What is the Zone diet?
The Zone diet was developed over three decades ago by American biochemist Dr Barry Sears. After losing his family members to heart attacks, he researched ways to preempt it using food as a tool. There are other benefits that the Zone diet claims as well.
According to the basic principles of the Zone diet, the focus is on eating a low-carb diet, with the carbs you choose having a low glycemic index (GI). The carbs suggested include complex varieties found naturally, such as berries, apples, mushrooms, squash, chickpeas, oatmeal, barley and so on. Half of your meal should ideally be comprised of these.
A quarter of your plate should be filled with lean protein such as chicken, turkey, fish, shellfish, egg whites, tofu, and low-fat dairy. The remaining should be a form of monosaturated fat, either in the form of a small avocado, a handful of nuts, a drizzle of olive oil and so on.
The Zone diet allows for weight loss because the focus is on fibre-rich complex carbs and protein. It also reduces inflammation in the body, which means heart health is at its optimum, and cholesterol levels are maintained. It also helps in regulating the body’s insulin levels, by ensuring that sugar doesn’t spike, and can prevent the onset of Type 2 diabetes.