Review of the Zone Diet

I am reviewing different diets. As of now, my belief is that it is better to adopt the eating patterns of normal weight people, than it is to follow diet plans. Diet plans do not work for a variety of reasons. Mainly because they are not eating plans you can continue for the rest of your life.

Zone Diet by Dr. Sears

Dr. Sears, Zone Diet, active lifestyle, weight lossThe Zone Diet by Dr. Barry Sears does not have stages, as the Atkins Diet and some other diets have. It consists of 40% carbohydrates (carbs), 30% protein, and 30% fat. You are required to eat five times a day: three meals and two snacks. Dr. Sears, the founder of the Zone Diet, believes that this balanced distribution of macronutrients (carbs, fats, and proteins) support balanced hormones and keeps the blood sugar more stable. Sears believes doing this to stabilize hormones and blood sugar avoids the roller coaster effect, caused by eating larger meals with longer times between meals. This is one of the features of the Zone Diet.

Zone Diet: Ratios

In addition to the ratio being controlled on a daily basis the carbs, protein, fat ratio must be adhered to at every meal and every snack. Additionally, the Zone Diet is calorie restricted. Men are allowed around 1500 calories and women are allowed around 1250 calories.

Sears called it the Zone Diet, because it keeps the blood sugar in the optimal or ideal zone.

Why the Zone Diet doesn’t work for me.

The Zone Diet is a diet plan that does not work for me at all. By the time you restrict the total number of calories to 1250 per day, and then reserve enough calories to have a snack containing the specified ratio of carbs, fat and protein, it leaves relatively few calories for any given meal. I found it was easy to be over the calorie limit, especially if one meal was eaten out. I also find any plan that requires me to eat more than 3 times per day, leaves me more opportunities to miscalculate my intake.

While I think it may be important to snack occasionally, I find I do better when I am not planning to eat so many times in a day. At least so far, I find when I am working on eating a normal diet, that I am able to have an apple for an afternoon snack if I am feeling peckish, without needing to completely rework my whole day to adjust for that snack.

Some people have lost considerable weight on the Zone Diet. It is still only a diet, and that does nothing to change your long-term eating behaviors.

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