Barry Sears, Ph.D
Barry Sears, Ph.D., is a widely published scientist and. He
is the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller The Zone
as well as Mastering the Zone, Zone-Perfect Meals in Minutes,
Zone Food Blocks, A Week In The Zone, The Anti-Aging Zone,
The Top 100 Zone Foods, The Soy Zone, and The Omega Rx Zone.
His books have sold more than three million copies and have
been translated into twenty-two languages in forty countries.
Zone Diet Information
The zone diet was created by Barry Sears, PhD. This is a low carbohydrate
that claims to balance protein, carbohydrates and fats in a 40%-30%-30%
The Zone Diet can be enhanced by anti-inflammatory supplements, such as omega-3 fatty acids and polyphenols.
It is meant to optimise the body's metabolic function by
regulating blood sugar levels. By regulating insulin production
in the zone diet it claims will maximize fat loss and reduce the
chances of cardiovascular disease.
The Zone's eating plan is a
combination of a small amount of low-fat protein, fats, and carbohydrates
in the form of fibre-rich vegetables and fruits. Proteins should
be eaten in every meal and snack. Carbohydrates should be twice
the size of the protein portion. These include vegetables, beans,
and whole-grains. "Unfavorable carbohydrates" such as
brown rice, pasta, bananas, bagels, etc. should be eaten in smaller
Low-fat protein, colorful carbohydrates rich in polyphenols, and fat that is low in both saturated fat and omega-6 fats. The secret is balancing these ingredients to get the appropriate hormonal responses at each meal.
The main problem with the zone diet is that the 40%-30%-30%
ratio is very strict and hard to follow especially as the meals
also have to be split into blocks within your own unique combination.
As this plan is so complicated it has over the years been simplified.
However, Barry Sears is quite adamant about having the correct
amount so by doing a simplified version you are not really following
the zone. The whole diet plan is low in calories (typically 800-1200)
which is probably the most likely cause for weight loss rather
than regulating insulin levels.
Diet : Reasons for
amounts of fruits and low starch vegetables
in saturated fats
low nutrition carbohydrates
weight loss if followed exactly
Diet : Reasons against
complicated and to scientific
calorie intake means it is difficult to stay on it
some highly nutritious foods and is low in whole grain and calcium
to follow if you purchase all the pre packaged zone products
consuming as you should have six meals a day
Diet : Verdict
The diet is very hard to follow and most weight loss is due to
the low calorie intake. The higher calorie versions of this diet
are safe although all versions are low on some nutrients. It can
be a worthwhile short-term diet for those dieters that enjoy a
bit of routine in their diet.
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