Developed by Dr. Barry Sears, a researcher at the Boston University School of Medicine and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the zone diet is a diet plan that focuses on the ideal state of the body and the mind. This is a state of mind where the body will feel refreshed and at its peak of energy and performance. The term zone was borrowed from what athletes would often call the zone peak of performance wherein they achieve their bodies’ optimal degree of performance.
Dr. Sears, who has studied lipids and its role in the development of chronic diseases in then body, conceptualized the diet after the death of his father due to a heart attack in 1970. But the concept was still raw, not until 1982 when Nobel Prize jury gave a research grant to the study of the relationship of hormones called eicosanoids and the development of certain set of diseases that include diabetes, heart problem and even cancer.
In 1995, the doctor completed his research and compiled it in a book entitled, “Enter The Zone.” It became an international bestseller, topping lists worldwide. To date, it has sold more than four million copies. The book was so successful that Dr. Sears published 10 more books about the subject.
Despite this, critics still point out that the theory has not much merit as there are no scientific evidence about it. Although the zone diet is indeed effective in reducing the pounds. Some in fact continue to lose 1.5 pounds every week. There have even been people who have not lost any pounds with other diets but have lost with the zone diet.
The diet encourages the consumption of grilled meats, a lot of fruits and of course veggies. People who are under the program will have some meals that are composed of one slice of meat and two-thirds fruits and veggies. The diet is primarily composed of 40 percent carbohydrate, 30 percent protein and 30 percent fats in the form of monosaturated fats such as those found in fruits such as avocado, guacamole and macadamia nuts.
Carbohydrates are taken in through fruits, veggies and whole grains. Sometimes pasta, rice and breads are permitted but only small portions. The protein on the other hand are taken in through lean cuts of meat and poultry such as chicken and turkey. Fishes may also be eaten as well as soy products.