Cinch! – Ready to Lose Some Weight?

It’s a new year, and you’re ready to shed some of those unwanted pounds that you gained in 2010, but with so many different plans to choose from, which one is right for you?  Which one will allow you to not just lose the weight, but conquer your cravings, and eat healthy too. Consider Cinch!  the new program by Cynthia Sass, M.P.H., R.D..

I just received the book 4 days ago, so haven’t had a chance to go out to the store and get the ingredients necessary to implement the plan, but I have been reading the book, and it seems like an easy to follow plan.  The thing I noticed is, it looks like when I start this to try it out, it’s going to completely change the way I eat, and for the better I might add.  Do you want to learn more?  Then keep reading!

You may have seen Cynthia Sass on TV on programs like Good Morning America, or if you pick up Shape magazine, you may have read her monthly Weight Loss Coach column.  Well whether you have or not, her new plan called “Cinch!”, will revolutionize the way you eat, and while doing that will help you understand that whole phenomenon of knowing when you’re full, help you not crave unhealthy foods, and of course lose that weight you’ve been trying to shake all last year.  The plan is completely laid out for you in the pages of the book, and looks simple to follow.  What better way to drop those pounds and lose inches than to change your whole outlook on food?

Cynthia Sass created this plan (I don’t want to call it a diet, because it’s actually a lifestyle), with no need to count calories.  The emphasis throughout Cinch! is on meal timing, portions, combinations of foods, and food quality.  The plan is specifically designed to help you lose body fat, optimize your health, change your relationship to food and give you the tools to keep the weight you lose off.

Cinch! emphasizes a Mediterranean-style eating plan with produce, whole grains, lean protein, and healthy fats, including MUFAs.  What’s a MUFA you ask?  MUFAs are monunsatured fats, or the ‘good’ kind of fat.  The type that are disease-fighting, and promote heart health.  The kind found in nuts, olive oil, and even chocolate!  A plan that actually insists on a daily dark-chocolate indulgence!  Knowing it’s okay to savor that daily chocolate treat will keep you away from the donuts in the break room.

If you struggle with eating at specific times, you might have trouble knowing when you are actually hungry or full.  This leads to times where you eat less than your body needs which slows down your metabolism so your body can conserve energy.  On the flip side if you overeat, the extra calories get stored away in your fat cells, and then you get sluggish, and for most of us crankiness follows .

That’s why Cinch! provides you with a structured , balanced eating plan.  The first rule is Eat Like Clockwork.  You’ll eat breakfast within an hour of waking and then space your snack and meals three to five hours apart throughout the day.  How you time your food intake is critical to the success of weight loss.  What this does is regulate your sugar and insulin levels, your hormones, and your metabolism.  Imagine a weight loss plan that encourages you to start your day with a Chocolate Pear Ginger Smoothie, or Berry Almond French Toast!  Or how about eating spiced berries along with your omelet?

You can begin Cinch! with a 5-day fast forward which is a streamlined clean-eating plan.  Four simple meals each day made from just five extraordinary foods.  The five foods share three important characteristics:

  1. Each is filling
  2. Each contains natural detoxifying and health-protecting nutrients
  3. Each has been shown in published research to specifically support weight loss

Sass created four daily meals using these five superfoods.  On the 5-day fast forward plan, you repeat these same four meals every day for five days. Even with the same ingredients, your breakfast, snack, lunch and dinner will taste differently.  You can lose up to seven pounds by doing the fast forward.  By the end of the five days you might notice that you no longer crave certain foods (salty, fatty or sweet).  In just five days, you’ll have pressed the re-set button on your body!

To help you sort out your ‘food feelings’, a 5-Day Food Diary is included in the book.  It’s a way for you to track not only what, how much, and when you’re eating, but also how you’re feeling – both physically and emotionally when you eat.  Through Cinch!  you’ll become aware with your internal hunger and satiety markers that are natural to our bodies, and learn to eat accordingly. 

I know that this post has become pretty long, but I could have written even more!  Deciding to make and sticking with a permanent change isn’t easy, and life tends to throw curve balls at us when we least expect it.  With our best intentions we start off doing something to help us achieve a more healthy lifestyle, but somewhere along the line we fall off the wagon, and then we get stuck in a rut.  But we can’t beat ourselves up about it, we need to get up and start again, it’s never too late to change. 

That’s why I think the Cinch! plan is one that you should look into, because it’s not just a “diet”, the goal of it is to learn about yourself, your body and why you eat what you eat (or don’t eat), and then to move forward in a way that’s healthy.  Cinch! will get you wanting to change the way you eat – not because you “should” but because you want to, for you and your loved ones.

Cinch! is available at book stores nationwide, on for $15.59 and also on the Kindle for $12.99.

This article is written as a source of information only.  The information contained in this article should by no means be considered a substitute for the advice of a qualified medical professional, who should always be consulted before beginning any new diet or health program.  The author of this article assumes no responsibility for any adverse effects arising from the use or application of the information contained in the featured book or in this article.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a media sample for review purposes from One2One Network. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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