Sonoma Diet: The Good and the Bad

The Sonoma Diet promises a ‘trimmer waist, more energy in 10 days’, but gives no specific weight loss targets that you can achieve using the diet.  This might be a good thing.  What the Sonoma Diet emphasizes is a change of lifestyle and the way we think about food in order to continue to enjoy tasty, delicious food in a way that is healthy and low in fat.

The Sonoma Diet was named after the Sonoma wine region of California, because of the Mediterranean-type foods that are popular there, and that make up a large portion of the Sonoma Diet.  The emphasis is on enjoying – not avoiding – food, and on figuring out the best way to eat healthy that allows you to enjoy your food as much as possible, and not only eat things that we think of as ‘diet foods’.

The Basics

The Sonoma Diet is based on Twelve Top Power Foods which form the core of the diet plan.  They include things like bell peppers, blueberries, almonds, broccoli, citrus and olive oil.  If you were to include all twelve in your diet, you’d be getting a pretty good cross section of all of the vitamins, minerals, Omega-3 and Omega-6 oils, proteins and carbohydrates that you need, and none of them are particularly high in fat.  Instead of counting calories or grams, plate size is used for portion control.

All of the thinking has been taken out of it, however, and subscribing to the Sonoma Diet gives you access to a massive list of meal plans that use the ‘power foods’ in the ideal combinations, making delicious low fat meals that give you all of what you need, and help to boost your metabolism and protect you against things like heart disease and high cholesterol.

The Sonoma Diet is adopted in three ‘Waves’.  The first wave lasts about ten days and is designed to ‘recalibrate’ your body and help you to shed excess water that you might be retaining and go on a bit of a de-tox.  After this you’ll go into the second wave, where you’ll make most of the changes to your lifestyle and lose most of the weight.  In the third wave you’ll learn how to maintain your diet and how to add things like snacks into it without them affecting your weight loss goals.

What We Like

The wisdom of the Sonoma Diet is plain to see, with lots of heart-healthy foods, Omega-3 oils and exciting flavours.  The emphasis is on preparing meals that are tasty, easy to make and suitable for the whole family, and not on restricting yourself from eating anything you enjoy until you’re thin.

On the Sonoma diet you are fairly likely to pick up new ways of cooking and eating, and if you stick to it you will probably find your diet changing in a substantial way to include the foods promoted by the diet.  This is definitely a good thing!

What We Don’t Like

If you don’t like a lot of the foods on the ‘Twelve Power Foods’ list, there’s not a lot you can do about it.  This diet might involve quite a drastic change for some people, especially if you’re not used to eating a lot of these foods.  If you’re responsible for cooking for a family and they don’t like the new fare you’re putting on the table, you might find sticking to the Sonoma diet getting quite expensive as you start shopping for two different meals every day.

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