The Zone Diet

11 Dec

In 1995 Barry Sears wrote The Zone, at the time a new way of looking at the proper daily balance of nutrients to improve one’s health.  It includes the simple formula of 40-30-30.  If one receives 40% of each meal’s calories from carbs, 30% from protein and 30% from fat, one can balance one’s hormonal and insulin levels, lose weight permanently, prevent disease, improve physical performance, and enhance mental abilities. Today there are many worldwide using the Zone method to achieve optimum health and lifespan.  Here at FusemeAll Meals all of the recipes available to reader are Zone balanced in addition to being made from fresh unprocessed foods.

The Zone Diet Explained

Diet is not a dirty word.

It comes from the Greek root meaning “way of life”. This is what the Zone Diet is. It’s a way of life to help control gene expression to give you the longer and better life we all aspire to.

The Zone Diet gives you the power to turn some genes on and turn other genes off. As a result, you feel your energy soar, watch your waistline shrink, and say goodbye to hunger. In the Zone you are now taking wellness into your own hands.

Any diet that uses the word high or low to describe it is hormonally unsustainable. The only diet that can maintain hormonal balance for a lifetime must use the word moderate to describe it. That’s what the Zone Diet is.

It’s moderate in:

Low-fat protein

• Low glycemic-load carbs(mostly fruits and vegetables)

• Heart-healthy monounsaturated fats

The Zone Diet is about balancing your hormones within a specific range to control hunger on fewer calories while still getting the proper nutrients your body needs for long-term health. The Zone Diet can best be described as a moderate-carbohydrate, moderate-protein, moderate fat diet that has approximately one gram of fat for every two grams of protein and three grams of carbohydrates (the Zone 1-2-3 Method™). These ratios represent the newest dietary recommendations from the Joslin Diabetes Research Center at Harvard  Medical  School for the treatment of obesity and type 2 diabetes.

With the right balance of protein, carbohydrates and fats, you can control three major hormones generated by the diet – insulin, glucagon and eicosanoids.

Insulin – A storage hormone. Excess insulin makes you fat and keeps you fat. It also accelerates silent inflammation.

Glucagon – A mobilization hormone that tells the body to release stored carbohydrates at a steady rate, leading to stabilized blood sugar levels. This is key for optimal mental and physical performance.

Eicosanoids – These are the hormones that ultimately control silent inflammation. They are also master hormones that indirectly orchestrate a vast array of other hormonal systems in your body.

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