Wednesday, July 05, 2006

The Zone Diet Explained

The Zone Diet Explained

Developed by Barry Sears PhD, the 'Zone Diet' is the latest in a long line of attempts to get a fresh angle on weightloss, and is currently among the 5 most popular diets in the States, partly because dieters report losing up to 5 pounds in the first week, and up to 1.5 pounds each week thereafter. Dr Sears main thrust is that food is 'medecine' for the body, and not just the 'fuel'. He proposes an "ideal" ratio of carbohydrates, proteins and fats - namely 40% carbs to 30% protein and 30% fat, which is supposed to keep the body within a healthy 'zone' determined by hormones.

Slightly complicating matters is the concept that some carbs are good, and some are bad. Refined Carbohydrates such as pasta, potatoes and bread are bad, and need to be strictly controlled.

Dr Sears believes the human body's digestive system works best by eating only 2 main food groups, namely Lean protein and natural carbohydrates (from fruits and fiberous vegetables). The good Doctor also advises disciples to eat small but regular meals, at least times 5 per day.

Added to this are the other key parts of the diet (there are 4 components in all) - the diet itself, the use of monounsaturated fats, Omega-3 fish oil dietary supplements and of course exercise. This combination is said to burn excess body fat while increasing energy. Adherents report increased vitality not to mention improved

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