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Shaklee Cinch Plan – Could it be for you?

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.  


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