One of the biggest pros of the diet is it's simplicity. There is no counting of grams or calories.
Simply controlling the size of the portion is one of the biggest factors. The emphasis is on what you eat instead of what you do not eat. There is a list of forbidden foods on this diet and it consist of common low-carb foods. The focus is on the foods and eating them. Learning to eat slowly and savor the tastes of the food helps people gain respect for the foods. It also allows the brain to register the signals from the stomach it is full removing the overeating factor.
The nutritional value of the diet concentrates on the power foods that are healthy for a person. The list has a large variety which helps everyone create a personalized diet plan; that helps with the weight loss regimen. The structure of the diet is tightly structured, which provides guidance for even the most lax dieter.
One of the cons of the diet is the diet has very little flexibility for the low-carb diet. The diets for women are 900-1100 calories and the men have 1100-1300 calories; during the first phase. For many people this limit is too low causing them to give up on the diet or feel extensive hunger during this phase.
Vegetable servings are limited in the first phase, which for many people is challenging. After the first ten days on the diet, the servings of vegetable are reduced to a smaller amount. The fact of this particular limitation results in frustration by many dieters.
A Sonoma Diet emphasizes whole foods that are a big change for many people. Many diets have alternative options for people that cannot strictly follow the foods this one does not. Those limitations, for substitutes. make this diet a huge challenge for many dieters.
Most people suffer from carb crash during the first phase of the diet. Sonoma Diet claims it is not a low-carb diet yet many who have tried the diet will state it is one.
There are inconsistencies and inaccuracies that claim it is not a low carbohydrate diet while still being a high fiber diet. As an example the diet claims whole grain bread is less Glycemic than white bread, whole grain is made with finely ground flour so it is not a true statement. This diet also has claims of grains being the heart and soul of the diet, but it has fewer grains than the daily-recommended amounts.