What is the
Zone in Zone Diet?
The Zone is defined as the
seemingly effortless, euphoric state where body and
mind work at
peak efficiency. Our body is just like an automobile engine, it
requires perfect mixture of water, fuel and air to sustain. It is a state of
that can be achieved by your diet, i.e. by keeping the hormone insulin in a tight zone: not too
high, not too low—at equilibrium.
The Zone Diet is a
hormonal control strategy.
To understand hormonal thinking and its implications, you must
realize that it is impossible for dietary fat alone to make you
fat but is the excessive levels of the hormone insulin that makes
and keeps you fat.
The insulin levels increase when an individual eats too many
fat-free carbohydrates or too many calories at any one meal.
Coincidentally, Americans do both. As in fattening cattle by
feeding them excessive amounts of low-fat grain to raise their
insulin levels, humans accidentally fatten themselves in the
same way but now in the form of pasta and bagels.
In core, try to understand it takes fat to burn fat. Fat slows
down the entry rate of carbohydrates into the bloodstream
thereby decreasing the production of insulin. Since it's insulin
that makes you fat, having more fat in the diet is important for
reducing insulin, especially since it does not stimulate insulin
production. The best type of fat is monounsaturated fat, like
olive oil, guacamole, almonds, and macadamia nuts.