The Sonoma Diet: Promoting a Lifestyle
New diet plan emphasizes power foods that will have lasting effects on your waistline.
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
Pleasurable eating of nutrient-rich foods is at the heart of the Sonoma
diet. At the same time, the diet steers clear of depriving people of essential
carbohydrates, fats, and protein.
For example, whole grain breads and cereals -- which are shunned in parts of
other weight loss -- are allowed on the Sonoma diet
from day one. However, certain foods containing saturated fat, added sugar, and
refined white flour are discouraged throughout the program.
Guttersen identifies the diet as neither a low-fat nor a low-carbohydrate
diet. She calls it a "next-step" diet that has the right balance of
nutrients to ensure health, weight loss, and satisfaction.
Zied sees the Sonoma diet as sensible in general. She likes the book's
emphasis on food enjoyment, portion control, food label reading, and
eliminating trans fats. However, she thinks it may be too idealistic for most
people to follow long term.
What is trans fat? It is made during the processing of vegetable oil when it
becomes hydrogenated. You can find trans fat in margarine and shortening and
foods that use these fats in their preparation (such as packaged crackers,
cookies, and fried foods).
"There's a high expectation [in The Sonoma Diet] that people
are going to be cooking a lot," she says, referring to the recipes, which
make up about half of the book. "I like to encourage people to cook, but
the truth is that a lot of people don't have a lot of time."
To address concerns of time-strapped dieters and for those who eat out a
lot, Guttersen recommends turning to the diet survival chapter of the book. She
also says there are Sonoma Express recipes that are not only tasty, but also
easy and quick to prepare.