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Barry Sears looks at why Americans still have dietary problems in spite of following the advice of experts. Challenging the current recommendations for a high carbohydrate diet, Sears looks into man's history as well as the diets athletes succeed best on, to build a new dietary picture. Anyone looking for better health through an improved relationship to what they eat should put this book on their list.
Ciao pasta, good-bye bread, rice and other "bad carbohydrates," which can include carrots, cranberries and corn. It's time to truck in the proteins. Sears, a biochemist, crowns years' worth of research into the effects of food on hormone production and metabolic activity with a program that will lead to "optimal health," peak performance (the zone of the title) and, not incidentally, weight control. Citing the importance of eicosanoids, a class of hormones that figures critically in metabolism, Sears has worked out an approach to eating that reduces one's daily production of insulin and, at the same time, draws on stored body fat for energy. A formula for calculating an individual's Lean Body Mass is tied to an estimated Physical-Activity Factor and used to establish one's daily protein requirement, which can easily be as much as 70 grams for a moderately active, middle-aged woman with 25-35% body fat. Recommending a diet that tightly balances the intake of protein, good (low-glycemic) carbohydrates and a moderate amount of monounsaturated fats, Sears is among those current weight-control specialists (e.g., Drs. Rachael and Richard Heller and Stephen Gullo [see Notes below]) who observe that there are many "insulin-resistant" Americans for whom the new food pyramid recommendations, heavily weighted with "high-density, high-glycemic carbohydrates," can be unhealthy. "Zone-favorable" recipes and food-count tables are included. BOMC and QPC alternates; author tour.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.
I was tin of by my doctor this would be a good choice for how to eat. It looks good but it has proved challenging to figure it out as laid out in the book.Published 15 days ago by Wally Foster
This book saved me. For about 5 years my head felt numb and then some tingling of the feet. The numbness eventually spread to other parts of my body along with a bunch of other... Read morePublished 26 days ago by CArl Enquist
We should all be eating in this manner; Dr. Sears elaborates on the benefits of following a "Zone-favourable" diet and how consuming the correct amount and proportion of... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Wilhelm
What I like the most about The Zone is that it is a diet in the true sense. You are not required to eat ten kumquats, two potatoes, and a rutabaga for three days and ten cups of... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jon
It all makes sense. I live by the "keep it simple stupid", and at first this started looking like a turn off. I could never do the weight watchers diet, way too much hassle for me. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Bermbuster
It's a bit complicated to stick with. It worked while I stuck with it but it was difficult to remember what I could/couldn't eat.Published 3 months ago by Maria Guillemette
Great book, but eceecerything is in pounds, oz, feet, inches etc. It takes quite some effort to convert everything to international standards :-(Published 3 months ago by Thorkild Zinck