Our Diet

The Shaklee Cinch Plan

We are following the Shaklee Cinch Plan, which consists of a meal replacement shake for two meals each day, and a sensible normal sensible meal for one meal each day. Most people find it easiest to have their normal meal be their dinner, primarily because they may have dinner with their family and it’s easier to all eat the same food. But others may find it easier to have their normal meal at breakfast or lunch.

The Shaklee Cinch Shakes are high in protein and fiber, to help you feel full and satisfied (so you’re not tempted to give in to cravings), and it’s also “powered by leucine”, which is a very important amino acid that helps you burn fat and keep the muscle. The Cinch shakes come in three different flavors (vanilla, chocolate, and cafe latte), and in either canisters or single-serve packets. You simply mix the Cinch Shake Mix with 8 ounces of fat-free milk or soymilk and drink them twice a day. Here’s my totally honest review of the Shaklee Cinch shakes – personally I’m not wild about the Cafe Latte flavor – it’s not bad, it just doesn’t taste like a real Cafe Latte (not much “coffee” flavor to it). I love the Vanilla flavor the best (I mix in a shake of cinnamon, which is a natural appetite suppressant) and I really love the Chocolate flavor, which is very satisfying.

On the Shaklee Cinch Plan you can also have snacks that can consist of the Shaklee Cinch Bars (in a variety of flavors, which we find to be really good tasting), and/or fruit, and it recommends drinking plenty of water daily too (which is always good advice anyway).

If you order the Shaklee Cinch Starter Kit, then the Plan also comes with an additional nutrition product called “3-in-1 Boost” that is a multi-vitamin multi-mineral supplement (to support your body’s energy level so that you can keep your metabolism high even though you are consuming fewer calories), an energy tea mix (in nice little single-serve packets that are perfect for mixing in with a 16 oz. bottle of water), and also some nifty tools to help you – a journal to keep track of what calories you’re consuming, a “step-o-meter” that clips to you and measures the steps you take each day (which also subtly encourages you to take more steps!), your very own “Cinch Coach” software CD, and a number of meal suggestions and recipes.

So this is the plan that my mom and I are on now. My niece, who also wants to lose weight, is also giving it a try. I’m going to try to convince her to also post her experiences, but she’s graduating from college this May and starting a new job, so she may have less time to write than us older gals. Wait a minute – did I just call myself an “older gal”? Oh, lordy. Wait a minute – did I just say “oh lordy”? Yikes……I meant to say “whatever”….:)

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