Denise's Daily Dozen: The Easy, Every Day Program to Lose Up to 12 Pounds in 2 Weeks

Denise's Daily Dozen: The Easy, Every Day Program to Lose Up to 12 Pounds in 2 Weeks

by Denise Austin

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Overview

From Denise Austin comes the perfect health book for anyone who wants to live better but just can't seem to find the time. Much more than just another excercise book, Denise's Daily Dozen covers a whole range of health- and diet-related concepts yet manages it all in a no-stress, time-conscious program of 12's. At its core, this book contains the minimum daily requirements to keep the reader flexible, strong, and trim. Organized simply into seven chapters, following the seven days of the week, it covers a full week in daily allotments. Each day will have its own focus, from Monday being "fat burning day" to Sunday's "recharge and rejuvenate."

Denise has created a total body program, including a 7-day balanced meal plan that includes healthy recipes and a workout that encompasses 12 exercises done in 12 minutes each day. Everyone can take just 12 minutes, at whatever time of the day works for them, and turn it over to these simple and fun exercises. Cardio, toning, yoga and breathing exercises...they're all here, but in a way that maximizes effect while minimizing time.

Beyond a dozen exercises for each day of the week, this book will include many other of Denise's "dozens" for each day.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781599952444
Publisher: Center Street
Publication date: 01/05/2010
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 1,213,080
Product dimensions: 6.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

A native of San Pedro, California, Denise started gymnastics at the age of 12 and earned an athletic scholarship to the University of Arizona, graduating in 1979 with an exercise physiology degree. She began her career teaching aerobic exercise classes in the Los Angeles area and went on to cohost the The Jack LaLanne Show, in 1981. (Denise considers Jack LaLanne one of her role models, and she is delighted to still speak regularly with the 95-year-old fitness legend.)

During more than 25 years promoting health and fitness, Denise has created 82 workout videos or DVDs. Her enormous number of sales led to her 2003 induction into the Video Hall of Fame.

Denise has been married for 25 years to Jeff Austin, a sports attorney and brother of tennis champ Tracy Austin. They share a home with their two teenage daughters, Kelly and Katie.

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Denise's Daily Dozen 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 37 reviews.
Twink More than 1 year ago
Okay well let's just start off this post by saying...Denise Austin is 52 years old! Doesn't she look fantastic? Okay so how does she do it? Well she follows her own advice! It's a well kept secret but here goes....eat right and exercise. A lifestyle plan - not a diet. In Denise's Daily Dozen, she's made it easy for those of us who moan that they don't have the time. Here's the deal - she's come up with 12 minutes of exercise to do every day of the week. Each day targets something different - cardio, abs, upper and lower body, yoga and more. 12 minutes! I can do that! Now to go along with the 12 minutes a day in exercise, Denise has created meal plans for three weeks as well. No crazy grocery list - just everyday wholesome foods from Denise's 'Power of Twelve' eating plan - 3 fruits, 3 veggies, 3 proteins, 2 grains, 1 fat. The nutritional info for each day is listed too. There are lots of extras tucked into the pages, text boxes full of great tips on shopping, time savers, going green, inspiration - including pics and stories from successful 'losers'! One of my favourites were the tension tamers - really quick stretches you can do at your desk to relieve stressed muscles. Another great idea are the fidget-cizers. Exercise while waiting for the kettle to boil, the toast to pop or firm your butt while talking on the phone! I really liked this book. I've chosen to go at my own rate - and I thinks that's the beauty of it. There is so much great information included you can't help succeeding - whatever pace you set. I'm looking to get moving more and 12 minutes is soooo doable! The book itself is well laid out and easy to read. The pictures of the different exercises are clear and easy to follow. It's in a weekly order, with everything you need for each day - meals and exercises. What's nice? The work is all done for you - all you need to do is follow along.
Kaley_Quinn More than 1 year ago
This book is great for busy people! It has a different 12 minute workout for each day of the week (very doable and fun). I love that she also includes useful fitness/weight loss tips and a menu for every day! She makes fitness and eating healthy very easy!
LegalBeagle More than 1 year ago
Losing weight, getting in shape, and being healthier overall, are common New Year's resolutions. Helping you to keep those resolutions is Denise Austin in her new book Denise's Daily Dozen. Denise Austin, a 52 year old (can you believe it!) fitness trainer with nearly thirty years experience, is a personal inspiration of what a healthy diet and regular exercise can do for you. Denise's Daily Dozen is comprised of a Fitness Plan and an Eating Plan. The Fitness Plan includes a workout with three essential elements: "cardiovascular, toning, and flexibility in twelve easy moves you do for twelve minutes a day." Like most fitness trainers, however, Denise acknowledges that you should ultimately work up to thirty minutes a day. Still, according to Denise, on your busiest days the twelve minutes are enough. In addition to the Daily Dozen workouts, Denise prescribes twelve miles of cardio exercise weekly. Walking counts as fulfilling this requirement. The Eating Plan is basically a 1200 calorie a day meal plan that includes three servings each of veggies, fruits, and proteins with two of healthy grains and one of a healthy fat. While much of the information, limit calories to around 1200 a day and perform 30 minutes of cardio day, is not new, it is put together in a user friendly format. With lots of pictures of the exercises and specific instructions (exercises and meal plans) for each day of the week, it is easy to follow. I also enjoyed the real life stories from women who lost weight following Denise's plan. Also helpful is the chapter "Twelve Meals You Can Make in About Twelve Minutes" because who isn't pressed for time? And lastly the weekly shopping lists promote quick and efficient shopping in that dieter's temptation den known as the grocery store. Denise's Daily Dozen is a great do-it- yourself resource for losing weight the healthy way! 9Publisher: Center Street (January 5, 2010), 336 pages. Advance Review Copy Provided Courtesy of the Publisher.)
xorscape on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This a health, diet and exercise book for those of us who want to live better but don¿t always make the effort. Not a lot is new but the organization of the book can help someone incorporate its message into daily life. It is organized to cover the seven days of the week and covers healthy recipes, a do-able workout program and tips for healthy living. It is a good book to help get started on a healthier life.
MaryWysong on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
As with any book, there are good and bad aspects to this one. I "applied" to review this book because I have a number of Denise Austin exercise books and have found them to be easy to read and follow. I have terrible coordination and apparently no physical common sense, because I can barely follow an exercise video or coach. I have trouble mimicking poses in other exercise books. That said, I have no problem with the large majority of Austin's photos and explanations. I believe her guides are very user friendly, and this one is no exception!I also appreciate that she adds little FYI tidbits, personal stories and advice on healthy eating, as well as recipes. These topics do not go in depth, but are easily accessible and helpful for the average diet newbie. This isn't one long, boring book. Instead, there is a variety of formats to keep one's attention.Now for the downsides... I felt that this guide was a little too specific and regimental. Denise lays out exactly what you should eat and what exercises you should do on each day of the week. I like a little more flexibility than that. I can understand that she is suggesting specific exercises for specific days because you need variety in an overall workout plan and you don't want to work the same muscles every day; however, I would like options in case a specific move doesn't work for me. I also don't really want to follow her meal plan.For me specifically, I will use this book to pick and choose which exercises I'd like to do rather than following her exact plan.So in a nutshell: Her exercise instructions and photos are extremely helpful and easy to follow. Her tone is encouraging and inspiring. Her eating tips are helpful. BUT there isn't really much room to mix it up unless you don't follow her plan and instead just use the exercises on their own.
MissMermaid118 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I've always liked Denise Austin's positve and outgoing attitude. Working out to her shows and videos is like working out with a motivating friend rather than an harassing drill sergeant! When I was offered the chance to review her new book, DENISE'S DAILY DOZEN, I was really excited.As I expected, this book is written in Denise's friendly, upbeat style. She keeps things simple and doable. The plan is comprised of a set of 12 exercises that can easily be done at home. She doesn't require any fancy equipment - just the occasional use of a set of small hand weights. The routines are different for each day of the week; each day you get a total body workout and, over the course of a week, there is enough variety that you don't get bored. One of the best parts? Each daily routine can be completed in about 12 minutes! Who can't find 12 minutes a day to exercise?! O.K., so you are supposed to devote more than 12 minutes - Denise would like you to also walk about 12 miles a week. Still, we're not talking about a huge time commitment or financial investment. DENISE'S DAILY DOZEN also includes separate sections with additional ballet-inspired barre exercises and moves that target the abs. She's added a small section of "tension tamers" that can be done at your desk, and a handful of moves called "fidget-cisers" that you can toss into your day while you're around the house - watching T.V., talking on the phone, or waiting for the toast to pop up.Another great thing about this book are the daily menu plans and recipes sprinkled throughout. They are all healthful, easy, and mouth-watering. So far, I've tried and liked the Asian Lettuce Wraps, Veggie Quesadilla and Greek Bean Salad. If you're more adventurous than I am, you can try the Fish Tacos (made with mahi mahi). Denise's eating plan is sensible and well-balanced. Nothing is off-limits, but everything in moderation. I also really enjoyed reading the success stories -- there's nothing like hearing from someone who has successfully worked a program to show that it can be done by the average person.I highly recommend DENISE'S DAILY DOZEN for anyone who would like to get started on a fitness plan. (Of course, you should check with your doctor first.) Denise offers easy exercises, sensible advice, and plenty of encouragement and motivation. If you've been wondering how to get yourself started, this is the book for you!
jo-jo on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I am now 41 years old and as I reflect on my life I can honestly say I have always been an active person. I have not ever been overweight, but I have definitely gone up a few sizes over the last twenty years. I remember reading some other diet books in the past and not even being able to read halfway through them because I knew that I would never be able to follow the diet plans. Denise Austin is such a great motivator that after reading the first couple of chapters I found myself wanting to read more and feeling better about myself before I even did the first exercise!I love how within this book Denise Austin breaks everything down into groups of a dozen. From your daily dozen exercises to your daily dozen foods, she makes it a very easy program to follow. The only item that I am truly struggling with is besides completing your daily dozen exercises you should also put in twelve miles of a cardiovascular activity. I'm probably lucky if I can get six miles in! But I'm not throwing in the towel and giving up. That's another thing that I like about her attitude. She realizes that we are all human and we are not going to fill our exercise and diet obligations at all times. Sometimes life does get in the way of our plans and we just need to accept that and move on. Ok, I will admit that the diet aspect is another part that I don't follow to a tee. As I first said, I have never really been overweight so I guess I have never really been ambitious about dieting in general. But the way she breaks down what your diet should include has been very helpful. I have always known the importance of trying to have a good breakfast but that is something that I just told myself that I don't have time for. She has helped me to change this attitude so now I find that I can prepare my breakfast at home and just bring it with me in the morning to eat in my office. It only slows me down a little bit in the morning, but I have noticed that my mornings are much more productive and I'm not quite as hungry as it gets closer to lunchtime.I know that I won't be losing twelve pounds in two weeks, because as I mentioned I am not following the diet plan in her book as closely as I should. But if I can lose a few pounds before I go to Mexico in a couple of weeks I will be a happy camper. Besides losing a few pounds I am hoping to instill some good diet and exercise habits that I can use for the rest of my life. Denise is a busy working mother just like I am and I'm hoping that I will be lucky enough to look half as good as she does ten years from now if I can keep following her program. If you are looking to start a diet and exercise program that will help you see results without drastic changes in your lifestyle then I would suggest picking up this book today.
itbgc on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Denise encourages lifestyle changes (of course!) using the number 12 quite a bit to match the title of her book. While attempting to lose weight, she recommends 12 servings a day of the different food groups: fruits (3), vegetables (3), "healthy" grains (2), fats (1), and proteins (3), including what sizes those servings are (standard sizes). She says how much water to drink every day. She tells what kinds of exercises to do--i.e., walking or jogging 12 miles per week with a goal of jogging a mile in 12 minutes (5 mph) plus strength training using body weight and hand weights for 12 minutes a day with 12 exercises for one minute each. She uses pictures and explanations of how to do each exercise. (She also has a new DVD out that uses the same exercises, which would be a lot easier than wading through the book everyday. I've ordered this through the libray and will give this a try when I receive it.) Much of the book is divided into days, i.e., Monday: Do these 12 1-minute exercises and eat these foods (along with very simple recipes you can make in about 15 minutes or less). The book includes three weeks of meals, and there are shopping lists to match each week at the end of the book. Also, at the end of the book she has a section of "Twelve Meals You Can Make in About Twelve Minutes," including recipes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. My husband and I have enjoyed every recipe (even the ones I thought I'd hate, which is most of them!) in the first week of the plan. I've never eaten so many fruits and veggies in my life, and I never was hungry all week despite having about 1200 calories per day. This is a basic book on healthy living, which is definitely motivating. I would highly recommend this book. However, just don't expect to "lose up to 12 pounds in 2 weeks." That is simply not realistic for many people.
knittingmomof3 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Sound advice, excellent tips and fantastic instructions. My only complaint is the 3 week menu plan has calories which are too low for men and women. I doubled checked witht the website, which allotted hundreds more calories a day to lose weight for both women and men. Otherwise, I fantastic resource.
AuthorLyndaCoker on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
If you¿re anything like me, to even begin to focus on the concept of dieting takes a great deal of motivation, and incentives galore. Both, of which, I¿m happy to say, I found in Denise Austin¿s book, Denise¿s Daily Dozen.I loved the section on Twelve Favorite Fidget-cisers, and you will too. Reading this section changed how I viewed my own kitchen. WOW, who knew I had my own private workout gym! It¿s fun, it¿s easy, and most importantly, it¿s doable for us ordinary people without health spa memberships.The FAQ section is also outstanding, in that it actually answered the questions that came readily to my mind.Illustrated exercises, practical recipes with ingredients easily found in my grocery store, tips, lots of lists and boxes with motivational notes, make this health and fitness book a great buy.Who would have thought that exercising 12 little minutes a day using 12 simple moves could produce results? And no, I¿m not going to demonstrate those for you, Denise Austin does that beautifully in her book.Teaser Snippets:Here are a few titles on the zillion little boxes with priceless tips!¿Get Your Groove On; Zip Up Your Abs; Watch Out For White Knuckles, Suck It Up; and Divide and Conquer.
AlmaB on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
It's common knowledge that if you exercise and eat right you'll lose weight and feel better. Hmmm.. yes. The trick is actually getting around to following that sage advice. This book is like that old adage in that the contents are all old hat... a push up is a push up. There's no new magic formula. However, what's nice is that it offers a mix of exercises drawn from several different disciplines (e.g. yoga, aerobics, weight lifting, etc.) and covers diet issues all in one comprehensive package. What I like best are the clearly illustrated instructions. If you're looking for a self-help exercise book , why not this one?
leslies3 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Sensible, well-organized, comprehensive plan to get you back in shape. Centered around the number 12, Denise includes all aspects of total body health, each in batches of 12: exercise, diet, tips. The "easy, everyday program" is just that: a daily list of "12 easy exercises in 12 minutes a day", a plan to work in 12 miles a week through aerobic exercise (walking or jogging), 12 tips for better health, and a meal plan based on the "Power of 12": the best foods to eat every day, which include 3 vegetables, 3 fruits, 3 proteins, 2 healthy grains and 1 healthy fat. Designed to initially last for two weeks, the plan is broken down into the seven days of the week, and offers a meal plan complete with fabulous looking recipes. Although initially slightly overwhelming in scope, after a few minutes of browsing the book, the plan soon emerges as a rational, well-balanced plan to improve one's health. Denise offers many lists of tips which prove both informational and motivational. The book is a sturdy, attractive volume with heavy-weight, quality paper.
VickiLN on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a great book. I've been a fan of Denise for many many years and I've never been disappointed with any of her dvd's. She has an extensive knowledge of health and fitness, and this book is so thorough and easy to follow. This is the first book I've read of hers and I am very happy with it. I would recommend this to anyone who wants to get fit and healthy.
indianajane on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book arrived on the first Monday in January. Perfect timing! I spent a couple of days looking over it and am gearing up to actually start the program on Monday. Austin has put together a well-organized plan for exercise and good nutrition. She includes additional ideas for healthful living and staying motivated. When I look at a "diet" book, if it relies on artificial sweeteners and convenience foods, I know that it's not for me. This food plan is based on real food in sensible amounts. The recipes that are included are simple.Her exercise program is built around a different 12 minute exercise routine for each day of the week, plus a couple of extras. The pictures and descriptions of the exercises appear to be clear. I find the concept of the plan intriguing, although I have always had difficulty learning exercises from books. Even if I don't lose 12 pounds in two weeks, I think that this book will make a positive impact on my health and fitness.
Twink on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Okay well let's just start off this post by saying...Denise Austin is 52 years old! Doesn't she look fantastic? Okay so how does she do it? Well she follows her own advice! It's a well kept secret but here goes....eat right and exercise. A lifestyle plan - not a diet.In Denise's Daily Dozen, she's made it easy for those of us who moan that they don't have the time. Here's the deal - she's come up with 12 minutes of exercise to do every day of the week. Each day targets something different - cardio, abs, upper and lower body, yoga and more.12 minutes! I can do that!Now to go along with the 12 minutes a day in exercise, Denise has created meal plans for three weeks as well. No crazy grocery list - just everyday wholesome foods from Denise's 'Power of Twelve' eating plan - 3 fruits, 3 veggies, 3 proteins, 2 grains, 1 fat. The nutritional info for each day is listed too.There are lots of extras tucked into the pages, text boxes full of great tips on shopping, time savers, going green, inspiration - including pics and stories from successful 'losers'! One of my favourites were the tension tamers - really quick stretches you can do at your desk to relieve stressed muscles. Another great idea are the fidget-cizers. Exercise while waiting for the kettle to boil, the toast to pop or firm your butt while talking on the phone!I really liked this book. I've chosen to go at my own rate - and I thinks that's the beauty of it. There is so much great information included you can't help succeeding - whatever pace you set. I'm looking to get moving more and 12 minutes is soooo doable!The book itself is well laid out and easy to read. The pictures of the different exercises are clear and easy to follow. It's in a weekly order, with everything you need for each day - meals and exercises. What's nice? The work is all done for you - all you need to do is follow along.
ShawnMarie on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This early reviewer book couldn't have come at a better time since I had just done what many people did, resolved to lose weight in the upcoming year.The book is arranged in a logical format including exercises for each day of the week so all you do is turn to that day to figure out what your routine should be. There are tons of black and white illustrations which is helpful and most of the exercises are fairly simple. I'm not sure 12 minutes is enough time though until you have the routine memorized.Not only do you have exercises for each day, but you also have menu ideas as well. Most of them sound a little too healthy for me though.I have two complaints about the book overall. One, most people do not plan to exercise EVERY day so the goals Denise promises probably won't happen. Two, the book will not stay open unless you break the binding so it is impossible to do the exercises without holding the book and it is impossible to do the exercises while holding the book so you're stuck. A spiral binding is what this book needs.
anysia on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a common sense approach to fitness that is accessible even if you haven't been exercising recently (or ever). The meal plan leaves a bit to be desired as it doesn't accommodate anyone who doesn't eat meat or doesn't happen to like a particular ingredient (I am pescatarian) so it's a lot of work to adapt.The exercise plan looks promising (I could not try it because of a temporary medical problem) as the exercises are fairly straightforward.I was a bit disappointed to see that Austin perpetuates the myth of eight glasses of water per day and the spinach/popeye myth.
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