Considered as one of the most delicious diets, instead of being restricted to certain foods, the Sonoma diet allows dieters to eat and enjoy delicious foods but in smaller portions. This doesn't mean that you’re going to lose weight on a diet consisting of pizza, chips, chocolate, cake, marshmallows and cordial. There are still restrictions in place and the overall emphasis is still on healthy eating.
The Sonoma diet allows a glass of wine after dinner which many will find a strong positive of the diet. It pushes the value behind enjoying your meal by savouring each mouthful which will generally lengthen a meal and improve a sense of satisfaction with the small servings. The small servings are controlled by suggested actual plate sizes, 7 inches for breakfast, 2 cup bowl and a 9 inch bowl for lunch and dinner. This contributes to the no fuss feeling of the diet without the need to measure food and count points or calories.
Though this shifts the focus towards fresher unprocessed foods, many may find this difficult to adjust to from a taste and convenience point of view. Having said this, the diet still tries to focus on the enjoyment of food despite these new restrictions. There are a number of suggested meals and lists of foods that are encouraged to be enjoyed. Namely, fruit, vegetables, whole grains, almonds, olive oil and wine. If you are already able or partial to healthy foods, this diet has a greater potential to work for you and otherwise may prove to be a struggle for the typical dieter.
The First wave of the diet is low in calories allowing 1300 calories for men and 1100 calories for woman. Critics say that dieters would have great difficulty on this wave, spending a great deal of time feeling hungry which really takes away from the enjoyment aspect that the diet attempts to emphasise.
In addition to the types of foods the diet encourages, there is a list of specific foods that are considered particularly valuable to weight loss and general health. These foods are referred to as "super foods". These super foods are
The Sonoma Diet even have its own cookbook "The Sonoma Diet Cookbook" (Connie Guttersen). The cookbook includes over 150 recipes for breakfast to dinner.