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Slim Down Now: Shed Pounds and Inches with Pulses -- The New Superfood Paperback – March 8, 2016
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“… a cutting-edge diet that delivers incredible results. The foundation of her food plan are “pulses,” which promote the growth of your good gut bacterial flora, which turn on your fat-burning genes, promote vibrant health, and prevent disease. Slim Down now is a must read.” (Gerard E. Mullin MD, Associate Professor of Medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and author of The Gut Balance Revolution)
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Get ready to put aside all your calorie counting, appetite suppressing, no-pain-no-gain diets. Cynthia Sass, author of S.A.S.S. Yourself Slim and coauthor of Flat Belly Diet!, introduces the surprising superfood that is the secret to weight loss. Called “pulses,” this unique class of protein-rich carbs (including filling and satisfying lentils, beans, and chickpeas) actually boosts calorie- and fat-burning, whittles away belly fat, prevents snack attacks, and creates long-lasting energy. Plus, they’re gluten free, readily available, and affordable!
In Slim Down Now, Cynthia Sass reveals the scientifi cally demonstrated power of pulses, which she has incorporated into a dynamic, fl exible weight-loss plan that focuses on how these supershredders can ultimately transform your body.
The 30-day challenge asks you to put aside your usual weight-loss methods and adopt an entirely new approach to food, health, and weight management. You start with the four-day Rapid Pulse, where you make one simple recipe (a pudding!) daily for four days . . . but in those four days, you’ll lose up to 8 pounds! Then, you move on to the Daily Pulse, a 26-day program where you include one serving of pulse each day. Sass’s plan includes a simple DIY meal-building strategy you’ll love, as well as delicious, deprivation-free recipes, including a savory veggie quiche, garlicky shrimp scampi, and even oven-roasted potatoes. In fact, there is an entire chapter on desserts, including mouth-watering brownie bites and mini pumpkin spice muffi ns. The meal plan includes grocery lists and restaurant options and can be followed by gluten-free eaters, vegans, vegetarians, and omnivores alike.
In addition to this new approach to eating, Sass reveals that less exercise rather than more can actually be the key to successful weight loss. Forget feeling pressure to spend hours on an elliptical or at exhausting boot camp classes. With this program, exercise becomes a more organic part of your day, rather than that nagging item on your to-do list. Bonus: you’ll also learn a simple five minute technique that will boost your mood and overall happiness.
Sound too good to be true? We promise it’s not. Get started today, and see the pounds melt away.--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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I also wanted to incorporate more of the principles of the MIND diet (a diet to decrease Alzheimer’s risk based on the latest research out of Chicago’s Rush University Medical center) that advocates among other things: Eating beans AT LEAST every other day, a salad and one other vegetable every day, low sugar fruits, nuts, and fish or poultry once a week, and limiting butter, hard cheeses, and red meat to no more than once a week.
There was just ONE little TEENSY problem I had: when it comes to meal planning, shopping, and preparation, I’m ADHD in the kitchen. I was overwhelmed with how to implement the MIND diet principles as a vegan (for me) and as an omnivore (for my husband).
Not long after reading about the MIND diet, I found a copy of Cynthia Sass’s Slim Down Now in the library. I sat down and read it in one afternoon. Eureka! Here was my answer. I stopped off at the grocery store and purchased the ingredients I needed on the way home. I started the rapid pulse the next day. I lost 6 pounds – on LEAN STARCHY PROTEINS AND FRUITS!!! I bought my own copy of the book and soldiered on.
The diet consists of two phases: The rapid pulse – 4 days where you eat the same bean (aka pulse pudding) 3 times a day. She explains this is for a couple of reasons: simplicity (to keep you from being overwhelmed), affordability (short list of highly nutritious inexpensive ingredients that promote weight loss), allergen free.
This is followed by the 26 day daily pulse: three meals a day built using her wardrobe concept ensuring that each meal contains veggies, lean protein, energy accessory (whole grain, starchy vegetable, fruit, or ½ serving of each of these. At least one meal each day must have a pulse (i.e serving of beans which could be the lean protein).
In addition, she also provides information on how to include the occasional treat into the program and has a whole chapter full of desserts that go beyond her “daily chocolate escape” in SASS Yourself Slim.
At first, I was tempted to dismiss the chapter on meditation. But, I read it with a skeptical mind and realized that, yes meditation as a way to deal with stress is definitely more beneficial than binge eating.
I also liked her refreshing take on exercise. This book does not have prescribed exercise routines. Instead she encourages you to build in more activity that you enjoy. Again, a nonstress approach. She even has you write down exercises that you loathe and has you vow never to do THOSE again.
One of the key features that I found helpful was the meal plans with grocery lists. I followed the vegan one; but, there is one for omnivores, vegans, lacto-ovo vegetarians, and gluten-free omnivores.
I found this book to be helpful in implementing the MIND diet principles while avoid my “carboholic” 20 pound weight gain I experienced that last time I went vegan. Since each one of the over 100 meal recipes makes 1 serving, I was able to double a recipe to include my husband; I simply added chicken or fish to his meal. I liked being able to do the vegan meal plan without relying on soy for my lean protein a real plus. Although, I do not have problem with soy, other people in my family do.
If you are trying to decide whether to go with this book or her earlier book SASS Yourself Slim, personally, I’d go with this one. It relies less on packaged foods such as bread, cold cereal, or premade pesto than previous books. It also does not contain hard cheeses in any of the recipes There is a greater variety of vegan/vegetarian meals. (I only found two that were included both here and in her SASS Yourself Slim book). Both books complement each other. I DO have both.
As a side note, I’ve done both her 5-Day, 5-Food Fast Forward and her rapid pulse. I found the rapid pulse easier and tastier.
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