December 23, 2010
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Cinch! Weight Loss Success Story: Selena's Challenge

"I was passionate about my career of managing artists' websites in the music business, but I wasn't taking care of my body. I had a huge problem saying no to fast food and soda. I snacked when I wasn't hungry out of habit, and added way too much salt to my food. I alternated my unhealthy habits with just about every diet out there, but they always left me tired, hungry, unsatisfied, moody, anxious, and disappointed. I would lose weight until I eased up on the dieting, and then my jeans would be tight again. Cinch! is my hero! It is hands-down the most simple, nourishing, and friendly way to lose weight. My shirts fit better, I don't see as much extra bulge on the side, and I'm entertaining the idea of wearing a two-piece bathing suit for the first time! My digestion has also improved 100 percent. And it was so easy!"

Weight Loss Tip: Deprivation Doesn't Work

"The [Cinch!] plan just feels so right and makes total sense. Some girls I know are on a raw diet or juice plan, and others are eliminating carbs. This plan allows me to eat well and have a wide variety of food. I would hate eating only raw foods (find out what it's really like here) or cutting out anything that had carbs. The Cinch! snacks feel like treats. I was about to cry when I tasted the vanilla almond frozen banana snack because it was so good that I couldn't believe my mouth had been missing it all this time!"

Weight Loss Tip: Get Back into Balance

"The puzzle strategy is pure genius. I no longer feel sick after eating, have a steady flow of energy, and I never feel like I'm limiting myself. And now that my body is perfectly in balance, I have the most restful sleeps each night. I feel so much more relaxed and productive. I don't have any hunger pains, roller coaster emotions, dizziness, or cravings. Cinch! also helped me forget about sugary beverages and junk food."

Weight Loss Tip: Master the Kitchen

"I wanted to learn how to cook for a while. Before Cinch! everything was either in the microwave or toaster oven. Now I don't need a cooking class anymore. I have the basics down, and I can make 100 meals! All the meals are clear and simple, and I have the ability to mix them up anytime I want just by using a little creativity. One of the most delicious meals I made was the ricotta penne. I loved the mix of garlic, cheese, and herb seasonings." (Check out 5 amazing Cinch! dinner ideas here)

Selena's Stick-With-It Tip

Go ahead and treat yourself! When I thought, "Oh wow, I'm getting hungry-if only I could eat something now," I realized I could run to the cabinet for my chocolate escape any time. Then I'd close my eyes and really savor it. Just one square of dark chocolate would do the trick, and stop my urge for more sweets.


Cinch! Weight Loss Success Story: Tess's Challenge

"Like many women, I've tried several weight loss plans through the years. I'll never forget when I was in college and I decided to go back on a very restrictive plan to take off some of the weight I had put back on. When going through my groceries the night before the diet, I realized I had a bunch of stuff I couldn't eat on the plan. Instead of giving it away or throwing it out, I ate it as my last big splurge. The next day was a nightmare of sugar withdrawal-and I didn't last for more than two days on the diet! Cinch! really made me think about what I was putting into my body and how it affected my overall health. This plan allowed me to start sleeping 7 ½ hours and waking up with some pep in my step. I just feel so good about myself!" (Ready to try? Order your own copy of the new book here!)

Weight Loss Tip: Know When to Stop

"By the second week, I began to get the hang of understanding my hunger and what it feels like to eat the right amounts. I used to alternate between feeling starving or stuffed. But I haven't felt either since the beginning of the Cinch! plan. Even when I'm very hungry, it hasn't gotten to the ravenous point, and after every meal I feel I've eaten just the right amount. I even started to notice feeling full before I finished with some of my meals, and that was something I never noticed before! Now that I'm more aware of these subtle feelings of hunger and satiety, I know when to eat and when to stop."

Weight Loss Tip: Keep Your Eye On The Prize

"One day at work I was offered cookies and champagne at a co-worker's goodbye party. I turned down the offers, and was surprised how easy it was. I wanted those things, but I just focused on my goals, and thought about how my healthy snack and my chocolate escape at the end of the day would satisfy me without sabotaging my results!"

Weight Loss Tip: Conquer Cravings

"I started to recognize the difference between real hunger and emotional cravings. I always thought I had beaten the emotional eating beast because I didn't go running to a tub of Ben and Jerry's when I was upset. But emotional eating clearly was much deeper entwined than I thought (Are you emotional eating? Here's how to spot the signs and stop). Not having the opportunity to emotionally eat on this plan has made me take a clear look at these moments and really figure out what I am feeling, why, and what I can do about it instead of looking for a cookie."

Tess's Stick-With-It Tip

"Take it one day at time. If there is a moment when you think you can't do it, think about how many hours you are from your next meal-not many! And that healthy meal will probably satisfy you so much more than the Milky Way in the vending machine. Whenever I was craving something, I would think that I was just one meal away from being satisfied. I didn't need that cupcake or slice or pizza, because in less than two hours I was going to actually be hungry and could eat my snack or my lunch. I reminded myself that my Cinch! meals would not only taste great and be really nutritious, but would also give me energy and make me feel 100 percent better than junk food!"

Cinch! Weight Loss Success Story: Maleika's Challenge

"I work full-time, but I'm also an aspiring singer, so I need to look good and have energy. For years, I have been the quintessential yo-yo dieter, either in "diet mode" or "free-for-all mode," and both are bad places. I was headed full-force toward obesity, and I was tired of being overweight and feeling like a failure, and just plain tired of being tired."

Weight Loss Tip: Give it a Little Time

"I needed a plan that allowed me to put really good things in my body and keep my cravings in check, and that's what Cinch! gave me. I like that my meal has multiple elements. This is the first time in years I haven't eaten late-night junk food or had terrible cravings or drank alcohol. After just a few days, I started to feel like my body was working really well and I was putting into it exactly what I needed to function. I also lost my craving for sweets."

Weight Loss Tip: Make Eating Multisensory

"The dishes are not only easy to prepare and taste great, they're beautiful! When something looks pretty, with colors and different textures on the plate, you almost forget about stuffing your face. The food becomes part of an overall experience instead of the main event. With other plans I would always sneak things, but with Cinch! I don't have to – I feel satisfied and food has become nourishment. Before, food was always on my mind. I would go out with people JUST for the food. Now, I am sitting enjoying my friends!"

Weight Loss Tip: Lose the Salt!

"Reducing salt makes me feel powerful! Getting rid of the salt shaker has awakened my senses and allowed me to experience more flavor from herbs and spices. And I feel like I'm not tempted to overeat when my salt is in check."

Maleika's Stick-With-It Tip

"Follow the plan 100 percent. Don't make up your own rules. Trust me, I tend to be a rule breaker, but I'm so happy I didn't this time. Cinch! really works. I feel like I have my life back!"