The Zone Diet book is more formally known as Enter The Zone, and it is this book that started the Zone diet revolution. The book, published in 1995, is co-authored by Dr. Barry Sears and Bill Lawren. Dr. Sears is a former research scientist at the Boston University School of Medicine and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. This book became the #1 Best Seller on the New York Times' best sellers list and has sold more than 2 million hardcover copies. The book has become so popular that it has been translated into 22 languages.
The book was the culmination of his efforts in 'the dietary control of hormonal response' and today Dr. Sears has become a leading authority on it. The book is based on research done in Medicine on the role that 'specialized hormones play in the development of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, auto-immune diseases, and cancer.' This research won the Nobel Prize in Medicine in 1982.
According to the diet book, we can become fit and get into shape simply by eating the right foods the right way. The book tells you about the dietary rules and how the Zone Diet will affect your health. This book is useful for both, the novice and the health-care professional.
The Zone Diet
First, let us find out what is meant by 'Zone.' According to Dr. Sears, it is a place where we feel "alert, refreshed, and full of energy." He says that diet can be our greatest friend or the worst enemy. Food, according to him, has to be taken in the right quantity and at the right time, just as you would your medicines. No over eating and no eating whenever and whatever you like. We need to treat food as drugs as we will be taking it three times a day - for the rest of our lives.
The basics of the Zone diet is taking your food in the ratio 40:30:30. It just means that your food should have 40% carbohydrates, 30% fat, and 30% protein. This ratio helps fine tune your metabolism and burn fat. It is also important that your carbohydrates should consist of low-starch fruits and vegetables, and you should select lean proteins, and healthy fats. Any kind of meat or fat you feel like consuming will not do.
The book insists that eating your food in healthy proportions and in right sized portions is the key to good health and fitness. Following the Zone Diet will improve your hormonal control, blood glucose control, blood lipid control, appetite suppression, fat loss, among other things.
In the Zone Diet plan, chicken and fish are the main foods. You can choose your carbohydrates, including vegetables such as beans and spinach. Your main skill lies in finding out the right portion sizes. With practice you will get to know the 'right' portion size as this is the key to the whole diet plan.