Posted by: 4pack | June 1, 2009

“Ideal Diets”: Successful Diets And Weight Control All Come Down To Limiting Calories And Avoiding Excessive Carbohydrate Consumption; Zone Diet Is No Different

The Zone Diet, the topic of the bestselling book “Enter the Zone,” bases all of its health claims on the premise of a diet plan comprised of 30 percent protein, 30percent fat and 40 percent carbohydrates.

The Zone Diet, the topic of the bestselling book “Enter the Zone,” bases all of its health claims on the premise of a diet plan comprised of 30 percent protein, 30percent fat and 40 percent carbohydrates.

THE BASIC MESSAGE OF ANY SUCCESSFUL, HEALTHY DIET IS LEAN PROTEIN + INCREASED PORTIONS OF VEGETABLES AND FRUIT WITH TOTAL CALORIES UNDER 2,000… 

The Zone Diet, the topic of the bestselling book “Enter the Zone,” bases all of its health claims on the premise of a diet plan comprised of 30 percent protein, 30percent fat and 40 percent carbohydrates.  This formula sounds dramatically different from everything else you’ve recently heard about dieting, right?  Co-author Barry Sears, who holds a Ph.D. in bio-nutrition and 15 years of research in the field, contends that the conventional recommendation to achieving weight loss and overall good nutrition through a high-carb, low-protein, low-fat diet is simply “dead wrong.”  Not only is Sears promoting his method of diet control as a means to losing weight, but also strongly promotes its benefits in combating the onset of high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes and possibly cancer. 

Sears explains that “the Zone” is the state in which your body’s metabolism is working at maximum efficiency, and he has all of his own scientific data to back it up.  By controlling your balance of insulin, which controls fat storage and other hormones in your body through diet, Sears claims to have found the key to good health and weight loss for you.

The Zone Diet’s Meal Plan
The specifics of meal planning through the Zone Diet can seem complicated, which is understandable. With more proponents of the diet plan devising their own recipes to maintain the proper balance of protein, fat and carbs in Sears’ method you might easily get confused on what to eat.  Here is the simple breakdown: each day contains three meals and two snacks, one in late afternoon and one in late evening.  At every meal and snack, you should consume a small portion of protein, about the size of a small chicken breast, and a “good” carbohydrate portion (double the size of the protein) consisting of vegetables, lentils, beans, whole grains or fruit.  Sears also professes that your body needs 30 percent daily fat intake to reduce the carbohydrate absorption into the body. So his list of recommended fats includes traditional favorites such as ice cream, macadamia nuts and olives.

The Zone Diet: Expert Analysis
While Sears’ book contains scores of testimonials to the benefits of his Zone Diet plan and its positive health and weight loss effects, there is currently no independent scientific research or proof to back up his claims.  Consequently, most scientists and nutritionists are slow to agree with the scientific data claims made by Sears throughout the book. Many will contend that he grossly exaggerates the results of basic research in the field.  On the other hand, a vast majority of the experts who have reviewed the Zone Diet plan have conceded that the plan is easy to follow, and contains all of the foundation requirements to good nutrition.  Simply put, while the diet may not result in the medical claims made by its author, it’s concise formula of lean protein and lots of vegetables will absolutely bring those of you who are overweight into a pattern of a healthier lifestyle.

http://www.alternativehealthjournal.com/article/the_skinny_on_the_zone_diet

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