Tuesday, September 06, 2005

Zone Diet

Controversial news from Barry Sears, the author of the Zone Diet. He compares the zone diet plan favourably against other low-carb plans.

Zone Diet: "Yahoo News (press release) -Aug 8, 2005
… Atkins. 'The ZoneDiet contains more carbohydrate than protein or fat,' says Dr. Sears, 'therefore it is simply not a low-carb diet. …"

Saturday, August 27, 2005

The Zone Diet: Zone Bars

The Zone Diet: Zone Diet Tips: "Zone Diet Tips
What are the most important steps to a healthy diet?

The basic steps to good nutrition come from a diet that:

*helps you either lose weight or keeps your BMI in the 'healthy' range.
*is balanced overall, with foods from all food groups, with lots of delicious fruits, vegetables, whole-grains, and fat-free or low-fat milk and milk products.
*is low in saturated fat, trans fat, and cholesterol. Keep total fat intake between 20 to 35 percent of calories, with most fats coming from sources of polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fatty acids, such as fish, nuts, and vegetable oils.
*includes a variety of grains daily, especially whole-grains, a good source of fiber.
*includes a variety of fruits and vegetables (two cups of fruit and 2 1/2 cups of vegetables per day are recommended for a 2,000 calorie diet).
*has a small number of calories from added sugars (like in candy, cookies, and cakes).
*has foods prepared with less sodium or salt (aim for no more than 2,300 milligrams of sodium per day, or about one teaspoon of salt per day).
* does not include more than one drink per day (two drinks per day for men) if you drink alcoholic beverages."

Saturday, August 13, 2005

Zone Diet Vs. Atkins

If you are looking for information on how the zone diet compares with atkins, you may be interested in this web page:The Zone Diet: Zone Diet Vs. Atkins: "Zone Diet Information

The Zone diet is the latest eating regimen marketed to improve athletic performance by opposing traditional high carbohydrate sports diets. The 40/30/30 diet is centred primarily on protein intake (1.8 to 2.2 g/kg fat free mass; i.e. total bodyweight-fat weight) and promises a change in the body's insulin to glucagon ratio through its macronutrient alterations.
Zone Diet & Fitness

Changes in the existing hormonal milieu are said to result in the production of more vasoactive eicosanoids, thus allowing greater oxygen delivery to exercising muscle. This favourable condition, known as the Zone, is anecdotally reported to benefit even the most elite endurance athletes."

Thursday, August 11, 2005

Low-Carb Over? Not According to Dr Sears at The Zone Diet

Long live the Zone Diet!Low-Carb Fad Bankrupt - Dieters' Options? Balance and Moderation Still Keys to Success: "Moderation is the key according to Dr. Barry Sears author of 'The Zone.' 'Fad diets like Atkins don't work on a long-term basis because they disrupt the balance of hormones within the body. Hormone imbalance is the real culprit behind the obesity epidemic.' (See http://www.drsears.com or http://www.zonediet.com or http://www.zonelabsinc.com)

What works in the long-run is a moderate-carbohydrate, moderate-protein, moderate-fat diet. The only diet that meets those criteria is the Zone Diet.

Many people still do not comprehend the foundation of the revolutionary Zone program which is often confused with the low-carbohydrate diets such as Atkins. 'The Zone Diet contains more carbohydrate than protein or fat,' says Dr. Sears, 'therefore it is simply not a low-carb diet. Unlike Atkins, the Zone Diet is based upon balance. It features the correct balance of protein, carbohydrate, and fat to keep hormones within a zone that is not too high and not too low. Most important, the Zone Diet is scientifically proven to work and it can be followed for a lifetime.'

The Zone Diet is basic and easy to follow. Each Zone meal includes healthy carbohydrates like fruits and vegetables, protein, and a small portion of healthy fat such as olive oil. Never intended as a fad diet, the Zone was designed to be a lifetime health plan. For ten years it has helped people around the world to live better, healthier lives.

Zone books are available in bookstores nationwide and online at http://www.drsears.com and http://www.zonelabsinc.com."

Wednesday, August 03, 2005

Burning Fat By Building Muscle

Here is some information you will find useful while you are doing the zone diet.

Diary Of A Diet Cheat - Burning Fat By Building Muscle: "Muscle weighs more than fat. So if you build muscle and your fat stays the same, you’re actually increasing your total body weight. However, a nice side effect of building muscle is an increase in your metabolism. You see, our good friend muscle is metabolically active, meaning, the more muscle you have, the more calories and fat you burn… even while in your sleep. So you become less fat. Great eh?

Sometimes, when you’re weight training and dieting, you build muscle faster than you lose fat. So the net effect is an increase in weight when you step on the scales, BUT you will be slimmer and have less body fat. If you’re combining weight training with a bit of cardio and sensible eating, you will be losing fat, losing inches and losing weight.

What confuses me is people’s obsession with that number on the scale. What’s the point of weighing a certain amount if you look like crap? Surely the amount of fat you have on your body is more important than what you weigh?"

One of the important messages of the zone diet is that your body fat is more important than your overall weight.

Wise words, from Barry Sears of the Zone Diet, and wise words from this Diet Cheat.

Friday, July 29, 2005

Bodyblogger.com - fat burning and fitness news

Bodyblogger.com - fat burning and fitness news: "Six Signs of A Scam Diet

Here’s six fool-proof ways to find out whether the diet you’re about to follow is a scam. With so many fakes out there, making more and more outrageous promises, it’s difficult to separate the geniune weight loss plans from the dud diets.

These six signs are based on research by Christopher R. Mohr from The University of Pittsburgh, and reprinted by eDiets."

Zone Diet Offers Most Appealing Menus

The Zone Diet, when compared to others really offers tastier diet food. The LA Times compares delivery companies for all the major diet plans:

It's all in the delivery: "
I found that the companies with the most appealing menus operated along Zone diet guidelines. That is, each of three meals and two daily snacks is balanced with 30% protein, 30% favorable fats and 40% carbohydrates, reportedly to keep a dieter's blood sugar levels steady. A few firms also promised that snacks would be made of fresh food, not prepackaged protein bars.

That sounded good to me, and needing to lose a few pounds anyway, I tried three of the newest daily-delivery companies for one week each: Zone Los Angeles, Zone Chefs and Fresh Dining. All their menus promised a level of cooking unseen in most diet programs. Each used nutritionists to help develop meals; each offered short-term tryouts, delivered across a wide area and allowed for at least minimal customization. The prices ranged from $30 a day for a one-time promotion to $55 for a gourmet, organic program.

None of the services required that I navigate a complicated menu or delivery chart. I simply phoned each to arrange delivery and place my special requests. "

Tuesday, July 26, 2005

New Low Carb wine - What's it all about?

Good news for wine enthusiasts! You can now drink wine while doing the zone diet.

Here's what it's all about:

WTNH.com - New Low Carb wine: "Want to live a low-carb lifestyle but think you have to give up the wine? Think again.

There are now low-carb versions of vino on the market.

But what about taste?

Jerry Passaro works out several times a week. He follows a low carb diet. One that continues on the weekends.

'You want to go out to party with your friends and have a good time, but still be very conscious of these extra carbs, calories it all equates.'

They're holding a wine tasting at the Fitness Edge in Milford tonight--- with a twist. The wine is billed as being low in carbohydrates. Is there a place for wine in a low carb lifestyle?

Cheryl Aronson, Milford, says, 'I'm not a big drinker. If the low carb wine tasted good I'd drink it, but I'm not going to go out of my way to buy a low carb wine.'

'Everything in moderation' is what personal trainer Bob Kron tell his clients. He's worried about the sugar in low carb wine.

'Even though it's low in carbs, they have to still ferment it somehow, having that in the glass or bottle of wine doesn't really make it that much better for you.'

Charlie Letezio, owner of Pond Point Wine and Spirits, is watching his carbs on the Zone diet.

He says the California wines named 1.6 and 1.9 offer people on Atkins or South Beach an alternative.

'This was off a lot of people's menu's. This can bring it back to them.'

This low carb wine has half the carbs of regular wine, but how does it taste? We put it to the test.

The verdict: they like it. However, even though the carbs are low, the calories are about the same as a regular glass of wine."

I haven't tried it yet, but I'm waiting for someone to send me a sample....