I basically suck at dieting. Which I guess is okay, because if I didn’t…well, I guess I’d have to find something else to blog about.
When SASS Yourself Slim showed up in the mail, I had grandiose visions of following the plan to the letter, losing my last ten pounds, and proudly posting about how I met all my weight loss goals and was now going to subsist of pizza and chocolate cake for the rest of my life.
Or something like that.
But it didn’t happen.
Bad timing. I will have to explain later. Basically me and dieting, well, we have a perpetual schedule conflict.
But, I did read the book.
The first option is to subsist off spinach, eggs, raspberries, almonds, yogurt, and almond butter for the first five days. Apparently if you actually manage to do this, you can lose up to eight pounds. For me, this was tempting. I could reach my ultimate weight loss goal in five days. Considering I’ve been at it for years, a mere five additional days sounded pretty fabulous. Alas, I added up the calories of the allowed daily three cups of spinach, single egg, four cups of raspberries (my favorite!!!!!), six tablespoons of almonds, twelve ounces of non-fat plain yogurt, and two tablespoons of almond butter…and got 800 calories. I don’t think I would function very well on just 800 calories daily. No wonder you can lose eight pounds in five days. I definitely couldn’t do it if I had to go to work and make my brain function without being distracted with the nagging fear that I was on the verge of unequivocally dying a miserable death of starvation. Although maybe it could work if I took a fasting vacation from work and just stayed home with my spinach and raspberries.
After you graduate from your first week of starvation, you switch to a normal-people plan of eating balanced meals with produce, a whole grain, lean protein, plant-based fat, and SASS (slimming and satiating seasonings). There are a bunch of recipes in the book that actually look fairly appetizing. This I like. Very much unlike the Dukan diet. Who on earth actually wants to eat just chicken and tasteless pancakes for days on end??? Yuk! At least with the SASS plan, you get to eat real food.
Other things I like about the book: Cynthia (yes, we’re on a first-name basis here…) is frank about booze. Don’t drink it if you are trying to lose weight. So true. I’ve always had my best weight loss results when I take a break from wine and cocktails. Also, Cynthia recommends walking! Which coincidentally I have been all about lately. Great minds must think alike. And here’s the best part: you are REQUIRED to eat dark chocolate every day. Talk about brilliant! That alone should earn Cynthia at least a nomination for the Nobel Peace Prize.
So, if you’re in the mood to try the latest and greatest diet plan, give this one a whirl. And let me know how it goes.