The Zone Diet Reviewed
Barry Sears’s author’s popular books talking about a diet that recommends hormonal thinking rather than caloric thinking as a way to eat. The concept is that the evolution of the human body tells us that when people consume the correct ratio of carbohydrate to protein to fat (40/30/30) they are healthier, happier and wiser overall.
The “40/30/30″ refers to the ratio of calories obtained daily from carbohydrates, proteins and fats respectively. Studies have shown that this ration can result in weight loss. Sears says the Zone is ideal hormone balance. We need to be careful about our insulin levels making sure they remain balanced, not too high or too low. When in the zone, the body does not waste time storing excess calories as fat.
Essentially Sears believes that low-fat diets will increase insulin and cause the body to store more fat. He points out that even though Western diets are filled with low-fat carbs, people are fatter than ever. The Zone Diet proclaims that fat consumption is necessary for burning fat. Certain fats will produce the fullness feeling and help determine the rate carbs are taken into the bloodstream.
The slower carb absorption will also lower insulin levels and, thus, creates less stored fat. The resulting higher insulin levels make us feel tired. Your body metabolism will slow down and cause cravings for high-carb snacks. The Zone Diet says we create the trap of cravings that continues the cycle indefinitely
The Zone Diet says that people eat too many carbohydrates that create far too much insulin for the body to handle efficiently. This causes a number of health problems including arthritis, cancer and heart disease.
The Zone Diet argues that a diet low in carbs and higher in protein along with lower fat consumption will create a zone that is optimal for human life. The problem according to The Zone Diet is that the human body is unable to store fat and burn fat at the same time. The Zone Diet tells its readers to eat something every five hours during the day. It calls for the elimination of the foods everyone knows are problematic (chips, candy, starch).
The Zone Diet highly recommends eating vegetables, lean proteins, lentils and nuts. These are the low glycemic healthy foods. It is not surprising that The Zone Diet does perform for its adherents as it is actually low in calories. The sample meal plans call for fewer than 1500 calories intake per day.
Sears says the low-carb diets, like Atkins, miss the target. These diets produce water loss quickly and the dieter thinks he is losing fat.