Zone Diet Plan Guide: How It Works?
Diet Plan was introduced by Dr Barry Sears, PhD. The zone for maximum
calorie burning is 40% carbohydrate, 30%protein and
30% fat. Therefore, it is also called the 40-30-30
Zone Diet is based on
hormones, not calories. It claims that carbohydrates make
people fat as most of them are insulin resistant. It believes
carbohydrate consumption produces insulin, which causes too many
calories to be stored as fat. Dr. Barry Sears also goes on about eicosanoids,
which are hormones which are synthesized
from essential fatty acids. Zone diet claims that eicosanoids are
the most powerful of all hormone systems and have ultimate
control over all physiological functions. Carbohydrates create bad eicosanoids which in turn increases
With Zone Diet, the
nutritional content of each meal should be in the ratio of 40-30-30.
The Zone Diet is created based on research
done into the effects of foods on hormone production and metabolic
activity. It aims to ensure optimal health by using foods
to manage metabolic activity and hormone production, which will
lead to the zone and, not incidentally, weight control. High profile
celebrities like Madonna, Demi Moore and Jennifer Aniston
support this diet and are admittedly taken away by the results
of the Zone Diet.
Zone Diet works on the
premise that human were meat eaters 100,000 years ago and our
bodies was designed to handle the demands of a meat-based diet.
Human evolutions introduced more carbohydrates into our daily diet, causing an imbalanceómainly
due to food grains. Our extra weight could be
attributed to the many grains and starches in our diet which we
take from pasta,
rice, breads and potatoes. Zone Dietís strategy calls for
a return to the diets of our ancestors where meat, fruits and
vegetables are the main dietary items.
doesn't actually prohibit you from any particular
food group; however food with high fat and carbohydrates such as
grains, starches, and pastas should be avoided. Fruits and
vegetables are the preferred source of carbohydrates and
monounsaturated fats (such as olive oil, almonds, avocados) are
the ideal choice of fats. Zone Diet claims to use food as a
drug for overall good health, weight loss and prevention or
management of heart disease and diabetes.
Zone is NOT actually
a diet. It is more precise to be called a life-long food
management system, which provides tremendous flexibility in your
food choices to achieve the hormonal goal that guarantees
permanent fat loss. That hormonal Holy Grail is to maintain
insulin in the Zone; not too high, not too low i.e. at