- Difficulty to Follow
- Research Support
What is it?
The Suzanne Somers diet plan, otherwise known as Somersizing, is a diet program created by the well-known television celebrity, Suzanne Somers, along with a team of nutrition experts. It is available in the form of a series of books that encourages you to follow a low carb, high protein diet in order to lose weight and stay in figure. In other words, this diet plan focuses on reducing weight while enhancing the metabolism and digestion and at the same time without feeling deprived. The Suzanne Somers diet plan also elucidates the importance of proper combination of foods. For instance, according to this diet program, fruits should be consumed alone, but veggies should be eaten with proteins as well as fats. Above all, this diet program recommends you to intake natural and chemical free foods.
An Interview with Suzanne Somers
How does it work?
This calorie controlled diet program is more or less like the Atkins diet program. Even though this diet program restricts the daily calorie intake to 1,200 calories per day, it does not involve any calorie counting or portion control and primarily highlights the significance of appropriate food combination. The Suzanne Somers diet plan includes two phases, of which the first phase focuses on weight loss solutions and the second on the weight maintenance solutions.
In the first phase, you will have to completely avoid the intake of funky foods such as white flour, sugar, maple syrup, honey, potato, banana and avocado (MyFit suggests including avocado as it contains lots of great essential fatty acids that are integral to your hair, brain and other organs). Further, the foods with high glycemic index values must be eliminated, since it may elevate the glucose levels in blood. It is also recommended to avoid the consumption of yogurt, whole milk and nuts in this phase, in addition to tremendously reducing the consumption of alcohol and caffeine. In short, the prime goal of the first phase is to cut out as many carbs as possible from the diet.
Equally important is proper food combination by breaking down foods into four groups: carbohydrates, proteins and fats, fruits and vegetables. The carbs group primarily consists of complex carbohydrates like cereals, brown breads, beans and whole grain pastas while the protein and fat cover food items such as poultry, meat, egg, fish, olive oil and butter. Included in veggies groups are low starch items in the form of vegetables like artichokes, broccoli, peppers, onions and cauliflower. Among the items in fruit group are apple, pineapple, berries, peaches, melon, orange, papaya and tangerine.
This diet has certain do’s and don’ts such as:
- Avoid the intake of funky foods, especially white sugar and starches
- Avoid eating fruits and vegetables together
- Avoid eating fats and protein with carbs
- Eat smaller, frequent meals
- Eat fruits alone and that too on empty stomach
- Eat proteins and vegetables together
- Eat carbohydrates with veggies
- Give a gap of at least three hours between the carb meals and protein meals
When it comes to the second phase, it gives emphasis to the proper weight management. Nevertheless, this phase allows certain relaxation on rules regarding the food combination. For instance, the dieters can add cheese or olive oil to pasta. Such items as chocolate and red wine can also be included in the diet however in moderation.
According to Suzanne Somers, a healthy lifestyle is key to derive maximum results from this diet plan. Hence, along with the intake of right combination of meals, it is also vital to make necessary alterations in your lifestyle by:
- Getting enough sleep
- Eliminating nutritional deficiencies
- Improving the gastrointestinal tract health
- Remove toxins from the body
- Working out regularly
- Completely avoiding junk food items
- Developing positive attitude towards life
Does this diet program involve taking supplements?
Yes, she says that for best results, the Suzanne Somers diet plan recommends a variety of nutritional supplement in order to aid for fast weight loss.
What are the pros and cons of the Plan?
- Calorie counting and portion control is not involved
- Diabetic friendly
- Quick weight loss
- Helps for optimal digestion
- Claimed: “Lower the chances of developing cardiovascular diseases”* (not proven)
- Eliminates the intake of number of highly nutritious food items such as avocado, banana, sweet potato, nuts and yoghurt
- Diet plan is not supported by a lot of scientific evidence. MyFit.ca would like to see more references beside her claims
- Not that easy to follow
How much does this cost?
Suzanne Somers has penned a number of books on this diet plan, and its price range from $17.00 to $25.00.