Thu, Oct-28-04, 23:34
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What is somersizing? Some Details here...
Reading a little about somersizing..and will share here for others benefit.
Somersizing was written by Suzanne Somers. The Somersizing Diet is a low carb, low caloric intake diet plan. The somersizing program follows some of the guidelines of Dr. Atkins low carb program, but is less strict. She also introduces a variation of food combining like Fit For Life and the French Diet. Somersizing comes out very against refined sugar and artificial sweeteners. Obviously, that makes a lot of sense.
In her book Get Skinny on Fabulous Food, Suzanne Somers teaches you to eat real food in a way that reprograms your metabolism to burn fat and give you constant source of energy. Get started with level one for weight loss by eliminating some of the foods that wreak havoc on your system -- sugars, white flour, carrots, bananas and potatoes - to name a few. Then eat normal everyday foods in combinations that aid digestion and weight control.
Here is a pro/con breakdown:
Suzanne Somers' Get Skinny on Fabulous Food (Suzanne Somers and associates)
The Diet Plan Theory:
Somers' diet is a high-protein, high-fat, low-carbohydrate eating plan. The diet foods include unlimited amounts of meat, cheese, eggs, cream, oils and butter; and controlled portions of low-carbohydrate vegetables, whole-grain pastas, cereals, breads, beans, fruits and non-fat dairy products. There is a list of "funky foods" to eliminate, guidelines of when to eat fruits, and how to combine protein, fat, vegetables and carbohydrates. The diet is based on the theory that when eating protein and carbohydrates together, their enzymes cancel each other, halting digestion and leading to weight gain. The key to "Somersizing" is to eliminate foods high in sugars, a.k.a. carbohydrates.
There is no scientific data to support combining certain foods to lose weight or that protein and carbohydrate enzymes react when eaten together to stop digestion. Some foods naturally combine protein and carbohydrates, including nuts, milk, beans and whole-grain breads. The body digests these foods. The medical debate over potential harmful effect of long-term, high-protein diets on kidney function, cholesterol levels, and increased risk for heart disease, osteoporosis and cancer also applies to this plan. Ms. Somers herself had a bout with breast cancer. Whether this is related or not is, of course, up for speculation and discussion. There are no long-term randomized studies to support the safety of the diet.
Weight loss may occur with this diet. Meals are customized from a wide range of foods to meet personal tastes.
Here are the four Somersized Food Groups:
Pro/Fats: Includes proteins like meat, poultry, fish and eggs, and fats in their natural state like oil, butter, cream and cheese.
Veggies: Includes a host of low-starch, fresh vegetables, from artichokes to peppers to zucchini and more.
Carbos: Includes whole-grain pastas, cereals, bread, beans and nonfat dairy products.
Fruit: Includes a huge variety of fresh fruit, from apples to peaches to tangerines and more.
FOODS TO ELIMINATE (Funky Foods):
Includes sugars, highly starchy foods, caffeine and alcohol.
Caffeine and Alcohol
Here are the basic guidelines to Level one (the weight loss portion of the program)
Eliminate all FUNKY FOODS
Eat FRUIT alone, on an empty stomach
Eat PRO/FATS with VEGGIES
Eat CARBOS with VEGGIES
Keep PRO/FATS separate from CARBOS
Wait three hours between meals if switching from a PRO/FATS meal to a CARBOS meal, or vice versa
DO not skip meals. Eat at least three meals a day, and eat until you feel satisfied and comfortably full.
Hope this helps..am still reading about it, and if I find something else of interest I will share it...
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