When a well known TV celebrity writes a book on weight loss, you can be sure that the rest of the world will sit up and take notice. Suzanne Sommers has written a series of books that teaches dieters to eat healthy and lose weight.
Through her ‘Somersizing’ plan, she has outlined a food strategy that encourages the intake of natural foods and eliminates unhealthy foods like white flour and sugar. Her logic is that you can eat as much as you want so long as you eat the right food in the right combination.
Her book, the Suzanne Somers’ Get Skinny on Fabulous Food has excellent reviews on Amazon. However, with a celebrity author, the popularity is always bigger than a regular book would have earned.
The Suzanne Somers Diet – an Overview
The diet is in two phases. The focus of the first phase is weight loss. Here ‘funky’ foods are dumped. These include foods that contain sugar, honey, white flour, avocados, carrots, bananas etc. Whole milk, yoghurt and nuts are to be avoided too. The point is to go easy on foods that have high Glycemic Index. This will stabilize blood sugar levels and enhance the fat burning ability of the body.
The highlight of this phase (and indeed of the Somers diet itself) is food combining. Although this practice does not have any scientific backing, Somers indicates that proper food combining is the key to weight loss. She has divided foods into four categories: proteins and fats, carbohydrates, vegetables and fruits. Certain rules are laid down for combining these foods. For example, fruit must be eaten alone and vegetables may not be combined with carbohydrates and so on. By following these rules, the body’s natural metabolism gets a boost.
Only natural, decaffeinated beverages are allowed throughout the diet.
There are no precise serving sizes or calorie counting. Instead, followers are advised to consume small but frequent meals.
The second phase concentrates on maintaining weight loss. So, there is some leniency in the food combinations allowed. Moderate amounts of red wine and chocolate are allowed.
The Suzanne Somers Diet: Review
The eating schedule laid down by Suzanne Somers is a low carb diet that accelerates the body’s rate of metabolism. The eating plan is tailored to suit the needs of people who cannot sustain a severe diet. The diet lays down several sane principles like eating small meals, avoiding rich foods and unhealthy beverages.
However, exercise seems rater incidental to the diet. Somers admits an aversion to gyms and does not give much importance to the benefits of exercises, although she does mention that aerobic exercise three times a week is helpful.
- Inculcates good food habits
- No portion control or calorie counting
- Includes healthy foods like fruits and vegetables
- Discourages unhealthy foods and beverages
- Encourages the intake of high quality protein which is beneficial to muscle building and repair
- Advocates the healthy way to losing weight
- Useful for insulin resistant people
- Useful menu and recipe options
- No emphasis on exercise
- Food program does not contain sufficient quantities of fiber
- Food selection and meal timings are a little stringent
- Some nutritious foods are eliminated
- May lead to calcium deficiency
- Food combinations may be hard to adhere to
Suzanne Somers has taken the right approach to sustainable weight loss by advocating the correct food principles and it’s a great way to lose a few extra pounds. However, any weight loss program that does not emphasize adequate exercise is bound to fail. Therefore, followers might find it impossible to sustain their weight loss over a long period of time. Kind of makes you wonder why you took the effort in the first place.