Cynthia Sass is the nutritionist behind the Flat Belly Diet eating plan. She developed the plan for Prevention based on a combination of emerging research, decades of existing studies and her 10+ years of experience as a registered dietitian who has counseled hundreds of real people.
Twenty four weeks on the New York Times best seller list and AOL's #1 searched diet in 2008, Flat Belly Diet became the eating plan everyone was buzzing about and solidified Cynthia's reputation as a visionary expert and the go-to resource for nutrition and weight management. Flat Belly Diet! Cookbook, which Cynthia also co-authored was also a New York Times best seller.
Yale University Study
In a study led by David Katz, MD, MPH, Associate Professor of Public Health and Director of the Prevention Research Center at Yale University School of Medicine, nine overweight women (average age 49) followed Cynthia's Flat Belly Diet eating plan for 28 days. The women agreed to undergo MRI scans and blood work at the start and end of the study.
The results were impressive. In less than one month the following changes were observed (averages for the group):
- Reduction of internal (visceral) belly fat (measured by MRI): 33%
- Pounds lost: 8.4 pounds
- Belly inches lost: 1.6
- Drop in total cholesterol: 21 points
- Decrease in systolic blood pressure: 8.4 points
- Decrease in diastolic blood pressure: 5.4 points
According to Dr. Katz, markers for inflammation (including C-reactive protein), fasting blood glucose and insulin levels also fell. To learn more about the study and see a before and after MRI image, click here (please note: Cynthia is no longer on staff at Prevention).
Cynthia's much anticipated follow up to Flat Belly Diet! was released in January 2011. In the book, S.A.S.S! Yourself Slim: Conquer Cravings, Drop Pounds and Lose Inches (formerly published under a different title) Cynthia reveals her new eating plan, designed to help readers shed overall body fat and learn a uniquely simple strategy for hunger free weight loss that doesn't require calorie counting. Prepare to shed up to 8 pounds in 5 days, reset your metabolism, kiss cravings goodbye and embrace a mandatory Daily Dark Chocolate Escape!