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Enter The Zone: A Dietary Road map Hardcover – May 12, 1995
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For years experts have been telling Americans what to eat and what not to eat. Fat, they told us, was the enemy. Then it was salt, then sugar, then cholesterol... and on it goes. Americans listened and they lost -- but not their excess fat. What they lost was their health and waistlines. Americans are the fattest people on earth... and why? Mainly because of the food they eat. In this scientific and revolutionary book, based on Nobel Prize-winning research, medical visionary and former Massachusetts Institute of Technology researcher Dr. Barry Sears makes peak physical and mental performance, as well as permanent fat loss, simple for you to understand and achieve. With lists of good and bad carbohydrates, easy-to-follow food blocks and delicious recipes, The Zone provides all you need to begin your journey toward permanent fat loss, great health and all-round peak performance. In balance, your body will not only burn fat, but you'll fight heart disease, diabetes, PMS, chronic fatigue, depression and cancer, as well as alleviate the painful symptoms of diseases such as multiple sclerosis and HIV. This Zone state of exceptional health is well-known to champion athletes. Your own journey toward it can begin with your next meal. You will no longer think of food as merely an item of pleasure or a means to appease hunger. Food is your medicine and your ticket to that state of ultimate body balance, strength and great health: the Zone.
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The Zone was created before Bill Phillips wrote his book, so Bill "borrowed" his recommendations from Dr. Sears!
My experience with The Zone is based on what I learned from Bill Phillips. However, The Zone has a much more thorough explanation and better guidelines for following the program. I would recommend using both Body for Life and The Zone to get the best results.
Here are some observations based on my experience with this program:
1) As with any diet, it only works if you follow it.
2) It can be followed with good results by using the palm of you hand to gauge portions as explained by Dr. Sears (and by Bill Phillips). Or you can follow it exactly with food scales and exact food selection for the best results.
3) If you are following it properly and consuming the right amounts of food, you will not get hungry. If you get hungry, you either had too much carbohydrate at the last meal or your protein portion sizes are not large enough.
4) You will get excellent results if this is combined with weight and cardio training as prescribed by Bill Phillips. Be sure to increase the protein amounts according to your increased activity level.
5) In addition to weight loss, you will gain massive amounts of energy and a solid feeling of well-being.
An excellent program!
I've been following the suggestions for about a month now and have purged my diet of all of the unnecessary stuff (sugar, fast absorbing carbs, excess salt) that effect my condition.
I always ate chicken, fish and salad but not in the quantity or manner that I do now. Initially the diet took some getting used to, tho' I think that had to do with the fact that I was consuming a lot of empty calories previously (and a lot of it sugar). Once I got in the groove tho' it's easy to follow. In addition my weight has remained steady for month.
Sears is a Biochemist so the book can be extremely technical, and some of what he recommends is at odds with the previous Food Pyramid and the new Divided Plate concept that the Health Dept advocates. If you wish, and Sears suggests it, you can jump from Chapter 1 right to the diet and skip the scientific principles behind it. Personally I found those chapters fascinating as I was trying to come to grips with how I got myself into my Diabetic condition (the Hypertension is hereditary).
The good thing is that nothing is actually off limits in this diet. In other words you don't have to give up the food you like, you just have to pay attention to the portions, etc. (way less than you used to eat), and regulate when. He even has a section that gives you options at fast food restaurants!
So...I'd highly recommend this book regardless of your reasons. Sears has a web site also:
Where you can find more info, etc.