The key factor in Zone Diet is the hormonal balance you achieve while eating each skillfully prepared meal. With a food plan comprising an accurate balanced ratio of carbohydrates (40%), fat (30%) and proteins (30%); you actually get to eat foods, which control your body’s insulin production. This means that no meal or snack is forbidden in the Zone Diet and yet you can lose weight or fat while Zone dieting.
Although the Zone Diet does include more fat than most diet programs, many people report a reasonable amount of weight loss while on it.
The Zone Diet Plan
•40% Good Carbs - Most fruits and vegetables, oatmeal and barley.
•30% Protein - About 3-4 ounces skinless chicken, turkey, fish, very lean cuts of meat, egg whites, low-fat dairy products, tofu, soy meat substitutes.
•30% Fats - Olive oil, Almonds, Avocados, Fish oils, and some butter or even guacamole.
•Limited Quantities - Bananas, figs, prunes, raisins and grapes, potatoes, peas, carrots and corn.
•Thumbs Down - Sugar in all forms, breads, pastas, potatoes, rice, Bagels, cereals, juices, sodas, alcohol and caffeine. Although frowned upon, you can have these foods in moderation.
Making a Zone Diet Meal
•Divide your plate into three sections.
•Place 3-4 ounces of low-fat protein on 1/3 of the plate.
•Heap the rest of the plate with fruits and vegetables.
•Add a small amount of fat from the list above.