The Sonoma Diet hit the market of the weight-loss programs in 2006. Since then it had already attracted the attention of many overweight patients, as well as family doctors, health care providers, and nutritional specialists.
The diet was developed by Connie Guttersen, R.D., and Ph.D., who is one of the leading experts in the traditional cuisines of the Mediterranean, Latin America, and Asian countries. That is why it is not a surprise that the Sonoma Diet has many features of those cuisines, such as spiced and flavorful meals, olive oil as the main source of fats and, of course, wine consumption.
The author of the diet is a registered nutritional professional, who earned her undergraduate degree in dietetics in the Texas Christian University. Dr. Guttersen cooperated with many companies, such as Kraft, Nestlé, Sodexho, Marriott Hotels, Radisson Hotels, and Panera Bakery Café, consulting them on diet-related issues and participating in the development of products ranges and menus of those companies. Besides, she participated in many international meetings, focused on the problem of obesity and weight reduction strategies.
Dr. Connie Guttersen named her program in honor of the Sonoma Region in California, known for its natural beauty, mild climate, and well-developed olive oil and wine industries. Though the diet is on the market only since 2006, it has already gained the reputation of a sound, well-balanced, and unique program of healthy eating and effective weight-loss.
The main idea of the Sonoma program is to make a dieter follow the weight-loss rules and guidelines without feelings food limits, bans and restrictions. The author aims at keeping people on her diet as long as it is necessary to ensure proper weight loss, encouraging them to break the harmful eating habits and feel joy and satisfaction from eating in general and from being on the diet in particular.
Nutritionally-rich vegetables, whole grains with fiber, nuts, olive oil, lean meats, berries and wine are the featured food options of the Sonoma Diet.
Following the principles of the Sonoma Diet, one may expect quite rapid weight-loss during the first 10 days of the diet, which is the most restrictive period. The next stages of the diet are designed to ensure risk-free and natural weight-loss rate at approximately 1-2 pounds per week.
Most of the testimonials are approving for the Sonoma Diet, praising the professional level of the author and her creativity to encourage people change their eating habits for the better. The diet is considered to be well-balanced and rather easy to follow and stay on it for a long period of time. However, the diet attitude to wine consumption and especially recommendations on limiting fruits consumption still cause many controversial or even deprecative comments.