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Zone Diet


BodybuildingPro.com Nutrition Database Reviews of Popular Diets Zone Diet


ALL ABOUT THE ZONE DIET!

Go to: ABOUT THE DIET

Go to: DIET GUIDELINES

Go to: EXERCISE DURING THE DIET

Go to: ADVANTAGES OF THE DIET

Go to: DISADVANTAGES OF THE DIET

Go to: CONCLUSION

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ABOUT THE DIET
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The zone diet was developed by Barry Sears (Ph.D). It is a diet based on the nutrient breakdown (40-30-30: Protein-Carb-Fats). The goal of this diet is to regular blood sugar levels, and as a result, maximize the body's metabolic function. The diet claims it will not only promote fat loss, but also reduce the chances of cardiovascular disease. It is a diet which is said to be beneficial more externally and internally.

DIET GUIDELINES
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The Zone diet requires eating a combination of small amounts of protein, fats and carbohydrates through vegetables in fruits which are rich in fibre. Protein is an essential part of the diet and should be eaten in every meal and in every snack. Carbohydraes are to be twice the size of the protein portions. The diet is low in overall calories, averaging about 1,000 per day.

EXERCISE DURING THE DIET
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Exercise is normally encouraged with dieting, but due to the overall caloric restriction of the Zone diet, it is not recommended, unless you feel you have the energy levels necessary to do so.

ADVANTAGES OF THE DIET
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The zone diet is fairly healthy as far as diets go. It is low in saturated fats, and throughout the diet, a beneficial amount of fruit is consumed. The diet also works to restrict low quality food sources such as bad carbohydrates. The diet is also not like so many other diets that results in weight loss quick followed by regaining the weight at the same rate. The diet will drop pounds slowly over time, and any of these types of diets are more likely to keep the weight off than those which drop rate very quickly. It also promotes eating six meals a day which is excellent for the body because it keeps blood sugar levels high by supplying constant nutrition.

DISADVANTAGES OF THE DIET
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Unlike many other diets, the zone diet is not easy to follow. The diet is also exact and restrictive. As a result, the temptation to cheat on this diet is present, and that is something you would like to avoid when seeking a diet. It is also low in whole grain and calcium and fairly expensive (as Zone products are an essential part of the diet and they cost more than regular food). Although the six meals a day is good for the body, it is sometimes difficult to follow, at least for beginners.

CONCLUSION
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Like so many other diets, the weight loss on this diet is due largely to a smaller intake of overall calories. If you have some time, and have short term weight loss goals, however, this diet might be for you. It is not nearly as unhealthy as some diets which produce short term weight loss, and may get you in the habit of eating smaller meals more frequently, which is an essential part of proper nutrition.

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