The Zone Diet Essay

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The Zone Diet

High-protein/ low-carbohydrate diets are nothing new to Americans these days; they seem overwhelmingly to be the most popular among those people trying to lose weight. Ph.D. Dr. Barry Sears’ books on his version of the high-protein diet, the Zone Diet, are among the best selling diet books on the market. The diet seems to be yielding quick and noticeable results to those who follow Dr. Sears’ plan. Many people are desperate to lose weight and have tried numerous methods that have not produced sufficient and long lasting results. This could perhaps be the reason for the recent craze for the high-protein/ low-carbohydrate diet- it really does cause weight loss. Even Hollywood movie stars such as actresses Jennifer
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Barry Sears refers to as "SuperHealth." According to Dr. Sears, author of Enter the Zone and Mastering the Zone, a #1 New York Times Best Seller, "SuperHealth is a permanently enhanced quality of life: looking better, feeling better, strengthening the immune system, and slowing down the physiological aging process. And SuperHealth is a state that everyone can achieve." The goal of the Zone is to achieve a metabolic state of optimal health where your body works at peak efficiency. To achieve this, the idea of the Zone is to use combinations of certain foods to control specific hormones in your body.

THE ZONE GUIDELINES

The Zone promises to make you think clearly, lose weight more efficiently (and keep it off), have more energy and vitality, and to make you look and feel better. However, according to Dr. Sears, to achieve this state of being you must follow certain guidelines when choosing which foods to eat. One of the most important ideas of the Zone diet is to balance the amount of carbohydrates and proteins that you consume. The diet recommends that you keep three food groups: carbohydrates, proteins, and fats in the ratio of 40:30:30 respectively. However, it is important not only to eat meals in this ratio, but also to eat favorable foods in each group. For instance, favorable proteins include fish, chicken, turkey breast, egg whites, and low-fat cottage cheese, while unfavorable proteins would be such foods as red meat and organ
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