|What is the Zone?
Zone is a lifestyle, not a diet. On the Zone you do not count calories
as in Weight Watchers or Dr. Bernsteins. You simply control a hormone
in your body called insulin. How do you control insulin? The
answer is by treating food as a drug. One of the side effects
that you will experience by keeping insulin levels in a tight Zone is a
state of wellness, as well as loss of excess body fat.
Zone diet sets your body up to BURN FAT as a primary source of fuel while
you retain your LEAN BODY MASS. Insulin is released by the pancreas
after you eat carbohydrates, and while it assures that your cells receive
the necessary blood sugar, it also inhibits fat burning, converts almost
half of your dietary carbohydrate directly into fat and causes hunger.
The Zone diet moderates the insulin response by limiting the intake of
refined sugars and keeping all other carbohydrates to about 40% of the
concept of the Zone is simple - every time you eat it must be in the correct
ratio of protein to carbohydrate to fats. That starting ratio?
40/30/30 - 40% carbohydrates, 30% protein, 30% fat. The maximum control
of insulin occurs for most people when this ratio is met.
calorie restriction is not in the way of protein or fats in the Zone.
It is accomplished by eating less starches, breads, bagels, pasta and grains
(the “white” food) called high glycemic carbohydrates which enter the blood
stream like white sugar and raise insulin levels. More emphasis is
placed on eating fruits and vegetables (called low glycemic carbohydrates)
which enter the blood stream at a slower rate and do not spike insulin
benefits of maintaining insulin in the Zone are almost immediate because
your blood sugar is also automatically stabilized. As a result you
feel less hungry, you are more mentally alert and more energized throughout
the day. Carb cravings become a thing of the past.