• Paperback: 304 pages
• Publisher: HarperOne (March 20, 2012)
Nutritionist Cynthia Sass, coauthor of the New York Times bestselling phenomenon Flat Belly Diet!, delivers the ultimate weight loss plan in S.A.S.S. Yourself Slim: Conquer Cravings, Drop Pounds, and Lose Inches.
When Cynthia’s weight loss plan was first published last year, it was an instant New York Times best seller. As more and more people discovered the book watching Cynthia’s television appearances or reading interviews, they logged onto her website and her Facebook page. Soon a community of men, women, and couples sprung up, and began sharing tips, ideas, and recipes with Cynthia and each other. Before long, Cynthia’s Facebook fan page morphed into a mini-support group. A number of those success stories are featured in the book – and over a year later, this group is still happily following the plan!
As Cynthia explains, “I’ve had the incredible pleasure of connecting, via e-mail and social media, with many of the thousands of people who have benefitted from the plan. …Many of my readers who had tried countless diets found that this was the first plan that worked for them, because it was the only one that didn’t lead to feelings of deprivation and cravings. Others told me that adopting this plan created a terrific ripple effect: their husbands and kids love the meals, too, and they no longer have to make separate, unsatisfying “diet” meals for themselves. And in some of the most moving comments, readers shared how they learned to overcome emotional eating by using the plan and techniques in this book—something I consider to be the true foundation of long-term weight control and optimal health.”
S.A.S.S. Yourself Slim can profoundly change the way you look and feel in just 30 days. It combines dramatic short-term weight loss results—up to eight pounds in five days—with a 25-day uniquely simple nutrition program that produces sustainable weight loss without calorie counting or relying on complex charts. The plan calls for four nourishing and satisfying meals a day. There is even a daily serving of dark chocolate—mandatory.
S.A.S.S. Yourself Slim establishes order to end diet chaos—irregular meal schedules, binge eating, and so on—but as Cynthia writes, “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 and feel absolutely amazing every step of the way.”
S.A.S.S. Yourself Slim is a 30-day plan in two parts. Part one is a 5-Day Fast Forward option that jump starts your results. It calls for four simple meals a day, made from just five foods: spinach, almonds, raspberries, eggs, and yogurt (or vegan-friendly alternatives). Cynthia selected these foods because each is filling, rich in detoxifying and health-protecting nutrients, and has been scientifically shown to specifically support weight loss. Using these five superior foods in various combinations daily for five days gives your body, mind, and taste buds a fresh start and will help you shed up to eight pounds quickly.
Part two is a 25-day plan (30 days if you forego the Fast Forward option) which also calls for four meals a day, but now draws from a broad but specific array of food choices. And, with this part of the plan, you can easily drop a size in just one month. The Core is based on cutting edge research and three key rules that work in synergy to provide real and lasting results:
- Rule #1: Eat Like Clockwork. Meal timing is important—you must eat breakfast within an hour of waking up and space the remaining meals evenly throughout the day, no sooner than three and no more than five hours apart, in order to regulate blood sugar and insulin levels and hunger hormones; reset and rev up metabolism; and keep feeling energized.
- Rule #2: Think 5 Pieces 4 Times a Day. Each meal in the S.A.S.S. Yourself Slim plan is constructed as a unique “puzzle” made from five pieces: produce, a whole grain, lean protein, plant-based fat, and specific seasonings—or, as Cynthia refers to them, SASS (more about that below). Following the plan is as easy as knowing what the five pieces of the puzzle are and how much of each one to include at every meal, which becomes second nature within the first week. This simple approach allows you to consistently S.A.S.S. yourself whether you’re at home, at a restaurant, or on vacation. It’s as easy as choosing from Cynthia’s 100 delicious recipes or using the DIY chapter to build your own ‘5 piece puzzle’ meals.
- Rule #3: Make Flavor Your Focus. SASS — the fifth piece of the puzzle (above)—stands for Slimming and Satiating Seasonings: vinegar, citrus juice or zest, hot peppers, tea, and herbs and spices. These five additions not only add flavor to the meals without excess calories or sodium, they are scientifically proven to maximize your body’s fat-burning furnace and are rich in antioxidants, which have been linked to lower body-fat levels, even without dieting.
The book also includes chapters on emotional eating, falling in love with walking, and Cynthia devoted an entire chapter to the health and weight loss benefits of the daily dark chocolate escape. On this plan you can shed pounds enjoying satisfying recipes, such as Berry Almond French Toast, a Smoked Gouda and Grilled Onion Salad, Ginger Pear Smoothie, and Shrimp Creole. Vegetarians, vegans, and those following a gluten free diet can also follow this plan to achieve sustainable weight loss success. S.A.S.S.Yourself Slim teaches you how to get your body back, and refocus your attention and energy where they should be—on living and enjoying your life.
Cynthia Sass 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 appears regularly on television programs including the Today Show, Good Morning America, and CBS This Morning.
Cynthia’s Tour Stops
Tuesday, April 10th: Write Meg
Monday, April 16th: Finding Radiance
Tuesday, April 17th: Carbie Girl
Wednesday, April 18th: Keeping the Pounds Off
Thursday, April 19th: The Tippy Toe Diet
Wednesday, April 25th: Good Girl Gone Redneck
Thursday, April 26th: Kritters Ramblings
Friday, April 27th: The Skinny Chronicles
Tuesday, May 1st: Fat Girl in a Skinny World