Sonoma Diet Review
What You Should Know
The Sonoma Diet is based on the popular book by the same name. The author of the diet, Connie Guttersen, is a registered dietician and nutrition instructor who touts the praises of the Mediterranean diet, on which the Sonoma Diet is based. The website for the Sonoma Diet allows consumers to purchase a membership that offers access to menus, recipes and other dieting tools. There are also chat rooms, forums and opportunities to ask nutritionists questions while involved in the program. The website provides an ample amount of information to help consumers determine whether the diet program might be right for them, including customer testimonials. Consumers also have the option of purchasing The Sonoma Diet book and cookbook directly from the website. No other products are listed for sale.
Many nutritional experts agree that the Mediterranean diet, which is rich in fresh vegetables, whole grains, olive oil and nuts. The Sonoma Diet combines the Mediterranean diet with fresh foods found in the Sonoma Valley of California, an area rich in farms and orchards, and a big producer of wine. In fact, a wine guide is included with the Sonoma Diet, and wine drinking is encouraged for those who enjoy the taste. While we agree there are many health benefits to wine, there are also many calories in this beverage. We are skeptical of a diet that encourages regular consumption, since this does not appear to indicate a low calorie fare.
List of Ingredients
Not applicable for the Sonoma Diet.
The cost of membership for the Sonoma Diet is $4 a week at the time of this review. Customers that sign up for the program must purchase a minimum of five weeks for a total of $20. Customers are billed quarterly for their membership and told that they can cancel at any time. While the cost appears relatively low, there is plenty of good information that can be obtained on the Internet absolutely free. Consumers that don’t wish to pay for the diet program may find comparable plans through some of these free websites.
- The Sonoma Diet is based on the Mediterranean diet.
- The website provides menu plans, recipes and online support.
- Membership is relatively inexpensive and members can cancel at any time.
- The diet does not appear to promote exercise.
- Other websites offering diet programs are free of charge.
- Wine, which is high in calories, is encouraged with meals.
- The Sonoma Diet may not offer anything new to dieters.
A Mediterranean diet has been proven to have many health benefits, leading many to use this program for weight loss and a healthier lifestyle. The Sonoma Diet appears to capitalize on the success of this program with a few tweaks of its own. However, we prefer a weight loss program that includes regular exercise and a proven supplement for best weight loss results. The Sonoma Diet may not be sufficient on its own to help dieters reach their goals.