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Zone Diet
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What is the Zone diet

The Zone diet is another of the popular low carbohydrate diets. It aims to balance the hormonal (ie insulin) response when foods are eaten. The diet is high in protein, low in carbohydrates and moderately high in fat. Meals are divided into the three main meals, plus 2-3 snacks per day. The type of carbohydrates recommended on this diet are low-density and low glycemic. This is to ensure that blood glucose levels and insulin response stay constant throughout the day.

The Zone diet recommends 40% carbohydrates, 30% protein and 30% fat at all meals and snacks.

The Zone diet has no phases - the principles of the diet are started from the first day of the diet.

The Zone diet has fewer dietary restrictions than many other low carbohydrate diets and recommends eating more fruit and vegetables.

A range of supplements are also recommended.

The Zone diet was devised by Dr Barry Sears.


Benefits of the Zone

The Zone diet claims to have the following benefits:


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Why the Zone diet works

The Zone diet includes:


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Is the Zone diet good for you

The views in favour of the diet claim that:

The views against the diet claim that:


Cautions for the Zone diet

To try this diet, speak to your medical practitioner or dietician.


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More information

To learn more, go to the official Zone diet web site.


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Last reviewed: 27 December 2007 || Last updated: 15 June 2011


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NOTE: Mega doses of vitamins, minerals or other nutrients cannot cure illnesses and in fact can be very dangerous and produce toxic side effects and interfere with medicine you are taking. Always ensure you consult your doctor before taking any type of minerals supplement.
Disclaimer: This guide is not intended to be used for diagnostic or prescriptive purposes. For any treatment or diagnosis of illness, please see your doctor.


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