I was recently asked to review Cynthia Sass’ new book Cinch! conquer cravings, drop pounds and lose inches! It arrived while I was in Florida and I have been reading it the past several days. Cynthia Sass is the creator and co-author of the New York Times bestselling Flat Belly Diet. This new book, is meant to be a 30-day program that ends overeating by using the proper food combinations to feel full and satisfied.
One of the first things that I liked about this program was that you don’t count calories. I have never found that to be something I could stick with, so I assume others have a problem with that as well. I approached the reading (and reviewing) of this book by looking at it and deciding if it was a program I could follow. Everyone is different, what might be difficult for me could be easy for you and vice versa.
Highlights of the program:
1. It is vegetarian and vegan friendly.
2. There is an optional 5 day “fast forward” plan.
3. Soda is not allowed on the Cinch plan (regular or diet)
4. Coffee is limited to one cup per day.
5. Emphasis on whole and organic foods
6. Includes daily dark-chocolate indulgence.
7. Customizes meals to your tastes and needs.
8. Weight loss suggestion is 7 pounds in the first 5 days and 15 pounds in 30 days.
When first reading about the book, I thought that the “5 day, 5 food fast forward” just might be something I could do. Losing 7 pounds in 5 days sounded perfect for me. That is until I read the food list/menu plan. Each of the 5 days you eat only the following foods: Spinach, Raspberries, Almonds, Organic eggs and Nonfat Plain Organic Yogurt. I actually like all of these foods, although I’m not sure that in my small town organic eggs are even an option. The meal plan includes a spinach/egg scramble for breakfast with raspberries and almonds; a parfait for lunch; a salad for dinner and a late night smoothie. Each meal and snack for 5 days includes 1 cup of raspberries. That is 4 cups of raspberries a day and my stomach and my pocketbook would both be damaged by that. I knew immediately that it wouldn’t work for me…but, it would work for weight loss.
The Cinch! core program (the remaining 25 days-or all 30 if you skip the fast forward) seems very reasonable to me. The meal suggestions sound delicious, easy and in most cases affordable. You are offered many choices for all meals and snacks. There is even a section of the book that helps with dining out. I do think that whatever your taste preferences, most people would be able to stick to the core plan without feeling deprived. There are even recipes for various flavors of truffles for your daily chocolate fix.
The book also discusses emotional eating, exercise and overall healthy living. Ms. Sass seems to have a good grasp of how to make the unpleasant task of weight loss seem to be simply a change of lifestyle and well within reach. To read more, or order Cynthia’s book, visit her website by clicking here.
One2One Network did provide me with an uncorrected proof of Cinch! for review purposes.