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The Zone Diet was developed by Dr. Barry Sears in 1995 and suggests that by choosing the right foods, your body will be ‘in the zone’ and function at it’s optimal level. The Zone Diet focuses on stabilizing hormone levels, specifically insulin production, and allowing the body to return to a natural "hormonal state" for better health of body and mind. As stated by Sears, the Zone is a "metabolic state in which the body works at peak efficiency," The Zone is a low (refined) carbohydrate diet that encourages good protein consumption, lots of fruits and vegetables and adequate levels of mono-unsaturated fats all to stabilize blood sugar and maintain equilibrium within the body. On the Zone diet meals, there is a 40:30:30 ratio of complex carbohydrates (mostly from vegetables or fruits),...
By stabilizing the bodies hormones, specifically insulin levels, the Zone diet creates and optimal balance within the body to produce maximum health benefits.
Some of the potential benefits include:
- Weight Loss
- Increase in muscle mass
- Improved mental focus and acuity
- Greater energy and performance
- Decreased body fat levels
- Elevated mood
- Better ability to handle everyday stress
- Prevention of heart disease and diabetes