The Cinderella Solution—What’s All the Buzz About?

Cinderella Solution

We all know it is hard to lose weight, particularly for women over 40. You really know that it is hard to lose weight when your job is to help people lose weight and you find yourself 100 pounds overweight. That is what happened to Carly Donovan, the creator of the Cinderella Solution weight loss system.

Like most everyone else who has found themselves carrying extra pounds, Carly struggled to lose them, despite eating a strict, no-carb diet and engaging in hours of cardio. Nothing was working, so she set out to find something that did, and that led to the creation of the Cinderella Solution system.

Carly says that the Cinderella Solution system has a 2-step solution that allows you to lose weight without engaging in boring, repetitive cardio and without giving up the carbs that everyone loves to eat.

The program uses something called “food pairing” that makes it easy to put meals together in a way that will help you lose weight, without you having to meticulously count calories or carbs.

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Cinderella Solution Overview

The Cinderella Solution is sold as a series of eBooks in PDF format. PDF books can be downloaded immediately after purchase and can be read on anything from a smartphone to a desktop computer, making them rather convenient to use.

When you purchase the Cinderella Solution, you will receive the following books:

  • Cinderella Solution Main Book and Owner’s Manual 93 pages
  • Cinderella Solution Quick Start Guide 52 pages
  • The Cinderella Accelerator – 21 Day Kickstart Guide 27 pages
  • Movement Sequencing Guide 30 pages
  • Cinderella Exercise Database – videos for 60 exercises

The Cinderella Solution Program

The program involves changing the way you eat and is based on Carly’s observations about how people in other countries eat, particularly in Japan. We have often been told that carbs are bad for us. Yet in Japan, most people get the bulk of their calories from carbs, yet they live longer and are less likely to be obese than Americans.

The secret, according to the book, is a method of food pairing. There are certain types of foods that you should eat together. This helps restore proper levels of insulin, cortisol, and estrogen in your body.

Conversely, you will want to avoid pairing certain types of foods together.

Fortunately, the book outlines exactly how to do this, and presents the information in a way that makes it easy to do. You can choose your meals from a pre-selected listing of combinations, or you can choose your own according to guidelines established in the book.

Furthermore, you will not have to weigh your food or count your calories or carbs, though you can weigh your food if you like. The alternative way is an amazingly simple method that lets you choose portion sizes using a method that does not require any weighing or calculation.

Watch this video for a detailed explanation of the program.

Want to jump right in? The Quick Start Guide

The Cinderella Solution offers two different ways to go through the program, depending on whether you are the sort of person who wants to learn about what you will be doing before acting or whether you are the sort of person who just wants to jump in and get started.

The main Cinderella Solution book offers two different paths, so depending on which route you want, you can read the books in your choice of two different orders.

Most people will find that the 52-page Quick Start Guide is a good place to start. Despite its relatively short length, it gives you a brief overview of the Cinderella Solution program and tells you what you will be doing and when. If you are in a hurry, you can begin with the Quick Start guide, which gives a brief overview of the program and then jumps right into the basics of the program and the meal plans.

If you are more interested in the details of the program, you will want to read the 93-page main Cinderella Solution book, as it goes into more detail about the origins of the program and why you will be doing what you are doing.

The main Cinderella Solution program consists of two parts – eating from the included meal plan and working out according to the included exercise book.

The Cinderella Solution weight loss system is divided into two parts when it comes to diet – the “Ignite” stage and the “Launch” stage. Each lasts 14 days.

Ignite Phase

The Ignite phase gives you three meals a day but has a few restrictions regarding what you can eat. The purpose of this phase is to “reset” your system and to prepare it for the “Launch” phase.

Launch Phase

The Launch phase adds a meal, so you will have four meals a day. You will also be permitted to eat certain foods that were restricted during the Ignite phase.

Just About a Month

You will go through both phases, which will take just about a month. If your weight is where you want to be at that time, you are done, and you can revisit the program from time to time for maintenance.

If you have not yet reached your target weight after the two stages of the Cinderella Solution program, you can repeat the 28-day cycle and in fact, you can repeat it for as long as you need to.

You will not be starving yourself, though. The Ignite phase includes a daily meal plan for each of the 3 meals a day you will be eating over the 14 days of that portion of the program. For the Launch phase, you will be eating 4 meals per day, and that one also includes a complete meal plan for the 14 days of the program.

These meal plans are included in the Quick Start Guide, and they include recipes like these:

Ignite Phase

  • Sage & Garlic Roasted Chicken
  • Salmon Avocado Salad
  • Zucchini Noodle Shrimp Scampi

Launch Phase

  • Breakfast Stuffed Peppers
  • Chicken Fiesta Salad

The Cinderella Solution Divides Foods into Four Basic Groups

  • Angel Carbs
  • Power Carbs
  • Prime Proteins
  • Royal Fats

The meal plans will simply direct you to choose a certain number of portions from each group for a particular meal. You can use the recommended meal suggestion, or you can design your own based on your personal preferences.

Each of the four groups above includes a long list of items within that group, so anyone should be able to find something within a given group that they like. This means that the program should be suitable for everyone, even the pickiest eaters.


A great bonus in the program is the “Angel Carbs” group listed above. Consumption of foods within that special group comes with no restrictions! That is right – you can eat as much as you like from the foods listed in the Angel Carbs section. That makes them perfect for when you still feel just a little bit hungry.

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What About Exercise?

The Movement Sequencing Book and the Cinderella Exercise Database

The Cinderella Solution includes an exercise program, and a 30-page Movement Sequencing Guide, along with 60 short exercise videos to show you how to do the exercises. Fortunately, you will not need to have access to a gym to do most of the exercises. The primary equipment you will need are a moderately sized pair of dumbbells and some good shoes. A yoga or exercise mat and a stability ball are optional.

The exercise program requires working out a few times a week for 8-24 minutes. How often you work out is dependent on how much you exercise already and how much weight you need to lose. Most of the exercises are quite simple to do.

The Movement Sequencing Guide explains the program, which is designed to give you a routine that works with the female metabolism to “force fat loss from the inside out.” These workouts involve “cycles,” or engaging in a series of specific exercises, one right after the other.

Each exercise in the cycle is explained in the Cinderella Exercise Database, and for each exercise, you will either perform a designated number of “reps,” or you will perform the exercise for a specified amount of time. The exercises are grouped into numbered “workouts.”

There are fifteen different workouts, each containing 6-10 exercises. The program recommends that you stick to the workout format and perform the recommended exercises in the order given.

How do you perform the exercises?

For instruction on how to perform the exercises, the Movement Sequencing Guide will direct you to the Cinderella Exercise Database, an online page that will provide you with access to videos that explain how each exercise is to be performed. You can watch them online in your Web browser on any Internet-connected device. Alternatively, you can download the videos in mp4 format so that you can watch them any time you like.

In my opinion, the Cinderella Solution is a professionally written, comprehensive program that may help you lose weight, especially if you do not like rigorous exercise and prefer to follow a prescribed meal plan.

Need fast results? The Cinderella Accelerator

In a previous post, I discussed the Cinderella Solution program.  As a follow-up post, I wanted to tell you about this new bonus book – The Cinderella Accelerator – 21 Day Kickstart Guide, also known as the “21-Day Rapid Fat-Loss Guide.”

This book is designed for people who need quick results – like when you need to show up at your high school reunion a few pounds lighter and you do not have a whole lot of time to do it.

This 27-page book was created using data obtained from some 200 women who had completed the Cinderella Solution program. The 18 most common meals used by the 50 women in the program who lost weight the fastest are included in the book.

In short, the Accelerator book alters the main program for three weeks only. During that time, you will only be concerned with the “Ignite” phase of the program and the “Launch” phase will not be used.

This book includes 6 options for breakfast, 6 options for lunch, and 6 options for dinner, along with lists of ingredients and recipes.

Is the Cinderella Solution Too Complicated?

It might seem that way, given the set of four different books and meal plans and a pre-planned series of workouts.

It really is not that complicated, however, and a quick browse through the Quick Start guide will show you that you can easily get going with this program with extraordinarily little effort.

You will see a list of foods for each food group, and that list includes both a “quick measure” and “exact measurement” to show you portion sizes.

After that, you just follow the meal plan, either exactly, if you just want to get going, or you can adjust it to your own tastes by creating your own meals from the recommended guidelines.

Customer Support and Guarantee

No product is complete without customer support. The Cinderella Solution offers 24/7 online support from their team. In addition, the package is sold with a 60-day money back guarantee if you are not satisfied with your purchase.

Frequently Asked Questions

Note: These questions come directly from the video above, but in case you are short on time, here are some highlights. The answers come from Carly Donovan.

Q: Am I too old for this to work?

A: Definitely not. It has worked wonders for women in their 30s, 40s, 50s, all the way up to women in their late 60s.

Q: Do I have to exercise?

A: The low-impact Movement Sequencing workouts gently influence weight loss and are completely optional, so you do not even have to use them to experience great results.

Q: Do I need a bunch of fitness machines, a gym membership, or a fridge full of diet products to get started?

A: Just a pair of lightweight dumbbells and you do not have to buy any special diet products or weird foods to get started.

Your optional workouts have been designed so you can watch your trouble spots disappear in the comfort of your own home.

Pros and Cons of Cinderella Solution


  • Well-written books
  • Good quality videos
  • Comprehensive meal plans and recipes
  • Affordably priced


  • The Nutrition Guide is no longer included in the basic version of the program.

Cinderella Solution Summary

If you have struggled to lose weight and you do not want to go on an overly restrictive diet and you do not want to become a 24/7 workout fiend, you will like the Cinderella Solution.

The course gives you an easy-to-follow diet guide and some simple, but effective exercises. You will have all your meals laid out for you for the entire 28-day program.

The exercises are easy to do and do not require a lot of equipment. The newest version of the program includes an expanded exercise database with videos for more than 60 exercises.

The new version of the program expands the Quick Start Guide, and for many buyers, that book alone will be all they need to get started losing weight.

Overall, the Cinderella Solution seems to be a solid program and is recommended. Please send me the free e-book.

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