The “zone” is a catchy term used to define a state of balance between the food you eat and how it influences your blood sugar and insulin each day. The Zone diet is incredibly popular, particularly among many celebrities, and has helped thousands shed unwanted pounds. Does the Zone diet work, and is it worth your time? Here’s what you should know.
The core philosophy of the the Zone diet is to regulate, and maintain healthy insulin levels all day long. To achieve this, you’re asked to use a specific meal composition every time you eat and also eat at specific times of the day.
The primary rule of the diet is 30% protein, 30% Fat, 40% carbohydrates. This rule must be followed with every meal and every snack to help regulate insulin levels. You can’t eat mostly protein for breakfast, than mostly carbs for lunch.
On the zone diet, every meal must comply with the 30/30/40 rule.
In addition to meal composition there are general rules as to the number of calories you’re allowed per day. Typically women will eat 1,200 calories per day and men will eat 1,500 calories per day but there are exceptions depending on your current weight.
To avoid drastic swings in blood sugar, and insulin levels, you’ll be asked to eat meals consistently spaced throughout the day. You aren’t allowed to go longer than five hours without consuming calories. On the diet, you’re asked to split your calories into three large meals, and two small snacks each day.
Zone Diet Food Blocks
To simplify achieving a 30/30/40 ratio, the zone diet uses a measuring system called “blocks”. This allocates points (blocks) to food based on the serving size and type of food you’re eating.
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What You Can Eat
The diet tries to steer you into healthier decisions, by separating foods into favorable and unfavorable categories. Nearly all foods are allowed on the diet, but here’s a list of some of the foods considered favorable on the Zone diet.
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What You Can’t Eat
Unlike most diets, there aren’t many foods you’re not allowed to eat. There are foods that are considered unfavorable, and you’re asked to eat in moderation, but few foods are outright banned.
These foods are allowed, but you’re asked to eat in moderation.
High Carb Source
Potato, boiled, mashed, fried
How Much Weight Will You Lose?
The Zone diet isn’t a rapid fat loss program and it doesn’t claim to be, either. It preaches balance, and sustainability over long periods of time. You should expect to lose 1-1.5 pounds per week if you follow the guidelines every day.