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The Zone Diet

Dr. 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% ratio. 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 portions. 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.

Zone Diet : Reasons for

  • Good amounts of fruits and low starch vegetables
  • Low in saturated fats
  • Restricts low nutrition carbohydrates
  • Steady weight loss if followed exactly

Zone Diet : Reasons against

  • Very complicated and to scientific
  • Restricted calorie intake means it is difficult to stay on it
  • Eliminates some highly nutritious foods and is low in whole grain and calcium
  • Expensive to follow if you purchase all the pre packaged zone products
  • Time consuming as you should have six meals a day

Zone 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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