During the month of February, I had the opportunity to try out several products from the Shaklee Cinch line. I’ve never been one to really diet and I had never tried a meal replacement plan. I’m hoping that 2012 will be the year that I lose the baby weight (which a year later shouldn’t really be referred to as baby weight) so I gave the Cinch plan a shot. In all honesty, I certainly did not give it my best shot, but I did give it a shot.
The Shaklee Cinch Starter Kit includes:
- Vanilla shake mix canister (15 servings)
- Assorted Cinch shake packets (14 packets)
- 3-in-1 boost™(42 count)
- Assortment pack snack bars (10 count)
- Energy tea mix (28 sticks)
- Daily journals (2)
- Cinch program guide
- Cinch logo shaker cup
- Cinch pedometer
- Cinch tape measure
The first thing people ask when you mention products like Shaklee shakes and bars is “How does it taste?”
I enjoyed both the vanilla and the chocolate shakes (the only two I tried) and was actually impressed with the taste. They come in powder form, so you have to make sure to mix well to avoid a powdery drink. I liked them both much more than expected and I’d say if you are worried about the taste, don’t be. My 3 year old wanted a taste and liked it. That’s a fair test, I think.
The snack bars were a different story though. I enjoyed the peanut-butter flavor, the chocolate was okay, but the lemon-raspberry was not for me. Overall, I found that they didn’t have a real effect on my appetite and that fruit is a better snack for me.
The next question people as is “Do they make you feel full?”
The answer to that (again for me) is yes AND no. After drinking a shake, I would feel full but the feeling didn’t last. It was usually only 2-3 hours before I felt hungry again.
I’m certainly not saying that the Shaklee Cinch plan doesn’t work, but it isn’t the right fit for me. I think it would be perfect for a lot of people, especially those who are on the go, need specific guidelines, and who are looking for a well laid out plan.
I learned that replacing meals isn’t going to work for me, unfortunately. I just can’t do it- or won’t, whichever. It’s too convenient to fix myself something for lunch while I’m fixing the kid’s lunch. Not only that, but I found myself snacking to get to the next meal. Maybe if I worked outside of the house in an environment where it wouldn’t be as easy to fix lunch or snack, it would work.
I am so glad that I tried the Shaklee Cinch plan, because it forced me to get honest with myself. I realized that I didn’t get fat because I have a problem with food. I got fat because I gained 40 lbs during my pregnancy with Bryson. I lost all but the last 10 pounds within weeks, but then I didn’t go back to work. I didn’t do anything else either. I didn’t think about the fact that I needed to replace the work-out I got at my job with another work-out in order to stay healthy. I devoted myself to my baby and paid no attention to what was happening with my body.
Fixing it isn’t a matter of saying no to food- it’s a matter of saying YES! to getting active and exercising.
It really is as simple as that.
I received the Shaklee Cinch Starter kit free of charge. All thoughts and opinions remain my own.