182 of 190 people found the following review helpful
on April 23, 2001
After being a strict vegetarian for 15 years (and teaching cooking classes at a health foods complex), I was highly skeptical about Suzanne's system. But I'm a researcher, and I did my homework. Food combining is, indeed, an old and accepted theory of healthy eating. This is not an anti-carbo "diet"; it calls for the healthy food groups, only in different combinations so that insulin levels aren't spiked, thus causing the body to store calories as fat.
After reaching 50 and having a size 6 lean, mean machine, I suddenly put on matronly inches. Whose waistline was I seeing in the mirror anyway? Certainly not MINE! I couldn't fit into my clothes. Menopause wreaked havoc with my body. My low-fat vegetarianism didn't work at all for me anymore. All my workouts (Pilates, etc.) couldn't trim the excess inches I was continually adding. I began to feel desperate and out of control. So, as a last resort, I tried Somersizing.
I have known Suzanne was a fabulous cook ever since discovering an article about her culinary expertise 20 years ago. But these recipes and these sauces, in particular, are extraordinary! The latest book with its zucchini noodles, parmesan sauce, mozzarella marinara, and other delectable goodies is a triumph! I love to cook again! The simple wine reduction sauces are fabulous. The information about good fats is "freeing"! My husband and I are losing inches and eating tremendous food. My body is returning to its size 6 dimensions. I couldn't be more positive about this program. The information by Suzanne's endocrinologist is right on-target. It all comes together and finally makes sense. If you don't want to do the program, at least make the delectable foods! And if you DO want to follow the program, buen apetito and viva the weight loss! Also note: Suzanne's no-chemicals, no-preservatives sugar substitute, Somersweet, is due out in May. Another breakthrough for healthy cooks who have had to do without sugar for years. This woman is no dumb blonde. She's on the cutting edge!
101 of 103 people found the following review helpful
on August 6, 2001
This book is great. I have read and re-read it several times and always find something new. It really explains how and why we gain weight. It also is excellent in explaining how we lose weight. I have been following this book for a 3 weeks and already lost 12 pounds. It is very easy to follow and I am never hungry. Plus the recipes are fabulous and easy to make.
Give it a try, you won't be sorry.
63 of 65 people found the following review helpful
on May 3, 2001
Of course, there are lots of criticisms because of the recent revelation that the author has breast cancer. But after years of gaining weight on a lowfat diet, I can't deny that I dropped 20 pounds with the Somersize system. I feel better since going totally decaf, an important part of this plan. Caffeine does more damage than anyone realizes (See "Caffeine Blues" for more info on that subject.) I'm not hungry all the time like I used to be, I'm satisfied after eating lunch, and I enjoy eating again. I don't miss potatoes, carrots, bananas, and the other high-sugar/starch things I used to eat because I was told they are "healthy." Eventually, I hope to get rid of the rest of the weight I need to lose--but that's coming. There isn't anything in the 7 rules of the plan that any nutritionist would argue with, although they would probably argue about the food combining business. I don't--it works, and the lady who loaned me the first SS book lost weight on it too.
Some of the info is repeated, agreed, and one or two recipes were also repeated for the sake of new readers who might not yet have the first two books. But still, the food is very good, no arguement about that. If you start doing the deprivation thing, you'll never keep the weight off. And that's the whole point. Yes, the family pictures get a bit much, but she writes from experience. That's her experience, but she was also a teenage mother at one time, living paycheck to paycheck, like a lot of other people in this country. She wasn't born into that lifestyle, she earned it.
42 of 42 people found the following review helpful
on January 21, 2003
This past year, I started following Suzanne Somers' way of eating as outlined in this book, and much to my surprise, I found that I went from a size 18 to a size 10 in about ten months. I still have about 20 pounds to go, but I look and feel the best I've felt in my entire adult life! (I'm 42).
My average weight loss has been right around 2 pounds per week. I love the fact that there's no limit on the amount of salad or vegetables I can eat. Also, there isn't any tedious time spent counting things like calories, grams of carbs, or serving sizes. I'm never hungry on this plan, and I can eat until I'm full at every meal (plus snacks!). I've never eaten so much rich, satisfying food in my life! Salads, vegetables, a wide variety of meats, numerous dairy products, and lots of delicous whole grain breads, pastas and cereals.
My health has improved greatly, too. I was constantly bombarded with a never-ending array of colds and flu, but since I've been Somersizing, I've only had one cold in about a year's time. For me, the "Queen of Colds and Flu," that's almost miraculous!
My major complaint with this book is that the recipes were way too fancy and too expensive for my simple taste (and even simpler budget!). If it were possible to drop my rating of this book by half a star, I would've given the book 4 1/2 stars because of the expensive and time-consuming recipes. I've had to do a lot of adapting of my own recipes to make sure I don't go broke with this eating plan. But Suzanne Somers' newest book, "Fast & Easy," has easier and less expensive recipes. I like the way the overall plan is laid out in "Eat, Cheat & Melt the Fat Away" better, but I personally prefer the recipes in "Fast & Easy."
I don't necessarily think that Somersizing is for everyone, but I've had four other friends here in town who started Somersizing after seeing my success and they've all lost weight, feel more energetic, and look wonderful.
This book is the greatest thing that's ever happened to me weight-wise and general health-wise, but I think the eating plan's effects will probably vary from person to person. I really don't believe in a one-size-fits-all diet plan ... but this particular one has been the right fit for me.
52 of 54 people found the following review helpful
on July 21, 2001
HI readers,like you I have tried almost every diet out on the market.I even had my stomach stappled,and I lost some weight, then restretched my stomach and gained it back, but I have a lovely scar from center of chest down to my navel. Now I weigh 297lbs. at 5'3in. and I don't exercise, but I have developed Diabetes 2 at age 38. Here I am looking at Suzanne Somer's book thinking she was a nice flake in 3's COMPANY but what does she know she's gorgeous. My mother at age 60 bought her book and she said I'm going to try it because she believes what Ms. Somers states about how Fat-Free and Light products or Sugar-Free are full of SUGAR and bad CHEMICALS. My mom is a great cook she served me Suzane Somers meals. I stopped eating ice-cream and fast foods, and now 3 weeks into this life style and I have lost 15lbs.and my mom who is 160lbs. has lost 25lbs. Still I have cheated and lost weight!! My DIABETES sugar readings are in range and I am getting more energy, so now I've started to exercise a little and I even went for a walk the first time in 10 years. My depression seams to be getting better because I haven't needed any medication since I started this new Life Style. I can't call this a diet because I eat when ever I want and until I'm stuffed. I have cut out some things but now I eat cheese cake and sour cream, and decaff. coffee with whole cream, its devine considering I haven't had a cup since I quit smoking 8 years ago. Now at 42 maybe I will live longer so I can enjoy life again and my newborn grandaughter Karissa. I am a canadian and I can't get all those lovely foods that you grow in the states and I am still eating great foods. So thank-you Suzanne for my Life cuz now I have a chance. GRATEFULL
46 of 48 people found the following review helpful
on December 28, 2003
Suzanne Somers' diet is a good idea and it works. However, based on her earlier successes, Ms. Somers' has started marketing a series of products to help follow her diet. This book is filled with recipes that all require her new products. Buy her old book where she still focused on using what is in your kitchen. These recipes are merely marketing for her products.
25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
on July 12, 2002
I can say that after trying many different methods of shedding pounds, that without a doubt Suzanne's way of eating is BEST for losing wt and keeping it off. It is a way of life, NOT a DIET. She allows you to still eat carbs, which is crucial for energy. Other popular diets now that eliminate carbs are impossible to live by, and leave you feeling hungry. Definitely NOT something I could do forever.
Food combining and eating healthy WHOLE carbs is the way to go. Whenever I have tried to go to low calorie, low fat- tradional dietician recommendations, I not only DO NOT lose weight, but even GAIN.
Suzanne has a great solution here and it is something you can live with and NOT feel deprived.
The first 2 weeks of her diet I lost 10lbs...when I recommend it to my mom, she too lost the 10lbs in 2 weeks.
By the way, I am a chronic prednisone user and diabetic, and EVEN with that combination, this WORKS. Blood sugars are best when I follow this way of eating.
47 of 51 people found the following review helpful
on April 20, 2001
I never thought I could feel so good, lose weight, and have so much energy!
I bought this book for my mom the day it came out... She is a big fan of Suzanne Somers and can't get enough of cooking in the kitchen. I thought, "What a perfect book for her," not realizing how much it would change my life.
Mom started to explain "Somersizing" to me and it really made sense. She told me I had to try it because she was feeling a difference in her waist size after only a few days... and had so much more energy and ambition.
Though I'm not in need of losing as much weight as mom (don't tell her I said that!), I was in need of gaining energy, so I got EAT, CHEAT, AND MELT THE FAT AWAY for myself. Not only did I start to feel more comfortable in my clothes, but I had so much more energy... enough to tell you and all my friends and family about this book!
This book is an easy read and Suzanne explains everything so you understand how and why this program works. Did I mention all the great recipes included in this book?
47 of 51 people found the following review helpful
on April 19, 2001
I have been Somercizing for about 3 months now, and have lost over 25 pounds. This is the best way of eating to lose weight I've ever tried. And I've tried them all! In this book, Suzanne gives a lot of information already in her first two books, but this one has a a bit more information about the differences between her "eating plan" versus Atkins, Sugarbusters, Protein Power, and other low-carb diets. This book outlines the basic guidelines of Somercizing, just like the other 2 books. The BEST part of this book (and worth it if you've already started, otherwise get the first 2) are the recipes. Some are also very similar to a few in the other books, and some are actually the same from the other books. But there are some great Level One recipes here.
39 of 42 people found the following review helpful
I might just be starting a collection of Suzanne's Diet books. Even if you are not on a diet or even if you don't cook you can enjoy reading her recipes. If you do buy her books, I can promise you, you will want to cook. The recipes are easy to make and they are so unique.
They all look simply fabulous and Suzanne's personality comes through in the book. Her friendly writing style will win you over and soon you will be feasting on all sorts of treats.
The title is the best. Have you ever heard of such a diet in your life? Cheating? What? I mean, hey...she sometimes sneaks a bit of chocolate so why can't we :).
If you love this book, look for Suzanne Somer's Get Skinny on Fabulous Food.
~The Rebecca Review