Perhaps one of the notable diets of the decade, The Zone plan is a ground-breaking phenomenon that has taken the world of weight loss by storm. Thanks to a flurry of A-list Hollywood celebrities including Jennifer Anniston, Brad Pitt, Madonna and Bill Clinton, the Zone has been on the tip of everyone’s tongue as a balanced, common-sense way to achieve optimum health and weight loss.
For more than two decades, founder Barry Sears strove to develop a system that would restore hormonal balance to the body. The Zone is his answer. This calorie-restrictive plan is a balance of low-density carbohydrates (40%), adequate protein (30%) and essential fats (30%). Rich in vitamins and minerals, food is used as a drug to control insulin, which promotes fat loss. Sears stresses that The Zone is not a diet but a lifestyle.
When you’re in The Zone, timing is everything. It’s crucial that followers uphold Sears’ tight schedule. Eat three Zone meals and two Zone snacks every day. Meals must be consumed every five hours, with a snack consumed every two to three hours. You must also eat within one hour of waking up. This keeps energy levels and insulin levels ebbing and flowing without interruption.
The Zone plate should look like this at every meal. Divide the plate into three sections, equally proportioned. The first section is designated for a lean protein no larger or thicker than the palm of your hand. The second section is made up of low-glycemic vegetables. The third section is a piece of fruit. Add a small amount of monounsaturated fat such as olive oil, almonds or avocado. Snacks should always consist of some low-fat protein. Women should consume 1,200 calories a day, while men should consume 1,500 calories a day. By following the diet, you’ll lose weight, boost energy, burn fat, feel fuller and improve your overall wellness.
A typical day’s menu includes a smothered vegetables cheese omelet for breakfast, sautéed steak with vegetable medley for lunch, a Granny Smith apple wrapped in ham as an afternoon snack, New Orleans Creole-Style chicken for dinner and wine and cheese as an evening snack.
Official site of The Zone Diet