day fasting diet and have lost nearly a stone in 6
weeks. This book helps us stick to the 600 calorie midday meal we are allowed on the
'fasting' days. The full colour recipes are easy to follow and the index helps you to
find the calories of common foods.
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136 of 137 people found the following review helpful
Useful book for those who need meal ideas and love nicely designed, visually pleasing books 3 Jan. 2011
By Mir - Published on Amazon.com
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If you're looking to lose weight in 2011 (and beyond) or to maintain a loss, this book lays out a way to eat 1200 to 1600 (or 2000, if you're a big guy or super active) calories a day. I really love how it's in the EAT THIS NOT THAT vibe--lots of photographs of appealing snacks/meals that isn't married to an ideal. Some books are only low-carb or high carb or Paleo or "clean." This one allows for people who like convenience/packaged/frozen/fast food options on rushed or lazy days. (I am not much of a cook, so I like convenience foods and eating out.)

I am now starting a 1200 calorie program. I lost almost 35 pounds in the last 6 months by cutting down from 2400 calories (at which I was maintaining a morbidly obese weight) to roughly 1800 at first, then between 1400 to 1600, and now I'm lowering the bar.

Three meals selected from the roughly 400 calorie suggestions fits into a long-term plan for weight loss. Four meals from this book fit into a long-term plan for maintenance. (Rough estimates. Some petite or post-menopausal or sedentary woman will gain at that level, some will still lose). Page 14 has a guide to help you decide how many of these meals will suit your needs.

Lots of tips. Portion size estimation helpers. Quickie recipes from various dietitians, food celebrities, etc on " My Favorite 400 Calorie Meal"--a very nice detail.

If you're newish to dieting and are not portion or calorie-counting savvy, be sure to take the quiz on pp 6-7 on "How Many Calories Are In..." and then you see various photos of meals and snacks. (You will get hungry. Read this for reference AFTER you have eaten. Or eat one of the recommended meals first. Heh.) Also look at the "Healthy or Hefty" chart on pp 26-27.

Chapter 5 has a 2 Week Quick Slim program of planned meals to help jump start your diet. If what matters to you is nutrition, there's a 4-Star Nutrition System to help you make the smartest choices as you "mix and match" meals.

There's info on how to burn calories with specific activities, too.

There are sections (great pics) to show what to choose in the Freezer, at a Salad Bar, Cookout, Party, Bar, Movies, Vending Machine, Buffet what to stock your home with. You're being taught with lists and information and all these great PLATES...filled up for you with nummy stuff that won't kill your caloric budget. Success stories are included. It's so nicely done!

The book is set up so by the time you have studied it/read it/gone through it, you can start looking at meals through the 400-calorie lens. It's about getting used to proper portions/ratios/amounts so that you can just start automatically eating in a "slim for life" way.

Other cool things:

Fatty Foods Cheat Sheet on page 35
Sugary Snacks Cheat Sheet p 37
Packaged Food Meals (for us lazier folks) starts page 80--and be sure to check out the "Easy Fix" little sidebar goodies for the breakfasts, lunches, snacks, dinners, etc, for really superquick ideas for throwing a meal together. I found many of the foods I already have on hand--Van's waffles, Cacadian Farms breakfast cereals, Kozy Shack sugar-free rice pudding, frozen veggies, organic yogurt, dried fruit, instant oatmeal, bottled dressings, soups, VitaTops, etc--featured in those "Easy Fix" features.

Recipes start on page 206, for stuff like:
Greek Country Style Meatloaf
Three Bean Chili with Corn Pie
Roasted Vegetable Lasagna
Huevos Rancheros Burritos
Apple Whatever Cobbler
Smoky Cheese Grits
Curried Tofu with Asian Slaw
Mini Mocha Pots de Creme
Warm Sesame Peanut Noodles With Chicken
Spicy Black Bean Soup
Healthy Souvlaki Sandwiches
Lemon Oregano Grilled Tilapia with Parsley Rice

Again, kudos to the authors and photographers for making 400 calorie meals (not all, but many) so accessible and tasty looking and EASY to comprehend (ie, the strategies).

I really like this book. Great tool for dieters/maintainers.

One to get for 2011, ladies and gents.

I'm on a limited menu for a few months, but after that, this is teh book I'm going to revisit, along with Jackie Warner's (also has simple recipes) and Tosca Reno's and COOK THIS NOT THAT. With these, I should be able to get to a healthy weight and stay there...

Happy New Year!
121 of 124 people found the following review helpful
400 Calorie Fix Makes Slim Simple 25 Feb. 2010
By Lee Mellott - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Recently introduced on Rachel Ray by Prevention editor, Liz Vaccariello, The 400 Calorie Fix describes itself as an easy way to get slim. Getting slim can be very difficult but The 400 Calorie Fix manages to simplify the process.

The guidelines behind the 400 Calorie Fix are easy. Eat 400 calories at four meals a day. The book teaches you to view food via a 400 calorie lens. 400 calories four times a day equals 1600 daily calories. This will result in weight loss for many people. Eat one less meal if you are sedentary. If you are very active eat one more.

To simplify the 400 calorie meal the book gives a wide variety of options. There is the plate method; mentally divide your plate into six sections. Fill one section with protein, two with starches like bread and grains and three with non-starchy veggies.

And there are other easy methods of building 400 calorie meals that suit your lifestyle. Sections include 400 calorie packaged meals (name brands given), 400 calorie take out meals, 400 calorie quick fix/no cook meal, 400 calorie soup, sandwich and salad recipes and many other ways to make your meal.

No food is off limits. Yes you can have chocolate, ice cream, pizza and other goodies. The authors use a star system. Blue is for protein, orange for fiber, red for good fats and green for fruits and veggies. They suggest you collect one of each a day to make sure you are eating nutritiously. Very easy to use.

I cannot imagine the work that must have gone into this book. An extensive array of recipes, mouth watering photographs, tons of tips and hints. So much so that the book can be overwhelming at first. The best way to work with the book is to go to the table of contents and pick the chapter that offers the type of 400 calorie meal you want. So for example if you are ordering take out, find it in the table of contents, then go to the chapter and make selections from the options given.

They also include pages on building a sandwich so it adds up to 400 calories (so you can mix and match), quick breakfast picks, and so much more. The book ties in nicely with another of Prevention's successful weight loss plans, "The Flat Belly Diet". The difference is this book does not require that you eat a MUFA (good fat) at every meal.

The book is currently available through Prevention and hopefully it will be through Amazon soon.

Tremendous effort by the team at Prevention and truly a simple way to slim.

~ Lee Mellott
31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
Lifestyle change 23 Sept. 2010
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Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This is the second time I've bought this book. The first was 9 months earlier and the best investment in myself I've ever made. I've been a dieter for many years. The 400 Calorie Fix changed my life. I diet no more. The proof is the 38 pounds I've lost since starting the Fix. The Fix is a Way of Life not a diet. The Fix teaches you how to eat everything and anything in moderation. No more denying yourself dessert or a cocktail.
I bought the second book for a friend that wanted to know my secret to my weight loss. It's no secret. They've been telling us how to do it for years. Now they're telling us in terms we can understand. It's all in there. Fast food, desserts, buffets, happy hour, backyard bbq's and so much more.
54 of 62 people found the following review helpful
400 Calorie Fix - Making Slim Simple! 1 Jan. 2011
By Lee Mellott - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Recently introduced on Rachel Ray by Prevention editor, Liz Vaccariello, The 400 Calorie Fix describes itself as an easy way to get slim. Getting slim can be very difficult but The 400 Calorie Fix manages to simplify the process.

The guidelines behind the 400 Calorie Fix are easy. Eat 400 calories at four meals a day. The book teaches you to view food via a 400 calorie lens. 400 calories four times a day equals 1600 daily calories. This will result in weight loss for many people. Eat one less meal if you are sedentary. If you are very active eat one more.

To simplify the 400 calorie meal the book gives a wide variety of options. There is the plate method; mentally divide your plate into six sections. Fill one section with protein, two with starches like bread and grains and three with non-starchy veggies.

And there are other easy methods of building 400 calorie meals that suit your lifestyle. Sections include 400 calorie packaged meals (name brands given), 400 calorie take out meals, 400 calorie quick fix/no cook meal, 400 calorie soup, sandwich and salad recipes and many other ways to make your meal.

No food is off limits. Yes you can have chocolate, ice cream, pizza and other goodies. The authors use a star system. Blue is for protein, orange for fiber, red for good fats and green for fruits and veggies. They suggest you collect one of each a day to make sure you are eating nutritiously. Very easy to use.

I cannot imagine the work that must have gone into this book. An extensive array of recipes, mouth watering photographs, tons of tips and hints. So much so that the book can be overwhelming at first. The best way to work with the book is to go to the table of contents and pick the chapter that offers the type of 400 calorie meal you want. So for example if you are ordering take out, find it in the table of contents, then go to the chapter and make selections from the options given.

They also include pages on building a sandwich so it adds up to 400 calories (so you can mix and match), quick breakfast picks, and so much more. The book ties in nicely with another of Prevention's successful weight loss plans, "The Flat Belly Diet". The difference is this book does not require that you eat a MUFA (good fat) at every meal.

Tremendous effort by the team at Prevention and truly a simple way to slim.

~ Lee Mellott
22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
This book is like having my own personal dietician make a meal plan for weight loss 8 Jan. 2011
By P. Grace - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I have always wanted someone to come up with a 1200-1600 calorie daily meal plan for me and this book does it and exceeds all expectations! I love the "Make it a Meal" segments and tips. Unlike most weight loss recipes, the food looks and tastes wonderful. This book has so many recipes, info. on packaged and fast food, etc. What a bargain!
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