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Cinch!: Conquer Cravings, Drop Pounds, and Lose Inches Hardcover – December 28, 2010
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From the Back Cover
There are no calories to count; no points or grams to memorize.
Just begin choosing four daily meals from over one hundred delicious options (along with a mandatory daily chocolate escape), and you're well on your way to achieving your weight-loss goals. In thirty days on the program described in the Cinch! book, you'll shed pounds and inches—and overcome emotional eating in the process.
Acclaimed weight-loss expert Cynthia Sass has arrived at the exciting secret to sustainable weight loss: her innovative combinations of clean, nutrient-rich foods not only maximize fat-burning but also deliver a faster, healthier metabolism forever. Following the program is as simple as putting together an easy-to-understand fivepiece puzzle at every meal and enjoying four delicious, easy-to-prepare meals in addition to a chocolate treat. The program described in the Cinch! book includes a full thirty days' worth of quick-fix, satisfying meals and teaches you a simple strategy for creating your own, so you know exactly what, how much, and when to eat, whether you're at home, at a restaurant, or on vacation. The Cinch! book makes weight loss simple, with meals you'll look forward to eating (no "diet" foods). And best of all, Sass starts her program with an innovative five-day "Fast Forward," which jump-starts the program's impressive results and will leave you feeling lighter and healthier.
If you've been trying to eat more clean, natural, and organic foods, but have lacked the structure needed to lose weight, this is the exact plan you've been waiting for. The Cinch! book includes every tool you'll need for weightloss success: Sass's proven program, expert tips and advice, daily journals, grocery-shopping lists, chapters on exercise and emotional eating, and a month's worth of recipes—customizable for meat eaters, vegetarians, and vegans. You'll enjoy Chocolate Pear Ginger Smoothies, Jalapeño Guacamole, and Chicken Pesto Pitas—to name just a few luscious options!
Best of all, Sass's weight loss is lasting weight loss. In one month, you'll recalibrate your body, freeing yourself from cravings and erratic eating, and begin a satisfying new relationship with food. With Sass's expertise behind you, you'll be empowered to continue creating satisfying meals and feel inspired by a wealth of new eating habits—making this so much more than a diet.
About the Author
Cynthia Sass, MPH, RD, is a registered dietitian, the sports nutrition consultant to the New York Rangers and New York Yankees, and the nutritionist behind and coauthor of Flat Belly Diet! as well as the author of the New York Times bestseller S.A.S.S. Yourself Slim, among other books. She is the contributing nutrition editor at Health magazine and appears regularly on national television programs including The Today Show, Nightline, and The Doctors.
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Does she really tell us anything new? No.
So, what makes this book/plan so great? It is the way she presents the information. At every meal we need a produce, a whole grain, a protein, a plant-based fat, and SASS (seasonings). How simple is that?
There is one drawback. The format of the book was distracting to me. The side stories interrupted the flow of the main content. However, that did not stop me from finishing the book and staying on track.
We use the diet during the week and eat what we want on weekends and I am about 20lbs lighter than I was 4 weeks ago. Seriously.
But - as I said, you will be hungry and ready for that later evening parfait.
understand what is going on in your body. It is simple, sensible, factual, and it works. I lost 70 pounds total and feel wonderful. I read the book over and over because I pick up something new that is important each time. This book is
so full of important information on how the body metabolizes food! I highly recommend it to anyone who wants or needs to lose weight. For me, once I understood what is going on as well as why, it changed my entire outlook on
what I put into my body. Since I've reached goal, I have tried adding certain items and can instantly see the effect
it has on my body, i.e. sugar! I don't even want it near me:) The 5 day start up cleanse just eliminates cravings.
Nothing has ever worked for me like this plan does.
BUY THIS BOOK! YOU CAN LOSE WEIGHT!!!!!!
I did the fast forward. While I mostly stuck to the plan, I did use an assortment of berries (blueberries, blackberries, strawberries and raspberries) to save money but also because they are tasty and healthy. I found that it did not affect the diet. I lost 6 lbs over the 5 days and the last two days I was substituting one meal with a small apple, slice of toast and almond butter. When I started the core diet, I put on two lbs but that's completely normal because it's water weight (the first few days the weight you lose is water and waste, you WILL put some back on and that's okay). I found the recipes to be very flavorful and delicious.
My major complaint - some of the meals are time consuming to prepare. I find myself having the same meal for lunch and dinner so I only have to prep food once (Breakfasts and snacks are generally easy and quick so it's not an issue). Also, I may be the only one, but I find that it's TOO much food. I just had the Garlicky Chicken Vegetable Barley soup today and I could not finish it and I really did try. I am not a light eater either... but the meal sizes seem to be a bit much. I almost wish she designed the diet to have five smaller meals rather than 4 meals that at times, are really too much food... in fact, it's time for my last meal and I am STILL completely stuffed from my last meal. Not all meals are too much... but there have been a few that I couldn't finish everything.
Anyway, today is day 10 and I am back down to -6 lbs (so 2 lbs in the last five days after the initial water/waste weight loss). That's pretty amazing. While some people may think it's too slow, it's healthier to lose weight slowly and you will not crash and burn on this diet. It's easy and even my husband likes some of the foods (although he loathes onions... which is a huge ingredient in many recipes).
For those who say the diet is too restrictive... all diets are restrictive. The reason why a person needs to diet is because they probably had a lack of restriction in the first place - *this girl included* ... while I have only done a couple of diets, I find this one to be, by far, the healthiest and most well rounded. While Sass recommends exercise I have only been toning... no cardio yet... but it's still working. It's not rocket science, exercise + dieting is how you lose weight. This is great for people who want an easy handbook on how to do so.