What is the P.I.N.K. Method? That’s the question on everyone’s mind since its debut this week on the Dr. Phil show. Just in time to fight the post-Thanksgiving bulge and New Year’s resolutions, Cynthia Pasquella released the lifestyle program she’s been working on for the past five years. We spoke with her yesterday, just a day after P.I.N.K.’s big announcement, and she sounded energized by the explosion in interest. “It’s super exciting for us,” she said, and added that they’re absolutely enjoying the whirlwind. She even noted it’s been a bit of an emotional roller coaster.
Pasquella explained to us that the P.I.N.K. Method was “designed by women for women to produce rapid weight loss without giving up health benefits. P.I.N.K. is a fusion diet blending workouts with food.” It’s a three-phase plan that gradually introduces your body to better nutrition and sustainable workouts. For the nutrition side, Pasquella explained that the custom meal plan you gain access to upon membership takes away all the guesswork, giving you a daily meal plan (known as the Blueprint) for breakfast, lunch, dinner and even snacks. She also told us “There’s a reason for every single food” that was included in the P.I.N.K. Method, as she explained that the food was researched to find those that specifically spike metabolism, boost energy, and burn fat.
For the workouts, there are three phases, each led by a different member of the P.I.N.K. Method training team – Jenna Phillips, Lisa Christie and Basheerah Ahmad. Each of these women focus on a different area of training, whether it be laying the groundwork to help start your fitness regimen or building strength and endurance for the long term. Pasquella explained as an example that in Phase 1, you might do an intense 20-minute workout that starts building the major muscle groups. Then, in Phase 2, you’ll move on to exercises that require more strength and use more intense cardio.
No Boys Allowed in the P.I.N.K. Method
Why is the program unique? Pasquella boasted how P.I.N.K. Method caters specifically to women – be it our harried schedules or our need for different nutrition. It’s already being compared to mega-hit P90X, and Pasquella appreciated the opportunity to compare the two. When it comes to P.I.N.K. Method vs. P90X, she said they both “combine workouts with diet and daily direction.” Where the two DVD-meets-online weight loss programs part ways is that “What I did was focus on women because we’re not the same as men.” In her nutrition practice she explained how female clients “felt bad about themselves” when attempting P90X. She wanted her clients, and other women, to feel “empowered not defeated.” Thus, she introduced a tough and intense program that gradually allows its users to build up to more intense workouts.
Pasquella’s also proud of the fact that they made sure the program could meet the needs of just about any woman who wanted to be a part of the P.I.N.K. Method. With people asking how their back problems or knee replacement would be impacted by P.I.N.K. Method, Pasquella said “They can still do them because the program is adaptable” thanks to the program’s built-in alternatives.
A Taste of the P.I.N.K. Method Diet
The workouts aren’t the only aspect that cater to a variety of needs, so does the diet. “I am a vegan” Pasquella told us, noting that her unique dietary habits were motivation to make sure there were options available to anyone who wanted to follow P.I.N.K. Method. Vegetarians, diabetics, and even those with gluten intolerances can use the diet because there are options in place for adjustments. She meant it when she said the diet was made for every woman. The P.I.N.K. Method diet includes foods that won’t spike your blood sugar, the result is patients who’ve gone off their insulin.
The P.I.N.K. Method is low on deprivation, focusing on a low-calorie, low-fat diet made of whole foods. Pasquella said a typical breakfast might be one of their three P.I.N.K. smoothie recipes, made with whey or hemp protein, strawberries or beets (for the pink!), and other fruits and vegetables. These fiber-rich ingredients help you stay full for hours.
A typical lunch may be grilled chicken salad (with quinoa for vegetarians). And dinner could be grilled fish like salmon with brown rice and vegetables. Of course there’s dessert, too. The program includes a recipe for several healthy snack and dessert ideas like an avocado chocolate pudding.
“The cool thing is we didn’t take out any food groups,” Pasquella told us. “There’s nothing radical.”
Cynthia Pasquella’s Credentials
Pasquella proudly stands behind P.I.N.K. Method because it’s not only worked for her clients for the past five years, it’s worked for her. A clinical nutritionist who has been in practice for more than ten years, she explained that there was a time when she was overweight and lacked energy, struggled with depression and anxiety, and none of the diets she tried helped her. So, like many women do, she created her own solution, and the result was P.I.N.K. Method. Her experience is seen throughout the program, blending her science-based experience as a clinical nutritionist with her mind-body experience as a holistic wellness life coach.
With a launch endorsed by Dr. Phil, Cynthia Pasquella and her P.I.N.K. Method are bound to be the hottest new diet of 2012, and she isn’t wasting any time leaving her footprint on 2011.