I had planned on waiting until the end of my week to post my Q & A with Cynthia Sass and myself but I received a question that I thought important to post sooner then later so consider this Part 1 and if more questions come in we will have a Part 2. (Update I see already more have come in I will submit them to Cynthia ASAP)
Also if you have any questions you would like to ask Cynthia or myself you can find the submission form here: Cinch! Ask Cynthia Sass
Submitted by: Angelwings
Is there a substitute for spinach?? I HATE spinach …. even pieces of spinach mixed in with salad greens. I would like to begin the 5-day jump start, but really can’t eat the spinach. I just started reading the book, so the answer may be in the book, but I would appreciate an answer.
A: Cynthia’s reply:
Can you eat Romaine or red leaf lettuce? They aren’t quite as “powerful” as spinach but you can give them a try!
Do you/does your body feel cleansed?
A: Colleen’s Reply:
Yes! That is one of the first things I noticed. I feel like I have detoxed my body of sugar, and any unwanted waste (for a lack of a better word). It is hard to explain in words but I feel lighter and my cravings are definitely under control
Submitted by: Kelly
I am on Day 2 of my Fast Forward. For most of the last 30 hours (when awake of course) I have felt very low energy. Is this normal?
To preface – this is my first attempt at anything like this. I have never had to diet in my life. I have been fortunate and never struggled with my weight. But aging (I am 42), 3 young kids, lessening exercise due to said kids, and eroding eating habits have led to a stubborn 10 pounds I’d like to lose. Seeing the CBS Morning Show blurb on your 5 ingredient, 5-day weight loss program led me to your book. I love all 5 of the ingredients – and figured I can do this! And I am sure I can – I just want to last and not giveway to cravings due to my low energy.
Thank you for developing this great program!
A: Cynthia’s reply:
How you feel during the Fast Forward has a lot to do with how you were eating before and therefore how much of a transition your body has to go through to “reboot” – were you drinking a lot of caffeine &/or eating high amounts of sugar &/or refined carbs before the plan? If so that could temporarily make you feel this way but I think your energy will rise as your body adjusts. If not please know you can stop the detox early and transition to the core plan.
Submitted by: Sheri
This first amount of pounds you lose with the fast forward. Wouldn’t this be just water weight? I am assuming we still have to drink a lot of water but I wonder as any fast type of diet, the loss is usually attributed to water weight? Also, I am not so fat in any areas than my stomach. it is sooo huge like I am pregnant. Would this diet help with that?
A: Cynthia’s Reply:
The core plan will help with belly fat (did you see Selena on the Rachael Ray Show? She’s on pg 18 of the book). It’s true that much of the 5 day weight loss is not body fat – it’s water, glycogen (stored carbs) and waste. I talk about this in the book. But the Fast Forward is really not about water vs. fat weight – it’s really about breaking the cycle of chaotic eating, rebooting your body, mind & taste buds, beginning to examine your relationship with food and FEELING successful, motivated and confident. But it’s not for everyone – I have a quiz in the book that helps you decide if this optional phase is for you.
You mention the core program. Are you meaning the actual program in the book or something else?
Thank you for your blogging and help
A: Colleen’s Reply:
I guess I should have explained more but yes the Core program is the basis of the book, it is the program that is not the restrictive 5-Day Fast Forward. Instead of eating just the five foods you eat at each meal a protein, a produce (veggie or fruit), a whole grain, and plant based fat.
I personally wanted to thank each and every one of my readers for taking the time to read my blog and participate with me in this exciting interview!