Dieters who are tired of starvation and fad type weight loss plans are desperate for a weight loss system that allows you to enjoy foods while following a sane plan. Depriving yourself of eating foods you enjoy FOREVER is just not realistic! Remember slow and steady wins the race!
Why not consider the ZONE DIET? It’s been wildly successful for dieters looking for a low carb- high protein diet plan that works.
The theory behind the Zone diet is to micro-manage your insulin level, which is our body’s mechanism for controlling blood sugar levels. By keeping the insulin level in a tight ‘zone’ your body will burn fat more efficiently.
In order to do this efficiently your body will need a perfect balance of carbohydrates, proteins and fats in every meal. Sound familiar? The Zone Diet is not that different in theory or meal planning than other low carb popular diets.
To reach the ‘The Zone’ – this optimal level of metabolic processing, the diet strives to reach a specific ratio of carbs, proteins and fats to be consumed at each meal plus snacks. The ratio is 40:30:30, which means – 40% carbs, 30% protein and 30% fats.
To make food portioning easier, the creators of the Zone diet have developed ‘Zone Food Blocks’, which are pre-set portions of foods with the correct 40-30-30 ratio built in. All you have to do is figure out how many of these ‘Blocks’ you can have throughout the day. This is determined by your weight as well as your proportionality – more specifically – your weight, height and waist and hip circumferences.
You may be eating 3 breakfast blocks whereas someone else with a different body weight and structure may eat 4 breakfast blocks. The result is achieving the 40:30:30 ratio.
MEAL PLANNING IS ESSENTIAL – this can be accomplished by getting the Zone Diet Book or having prepackaged meals delivered to you directly – both can be ordered online.
AT THE CORE THE ZONE DIET ELIMINATES CARBS AS A RULE : breakfast cereals, rice, potatoes, pasta, noodles, bread, bagels, croissants, muffins, crisps, pastries, pies, chocolate, sweets, sugar and preserves, as these have the greatest effect on blood sugar levels and therefore insulin levels.
However most lean meats, chicken or fish are allowed at each meal.
Compared to the Atkins or Scarsdale Diets which are extremely rigid allowing no deviation in foods, the ZONE DIET may offer a reasonable healthy way to lose weight and keep it off.
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