Book Review and Blog Tour: Cinch! by Cynthia Sass

Wednesday, January 05, 2011 Posted by Dina N

Cinch! is a new book by Cynthia Sass, creator and co-author of the New York Times Bestselling Flat Belly Diet. I was not familiar with Ms. Sass and her work until I got an ARC of Cinch! thanks to the One2One Network.

The Cinch! plan is a 30-day weight loss program aiming to end overeating, and leave dieters feeling full and satisfied while enjoying optimal food combinations to burn fat and boost metabolism. The program starts with a 5-day Fast Forward plan that includes just five foods — spinach, almonds, raspberries, eggs, and yogurt (or vegan alternatives). These first 5 days promise to put an end to erratic eating habits and result in up to 8 pounds of weight loss. The remaining 25 days of the program feature foods that aim to improve metabolism while keeping dieters losing weight and inches off their waist.

Cinch! is not just another diet book. Of course, it is packed full of advice how to eat well and features over 100 recipes specifically created for the Cinch! plan. What really impressed me about this book is the extensive nutritional research behind the program. Ms. Sass quotes paper after paper and one study after another to explain why each of the foods she recommends in Cinch! is perfect for you. She does that in an easy to understand way, free of preaching or judgment.

Of course, I already knew that processed foods are bad and whole foods are good, and a lot about the benefits of organic over conventionally grown produce. There was still a lot to learn from Cinch!, and I devoured it from cover to cover. For example, I was amazed by the power of spices - what Ms. Sass calls SASS: Slimming and Satiating Seasonings. I loved the recipes and plan to try many of them in my own kitchen.

I did not follow the entire 30 day plan but tried out the 5-day Fast Forward program, and I can tell you it is  completely doable. Whether or not you need to lose weight, get in touch with your love of good food once again, or just enjoy reading about nutrition - check out Cinch! The book came out on December 28, just in time to help people with their New Year's resolutions. Or should I say revolution? Cinch! can certainly be one as far as your eating habits and the ways you see food are concerned. 

Disclosure / Disclaimer: Thanks to my involvement with the One2One Network, I received a free copy of this book for review purposes. No other compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied but I will be entered in a gift card drawing. The post reflects my personal opinion which may differ from yours.  


  1. tamiv said...

    This sounds like "Not" the typical Diet Book! I could really use this now! Thanks.

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