Zone Diet Review

by The Diet Critic on August 12, 2014

Zone Diet Review
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The Zone Diet is a low-carb diet program and lifestyle designed for health and weight loss. Created by biochemist, Dr. Barry Sears, The Zone Diet was developed to help dieters balance the carbs, protein and fat they eat. The claim is that by following the plan, you can lower the risk of high blood pressure, heart attack, heart disease and diabetes, as well as burn fat and lose weight.

In order to benefit from the Zone Diet, you need to adhere to the rules. To start, every meal and snack has a 30% protein, 30% fat and 40% carbohydrates formula. You cannot eat whatever you want. You also cannot eat whenever you want. An example of a Zone meal includes a plate filled two thirds with non-starchy vegetables and fruits, a palm-sized quantity of protein and a touch of monounsaturated fats.

Your first meal should be consumed within an hour of waking up. After that, you should not allow more than five hours to pass without eating. The day should be finished off with a snack before bed. Calories need to be counted on this diet. Women should have about 1,200 calories per day and Men should have about 1,500.

Pros

It is possible for you to lose weight following the Zone diet. This diet program has an official website where you can find information about the plan, Dr. Sears, and learn about the other Zone products that are available for purchase on the site (ex. omega-3 fish oil, Zone Foods, skin care, supplements, books, etc.). This diet is not complicated and has an easy-to-follow routine. It emphasizes for dieters to eat a steady diet of health foods including fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean protein, good fats, and so on, as well as take part in daily exercise. The Zone diet can be tailored to suit the needs of vegetarians, vegans, and even for those who need/choose to be gluten-free.

Cons

Although not a necessary part of the program, anyone interested in obtaining the additional Zone products recommended by Dr. Sears may be surprised at the cost of these items, which do not come cheap. Furthermore, while the diet is easy to follow, it’s 30-30-40 (protein, fats, carbs) ratio is not ideal for everyone. Also, the American Heart Association has criticized the Zone, saying that it is not a healthy diet for weight loss due to the amount of protein that a dieter is required to ingest. Finally, there is no solid clinical evidence that the Zone Diet is effective for long-term weight loss or weight management.

Anyone considering this diet should first consult with their healthcare provider before making drastic changes to their eating habits for weight loss.

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