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The Zone Diet
The Zone Diet is a high protein, low carbohydrate diet plan designed to decrease our hunger and urge to eat. Meal plans are tailored to each individual, based on gender, activity level and percentage of body fat. The goal of the diet plan is based on an individual getting a certain percentage of daily calories from various areas. Each diet plan is tailored so that 40% of calories come from carbohydrates, 30% from protein and 30% from fat. Every meal or snack is designed around the 40-30-30 ratio so that the body can work at all times in it's peak "zone". The peak zone is where the body gets it's maximum amount of energy, maximizing weight loss.
The "zone" is a state of hormonal balance achieved through diet. The theory rests on the belief that keeping insulin levels in a perfect "zone" maximizes weight loss. The Zone Diet believes that we should consider foods only on a hormonal level, as opposed to caloric level. The Zone Diet firmly asserts that consuming carbohydrates causes an overproduction of insulin.
As with many other diets, the Zone Diet suggests a number of ways to optimize the body's use of food for energy.
- Eat large amounts of fresh vegetables, fruits and nuts.
- Eat lots of leafy greens.
- Sufficient protein consumption is essential for your body's unique requirements.
- Eat grains in strict moderation, if at all.
- Eat few, low fat diary products.
- Eat monounsaturated fats instead of saturated fats.
- Don't eat processed foods.
- Don't add salt to foods.
- Drink at least 8 full (8oz.) glasses of water each day.
The diet is based on a low daily caloric intake, yet offers foods many enjoy, such as high protein foods like red meat. The diet is very low in carbohydrates, fiber and many vitamins and minerals. It demands work, as keeping to the 40-30-30 ratio at all times can be complex.
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