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Enter The Zone: A Dietary Road map Hardcover – May 12, 1995
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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.
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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.
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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.