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What is the Zone Diet?
In 1995 Dr. Barry Sears wrote a book titled "The Zone". It soon went to the top of the New York Times bestseller list. He has written a number of other books about the Zone Diet as well. He is a biological technologist and a nutritional researcher. According to him, he didn't write his first book specifically as a diet book, but readers started following his recommendations in order to lose weight. His intent was to teach cardiologists how to treat heart disease and diabetes by using or eliminating certain foods. He sees those diseases as contributing to obesity, which he views as stemming from the production of too much of the hormone insulin in our bodies. Visit the website http://www.zonediet.com/landing/index.
Dr. Sears believes hormones to be more powerful than any drugs and that all the foods we ingest contribute to our insulin levels, either in a positive or negative way. The premise for the Zone Diet is that by eating balanced meals we can achieve maximum health. Like some other eating plans, his goal is to target insulin, but he recommends going about it in a different way. He also believes in keeping the calorie count low, between 1200 for women and 1500 for men. Many argue that these numbers are too low to maintain energy levels, but Dr. Sears is looking at quality rather than quantity.
Anyone deciding to try the Zone Diet should expect to learn to eat well balanced meals. Typically each meal is divided into three parts; protein, carbohydrates, and fat. He points out that many don't know that fruits and vegetables are carbohydrates and doesn't believe we should eliminate them from our diets. The carbs to be concerned about are starches and some grains. Each meal should be perfectly balanced rather than concentrating on one thing. For example, he suggests dividing each meal into sections: low-fat protein no larger than the size and thickness of the palm of the hand, a large section of fruits and vegetables, and a very small portion of mono-unsaturated fat, such as olive oil or avocado. Eating a meal made up of this combination should keep insulin levels balanced and keep us satisfied for 4 to 5 hours.
Zone for Life
The Zone Diet isn't meant to be something a person practices until they attain their perfect weight; rather it is intended to be a way of life. It allows for people to still enjoy their favorite foods, but in a balanced an moderated way.