Suzanne Somers, the author of this diet plan, incorporates ways to splurge and enjoy foods into her own version of a food-combining programme.
How Somersizing claims to work
Somersizing claims to reprogram your metabolism to burn fat by providing a constant source of energy, with frequent small meals and plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables throughout the day. No portion monitoring or calorie counting is required, but you do need to think about which types of food to eat at any one time. The plan advocates eating proteins and fats with vegetables and no other carbohydrates, and eating carbohydrates with vegetables and no fat. It also eliminates sugar, white flour, alcohol, and caffeine and suggests that fruit should be eaten on its own or on an empty stomach.
The Somersizing regimen
- Fruits should be eaten alone or on an empty stomach.
- Carbohydrates should be eaten only with other carbohydrate-rich foods.
- Proteins and fats can be eaten together.
Is the Somersizing diet healthy?
By following the rules of this diet, you are likely to be successful in losing weight because you are cutting out food groups and reducing your daily calorie intake. With exercise, this combination does promote weight loss.
Reducing some processed foods that are low in fibre and high in sugar, and eating plenty of fresh vegetables is a healthful approach, but restricting foods that contain both carbohydrate and protein (such as avocados) makes no sense, since that is the way they are available in nature. We also know that nuts, olives, and avocados are excellent sources of monounsaturated fats, which are helpful in preventing cardiovascular disease.
However, it does not make any sense to suggest that fat and protein can be eaten together while carbohydrates and protein cannot. The author claims that when carbohydrates and protein are eaten together, their enzymes cancel each other out, halting the digestive process and causing weight gain. The fact is that most foods naturally contain all of the three macronutrients (proteins, fats, and carbohydrates) in various combinations, so there is no reason to believe that they cannot be digested together in the body successfully.
- ■Whole-grain toast with fat-free cottage cheese
- ■Grilled fish with lemon-butter sauce and mange-tout tossed in butter
- ■Green salad with a sugar-free dressing
- ■Beef pot roast with onions, sliced fresh tomatoes, and steamed asparagus
- ■Green salad with vinaigrette dressing
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