Cinch! Conquer Cravings, Drop Pounds, and Lose Inches
Posted Jan 08 2011 6:33pm
You may know Cynthia Sass, MPh, RD, as the nutritionist behind and coauthor of the New York Times bestseller . She’s just come out with a new book, Cinch!: Conquer Cravings, Drop Pounds, and Lose Inches. After going through her book a few times, I find that it reminds me a little of the Food Lovers Fat Loss System – combine different types of foods in a certain way, eat every three to five hours, and exercise to rev up your metabolism. Both also include a jump start plan to lose weight and reset metabolism right away.
However, Sass’s approach is unique. Her plan is based on putting together a “five piece puzzle” at every meal – produce (fruit and veggies) whole grain, lean protein, plant-based fat, and SASS (“slimming and satiating seasonings” like spices and vinegar). She shows you what the proper portion and ratios of each puzzle piece should be. Best of all there’s no calorie or POINT counting.
Cynthia also explains how to make smart substitutions and what kind of beverages to include and how much. (She’s very pro water, tea and even allows a cup of coffee a day. However, no diet soda!) Cynthia even works a teeny bit of chocolate into her plan once a day.
The Cinch! plan includes 30 days' worth of quick-fix, satisfying meals and teaches you a simple strategy for creating your own meals, so you know exactly what, how much, and when to eat, whether you're at home, work, eating out or traveling. It also seems flexible enough for vegans or vegetarians or if you have food sensitivities .
I’m considering doing her 5-Day, 5-Food Fast Forward plan. Cinch! that promises that you’ll lose up to seven pounds. While I’m not so sure about that, I find it very appealing to go on a detox diet of raspberries, almonds, organic eggs and yogurt for a few days. (Due to my food sensitivities , I’ll be using coconut yogurt. Otherwise, it’s totally how I love to eat – salads, omelets, and smoothies! I’ve done a detox before and her five day plan seems like it won’t leave you lightheaded or weak. Instead, it looks like it will super charge you to adopt her way of eating – clean and healthy.
What I especially liked about Cinch! was Cynthia’s emphasis on clean, natural, and organic foods and that she backs up much of her recommendations with scientific findings. For example, she recommends using coconut milk and oil since they contain medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs), which is metabolized differently than fats from other oils. According to the book, an eight-week study published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that medium-chain fatty acids reduced body weight, body fat, and waist circumference in women with high blood triglycerides. Since I had an advance copy with no index, I wasn’t able to tell if she referenced the actual study or not in an index, which I would have liked to see.
Cinch! is packed with information. First there’s the overview, then the 5-Day, 5-Food Fast Forward, then an explanation of SASS and the Cinch! Core. She fills in the basic plan with information on the “Chocolate Escape” and the five piece puzzle. Then she tackles emotional eating and walking as well as maintenance and a Q&A section – plus all the call out sections on different types of foods and testimonials. It’s too much!
If I were you, concentrate on the eating plan starting with the jump start, if it’s a good fit for you. Then when you feel confident in how you’re adapting to the new way of eating, read the chapters on emotional eating and walking and incorporate those into your daily lifestyle when you feel ready. There are so many changes going on in the way you eat, shop and prepare food that it’s easy to get frustrated if you pile on too many changes at once. Take it slow, learn a few skills, get into the routine of planning ahead and healthy cooking. Then go on an incorporate a few more Cinch! recommendations while you reading – and rereading. All these changes take time and it’s best to take baby steps, in my experience.