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Cynthia Sass, a registered dietician and coauthor of “Flat Belly Diet!”, has written a New York Times Bestseller, entitled “S*A*S*S! yourself slim”. The first edition of this book, in hardback, was published as “Cinch!: Conquer Cravings, Drop Pounds, and Lose Inches”. This second edition, in paperback, contains new material, including “sensational swaps”(tips on how to effectively substitute certain foods and still remain within the guidelines of her food recommendations) and seven new success stories.
Despite a possible overdependance on exclamation points in her book titles (!!!), I’m pretty excited by what I’ve read in this book. So much so, that I’m actually thinking I might just give it a whirl myself for a month this summer, as soon as I make it through one more trip to “Mangia Nashville”, and the end of the school year celebrations, parties, and house guests that we have coming up. I’d be glad to shed a few of the pounds I’ve packed on this winter.
The three key principles that Ms. Sass lays down for her diet are related to portions, proportions, and timing. It’s a 30 day program with three key rules:
- Rule 1: Eat like clockwork. Meal timing is critical. You eat within one hour of getting up, and then space your meals evenly throughout the day, 3-5 hours apart. She believes that the timing is critical to your success, because it helps you regulate your blood sugar levels.
- Rule 2: Think, “Five Pieces, Four Times a Day.” That’s because each meal is constructed from 5 pieces:
- whole grain
- lean protein
- plant-based fat
- natural seasonings (her S*A*S*S! Seasonings: slimming and satiating seasonings, which she outlines in her book)
- Rule 3: Make flavor your focus. Here she lists her seasonings that not only add flavor, but also rev up your metabolism as well.
- And best of all, she insists on a mandatory daily dark chocolate break!!!
How great is that???
|It appears to work for Cynthia Sass, huh?|
- I’m going to have to use self-control myself, to stay out of whatever kind of truffle I make, except for that one truffle a day, as the diet dictates. And
- I’m going to have to keep use a cattle-prod and a install a combination lock on my refrigerator to keep my husband and my son out of my homemade truffles.