Saturday, June 09, 2012

S.A.S.S. Yourself Slim 

The fine folks at One2OneNetwork sent me a FREE copy of "S.A.S.S. Yourself Slim: Conquer Cravings, Drop Pounds, and Lose Inches" to read and review.

About the Author

Cynthia Sass, MPH, RD, is a registered dietitian, the nutrition consultant to the New York Rangers and Tampa Bay Rays, and the nutritionist behind and coauthor of the New York Times bestseller Flat Belly Diet! She is a contributing editor at Shape magazine, and she appears regularly on television programs including The Today Show, Good Morning America, and The Early Show.


The official story about the book is:

"There are no calories to count; no points or grams to memorize. Just begin choosing four daily meals from over one hundred delicious options (along with a mandatory daily chocolate escape), and you're well on your way to achieving your weight-loss goals. In thirty days on the Cinch! plan, you'll shed pounds and inches?and overcome emotional eating in the process. Acclaimed weight-loss expert Cynthia Sass has arrived at the exciting secret to sustainable weight loss: her innovative combinations of clean, nutrient-rich foods not only maximize fat-burning but also deliver a faster, healthier metabolism forever. Following the plan is as simple as putting together an easy-to-understand five piece puzzle at everymeal and enjoying four delicious, easy-to-prepare meals in addition to a chocolate treat. 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. If you've been trying to eat more clean, natural, and organic foods, but have lacked the structure needed to lose weight, this is the exact plan you've been waiting for. Cinch! includes every tool you'll need for weightloss success: Sass's proven plan, expert tips and advice, daily journals, grocery-shopping lists, chapters on exercise and emotional eating, and a month's worth of recipes customizable for meat eaters, vegetarians, and vegans. You'll enjoy Chocolate Pear Ginger Smoothies, JalapeÑo Guacamole, and Chicken Pesto Pitas to name just a few luscious Cinch! options! Best of all, Cinch! weight loss is lasting weight loss. In 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 making this so much more than a diet."


On the official website


Is the following:

"S.A.S.S! Yourself Slim: Conquer Cravings, Drop Pounds and Lose Inches (formerly published under a different title) can profoundly change the way you look and feel in just 30 days. Many of the women I counsel live in diet chaos—irregular meal schedules, binge eating, or undereating followed by rebound overeating. This book ends that chaos by establishing order, but you won't feel like you're in diet boot camp. Unlike many weight loss plans, my approach isn't about starving, restricting, or depriving yourself. It's all about giving your body precisely what it needs to get to your ideal weight while feeling energized, nourished, and satisfied every step of the way. The book is set up as a 30-day plan with two parts:

Part 1 - Optional 5-Day Fast Forward that jumpstarts your results - up to an eight pound loss in five days. The Fast Forward calls for four simple meals a day, made from clean, delicious, detoxifying, filling, nutrient-rich foods shown to support weight loss. I’ve even included a grocery list that specifies all the ingredients you’ll need, (and recipes!) so preparing for the Fast Forward (which is vegan and vegetarian friendly) is a breeze!

Part 2 - The 25-day plan which again calls for four meals a day, but draws from a much broader but specific array of food choices. A days worth of meals can potentially include: a Chocolate Pear Ginger Smoothie for breakfast, Fresh Mozzarella Basil 'Pizzalad' for lunch, Shrimp Creole for dinner, and a snack of Cranberry Parmesan Herbed Popcorn! With this core plan (also vegan and vegetarian friendly and adaptable for gluten free diets), you can easily drop a size in just one month.

And last but not least the mandatory (yes mandatory) Daily Dark Chocolate Escape! Research shows that a daily dose can help curb your cravings for both sweet and salty foods, and dark chocolate is a treat you don’t have to feel guilty about. I devote an entire chapter in the book to its health benefits, including its ability to protect your heart and enhance your mood.

The entire plan is based on cutting edge research and three key rules that work in synergy to provide real and lasting results. If you’ve been living in diet chaos, or you're health conscious but have lacked the structure needed to lose weight, this is the exact plan you’ve been waiting for. The book includes all the tools required for success. Are you ready to begin? Visit Amazon or Barnes & Noble to order your copy today or pick one up wherever books are sold! And please visit my facebook page to connect with fans of the book who regularly share their tips, success stories and recipes."

Already, this is totally NOT my kind of diet: I HATE dark chocolate, so having it be a daily requirement is an instant deal-breaker. And, when they give a list of recipes each of one contains something I dislike in the title... also bad. If you're a supertaster like me


you're out of luck with the recipes in this book, just like in every other diet book... maybe they're fine for other people, you'll have to judge for yourself.

And there are other issues for me: pushing organic foods, which are poorer quality and far more expensive, insisting that you eat within an hour of getting up, which would make me as sick as the proverbial dog, trying to virtually eliminate salt, which has no calories and thus has no need to be of concern when dieting... and in general, this diet makes the crucial error of attempting to combine weight loss with trying to make your diet radically healthier; either one of those 2 things alone is very difficult, and you just CAN'T expect anyone to do both at once. And it doesn't matter how many extravagant adjectives you use to describe a food; nonfat plain yogurt will still gag a maggot even if you call it "luscious lip-smacking yogurt."

There's a ton of interesting health-related info in this book, and it might be worth checking out just for that; the wildly restrictive and unappetizing diet plan, though, as far as I'm concerned, is totally undoable. Hopefully, Ms. Sass will use her vast nutritional knowledge to one day come out with a diet book that takes a less draconian approach to weight loss that doesn't require a dieter to replace every delicious and beloved food with unpalatable alternatives.

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