The Sonoma Diet: Promoting a Lifestyle
New diet plan emphasizes power foods that will have lasting effects on your waistline.
3 Waves to Weight Loss
The Sonoma Diet is divided into three waves. Wave 1 of the diet is a 10-day
period in which dieters are urged to throw out or give away foods in their
pantries containing refined flours, non-whole grains, hydrogenated and
saturated fats, sugars, and any oil that isn't extra-virgin olive oil, nut oil,
or canola oil. Fruits are also prohibited in this wave in order to wean the
body from sugar.
On Wave 1, dieters can eat certain vegetables, lean meats, seafood, limited
dairy, some grains, three daily servings of olive or canola oil, a small amount
of nuts, black coffee, tea, and an unlimited number of herbs and spices.
"The first wave is the most extreme, the most low-calorie," says
Zied. She doesn't know how realistic it is for people to completely purge their
cabinets of processed foods and sugars, especially if they have other people at
home who are not on a diet. She takes issue with Guttersen's advice to provide
family members with only healthful foods such as whole-wheat bread and peanut
butter in order to break them of unhealthy eating.
"It's too simplistic," says Zied. "I have cookies in my cabinet,
but moderation is preached in my home."
She sees the elimination of fruit in any diet as a red flag, especially
since fruits have a bounty of proven benefits. Clemens doesn't see this as much
of a concern since fruit is only banned for 10 days.
Nonetheless, Clemens, Zied and Guttersen agree that Wave 1 of the Sonoma
Diet will likely translate into rapid weight loss. The amount of poundage lost
will depend upon the individual and how much weight they have to lose. In
general, Guttersen says people can expect to be 2 to 5 pounds lighter around
the waist in the first 10 days of the diet.
"I don't know anyone who's followed the program, but I'd be surprised if
they didn't lose weight," says Zied. For most dieters, she would have
preferred a few more calories on Wave 1, but she understands that the rapid
weight loss may be a built-in psychological boost for the diet.