The zone diet is the best-selling diet cult to reduce diet inflammation. Developed over 30 years ago by a biochemist, Dr. Barry, the program has had controversies on whether it is based on any scientific base. As its creator confirms, it is a long-term process that proves effective in not only improving your physical state but also ensures that the weight loss comes only from fat and neither muscle nor water. The miraculous transformation occurs in a unique state known as the zone. The zone is an actual physiological state in one’s body, and that can be clinically tested.
The idea is to stay in the zone. In this condition, you increase your chances for a happy, healthier life. You are in control over the diet-induced inflammation and thus to your well-being. So how can you know if you are in the zone? Dr. Barry Sears showed three clinical determinants under which, if the conditions for each are met, then you are safe. Otherwise, you fail.
The first is known the TG/HDL ratio. Your diet induces it. Its ideal value should be less than 1, and it indicates the insulin level resistance in the lover. Consult a doctor to get tested. It is usually included within your cholesterol panel with your normal blood work.
AA/EPA ratio is the second marker. It is affected by your diet and fish oil. The ideal value must be between 1.5 to 3. It signifies the diet-induced inflammation level in your body. Zone labs Inflammation tests determine this ratio.
Lastly is the HbAlc. It is affected by your diet and polyphenols. Its required amount should be 5%. It embodies the Advanced Glycosylated End products (AGE) level that is tied to your body. Just measure your blood sugar levels over a period of three months. Kindly consult your doctor.
The zone aims at restricting the number of calories in the body. Every plate needs to be carefully balanced per meal. To 1/3rd of your plate, add protein, example: fish, egg whites, beef, etc. It need be just about the size of your palm. To 2/3rds of your plate, add carbohydrates. Add lots of vegetables and some fruits. Refrain from sweet fruits and vegetable, like bananas. Avoid starchy foods. Add a little amount of fat. Such include avocado, almonds or olive oil. The objective of a balanced diet is to lower your insulin levels. Sear believes that this is the key to achieving a thinner you.
Balancing your food using the zone diet creates a zone food pyramid, onto which vegetables take the broad base while grains and starches remain at the apex. Maximising your vegetable intakes regulates your hormones in the body. The pyramid also gives a significant balance in the polyphenol levels in your diet. Polyphenol activates the anti-inflammatory genes in your body and controls the bacteria in our digestive system. According to Barry, control your hormonal and polyphenol levels in the body keeps your body at balance and contribute in making you cut up the extra fat.
However compelling the concept of zone diet is, it requires a driving force. Adding supplements to your food gives that extra push into the zone. Supplements give you a clear pathway to achieving the optimum levels in your body. The zone diet provides the following benefits
- Blood sugar control. Limiting the intake of starch in the body and taking enough vegetables helps stabilize your insulin levels and blood sugar in your body
- Weight loss. Following the zone, diet has proven to help reduce the amount of fat in the body.
- Meals. It highly recommends taking regular meals, at least five to six times a day. This is very healthy.
- Quality. Using the zone diet, a variety of foods are supplied to the body providing the required nutrients. These foods keep the body in balance, assuring proper health.
However, some concerns about it include
- Hunger. People that follow it take fewer calories than the required leading to starvation.
- The Kidney. Too much protein intake in the body puts the kidney at risk. This can be severe for some people.
- Missed Nutrients. Restricting some foods can cause a lack of essential nutrients in the body.