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Cinch

This healthy eating plan by Cynthia Sass makes losing inches a cinch!

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Cinch! Conquer Cravings, Drop Pounds, and Lose Inches by Cynthia Sass, R.D., MPH is a weight loss book designed to teach you exactly what to eat, how much, why, and when. In this 30-day program, which is destined to help you drop eight pounds in five days, you'll discover and overcome the roadblocks that have held you back in the past, and give you tested tools that will keep you losing pounds and inches. You’ll feel confident about each meal and excited about your options, which include satiating can’t-live-without foods like peanut butter, guacamole, and dark chocolate. After each meal you’ll experience what Sass calls the “Goldilocks effect” - you’ll feel full but not overly full, satisfied, and energized. And the best part is it’s, well, a cinch!

The Cinch! plan 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. Cinch! makes weight loss simple with meals you'll look forward to eating (no "diet" foods). And best of all, Sass starts her plan with an innovative five-day "Fast Forward," which jump-starts the plan's impressive results and will leave you feeling lighter and healthier.

PRO
  • Promotes a healthy and holistic approach to eating, food and the emotions surrounding eating
  • Diet plan is very nutritious and satisfying
  • Thirty-day plan is practical and keeps the dieter goal-driven
  • Plan is progressive
  • Sass is a nutrition and public health expert
  • Includes recipes
  • Vegan-friendly
  • Promotes fitness
CON
  • May only appeal to a female audience
  • Information included in book doesn't reveal anything novel about weight loss, health or dieting
  • Some recipes require significant prep work
  • Not ideal for those with busy schedules
DIET and NUTRITION

After following Cinch!, for 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 Cinch!-friendly meals and feel inspired by a wealth of new eating habits.

The book starts you off with a five-day Fast-Forward detox, which is a fairly restrictive plan but it gives you quick results. There are five ingredients which are the mainstay of your Fast-Forward plan: They are spinach, raspberries, organic plain yogurt, almonds and organic eggs. In fact, there are just four recipes that you will make and eat while following this portion of the program.

From there you move on to the remaining weeks of the weight loss plan, which are filled with menu plans, recipes, daily motivators and tips for lasting weight loss success.

Each recipe contains a bit of SASS, which cutely refers to Slimming and Satiating Seasonings. There are five categories of SASS that you will use for the first 30 days (and beyond) and they include vinegar, citrus juice and zest, hot peppers yum, tea, herbs and spices.

Sample recipes include:

  • Strawberry Smoothie
  • Cashew Oatmeal
  • Mediterranean Shrimp Pizza
  • Chocolate Pear Ginger Smoothies
  • Jalapeno Guacamole
  • Chicken Pesto Pitas

No soda (diet or regular), alcohol, or red meat is allowed on the plan. Recipes are included for and can be customized for vegetarians, vegans or meat-eaters.

EXERCISE

While not a cornerstone of the Cinch! plan, exercise is addressed and its importance heralded. Sass cites research that indicates the importance and necessity of exercise for lasting weight loss.

In Cinch!, Sass notes that consistent fitness is what's going to help you lose the weight and keep it off, and if you're doing at least thirty minutes a day five days a week then you're doing well.

One of the book's final chapters is called "Fall in Love with Walking," and she discusses the importance of living an active lifestyle and why walking can be one of the best ways to do so. She connects a walking regimen with reducing blood pressure, reducing risk of cancer and diabetes, and giving you feel-good endorphins.

Walking will not only help you burn calories, a requirement for weight loss, but will also make you physically stronger, elevate your mood and help you sleep better, another requirement for weight loss.

In order to stick to your walking plan, or any fitness plan for that matter, Sass encourages us to schedule the time. Even though it's 30 minutes, when it's on our calendar, we eliminate the excuse not to do it.

CONCLUSION

From one of the creators of the Flat Belly Diet, comes Cynthia Sass's book, Cinch! a 30-day plan to reset your eating habits, recalibrate your metabolism and inspire you to take the healthy living journey far beyond just this one month plan.

Cinch! gets high remarks for its healthy ingredients, clear plan and delicious recipes, but it lacks in the fitness area and the time involved in making some of the recipes and its lack of dining out options makes this a plan better suited for someone who has the time (or organization) to make the meals and dishes outlined in the book.

Nevertheless, if you are ready to embark on a clean-eating and pound-shedding journey program, while also savoring eats like dark chocolate, whole eggs and heart-healthy nuts, this plan may be just for you.

Common Misspellings

sinch, cinsh, sinsh, cinhc


Related Diets: Flat Belly Diet Cookbook, Flat Belly Diet for Men, The Eat-Clean Diet, Flat Belly Diet Family Cookbook, French Women Don't Get Fat


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oma

okay, I didn't lose 8 lbs in 5 days....but I DID lose 6 lbs in 7 days and I'm very happy about that. Not even once have I been feeling deprived or hungry (unless it was time for a meal). I have been trying to lose prior to this for more than 6 months and nothing was working. The book has been ordered and I can't wait for it ! Hoping to lose 20 more by the time the warmer weather gets here !

posted Jan 13th, 2011 11:51 pm


Nicole

I want to try the 5 day fast forward but I do not like raspberries. Can I substitute them for blueberries?

posted Jan 10th, 2011 8:42 pm


Amy Anderson

This is the first day of the 5 days. So far so good. I think I can do anything for 5 days. I will be interested to see if I can really lose a solid 8 pounds in 5 days.

posted Jan 9th, 2011 6:26 pm


oma

I did not purchase the book (yet) but I have been following the guidelines for the first five days and have lost over 3 1/2 lbs in just 2 days ;-)

posted Jan 8th, 2011 5:27 pm



 

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