Barry Sears PhD wrote the Zone Diet. He is no stranger to science as he used to work in the bio tech department at the well renowned MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology).
Bill Lawren and Sears wrote Enter the Zone together and they claim that this is really the way to life, it’s what being healthy is all about.
If you have read the book, you’ll know that on the diet you eat 30% fat, 40% carbs.
Sears believed that the incorrect way to eat is to eat a diet high in carbs and low in protein and fat. He believes that this can lead to an increased risk of diseases such as diabetes and heart disease, amongst others.
The next book he published was called The Anti-Inflammation Zone and in it he describes how to fight certain disease using food. As the title suggests, he believes that inflammation causes numerous diseases and also makes people gain weight. If you follow the Zone Diet you should give a boost to your metabolism, so that it works optimally and this is due to eating the right amount of carbs, fat and protein, according to Sears.
He doesn’t recommend starvation, a fad diet, diet pills, appetite suppressants or other of the modern weight loss methods we know, but he just wants you to eat the right amount of calories from the correct percentage of carbs, fats and protein that he recommends.
Zone Diet Food
Many general rules of healthy eating and weight loss diets can be found in the Zone Diet. For example, it’s recommended that you eat a small amount of protein with each meal. He also recommends that you eat it as a snack twice a day.
Wholesome carbs, i.e. not white flour products, fried food etc. but pulses, whole grains, plus certain fruit and vegetables, should be consumed in servings that are twice as big as the amount of protein eaten in grams or ounces.
Although you should always try to avoid eating too many white flour products and unhealthy carbs, if you do eat them then you should east less.
Due to the amount of fat contained in eggs and dairy products, the Zone Diet recommends eating egg whites, not yokes, think of an egg white omelette. It also recommends low fat or diet dairy products.
Healthy fats and oils should be eaten, but unhealthy saturated fats should be avoided or hardly eaten at all. Good fats include olive oil and rape seed oil, amongst other things.
This is a fairly high fat, high protein diet, which is lower in carbs than the standard diet or many other weight loss programs.
Many years of scientific research has been done on the effects of this diet, according to its creator. If you haven’t read the book, then read it and you’ll see numerous testimonies from people from all walks of life, including sports people, on the effects of this diet, but see if you can find scientific proof.
Bonnie Liebman, director of nutrition and the Center for Science in the Public Interest in America said about the Zone Diet:
“If you ignore the scientific rhetoric, the diet isn’t bad. You are getting carbohydrates from fruit and vegetables on the diet, but a lot of the science is bunk.”
She also states:
“You have a piece of protein the size of your palm, and you fill the rest of your plate up with fruit and vegetables.”
Another scientific professional, Susan Roberts PhD, from the Weight Regulation Program at Tufts University of Medicine and Psychiatry says:
“Like most fad diets, The Zone Diet takes one of several known controllers of energy, blood glucose, and blows it up into a whole book.”
“ It downplays the other factors that also determine how hungry we get and how much we eat, such as fibre and the calorific density of food.”
Sample Menu Zone Diet:
Egg white and mushroom omelette cooked in omega rich oil
Grilled tuna steak
Steamed chicken breast
A green salad with an oil and vinegar dressing
Rye toast and scrambled egg whites
Slice of lean chicken breast
A lentil, bulgur wheat and spinach salad with a rapeseed oil and balsamic vinegar dressing
Steamed vegetables in low fat cheese sauce
A green salad
Scrambled egg with low fat cottage cheese and a slice of low fat ham
Turkey & spelt
Grilled plaice with steamed kale and vegetables
Strawberries with low fat quark
Having a high protein snack in between meals, especially in the afternoon and later, is part of the diet regime. Try:
low fat dairy products, like yogurt, a spoonful of cottage cheese, a slice of low fat cheese
a slice of lean chicken or turkey
a piece of smoked tofu
a spoonful of cooked lentils
If you eat right in general and follow a healthy eating plan, which means that you eat the right foods at the right times of the day, then you should not only lose weight and keep it off, but have more energy, feel less sluggish and maybe even avoid succumbing to certain diseases later in life. Of course don’t forget to exercise, it’s also an essential part of staying healthy.
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