Suzanne Somers first introduced “Somersizing” in Suzanne Somers Eat Great, Lose Weight in 1992. Somersizing is a way of eating in which you cut sugar and “funky foods” and eat plenty of fats, proteins and good carbs like vegetables and fruit. Foods must be combined in certain ways so that the body easily digests them. Dieters Somersize in two steps, the first (Level One) to lose weight and induce “the melt” of fat and the second (Level Two) for ongoing maintenance of their ideal weight.
Somers separates foods into four Somersizing food groups: Proteins/Fat, Veggies, Carbohydrates, and Fruit. She suggests that fruit be eaten on an empty stomach. Proteins/Fat includes meat, fish, eggs, natural oils, butter, cream and cheese. Veggies include low starch fresh vegetables. Carbohydrates covers whole-grain breads, pastas and cereals and non-fat dairy products.
She lists “Seven Easy Steps to Somersizing”:
Eliminate all Funky Food.
East fruit alone, on an empty stomach: 20 minutes before a Carbohydrates meal, 1 hour before a Protein/Fats meal and at least 2 hours before the last meal of the day.
Eat Protein/Fats with Veggies.
Eat Carbohydrates with Veggies.
Keep Protein/Fats and Carbohydrates separate.
Wait 3 hours between meals if switching from Protein/Fats to Carbohydrates or vice versa.
Eat at least 3 meals a day and do not skip meals.
Funky Foods include:
All of the foods on the Funky Foods list must be avoided during the first phase of the diet (Level One) but some can be reintroduced in moderation during the maintenance phase (Level Two). Somers sells her own brand of artificial sweetener called “SomerSweet”. All of her books include recipes for meals, snacks and desserts.