Wednesday, 6 July 2011

The Zone Diet

The celebrity diet par excellence. It’s trendy to be in the Zone and it’s nice
to be in the company of stars, to go through what they have gone. The Zone is
also a nice sounding name, good for all kinds of marketing purposes. One of the
things that have made this diet a success among celebrities is the fact that a
lot of diet food delivery companies have included Zone foods in their menus.
Those who can afford this kind of expenses are probably glad that they don’t
have to go through the whole shopping and cooking experience.
The Zone Diet is built around the classic mix of low-far foods, such as chicken
and fish, low-fat cheese, small amounts of fruits and vegetables and some olive
oil. The Zone itself is a fancy term for achieving a state of hormonal balance
(especially in insulin and glucagon) that allows the body to expend the energy
intake in an efficient manner and to avoid storing calories as fat. Therefore,
dieters are encouraged to eat a lot of non-starchy raw vegetables, a small
amount of protein, a smaller amount of carbohydrates and enough monosaturated
oils to keep the feeling of hunger away.
The good side of the diet is the restriction of refined carbohydrates, which are
low in nutrition, and the focus on low-starch vegetables and fruits.
Nevertheless, the American Heart Association does not recommend the Zone Diet
because of the lack of essential nutrients, high-protein content and the general
lack of information about its long-term effects. Since the diet is quite low on
the daily intake of calories, it does not seem to be designed for the long term,
but rather as a quick fix. Exercising is pretty much out of the question with
such a low amount of calories.
Another problem that dieters are bound to face, except for those who pay for
food deliveries, is that meals have to be calculated to include the exact amount
of fat, protein and carbohydrates required by the diet. This is not always easy
for the average dieter and it has every chance of becoming a bigger problem over
extended periods of time. Also, dieters have traditionally found it hard to stay
on a diet that is very low in carbohydrates because the feeling of hunger is
almost always present.


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