FAQs

General

Is the SOZA Weight Loss program right for me?


If you're looking to lose weight rapidly, reduce blood sugars, improve insulin function and overall general well-being, then this program is for you! Our program will help you lose weight rapidly. We prefer this method over slow and steady. Keep in mind, there is no magic diet, and you will be expected to put the work in. That being said, our program has been helping people lose weight and keep their weight off for years.




What is included in the 60-Day SOZA Weight Loss Kit?


The kit includes the two SUPREME oral sprays, two LEAN appetite supports, one BIO-ACTIVE B12, and the Instruction Manual.




What is the online membership program?


The online membership program is supplemental to support our community on and after the program. Weight loss is an ever evolving field of study and research. We continuously update our website with helpful information we think will benefit you.




How much weight am I expected to lose?


You’re expected to lose anywhere from 15-30 pounds a month, but this depends on your starting point; lean body mass, age, gender, fitness level, commitment, dedication, and wellness history. Do not compare your results with those of others. You will most likely go through periods of rapid loss as well as periods of a plateau as your body adjusts. Remain consistent with the program and check in with your health coach.




Why is it hard to lose weight on my own?


Many people fail on slow and steady weight loss programs because they can be very demotivating; some even find it to be torture. This is because conventional caloric deficits do not include metabolic advantages. Our protocol prioritizes stubborn visceral fat - aka white fat - over subcutaneous fat, hence improving hormone functions like insulin. This, in turn, dramatically diminishes cravings for sugary and starchy foods. Now you can go on a lower-calorie diet and reap the benefits of improved hormonal function.




How will I know the program is working?


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I have a medical condition; can I do the program?





Do I need to exercise?


This is not an exercise program. Many people have lost the same weight as those who didn’t exercise, but they stayed active. However, the fact you are on this diet shouldn’t be an excuse not to exercise.

We recommend you stay active with incidental physical activity. If you can do resistance training and some HIIT training then we go for it.




Will I have loose skin?


If you have a lot of weight to lose, then you may have some loose skin. Do some resistance training and eat enough protein to tighten your muscles up so you can minimize the amount of loose skin. Losing weight is extremely important, especially the dangerous fat around your middle.




How can I get my partner to do this program?


It would be much easier to do a weight loss program with a partner. The truth of the matter is that if they are not ready, in denial, or don’t believe in dietary changes, then there is nothing you can do to convince them. Be successful for yourself, eat healthily, and live a wellness lifestyle. They will come around when they are ready and see the changes you’ve made for yourself.




What happens if I get pregnant? Should I stop the program?


Yes. You should not be on any weight-loss program. Consult your primary care physician.




What do the SOZA supplements do?


Our proprietary supplements, combined with our protocol, can help you achieve healthy and rapid weight loss. These supplements have helped dieters for over ten years to balance hormones, control appetite, lower blood sugar and boost energy. Our products, SUPREME, LEAN, and BIO-ACTIVE, are used throughout your program.




Do I need a health coach?


Yes, you can only get started on our program through a health coach.




Why do I need a health coach?


More and more research proves that accountability and support are necessary for success. Health professionals and health coaches using a holistic approach believe the mind and body function as one unit in both health and disease. They spend more time with their clients/patients, developing closer relationships, and offering unique recommendations. It’s essential to work with someone who will hold your hand throughout the process and are there when you need them





Science

How is this different from a keto diet?


This is an 800-calorie mildly ketogenic diet that causes rapid weight loss, made easier with the SOZA supplements and the encouraged wellness lifestyle. It is based on the principles of the Mediterranean and plant-based diet. It is not as strict as the keto diet, as you will be able to eat more carbohydrates like fruits, organic dairy, and legumes. It is a more sustainable dietary pattern in the long run.




Will I be in ketosis?


Yes. If you do this program correctly you will be in mild to full ketosis throughout the program because this is a low-carb as well as a low-calorie diet. When you’re in mild to full ketosis, you’ll lose weight rapidly and safely. You’ll feel less hungry less often. Your cravings will diminish and you’ll have more energy as well as a greater sense of well-being. You’ll burn excess body fat while maintaining lean muscle mass. This program will promote dietary habits more effectively for long-term fat loss and sustainability.




Why do you recommend following a plant-based Mediterranean-style diet after the program?


Countless studies show time and again that the Mediterranean diet, common among centenarians, is one of the healthiest diets in the world. Scientific evidence supports the link between a Mediterranean diet and a reduced risk of heart disease, diabetes, and certain cancers (such as breast cancer). The Mediterranean diet is one of the healthy eating plans recommended by the Dietary Guidelines for Americans to promote health, prevent chronic disease, and maintain a healthy body weight. The World Health Organization also recognizes it as a healthy and sustainable dietary pattern. This is thought to be due to antioxidant-rich foods, such as fruits, vegetables, and healthy fats like nuts and seeds. The media popularizes many overhyped lifestyle diets that promise health benefits, but they have insufficient evidence to support their claims. Most of these diets advocate eliminating entire food groups, which is unnecessary and potentially dangerous, and therefore do not provide all the nutrients your body needs. Of course, you should always do your own research, but be sure to pay attention to evidence-based science and long-term studies.




Will my metabolism “crash,” or will I go into starvation mode on a low-calorie diet?


No. This belief came from the Minnesota starvation experiment that put people on an extremely low protein diet consisting of turnips and potatoes. Obviously, the results were terrible! Instead, you’ll be eating a moderate to high-protein diet in this program, as well as healthy fats, unlimited vegetables, and fresh herbs and spices. What you eat is essential, especially on a lower calorie diet. Correctly following the program properly in its entirety is vital.




Won’t a rapid weight-loss diet make me gain the weight back?


As some of America’s leading obesity experts pointed out in an article in the New England Journal of Medicine[iv] in 2013, the belief that slow and gradual weight loss is more effective than rapid weight loss is a myth, despite the fact that it has been repeated in textbooks for decades. They conclude that “more rapid and greater initial weight loss is associated with lower body weight at the end of long-term follow-up.” In other words, if you want to diet successfully it can be better to lose weight fast than slow.





Medical

Will this affect any medication that I am on?


Our weight loss supplements are all-natural and should not affect any medication you are on. As you lose weight you would need to monitor your sugar levels and any blood pressure medications that you are on. Please download our medical sheet here, which you can also forward to your primary care physician. As with any weight loss program, you should consult your doctor before beginning one. You can also read our medical disclaimer here.




I am on thyroid medication; will this affect my program?


If your doctor is monitoring your levels and you’re within the normal range, then this should not affect your program. On the contrary, if you’re on medication and within the normal range, then this program is recommended for anyone who has weight to lose and is experiencing the symptoms associated with carrying extra weight. You may even find that you can decrease the amount of medication you require after achieving significant weight loss.




I am a type 2 diabetic; do I need to monitor my sugar levels?


Yes absolutely. As you lose weight, you would be reducing your meds and hopefully getting off them completely. Keep checking in with your doctor.




Can this help my reflux?


Yes it can! Excessive weight and inflammatory foods cause reflux. Symptoms should lessen and cease as you get accustomed to the program. If you are on medication, touch base with your doctor. In the event you get reflux in this program, it should be temporary because of the change in diet. If it does not, please consult your doctor.




I have fibromyalgia; is this a problem?


As you know, there is evidence to support that excessive weight and inflammatory foods are associated with fibromyalgia. We expect you to definitely feel better in time on our program.





Exercise

What exercise programs do you recommend?


Incidental Physical Activity Resistance Training HIIT Training




Can I do long endurance exercise?


No. Please note that a low-calorie diet is not suitable for those who are doing long endurance exercise, as you would need to eat more. If you are doing intense/endurance exercise, you will require more energy than most.




Can I do or continue Zumba?


Yes, Zumba is fun and can relieve stress. Do Zumba at your own pace to fit with your 800-calorie program.




What is Incidental Physical Activity


This is the exercise you do in your typical day-to-day activities. Not everyone likes going to the gym and this is fine. You can get a decent amount of physical activity to benefit you on this program. It has long been proven that people who incorporate lots of incidental exercise in their day (rarely sit down until evening or meals) tend to live longer, healthier lives and better maintain their weight.




What sort of resistance training do you recommend?


Basic resistance training. Grab some dumbbells and do some bicep curls. As we get older we lose muscle.




What is HIIT training?


High Intensity Interval Training. The idea of HIIT is to get most of the major benefits of exercise in very little time. For those with busy schedules, HIIT can be a great alternative to longer physical activity programs. In one study, HIIT produced similar results to cycling vigorously for 45 minutes, three times a week, but took a fraction of the time.





Meal Plans

Do I need to count calories?


You don’t have to! Counting calories every day is exhausting. The meal plans should give you the recommended portion sizes. You will get the hang of it quickly. You do have to keep in mind that there is mindful portion control in this program except for veggies.




I’m not a good cook, can I still be successful?


Absolutely! You don’t need to over-complicate your meal plan. Feel free to be practical and repeat your favorite meals and eat leftovers.




What are some breakfast options other than eggs?


Scrambled tofu, smoothies, yogurt, homemade breakfast meat patties, cottage cheese, protein shakes, protein bars, mushrooms, avocado, and beans.





Nutrition

Is this program suitable for vegetarians and vegans?


The program can be adapted for a vegan, but it wasn’t designed for one. The primary reason is getting the adequate protein amount. For instance, a vegan would need to eat more legumes and beans to get the necessary protein required in the program without the increase in carbohydrates. A suggestion would include low-carb vegan protein shakes to assist.




I have food/allergy intolerances, can I still do the program?


Yes you can, there is more than enough approved foods on the program for you to enjoy.




I am lactose intolerant, do I need to consume dairy?


No. We do allow moderate organic dairy on the program but if you cannot or choose not, to have dairy, then you don't have to.




Can I drink coffee on the program?


Yes you can drink coffee.




Isn’t dairy inflammatory?


Too much non-organic dairy can be systemically inflammatory according to some studies. Other studies dispute this. Don’t rule out high-quality organic dairy in phases 2 and 3. Yogurts and some cheeses have good cultures that can be beneficial for gut health.




Can children do this program?


It is not recommended for children to do an 800 low-calorie diet. However, you can easily adapt the principles of the program, increase their food intake, add more legumes, and complex carbohydrates.




What's the nutrition program based on?


Low-carb plant-based SOZA Mediterranean-style diet centered on eating nutrient-rich foods: moderate to high lean proteins, vegetables, fresh herbs and spices, occasional legumes, moderate dairy and healthy fats.