The Zone Diet Revealed
The Zone Diet - What's It All About?
If you track celebrity diets at all, you've no doubt heard about the Zone diet. Jennifer Aniston alone should get paid stock in this company for all the attention she's given this diet.
Created by biochemist Barry Sears, the Zone is a balanced plan centering on the proper 40:30:30 ratio of of carbs, proteins and fats.
This ratio, according to Sears, keeps you in 'the Zone' for proper hormonal balance and thus optimal fat-loss. It keeps insulin levels low enough to enable fat loss without burning muscle mass for energy.
In recent years, the diet has recommended the addition of heart-healthy, anti-inflammatory omega 3 fats.
How The Diet Works:
With this diet, you stick to the right 40:30:30 ratio for all your meals (40% carbs, 30% fats and 30% proteins).
You're also encouraged to take Omega 3 and polyphenol supplements.
While the diet is a more balanced approach to the strict low carb diets, it can also be quite hard to follow to maintain the right 40:30:30 ratio. Many people who follow the Zone diet try to do it through a meal delivery service to make it easier.
You can also buy Zone-compliant foods a la carte and get help with their online support program.
How Does It Rate?
Is It Fast?
While this does depend on your current weight and activity levels, most users can expect to lose a steady 1 - 3 pounds per week.
Is It Easy To Follow?
No. It can be very challenging to stick to the 40:30:30 ratio. And it can be expensive if you try to do it using a meal delivery service or buy purchasing special Zone-compliant meals.
Is It Safe?
The diet itself is a good balance of protein, carbs and fats. Plus it emphasizes whole foods and healthy omega 3 fats. So it's pretty safe.
Does It Permit 'Treats'?
Yes - the plan does allow for some sweet treats - however they should be Zone-compliant. For example you can get brownies, cookies, pretzels and more from the Zone store online.
Is There Support?
Yes. The official Zone website offers Free membership to its online program. You can get recipes, weight loss tracker tools, dining out tips, food journals, buy special zone food and supplements and more.
Final Grade: C+
The Zone diet is a very popular balanced diet offering a balance of carbs, fats and proteins. The aim is to keep your insulin levels lower so you get a steady burning of fat throughout the day.
While the diet definitely works and keeps a lot of celebrities in screen-star shape, the diet can be a challenge to stick to with the proper 40:30:30 ratio.
The easiest way to follow this diet would be to try a zone diet delivery service (if you can find one in your area) or try the Zone online program which will give you free tools and help.
Where To Find More Information:
You can get more information and tips (as well as order special zone food) from the official Zone diet website online. They give you free online tools, meal plans, eating out tips and more to help you succeed with this diet.
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