The Sonoma Diet: Promoting a Lifestyle
New diet plan emphasizes power foods that will have lasting effects on your waistline.
Imagine basking in the sun while relishing a plate full of fresh fruits and
vegetables, whole grains, and lean meats. Between bites, you sip a glass of
wine, keenly aware that not too far away are hikers, bikers, and small slopes
sprinkled with olive trees and apple groves.
Believe it or not, this is a scenario offered by one of the latest diet
books on the market. The Sonoma Diet: Trimmer Waist, Better Health in Just
10 Days! by Connie Guttersen, PhD, RD, is a weight lossplan
that promotes the healthy and flavorful eating style of the Mediterranean and
"Flavor is an important part of health and weight loss," says
Guttersen. She says many diets fail because they don't pay attention to taste,
an important part of eating and sticking to a weight loss plan. "With most
diets, you're counting the days until it's over. They don't stick with you as a
Reinforcing Healthy Lifestyles
Further encouraging the Sonoma diet lifestyle is a book cover graced with
rolling green hills and sunlit vines. The inner cover has illustrations of the
plan's top 10 power foods: almonds, bell peppers, blueberries, broccoli,
grapes, olive oil, spinach, strawberries, tomatoes, and whole grains.
These power foods are considered the core of the Sonoma diet. They are
incorporated in many meals and recipes in the book. The power foods are touted
not only as delicious but also essential to good health and weight loss, in the
right proportions. According to Guttersen, they "offer the most nutritional
bang for the calorie buck."
Guttersen's cover profile appears to reinforce all the knowledge and advice
she imparts in The Sonoma Diet. She is a registered dietitian who has
helped develop standards of care for a medical obesity treatment center in Bellevue, Wash. She
is a culinary expert, and she is a nutrition consultant to the renowned Culinary
Institute of America at Greystone.
"I was very excited that it was written by a registered dietitian.
That's always a good thing," says Elisa Zied, MSRD, a spokeswoman for the
American Dietetic Association. Yet when Zied first picked up the book, she
worried and hoped the Sonoma diet would not be another unhealthy gimmick for
quick weight loss.
WebMD asked Zied and another nutrition expert, Roger Clemens, DrPH, food
science communicator for the Institute of Food Technologists, to review The
Sonoma Diet. Zied and Clemens not only shared their thoughts about the
plan but also offered suggestions on how dieters can shed pounds and live a
truly healthy lifestyle.
Beyond the Pretty Cover
Clemens gives The Sonoma Diet two thumbs up for presentation and
"The author, Connie Guttersen, has an interesting and creative approach
to encourage people to modify their behaviors in a fun manner," he says. He
points out that she teaches people to eye portion sizes on plates instead of
counting calories, and stimulates them with positive language to endorse