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The Zone Diet
What is the Zone diet?
The Zone isn’t some mystical place – it is a real physiological state. According to the Zone diet the hormones (insulin and eicosanoids) governed by the food you eat are maintained within zones that aren’t too high, nor too low. The advantages of controlling insulin through the Zone diet are: increased fat loss, decreased likelihood of cardiovascular disease and greater physical and mental performance. The benefits of controlling eicosanoids are lowered inflammation and increased blood flow. Thus the Zone diet helps improve virtually every chronic disease condition and improve one’s physical performance.
The blood tests that define the Zone diet are ultimately the very same tests that can be used to define wellness. Dr Sears calls this evidence-based wellness that is the basis of 21st century health care.
Zone Diet Menu - What are Zone diet recipes?
The Zone Diet is based upon consistent insulin control. This is coupled with supplementation of high-dose fish oil to modulate the synthesis of arachidonic acid. The Zone Diet achieves insulin control by balancing protein and carbohydrate at each meal (1-4). The insulin-control component of the Zone Diet can be described as a moderate-carbohydrate, moderate-protein, and moderate-fat dietary program.
Zone Diet Plan - how it works?
High insulin levels are said to be the harbinger of heart disease. Increased carbohydrate consumption is seen as the key reason for higher obesity levels. The Zone Diet plan works on the premise that fats aren’t the cause for obesity. The culprit, rather, is the increasing levels of insulin. Growing instances of cardiovascular deaths have also been assigned partly to this factor.
Zone Diet – Pros and Cons
Pros of the Zone Diet
The Zone Diet usually has lesser dietary restrictions than many other low-carb plans. It recommends that you eat more of fruit and vegetables. The Zone Diet also encourages you to cut out a lot of the ‘junk’ or low-nutrient carbs in your diet such as crisps, cakes, biscuits and chocolate. Having fewer fatty foods – and swapping foods that are high in saturates for those containing monounsaturates – is sensible, heart-healthy advice, as well.
Cons of the Zone Diet
The Zone Diet, unfortunately, is extremely complicated and time-consuming, if you want to follow it properly. You have to invest in a Zone Diet book and a decent set of measuring scales and spoons – if you don’t already have them, that is. The Zone Diet also recommends doing away with some very nutritious foods that are not only a good source of carbohydrate but are also packed with fiber and important vitamins and minerals. For instance, wholegrain cereals are full of fiber, B vitamins and iron, while cheese is an excellent source of calcium and zinc. The Zone Diet can also be very expensive if you decide to buy pre-packaged Zone products! As for eating out, if you count food blocks, you might as well forget it.
Zone Diet – What the experts say?
Accomplishing a 40:30:30 ratio is definitely a departure from current healthy eating guidelines, that recommend 50 percent of our calories must come from carbohydrate, 15 percent from protein and 35 percent from fat. Most nutrition experts agree with the advice to eat less fat, particularly saturates, and to fill up on fruit and veg. Even so, many continue to remain skeptical about the theory that weight loss is due to regulating insulin levels. They are still insist that eating fewer carbohydrate-rich foods results in a calorie deficit. In other words, any weight loss is due to taking in fewer calories than the body uses up.
|Submitted on January 16, 2014|