Sonoma Diet

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The Sonoma Diet is not only about shedding some extra weight -- it is about food, wine and weight loss. The diet promises results in only 10 days. Advocates of the Sonoma Diet want followers to lose weight without feeling deprived. In addition to the best wines, individuals who take on the Sonoma Diet to slim down and improve their health also indulge in rich, whole foods that are pleasing to the palate.

Among the popular, nutrient-rich go to foods are broccoli, bell peppers, almonds, blueberries, grapoes, olive oil, spinach, strawberries, tomatoes and whole grains.

For starting out the day, a Sonoma dieter might enjoy whole grain cereal with milk. Lunch might be a wild rice salad with chicken and a cup of baby carrots with hummus. A snack in the afternoon might include a whole wheat pita with cucumber yogurt suace. For dinner, pork chops with rosemary, brussels sprouts with prosciutto, one slice of whole grain bread, 1/2 cup of fruit and a glass of wine are just some of the many selections. Dessert might be apple-blueberry tart.

According to the website, there are 13 things that will help one succeed when following the Sonoma Diet. They include: balance, whole grains, power foods, health, pleasure, mouthwatering recipes, olive oil, simplicity, variety, easy instructions, fresh whole foods, wine and satisfaction.

The Sonoma Diet is offered as both a New York Times Bestseller and on the internet where clients receive their own individual version of the plan. The Sonoma Diet consists of three phases known as "Waves." In the initial wave, you'll begin weeding out sugars, refined flour products and other unhealthy foods that have packed on the pounds.

Wave 2 is the phase where you will stay in until you have reached your goal weight. The emphasis in Wave 2 is both health and pleasure.

Wave 3 is the maintainance phase where dieters indulge in Sonoma-friendly foods while occasionally feasting on snacks and desserts that are off the plan. Ironically, portion size plays an important role in helping people get a handle on their waistline. The typical plate should be heavy with vegetables and grains and complimented by lean meat. Inventors of the Sonoma Diet encourage their disciples to use a seven-inch plate or a two-cup bowl for breakfast, and a nine-inch plate for lunch and dinner.

With the online version of the Sonoma Diet, members can peruse more than 500 recipes and 14 online tools. They are given shopping lists and meal plans, along with a weight tracker and food diary to keep track of their weight loss endeavors.