Nutrition Book Review: S.A.S.S.! Yourself Slim

Title: S.A.S.S.! Yourself Slim: Conquer Cravings, Drop Pounds, and Lose Inches (previously released as Cinch!) (HarperOne, 2012)
Author: Cynthia Sass, M.P.H., R.D.
The Big Cover Promise: “Lose Up to 8 LBS. in the First Five Days!”

Last year I reviewed Cinch!, a diet book that pleasantly surprised me. (You can read my original review of this book here.) I credit that book with helping me rediscover a love of cooking and getting me to discover the joy of flavoring with herbs and spices rather than salt and sweeteners. Now the book has been rereleased with brand new content and the new title of S.A.S.S.! Yourself Slim, which refers to Slimming and Satiating Seasonings (and, yes, the author’s last name). In addition, the cover claim has added a pound to the possible amount of weight you can supposedly lose in four days.

Yet the book’s main idea is the same – that learning to discover the natural goodness of foods that pack flavor punches and keep you full can help you lose weight in a more permanent way than a more drastic plan ever could. Sass’ writing is still very pleasant and reflects her practice as a nutritionist: common sense principles applied in clever ways so that you don’t feel you’re sacrificing. She is sensible, yet cheerful and optimistic, and she knows how to share her knowledge in convincing and encouraging ways. And, my favorite part of the book is still all those great recipes.

Since the main content is the same, I won’t bother to review the entire book over again – just the extra content.

Testimonials: The new edition of the book still has the original quotes sprinkled throughout from Cinch! enthusiasts, but also includes new, lengthy testimonials complete with names, ages, and full details. In some cases “before” and “after” pictures are there, too. Women talk about the positive benefits of the plan, which includes not just weight loss and increased energy but also husbands and kids who got on board with the tasty recipes, too.

Swaps: A glossy section of pink pages includes a reflective letter from Cynthia Sass, a bunch of testimonials, and a short section with examples of some swaps that you can try for some of the recipes that keep within the same food groups (or “puzzle pieces”).

Change in Potential Weight Loss: As I said before, I don’t like gimmicky “lose this much weight in this number of days!” claims. Now I’m really curious as to why the amount of weight you can lose went up a pound. I guess some people had even better results than others.

Overall, you get all the same good content as the last book, with little bit more content. All the new testimonials help make the book feel more genuine and encouraging and complement Sass’ naturally warm writing very well.

I received a complimentary copy of this book for review from One2One Network, but have not received monetary compensation, and was neither requested nor required to provide a positive review.

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