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Food plan claims to make weight loss a cinch

February 17, 2011 12:00:00 AM PST
The U.S. spends an estimated $61 billion annually trying to lose weight, but one health expert claims a new program makes slimming down a cinch.

"It really makes weight loss easy, which is what people need. So there's no counting of calories, points, grams. You don't need to know anything complicated like the glycemic index. It's all about understanding a five-piece puzzle," explained Dietitian Cynthia Sass.

Sass, who has helped many fight fat, created Cinch, a 30-day, two-part plan to conquer cravings and lose inches starting with a quick fix.

"So it's five foods for five days. You're going to eat four meals a day made from just a combination of these five simple foods. So it's spinach, raspberries, organic eggs, non-fat yogurt, almonds and almond butter. So it's a scramble, a parfait, a smoothie and a salad," said Sass.

While some might see a five-day, five-food scenario as punishment, Sass says it's more like a process that uses filling, healthy, disease-fighting "superfoods" that give your brain and your body a break.

"It's sort of an optional salad-food detox, and I found in testing this in real people, that they could lose up to eight pounds in five days. And some people really need those kinds of quick results to feel successful," Sass said.

With the Cinch plan, there is a wide selection of foods to choose from with three simple rules.

First, fit four meals into your day, space them out no sooner than three but no later than five hours apart to keep insulin levels and hunger hormones even.

Second, incorporate produce, whole grain, lean protein and plant-based fat.

Third, use slimming seasonings that she calls the "SASS," which stands for "Slimming And Satiating Seasonings."

"These are things like fresh and dried herbs and spices, citrus juice and zest, balsamic vinegar, hot peppers, and even green tea, which I use both as a beverage and a seasoning in the plan," said Sass.

With 91 percent of American women craving chocolate, she wants you to have a little dark chocolate every day.

"Research shows that when people include dark chocolate daily, it curbs their cravings for both sweet and salty foods so they're less likely to reach for those chips and cookies," Sass explained.