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Everyone Loses, Wins In “Battle of the Badges”


There were 1,047 reasons to celebrate Thursday when the four teams competing in Lindora’s “Battle of the Badges” weight loss showdown gathered at Los Angeles Sheriff’s Headquarters in Monterey Park to learn which team emerged victorious in the hard-fought 10-week competition.

While one of the teams of sworn, uniformed staff was declared the champion, there were plenty of reasons for each of the competitors to celebrate. In addition to losing a combined total of 1,047 pounds—an average of 24.4 pounds each—the 43 competitors averaged a 3.7 inch decrease in their waist measurements.

“The Battle of the Badges competitors are inspiring examples of what can happen when a goal is pursued with enthusiasm, intention and a plan of action,” said Cynthia Stamper Graff, president/CEO of Lindora and author of The New Lean for Life. “Their numbers they achieved in just 10 weeks are impressive: 72 percent lost 20 pounds or more. 20 percent of them lost 30 pounds or more. 61 percent lost 10 percent or more of their starting weight in 10 weeks, which represents medically significant weight loss.”

Graff also revealed there was a 55 percent reduction in their risk for becoming diabetic—and a 66 percent reduction in the number of medications being taken for metabolic syndrome. “These numbers translate into huge improvements in health,” Graff explained.

During the event, Graff recognized the four competitors who lost the greatest percentage of their starting weight during the competition:

•  Sherryl Fantroy lost 17 percent and a total of 36.4 pounds.

•  Jessica Brothers lost 18 percent and a total of 39.5 pounds.

•  Christopher Germann lost 21.7 percent and a total of 67.3 pounds.

•  Sheila Finley lost 23.8 percent and a total of 50.6 pounds.

Before the identity of the winning team was announced, Traci Gioia, who lost 315 pounds on the Lean for Life program and has maintained her weight loss for more than 10 years, reminded the competitors that “life is a marathon, not a sprint.” Gioia, whose success story has been featured in People magazine, told the LASD employees that while maintaining a healthier weight requires lifestyle changes, the results are “definitely worth it.”

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Shanna Shares Success Story On TV’s
“The Doctors”

Before Shanna Fichera lost 120 pounds on the Lean for Life program, she never dreamed she would appear on national television one day to talk about her life-changing weight loss. But that’s exactly what happened when Shanna visited Paramount Studios in Hollywood to appear on the national daytime talk show, “The Doctors.”

Shanna talked about being overweight her entire life, being the “biggest girl on the high school drill team,” and how “food was my boyfriend.” She also talked about how going to Lindora and following the program outlined in The New Lean for Life resulted in a 120 pound weight loss in just 18 months. While everyone else notices how great Shanna looks, she says what matters to her even more is how great she feels. “I feel better than ever,” she says. “I feel amazing.”

The segment, hosted by Travis Stork, M.D., also gave Shanna an opportunity to encourage her father, who was in the audience, to address his longtime weight-loss struggle. Shanna’s best friend lost her father to a heart attack, and Shanna told her father how concerned she was about his health.

“The show was an incredible opportunity to not only celebrate my success, but to encourage my father—and every viewer who is fighting their own weight loss battle—to realize they really can lose weight, look better and become healthier,” says Shanna. “I’m living proof it can happen!”



Lindora “Mommy Movement” Winners Appear On “Fox & Friends”

The winners of the “Mommy Movement Challenge”—a weight loss/lifestyle competition in which moms around Southern California were encouraged to form teams and follow the program featured in Lindora CEO Cynthia Stamper Graff’s new book, The New Lean for Life—appeared this morning on the national morning show, “Fox & Friends.”

The four Southern California women—Nina Davalos, Vanessa Herron, Ashley Myers and Ryan Cash—lost a combined total of 210 pounds in just 10 weeks. They won a trip to New York City, a beauty makeover courtesy of Nadia Vassell Salon in New York and tickets to see Tony Award-winner Jesse Mueller in “Beautiful: The Carole King Musical.”

During the Tuesday “Fox & Friends” interview with host Elisabeth Hasselbeck, the women shared their “before” and “after” photos and talked about the ongoing challenge that busy moms face in finding time to take care of themselves while raising families and managing careers.

“The program Cynthia shares in The New Lean for Life really helped keep us focused and inspired,” said Nina Davalos, who has lost 80 pounds. “The support and encouragement the book provided was really amazing, and the competition added an extra element of motivation and fun. When Vanessa, Ashley, Ryan and I decided to participate in the Mommy Movement Challenge, I never dreamed we’d end up celebrating our success in New York City!”

In addition to their appearance on “Fox & Friends”, the women were also interviewed for upcoming magazine features.

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Competitors to Win, Lose In Battle of the Badges Showdown

The energy and enthusiasm was high—and so were the expectations—at Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department Headquarters in Monterey Park yesterday as 44 sworn officers and professional staff members weighed in to kick-off the 2014 Battle of the Badges weight loss competition.

The 44 competitors, who have been divided into four teams, will be following Lindora’s Lean for Life program for the next 10 weeks. At their final weigh-on on November 13, the team that loses the greatest percentage of weight, while also improving such numbers as their blood pressure, cholesterol and body mass index, will be named the winner.

“The Battle of the Badges is a competition in which everyone loses—and everyone wins,” says Cynthia Stamper Graff, Lindora CEO and author of The New Lean for Life. “As the competitors lose weight and improve their health over the next ten weeks, they’ll also be learning new strategies that will help them maintain at their healthier new weights.  While the competition may last only 10 weeks, the benefits can last a lifetime.”

Among the speakers at the event was 2013 Battle of the Badges competitors Pearl Cruz, a deputy sheriff who lost 36 pounds and 17 percent of her starting weight during last year’s competition. Joining Pearl on the stage was LASD employee Eli Celnik, who lost 52 pounds during the 10-week competition. Eli told the competitors that his participation in last year’s event was life-changing.

“After losing 52 pounds during the competition, I realized my goals were much bigger than anything I could accomplish in 10 weeks,” Eli said. “I went on to lose 53 more pounds, for a total weight loss of 105 pounds. I look better, I feel better, and I’m living a healthier, happier life that I never imagined possible just 11 months ago. As someone who knows firsthand how participating in the Battle of the Badges can change lives, I can’t wait to see how well everyone does!”




Radio Host Compares Lindora To Other Programs

Cynthia_and_Peter Tilden_KABC_052313_2790-KABC radio personality Peter Tilden is a Lindora Success Story–and he loves it! He has interviewed Lindora president/CEO Cynthia Stamper Graff several times on his popular Los Angeles radio show, and his inspiring story is featured in Cynthia’s newest book, The New Lean for Life. When Peter discusses his weight loss experience, you can hear his enthusiasm.

Listen to Peter talk about Lindora–and other programs.


Cynthia Stamper Graff Visits KCAL-9 News to Talk About New Book and “Mommy Movement”

Cynthia Stamper Graff, Lindora CEO and author of The New Lean for Life, appeared on the KCAL-9 News at Noon (CBS-Los Angeles) on Tuesday, March 25. She was joined on the segment by Shelby Barone, mom and team leader of OC Moms Lean for Life.

Cynthia talked with anchor Sandra Mitchelll about the Lindora’s Mommy Movement contest and the health benefits of following the program outline in her new book. Cynthia also shared a healthy, easy-to-prepare recipe.

To view the segment, click here.




Latest Stop on National Book Tour Takes Graff to Thousand Oaks

News about Cynthia Stamper Graff’s most recent stop on her national book tour—along with photos of Lean for Life success story Brian Knott—have been featured in the Thousand Oaks Acorn. Read more.


Lindora CEO Cynthia Stamper Graff featured
in OC Register Metro Magazine’s “Power Profile”

OC Magazine Cover Jan 2014What do Academy Award-winning actress Diane Keaton, Oakley CEO Colin Baden, singer Gwen Stefani, land developer Tony Moiso, Anaheim Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf, and Lindora president/CEO Cynthia Stamper Graff have in common?

They’ve all recently been featured in the “Power Profile” section of OC Register Metro magazine. Written by Heidi Kulicke, the four-page feature invites readers to “Get the Skinny on Lindora’s Cynthia Stamper Graff”. The article focuses on the growth of Lindora during Graff’s 25 years of leadership, as well as publication of her newest book, The New Lean for Life.

To read OC Register Metro “Power Profile” about Graff, click here. The article starts on page 37 of the January 2014 Issue.


Graff Promotes New Book in Nashville, Los Angeles

Cynthia Stamper GraffCynthia Stamper Graff, author of The New Lean for Life and president/CEO of Lindora, will be appearing on the Nashville NewsChannel 5 (CBS) television news program “OpenLine with Chuck Long” on Monday, February 17 at 7:00PM. In addition to talking with Long about obesity and weight loss, Graff will also answer viewer questions on the live talk show.

The following afternoon (Tuesday, February 18) at 1:00PM, she will be signing copies of her new book at Barnes & Noble at Vanderbilt University, 2501 West End Avenue.

On Thursday, February 20 at 6:00PM, Graff will be in Southern California, presenting highlights from The New Lean for Life—and signing copies—at Spectrum Athletic Club (2400 Willow Lane) in Thousand Oaks. She’ll be joined by Brian Knott, who recently lost 50 pounds in 10 weeks while following the Lean for Life program as a participant in the recent LA Sheriff’s “Battle of the Badges.”

The New Lean for Life, published last month by Harlequin, is available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble Booksellers, iBookstore, and


The New Lean for Life Book Hits Bookstores

The New Lean for Life Released; New Book Helps Dieters
Lose 20 Pounds in 4 Weeks 

The New Lean for Life, written by Lindora president/CEO and French researcher and clinician Reginald Allouche, M.D., has been released by Harlequin Enterprises, Ltd. The book is a follow up to Graff’s Lean for Life, which has sold nearly one million copies.

The book outlines a program to help readers lose up to 20 pounds of fat in just four weeks, utilizing Lindora’s Lean for Life program. The book outlines the latest research and science, and establishes the link between the brain, body and gut.

Among the book’s revelations:

• The role body, brain and gut play in long-term weight loss.

• How a balance between good and bad bacteria sets the stage for long-term weight loss.

• The more fat and sugar you consume, the more your brain sabotages you with cravings.

• By consuming certain high-protein foods, you can trick the brain into believing you are sated.

• While most diets result in a loss of water weight/muscle mass, The New Lean For Life helps shrink your fat cells twice as much as conventional diets.

• Most diets create chaos and inflammation in the body. The New Lean For Life reveals foods known to reduce inflammation, lowers your risk of disease and increases your ability to keep weight off.

The New Lean for Life is available at bookstores nationwide, and