Zone Diet focuses on the hormonal balance you can achieve if you eat carefully prepared meals. The diet plan comprises a balanced ratio of carbohydrates, fat and proteins, and you are encouraged to eat foods that can control your body’s insulin production. Eating too many carbohydrates produces too much insulin, and this hormone tells the body to store nutrients. Insulin also prompts the body to convert carbohydrates into fat and store them in areas such as thighs, buttocks. Protein has the contradictory effect, stirring production of glucagon, a hormone which signals letting go of carbohydrates that are stored in the liver. When these carbohydrates are freed, the brain signals that the energy supplies are fulfilled and you can stop eating.
Limiting the carbohydrates and balancing them with low fat protein at every meal, you can keep both insulin and glucagon balanced, thus controlling your hunger while consuming fewer calories.
Zone diet involves recipes with a low carbohydrate ratio, where proteins do not dominate the carbohydrates. You can get more energy from carbohydrates than from fats or proteins. However, you should keep a close watch on the calorie consumption.
Zone Diet is designed to reduce both hunger and the compulsion to eat. You are encouraged to eat fresh vegetables, fruits and nuts, leafy green vegetables, and to drink eight glasses of water every day. A Zone Diet meal will keep your blood sugar regulated for four to five hours.
The average weight loss while you are on Zone diet is eight to ten pounds per month. Those that have embraced Zone diet report higher levels of energy, significant decrease in hunger and fatigue even from the first days. Not being hungry is an indicator of losing body fat.