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Enter The Zone: A Dietary Road map Hardcover – May 12, 1995
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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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Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.
- Publisher : Regan Book; 1st edition (May 12, 1995)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 286 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0060391502
- ISBN-13 : 978-0060391508
- Item Weight : 1.12 pounds
- Dimensions : 6.46 x 1.15 x 9.52 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #241,830 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Most importantly, if you need to lose weight, you will lose weight. It is basically impossible not to lose weight on this plan because when followed correctly the caloric intake is fairly low. (Note: If you exercise every day, you will have a much higher block allowance than a couch potato who gets no exercise, so do not worry too much about not getting enough to eat. Everything is tailored to sex, lean body mass, activity level, etc.)
One negative is that this book was originally written in 1995 and a few bits of the science (and some of the explanations) are outdated. Also, you will have to search online for an updated list of food blocks/portions since some changes were made to the starchier veggies. That ends up not mattering that much though because the basic ratios still work and the key idea of cutting out bad carbs while making sure you get a good amount of protein, veggies, and some healthy fats is still a good idea. (This book was one of the first to point people in that direction and away from the high-carb/low-fat diets that were just plain ineffective at best. Dr. Sears deserves a lot of credit for that.)
Also, people who are doing CrossFit or some other intense program/lifestyle will want to search online for additional information to supplement this book. There is some good information out there about how this diet should be used in that context. (It is very popular with the CrossFit community. You just have to make sure you are getting enough food, so again, do some searching for more info.)
This is chemistry that has won the NOBLE PRIZE!! Sear's is right about the importance of insulin. Anyone intersted in reading more facts about insulin should read Diabetes be David Nathan MD or the AMERICAN DIABETES ASSOCATION Complete Home Guide to Diabetes. Ernest Boehm , Diabetic and Chemist
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.