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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks (December 24, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060988940
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060988944
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,213,722 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Dr. Barry Sears is recognized as one of the world's leading medical researchers on the hormonal effects of food. He is the author of the number one New York Times bestseller The Zone as well as Mastering the Zone, Zone-Perfect Meals in Minutes, Zone Food Blocks, A Week in the Zone, The Age-Free Zone, The Top 100 Zone Foods, The Soy Zone, The Omega Rx Zone, Zone Meals in Seconds, and What to Eat in the Zone. His books have sold more than five million copies and have been translated into twenty-two languages in forty countries. He continues his research on the inflammatory process as the president of the nonprofit Inflammation Research Foundation in Marblehead, Massachusetts. The father of two grown daughters, he lives in Swampscott, Massachusetts, with his wife, Lynn.


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Dr. Barry Sears is rigth on point with the zone foods.
Southern Lady
Easy to read, with hundreds of easy to make recipes using Barry Sears' ideas about the glycemic index and his 100 most healthy foods.
M. J.
Anything you need to know about the Zone is in this book!
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128 of 136 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 5, 2001
Format: Hardcover
i am a zone follower and i think that the zone is a great lifestyle to follow but i was defintetly disappointed in this book. all of dr. sears other books about the zone have been great but i found this book to be a repeat of the other books.. i wish i had of saved my money....i would suggest everyone buy a week in the zone..it is a great book...much better buy than this book!
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70 of 72 people found the following review helpful By woowhee! on January 18, 2001
Format: Hardcover
I followed the Zone diet a few years ago and lost 30 pounds with not too much effort. I recommend that you read his original book "The Zone" or "Mastering the Zone" (not as good) rather than relying on this book alone. It's a sensible diet that works. While you can make a hormonally correct meal with ham and ice cream, this book takes you into more nutritionally sound territory.
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58 of 60 people found the following review helpful By Flippers on January 1, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Be sure to read the other Zone books first so that you understand the whole idea of the program. This book will help you put more variety into your diet so that you won't get tired of it and will stay with it longer.
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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful By J. Wang on May 4, 2004
Format: Paperback
This book is more about the nutrition facts of vegetables, meats and fruits. And there's info on vitamins as well.
Since I started the zone diet 1 week ago, I watched my blood sugar go from 260 (after meals, considered diabetic), drop to 176 (considered borderline). I don't use too many of the zone recipes, rather I adapt my normal cookbooks to the zone way of cooking, which is very easy to do.
This book, the top 100 zone foods, was very good for me because it lists the nutrition facts of each fruit, vegetable or protein. And the amount of each vegetable that would make up 1 zone block. You, the cook, decides how to mix and match your daily veggies and fruits in your own recipes.
After reading this book, I found out that artichokes and eggplants lower blood cholesterol, kale is rich in folate (which helps prevent artery wall damages), apples and okra have soluble fibers which help stabilize blood sugars, and onions are more powerful at lowering blood sugar naturally than medications (which have a slingshot effect - they work for a short time, and if you stop taking them, your blood sugar goes right back up).
Just these facts were worth it for me to buy this book. Like all Chinese, we believe food and medicine is the same. I'd rather do it by diet than having to spend $$$ for medications. Besides, all medications have long term side effects.
The only reason I gave this book 4 stars, is because they don't have information on a lot of asian veggies that we eat on daily basis - gailan (chinese broccoli), amaranth leaves, pea shoots, bamboo shoots, gobo (burdock root), opo squash, wintermelon, bean sprouts, daikon (icicle radish), loofah squash, yo choy, sen choy (red spinach), tree ear mushrooms, shiitake mushrooms, etc etc. It would be great to see Dr. Sears include more "exotic" fruits and veggies in his next version.
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Joseph L. Harris on January 27, 2002
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Understanding "The Zone" is one thing. Developing menues, based on "The Zone", is another thing. Thank you, Dr. Sears, for providing so many alternatives for those of us who have neither the imagination nor the time to develop such recipes on our own.
The amount of research necessary to create such a variety of recipes is more than I could possibly do on my own, and greatly enhances the pleasure of being in the zone.
The book,"The Zone", provides a thorough explanation of the concept. This book, which, along with the recipes, contains brief explanations of the "zone" concept along with tables and charts, is an excellent complement to "The Zone", and I recommend it highly.
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Charlie Duane on May 10, 2004
Format: Paperback
Actually, this is one of my favorite Zone books. Maybe it has to grow on you.
When you start studying what biochemist Barry Sears writes about, your eyes may glaze over. You only really need one book to begin with, it's just a matter of assimilating a new kind of information about how to balance your nutrition.
This one has an excellent section describing most of the Zone basics, and it sharpens the focus on the nutritional attributes of the best foods - information you cannot get in the other Zone books. Dr. Sears lays out his formula for ranking all the nutrients in food straightforwardly, and you find out HOW MUCH better for you broccoli, caulifower, or spinach are instead of cereal, pasta, or bread.
Since no foods are actually forbidden in the Zone, the proportions are still up to you. Of course, if you insist on consuming hydrogenated oils, you do so at your own risk!
In my opinion, we live in an age with too many refined and processed foods. Barry Sears has given us a survival guide for modern times. It's the healthiest, most adaptable and most sustainable nutrition plan out there.
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79 of 92 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 11, 2002
Format: Hardcover
This is a horrible book; the other Zone books are much more useful. The recipes are best avoided; the "Did you know?" section about each food is irritatingly trite; the information content of the book is low. The only interesting thing to mention is that the quantities of various foods required to make up a "Zone block" have altered considerably since Sears published "Enter the Zone" in 1995. The pattern seems to be that (1) the recommendations for fat are doubled to 3 grams (but the number of peanuts that is said to fulfill that recommendation remains at 6), and (2) the amounts of high-fiber vegetables have increased enormously, for example "artichoke, 1 medium" becomes "artichoke, 4 large", "broccoli, 1 cup" becomes "broccoli, 3 cups", "spinach, 4 cups" becomes "spinach, 20 cups". The curious statement that 1/2 nectarine is equivalent to 1 peach remains, however (a puzzle to botanists everywhere).
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