Suzanne Somers Diet

 By Mizpah Matus B.Hlth.Sc(Hons)

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The Suzanne Somers Diet or Somersizing is the creation of television celebrity Suzanne Somers who has outlined her approach to dieting in a series of books.

The Somersize Diet is basically a reduced carbohydrate diet with an additional emphasis on food combining.

At 66 years old and counting Suzanne still looks amazing, which she attributes to her way of eating and lifestyle.

She has become quite the self-taught health guru over the years and besides her many books on weight loss, she also focuses on hormone replacement, anti-aging, and even curing cancer.

Here are her most popular books.

Suzanne’s Book Problem It Addresses
Eat Great Lose Weight Weight loss through food combining, the original Somersize plan.
Get Skinny Weight loss
Eat Cheat Weight loss
Fast & Easy Weight loss
The Sexy Years Bioidentical hormone replacement
Slim and Sexy Forever Hormones and weight loss
Ageless Anti-aging and bioidentical hormones
Breakthrough Overall wellness
Knockout Curing and Preventing Cancer
Sexy Forever Weight loss for women over 40
Bombshell Anti-aging
I’m Too Young For This Hormone replacement for perimenopause

Suzanne Somers Diet Basics

As far as weight loss is concerned, there are two phases to the Somersize Diet.

Funky Foods

In phase one, which is focused on weight loss, dieters are advised to eliminate what Somers refers to as “funky foods”.

“Funky foods” include sugar, white flour, honey, maple syrup, carrot, avocado, banana, sweet potatoes and more which are outlined in her books. Nuts, whole milk and whole yogurt are also to be avoided.

Many of the foods to be eliminated are high glycemic index and the idea is that by avoiding these foods the blood glucose levels will remain more stable which allows the body to burn fat more easily.

In addition, food combining principles are incorporated into the diet plan. Foods are divided into four food groups which are proteins/fats, carbohydrates, vegetables and fruit.

The rules for combining these foods are as follows:

  • Always eat fruit alone and on an empty stomach.
  • Combine vegetables with fats and proteins (no carbohydrates).
  • Combine carbohydrates with vegetables (no fats).
  • Wait 3 hours between meals of different combinations.

Dieters are also advised to consume frequent small meals and to eat at least three meals per day with no precise guidelines provided for serving sizes.

Caffeine and alcohol are to be avoided in phase one.

Maintenance 

Phase two of the diet is aimed at maintaining weight loss.

Dieters are allowed to include red wine and chocolate in the diet in moderation and more leniency is allowed regarding food combining. Dieters are allowed to deviate from perfect food combining occasionally such as by adding some olive oil or cheese to a pasta dish.

Sample Somersize Meal Plan

Phase 1
Breakfast
Fruit Salad
Herb Tea
Lunch
Grilled salmon
Large green salad
Snack
Piece of string cheese
Dinner
Steak with mushroom cream sauce
Steamed broccoli
Phase 2
Breakfast
Herb fried eggs
Spinach and mushrooms
1 cup coffee
Lunch
Caesar salad with grilled chicken
Snack
Strawberries with nonfat yogurt
Dinner
Whole-wheat pasta with pesto primavera
Green salad
Dessert
Crème brulee

More healthy recipes can be found here.

No Gym Required

The Somersize Diet downplays the importance of exercise for weight loss stating the she personally never goes to the gym.

However she does advocate aerobic exercises three times a week and is known for her home fitness equipment such as the thigh master.

Look here for other exercises that can be down at home.

Costs and Expenses

The Suzanne Somers Diet  is found in at least four books related to her Somersizing Diet Plan. The fourth and most updated book is called Fast and Easy and retails at $24.95.

Click here to purchase this diet for a discounted price. Suzanne Somers has also published a collection of recipe books, which average at $16.95 each.

Suzanne Somers also has an online weight loss plan designed for woman over 40.

Pros

  • No calorie counting or portion control.
  • Good variety of foods will reduce risk of dietary boredom.
  • Emphasizes fruit and vegetables.
  • Includes high quality protein for muscle maintenance and metabolism.
  • Many dieters report improvement of gastrointestinal problems and better digestion.
  • Somersize Diet offers online community with free access.

Cons

  • Highly restrictive in terms of food selection and meal timing.
  • Lack of guidance regarding meal planning.
  • Lack of scientific evidence to support the idea of food combining for weight loss.
  • Eliminates many highly nutritious foods such as nuts, yogurt, banana, carrot, pumpkin, sweet potato and avocado.
  • Calcium intake may possibly become inadequate.
  • Does not adequately address the importance of exercise as well as psychosocial factors involved in weight management.
  • Dieters may experience rebound weight gain when they go back to eating higher carbohydrate foods.

A Low GI Diet

The Suzanne Somers Diet in regard to eliminating foods with a high glycemic index does have some foundation, however her approach is overly simplistic, and in failing to consider the effect of the entire meal on glycemic load, many potentially nutritious foods are eliminated from the diet.

It is highly possible that dieters will have success with weight loss on the Suzanne Somers diet.  This is because limiting amounts of different foods in a meal can reduce the tendency to overeat.

Although there is no scientific research to support the role of food combining for weight loss, many dieters have reported success with the Somersize Diet and in particular an additional benefit with improvement of digestive function.

    References:

  • Schierbeck, L. L., Rejnmark, L., Tofteng, C. L., Stilgren, L., Eiken, P., Mosekilde, L., … & Jensen, J. E. B. (2012). Effect of hormone replacement therapy on cardiovascular events in recently postmenopausal women: randomised trial. BMJ: British Medical Journal, 345. link
  • Sood, R., Shuster, L., Smith, R., Vincent, A., & Jatoi, A. (2011). Counseling postmenopausal women about bioidentical hormones: Ten discussion points for practicing physicians. The Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine, 24(2), 202-210. link
  • McBane, S. E., Borgelt, L. M., Barnes, K. N., Westberg, S. M., Lodise, N. M., & Stassinos, M. (2014). Use of Compounded Bioidentical Hormone Therapy in Menopausal Women: An Opinion Statement of the Women’s Health Practice and Research Network of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy. Pharmacotherapy: The Journal of Human Pharmacology and Drug Therapy, 34(4), 410-423. link
 By Mizpah Matus B.Hlth.Sc(Hons)
Last Reviewed: December 15, 2014. Disclaimer

51 Comments

  1. PattiH 1 month ago

    It DOES work! My husband and I have both lost weight on this and are never hungry. He has lost 60 lbs and I have lost 40 lbs within 6 months timeframe.

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  2. JamesF 9 months ago

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  3. Terri Sulak 9 months ago

    I have started following the Suzanne Somers diet plan. I am mostly doing it to support my daughter and to train my body to work correctly and heal my metabolism. I am at a normal weight and can only afford to lose a few pounds. How long do I need to stay on level one to “reset’ or train my body?

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  4. sammy

    Hey i read Suzanne book and i am eager to start this program and eating healthy. However i am just a bit confused about the dairy products. i understand you can have regular cheese for a protein meal but can i have LOWFAT cheese as well or is that a no no. Also under the Funky Foods it says you cant have low fat milk or whole milk is that lowfat just regarding milk or all dairy products. if someone can please help me with this id greatly appreciate it. And great job to those that already lost weight. 🙂

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  5. Robyn Young

    I LOVE Somersizing. I lost 27lbs. and have maintained this weight for over a year. It really does work and it is so simple. I loved that I could eat full fat dressings on my salad. It does take about 2 weeks to get used to it, but after 2 weeks the pounds start melting away. I never feel hungry, because you can eat until you are full. Just try it and see!!

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  6. PFC MOM

    I did this plan years ago and was VERY successful. I am mad at my husband who told me ‘enough’ with my weight loss and so I went back to my old eating habits and gained the weight back over the last 7 years. I do crave a baked potato or a slice of pizza from time to time – I substitute with chicken wings! I am back on the trail and have 3 “Somersize” buddies that keep me motivated. Can’t wait to see my results again.

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  7. Caroline

    Week 1 weigh in – Down 10.2 lbs! This program is the absolute BEST. It is so easy and it really works!

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  8. Stephany

    I did this diet a few years back and YES it does work…it takes about 2 weeks to get used to it…but the idea is simple and I found that I was always satisfied because you CAN have pasta..you CAN have chicken with the skin on…You have to think of this a whole lifestyle change…after coming off this diet I lost a total of 16 lbs., which took me about 4 months but I did feel great and had energy. The only reason I gained some back is because I didn’t keep control of the “rules”..but I think this is a great way to stay healthy!! Goodluck!!

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