Barry Sears's 1995-96 bestseller, The Zone
, changed the way many people look at nutrition and weight loss. Although his plan advocates eating fewer calories and exercising more, it also stresses getting more of those calories from fat and protein and fewer from carbohydrates. Here, he expands on that theory (which is still not accepted in most scientific circles) and offers recipes to help readers put his principles into practice.
Last year, Sears wrote The Zone
, which promptly became the latest in a long line of best-sellers telling people why they are fat. The book's complicated premise has to do with insulin production and its effects on mood and weight loss. Even Sears admits in his preface to this new volume that despite the earlier book's sales, "I realize that many readers of The Zone
still find it difficult to apply the concepts . . . to their daily lives." Well, isn't that lucky for Sears. He can write another book that allows him to explain "the zone" yet again, and this time out, he provides menus, which make up about three-fourths of the book. The recipes look interesting enough, but it's even money whether this explanation of the zone is any easier to grasp than the last one. Still, it's a sure bet that readers, always looking for that elusive way to make the weight disappear, will be eager to fill their plates with a second helping of Sears' advice. Ilene Cooper