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Our personal trainer recommended the Zone diet and, having read dozens of books on diet & nutrition, I was highly skeptical of yet another "plan." Well, it turns out, so many of those medical studies and recent research are based on the concepts detailed here. Nothing fancy. No special meals to buy or fancy clubs to join. Nothing that difficult, just sound nutritional advice that we've all been reading (or maybe not) but might not be on how to implement if you, like me, have been following through the years the advice of so many experts on the best way to eat and stay healthy..."low fat, count your fat grams," "high carb, whole grain," "high fat, no carb," "no salt, no dairy," "nothing but fresh fruit before noon," "no eggs, no beef," "calories are irrelevant," "don't count calories, count points," blah, blah, blah!
I read his first Zone book earlier this year and became overwhelmed at how long it would take me to figure out the "system" which, evidently, Dr. Sears heard from more than just me. The original book is about 20 years old. This is the newer, updated version with very recent studies and data included, as well as much more simplified directions of how to follow the Zone plan and live a healthy live "in the zone." While the first one has many excellent nutritional info, this is the updated, cut-to-the-chase essential version with the most recent medical data to back it up.
Basically, Dr. Sears contention is that most of our modern disease and obesity issues stem from inflammation, aggravated and caused by our modern diet. Limit the foods that cause inflammation, eat regularly so that your blood sugar is maintained at a constant level, eat so that you don't spike your blood sugar (always include lean protein and a bit of healthy fat with EVERY meal/snack) and you too can live in "the Zone."
The proof, as they say, is in the pudding. Six months into eating this way, my husband is down 50+ pounds. My teenage son is down 20+ pounds and I'm...well, we won't talk about that right now. Let's just say that evidently, there are medicines that can and do prevent weight loss, no matter how often and diligently you work out or how healthy you eat.;-( My doc says all that is about to change & after seeing my family's outstanding results, is pulling me off the offending meds so that I can join them in their new fitness/wellness journey.
All that aside, we are eating healthier and feeling great. My husband says that this is the "easiest" and most sustainable healthy eating we've ever done. It doesn't feel like a "diet" but a lifestyle choice. Weening ourselves off of sugar (well, mostly) and white flour has been the biggest challenge, but learning to control the blood sugar and actually enjoying the healthier options has been rewarding.
If you're looking for a quick fix, this isn't it. If you're looking for a sound, nutritional plan to help reduce inflammation and the host of diseases that accompany that - diabetes, arthritis, alzheimer's to name a few, this is a great place to start.
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