Tall, lanky Monica
Lynn looks like the picture of
glamour and confidence. There are
pictures of her on her horse “Joxer,”
or smiling from the pages of
magazines. But the West Harrison
resident grew up in a “morbidly
obese” family and knows both the
heartache and potential risks of
being dramatically overweight. I
tried every diet program you can
think of from Slim Fast to
starvation and nothing worked. I
would lose a few pounds, and then
put them right back on,” she says.
Living among noshers in a
family-owned deli business, it was
hard to think in terms of saving her
own figure and health, let alone
helping anyone else.
Yet, while Lynn, then a successful
manicurist and entrepreneur, was
visiting a friend in the Zone Diet,
the idea for “5 squares, Inc.,” her
weight management company was born.
Lynn was not impressed with either
the composition or
quality of the food
she saw her friend eating and
thought she could better. Doing her
homework and studying every program
she could examine, Lynn parlayed her
own experiences and business sense
into a sensible weight loss program
that it designed to take the guess
work out of losing weight.
If you eat “5 squares” — five
unprocessed meals and snacks —
Monica Lynn reasoned clients would
lose weight. The psychological
advantage was that dieters did not
have to become involved with
preparing the food or counting
calories. She hired a trained chef,
a cardiologist and a nutritionist,
as well as eight full-time employees
and set up shop in a commercial
kitchen in White Plains.
idea immediately found its niche.
Instead of chemicals and artificial
foods, Monica’s “5 squares,”
delivers five low-fat, healthful
meals, including dressings and other
“safe” condiments each day for six
weeks. Each is precooked ready for
the microwave oven. The program
costs $1200 or $200/week. Meals
arrive on customer’s doorstep early
in the morning, five days a week. On
weekends, dieters are on their own,
but have suggestions and support
from the program.
Does Lynn follow her own program?
She laughs and says she has not been
to the grocery store in six months.
Why would I? I have delicious,
nutritious food available to me all
the time. Meanwhile, Monica remains
a one-woman cheering squad for
clients. She monitors their progress
and gives them the emotional support
they need at 914.421.1378 or
toll-free at 1.866.wecook5.