Did you know that one of the hottest new diets is actually based on the age-old Mediterranean diet. Dr. Connie Guttersen, the author of the Sonoma Diet, doesn't believe people can lose weight by avoiding food.
In a nutshell, the Sonoma Diet is "a
way of eating reminiscent of the Mediterranean way, but inspired by our
local wine country cuisine," explained Guttersen, who resides in Napa
Valley, Calif., and whose parents are from Italy.
As such, the focus is on appropriate portions of flavorful foods. Wine plays a big role, as does "taking the time to enjoy your meals," Guttersen said.
And it's not a limited-time diet. This one goes on forever.
"If you're not counting the days until the diet is over," Guttersen said, "it becomes a lifestyle, a way a living you don't want to give up. That's what it takes for someone to lose weight permanently."
The Sonoma Diet is also based on ten so called power foods, mostly fruits and vegetables the author believes pack more nutrients and plant chemicals than other produce. They include blueberries, strawberries, grapes, broccoli, almonds, bell peppers, spinach, whole grains, olive oil and tomatoes. Find out more: Sonoma Diet