What Is the Sonoma Diet?
Whether you've been trying to shake some post-pregnancy pounds or have struggled with poor eating habits in the past, the Sonoma Diet can help you reach your target weight and keep you slim and healthy. Every step of your journey from overweight to ideal weight will be pleasant, because you'll trade in foods containing refined flour and sugar for more filling, nutritious fare. This may be hard at first, but you'll find that your palate will crave the array of flavors. The bonus: Your family can eat what you're preparing for yourself, but they may have a little more than you.
A Varied Diet
The Sonoma Diet offers a healthful lifestyle -- Northern California's spin on the Mediterranean way of eating, famous for promoting longevity. Do you love to eat? Don't worry, you'll still be able to enjoy it: Instead of avoiding specific foods, such as carbohydrates or fats, you'll make good dietary choices within those categories. For breakfast, use a 2-cup bowl or a plate that's 7 inches in diameter; for your lunch or dinner, place your meal on a 9-inch-diameter plate. Wondering what you can drink? Plain or sparkling water, teas, fat-free milk, sugar-free sodas (no more than 2 cans per day), and coffee.
How the Sonoma Diet Works
Your diet is divided into three stages:
Wave 1 lasts for 10 days, in which you'll overcome your habit of consuming unwholesome foods that most likely led to your weight concerns.
Wave 2 is where you'll stay until you reach your target weight. You won't drop pounds as fast as in Wave 1, but you'll see a steady loss.
Wave 3 starts when you reach your goal; eyeball portions and do what you think is best to remain within the diet's guidelines. In addition, increase both dairy and whole grains by 1 serving. And if you find your weight starting to creep up, go back to Wave 2.