The Zone Diet Plan Intro

A simple introduction to a powerful eating strategy


If you've never tried the Zone diet plan before, or just don't really understand how it works, this guide is for you. We'll show you what the Zone diet is, how it works, and how it can help you lose weight and significantly improve your health in a short amount of time.

The Zone diet plan, developed by Dr. Barry Sears, is based around the principle of harnessing the powerful, drug-like effects food has on your body. When you eat according to the Zone plan, you'll keep several of your most important hormones -- especially insulin -- within the proper ranges for optimal health. With the Zone plan, you're more concerned about what you eat, rather than how much (which is very different from most other diets, which usually focus on calorie-consumption). The right types of food will put your body into "the Zone" and the wrong types will keep you out of it.

All foods affect your body's release of the hormone insulin, which has a huge affect on your health and well-being, not to mention how much fat you have around your belly, thighs, and arms! Big "swings" in insulin levels -- low to high to low, etc. -- negatively affects your mood, your mental acuity, your endurance, and your body fat levels. Your body is designed to produce and "deal" with a certain amount of insulin at any one time. When you go over that amount, which many of today's foods force you to do, your body has a hard time handling it. The result is increased body fat and decreased health.

Over time the insulin "swings" the average person (on the average modern diet) is constantly going through cause major problems. Many chronic health problems and even diseases are most likely caused by these constant hormone shifts. The Zone is mainly focused on stabalizing hormone levels, eliminating significant shifts in insulin production, and allowing the body to return to a natural "hormonal state" where it can begin to function optimally.

 

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