Dieting while celebrating food: The Sonoma Diet
Like the Atkin’s Diet, the Sonoma Diet was first made known through a book. It was written by Connie Gutterson, and it advocates a balanced and moderate diet that needs no dramatic elimination or restriction of food groups. In this diet, you don’t have to count calories either, and you can still enjoy the flavors of the meal with a Mediterranean flavor.
The Sonoma diet boasts of its ability to combine the science and art of preparing and ingesting food. Its palatable recipes make it popular among dieters who do not want to be condemned to spend the rest of their lives eating bland foods. Sonoma can be found in California, USA, where it is popularly known for its top-quality vineyards. Connie Gutterson, the author of the book, is a registered dietician and she has been one of the consultants of the Olive industry for several years. The experience and education she garnered enabled her to write a book that has excellent and sound advice regarding weight loss.
Unlike other diets, the Sonoma diet was not formulated in a laboratory. Rather, it came from two of the most vibrant and agriculturally abundant regions in the world: Sonoma Valley and the Mediterranean Sea. These two regions share a common love for food and eating – they consider the act of eating as a life-giving act that should be respected and celebrated. Thus, not only the quality of food is preserved, the health benefits are also considered as well. The Sonoma Diet does not induce a fear or aversion of certain foods when eating. Rather, the dieters who follow this weight loss program enjoy eating more, while losing weight. Recipes are included in the various resources that the Sonoma Diet has put forth.
The Sonoma Diet consists of 3 phases, or “waves.” The first wave lasts for about 10 days, during which you will be enjoying excellent meals that have been prepared with healthy foods. Unlike the first phase of many other diets, you do not have to drastically alter your eating habits, which may result in you not enjoying your meals. The first wave does promote a strict guideline for recipes and meals that should be followed if you want the diet to be successful, but it allows you to eat your favorite foods, including cereals and breads.
The second wave lasts longer than the first. In fact, it will last for as long as you have not reached your target weight yet. This wave allows you to indulge in a variety of foods, including fruits and wine.
The third wave begins once you have finally reached your ideal weight. As with all diets that worked, you will need to be on a life-long maintenance program in order to keep the weight off. This wave teaches you about the benefits of eating well and how to maintain the weight you have worked so hard to achieve.
Why is the Sonoma Diet so successful? The theory behind the diet is that foods can be enjoyed just as long as they are the right foods consumed in the right amounts. Counting calories or forever subsisting on bland food can’t be good – sooner or later you will get tired and indulge, thus breaking your diet. The Sonoma Diet prevents that by letting you enjoy the act of eating rather than learn to dread it. In this diet, you will be taught that certain foods have corresponding proportions – that is, the ‘plate and bowl’ approach to portioning your foods. Some resources even provide wine guides to compliment your meals.
The top 10 foods that are considered “power foods” by the Sonoma Diet are whole grains, tomatoes, strawberries, spinach, olive oil, grapes, broccoli, blueberries, bell peppers, and almonds. The recipes that you will get once you have entered this program are numerous, and they all try to make these power foods come together to provide you with a meal that has all the necessary dietary nutrients while still being delicious.