The Zone: A Dietary Road Map to Lose Weight Permanently : Reset Your Genetic Code : Prevent Disease : Achieve Maximum Physical Performance

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Barry Sears looks at why Americans still have dietary problems in spite of following the advice of experts. Challenging the current recommendations for a high carbohydrate diet, Sears looks into man's history as well as the diets athletes succeed best on, to build a new dietary picture. Anyone looking for better health through an improved relationship to what they eat should put this book on their list.

For years experts have been telling Americans what to eat and what not to eat. Fat, they told us, was the enemy. Then it was salt, then sugar, then cholesterol... and on it goes.

Americans listened and they lost -- but not their excess fat. What they lost was their health and waistlines. Americans are the fattest people on earth... and why? Mainly because of the food they eat.

In this scientific and revolutionary book, based on Nobel Prize-winning research, medical visionary and former Massachusetts Institute of Technology researcher Dr. Barry Sears makes peak physical and mental performance, as well as permanent fat loss, simple for you to understand and achieve.

With lists of good and bad carbohydrates, easy-to-follow food blocks and delicious recipes, The Zone provides all you need to begin your journey toward permanent fat loss, great health and all-round peak performance. In balance, your body will not only burn fat, but you'll fight heart disease, diabetes, PMS, chronic fatigue, depression and cancer, as well as alleviate the painful symptoms of diseases such as multiple sclerosis and HIV.

This Zone state of exceptional health is well-known to champion athletes. Your own journey toward it can begin with your next meal. You will no longer think of food as merely an item of pleasure or a means to appease hunger. Food is your medicine and your ticket to that state of ultimate body balance, strength and great health: the Zone.

Customer Reviews:

  • Here's the Answer to Your Problems...If You can Handle It!
    First the good. I have been on the zone diet for about ten years now. My bodyfat stays between 4-8%. I can put together a Zone favorable meal in my sleep, with little effort. I rarely get cravings. All of my blood work is outstanding. I never crash midday the way I used to on carb diets, unless I don't get enough sleep. Truthfully, most of my life I ate enormous quantities of food and never gained weight, until I hit 30. I realized my old eaing habits would cost me as i got older. Fact is, I learned to eat from this book and have no doubt I will be on this diet the rest of my life.

    The other side is that it wasn't easy at first. You have to be a bit obsessive about measuring and weighing-at least in the beginning until you learn to estimate. Your lifestyle may take a turn for the worse, as you won't be able to simply sit down and eat to be sociable like you are used to. I had horrible cravings periodically for the first few years. These went away in time, partly as I got more flexible in my eating. That comes from experience with the diet.

    I have helped many people over the years change their eating habits to a more Zone favorable approach. My suggestion is to try to stick to this diet to the letter for the first 3 months to a year. Then you can start adapting it to you rown needs. Just understanding the role of the different macronutrients and the makeup of a good meal will help you. Eventually you might want to just use this knowledge as a guidline for eating, rather than being as strict as us Zone fanatics....more info
  • This is the the answer to the diet roller coaster
    This book is a very clinical read, but is well worth it, because it holds the answer to weight loss.I went from 209 pounds to 151 pounds with the principles of this book. Once you understand how insulin works against you to store fat,and learn the right amount of protein and carbs your body needs to maintain your ideal weight, you can begin your journey to eat in the zone and lose weight.It has been my eating guidelines for almost 10 years. It is well worth the trouble to learn to treat food as a drug.

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  • Right proportions
    Although it seems complex at first sight, this book outlines how to eat the right proportions of food and use food as a medication for weight loss....more info
  • Yes, it's good, but be careful
    I have read a great deal and have thought long and hard about whether the "Zone" diet is something that I can recommend to other people, and have cautiously decided that it is. I was referred to this book by two articles on gout in medical journals (Current Opinion in Rheumatology 13: 234-239 and Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases 59:539-543). Otherwise I would not have given it a second glance. There is a bizarre claim on the cover, "reset your genetic code", that would appall anyone with the slightest knowledge of biology (the author probably didn't write that). The proliferation of book titles by the same first author, and the careless editing (particularly of the recipes) also do not inspire confidence. But the ideas in the book are based on medical research and appear to have considerable potential for helping some people with chronic diseases, though my complaint about the book is that it considers only certain aspects of health.

    The medical problem that I have been wrestling with has been characterized as salicylate intolerance, but may also be a form of arthritis. A research paper that has been particularly helpful for me is "Phenotypic variation in xenobiotic metabolism and adverse environmental response: focus on sulfur-dependent detoxification pathways" (S.A. McFadden, Toxicology 111(43-65), 1996). This paper suggests that a diet high in protein may be quite dangerous for people with some types of environmental sensitivity, probably including my own. Keeping this in mind, I have nonetheless concluded that my natural tendency to eat foods that make me feel better has caused me to consume too little protein, and it may be beneficial to adopt some principles of the Zone diet. A benefit of the Zone diet would be that if a person with food-sensitivity can keep the amount of food that they eat to a minimum, then fewer chemical compounds will have to be detoxified, and the detoxification mechanisms might not be overloaded. By balancing carbohydrate, protein, and fat, the hunger effects of depriving the brain of glucose would be avoided, and insulin production would be kept to a minimum.

    One of two important ideas discussed in the book is that controlling insulin levels (for anyone, not just people with diabetes), alters the balance of eicosanoids (prostaglandins, etc) to reduce the ones that cause pain, inflammation, immune-system problems (both auto-immunity and immune-system failures such as cancer), lethargy, and even depression. The other idea about inflammation is that the type of fat that you eat is important for controlling eicosanoids: monounsaturated oils cannot be transformed into eicosanoids. If you have any of these medical problems, I recommend at least reading about this diet.

    This is the first of the series of Zone books, and was not readily available when I first looked for it, but it has reappeared on bookstore shelves. The diet is not easy to follow, especially if you interact with other people at mealtimes, but this might have changed somewhat in later books. There is a later book "Mastering the zone" that I think explains it better. Another book, called in paperback "The age-free zone" and in hardcover "The anti-aging zone", has a lot more information about biochemistry, but is much less helpful about how to follow the diet; it also has some chapters that cry out for an editor's pencil. The three books repeat a lot of the same material, and the elements that differ are scattered all through; reading all three, or even two, of them is an enormous task. There is another book, "The top 100 zone foods", 2001, in which the quantities of various foods required to make up a "Zone block" have altered considerably since "Enter the Zone" and "Mastering the Zone", but I cannot suggest that anyone should buy that book; it is a waste of paper and money (see my separate review)....more info

  • Love this book!
    I bought 'A week in the Zone' first and felt that I needed more information in order to truly understand the Zone diet. So, I bought 'Enter the Zone'. It's a wonderful book! So easy to read. So informative. I would recommend this book to anyone who truly cares about their health and longevity!...more info
  • The best I have seen for overall health
    I was never over weight until I stopped playing sports. It was not noticeable at first; it snuck up on me. Suddenly I had put on ten pounds. I had once seen Jack LaLanne on Television holding up ten pounds of fat and saying: "This is what ten pounds of ugly fat looks like". It wasn't pretty. I decided to do something about it. This was back in 2000.

    I went to the library and began reading diet books. (I had never been on a diet before.) It is amazing how every diet book I read sounded so logical and so reasonable; every one made prefect sense. And every one seemed to be backed by scientific facts. I knew they could not all be right. After much consideration, I decided on "The Zone" by Dr. Sears (Published in 1995). I liked Dr. Sears approach. His reasons for researching and coming up with this diet were personal as opposed to most other's books who simply wanted to help mankind. (Of course, they all turn commercial in the end.) Dr. Sears discussed his trials and tribulations as well as his success in finding the best diet. So I bought the book and gave it a try.

    I took all the measurements -- according to the book -- and then calculated my protein needs. From that I could figure my carbohydrate and fat needs. I was very accurate and followed the diet strictly. After one month I had lost two and a half pounds. I lost the same amount of weight each month for the next four months. It worked!

    I cannot say I felt any great surge in energy or even that I felt better. That is difficult to ascertain. But I felt better just because I lost the weight. Also, it did seem to clear up another minor problem I had developed so, all and all, I was very happy.

    I no longer stick strictly to the Zone diet but I do follow it according the guide lines established by Dr. Sears and I have not gained back any weight. I go to the gym three days a week now but I only started that in 2002.

    The basis of Dr. Sears's diet is to control the body's hormones, mainly insulin. He has figured that the way to do this is by eating a ratio of carbohydrates to protein of 4 to 3. That is: four grams of carbohydrates to every three grams of protein. He also calculates the amount of fat needed based on how active a person you are. For the average person that works out to 40-30-30 of carbohydrate-protein-fat. That, of course, is a very simplified breakdown of the diet because there is more to it than that. One must calculate how much to eat -- don't overeat or under eat. And one must eat the right kinds of foods (all food is not created equal) and space meals at the correct intervals throughout the day. This is all laid out in his book along with an easy way to calculate the portions.

    There are later Zone books that may be better. I have not read them but I am currently reading Dr. Sears latest book "The Anti-Inflammation Zone: Reversing the Silent Epidemic That's Destroying Our Health". Dr. Sears has not changed the Zone diet; it is still basically the same in this book. This book is interesting otherwise for those, like me, that are concerned with their health.

    As a side note:
    I don't know if Dr. Sears is the first person to come up with ratios for carbohydrate, protein, and fat in the diet. I do know that a lot of people have jumped on the bandwagon since I read the book. It strikes me as bizarre how so many diet Guru's are bashing the Zone diet while presenting their own diets that are only different ratios of carbohydrate, protein, & fat. Dr. Sears, realizing that each person is different, has posted on his web-site a form to track certain functions so each person can adjust the carbohydrate to protein ratio in their diet. In fact, he has so much information on his web-site that you can learn everything you need for the Zone diet right there.
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  • Easy Diet
    I did it with the body for life and it made it easy and a no brainer! Great diet!...more info
  • Probably the best diet/weight loss book to date
    I have only read a few dieting books, and I don't personally have a weight problem myself, but this one seems to contain the most wisdom. Others tell you to eat as much protein as you can, or to load up on the fat with the protein portions. Dr. Sears' book is more moderate. It tells you to simply include a decent amount of protein in every meal, and avoid simple sugars like sodas and fruit juices, and also minimize snacking......more info
  • It Works for Me!!!
    I really like the 40-30-30 diet. Once I got the formula down--as to how many grams of protein, fat & carbs per block, and then how many blocks I should eat a day--It was easy peasy. I am losing weight readily and am never hungry.

    As for recipes and such...I don't like the recipes in this series (i.e. perfect meals in minutes). There are a bunch of nice smoothy recipes that serve FOUR! Who makes smoothies for four? Who even has a blender big enough to make smoothies for four? In anycase, I have found that the 40-30-30 'Formula' series by Daoust has better meal ideas. But The Zone is best for understanding the 40-30-30 concept, and putting it into action.

    I don't understand what the big deal and supposed 'conspiracy' about the Zone being a lower calorie diet. Except for Atkins, isn't that what people expect of a diet? I am losing weight more quickly on the zone than on other diets and I'm not suffering while doing it; That's the big deal about the Zone.

    I am giving Dr. Sears and his Zone book series 4 stars. I would have given him 5, but the whole Smoothy thing really pissed me off....more info
  • Dr. Sears, the Zone and Fish Oil
    After reading the older version of this book years ago, I used Dr. Sears program and lost some weight, but I began feeling unwell after about 6 weeks and stopped following it regularly and subsequently felt better. I maintained some adherence to the general principles of the program for years, so I believed it had validity. Since we are all different, I just didn't think that the strict program was for me.

    I bought this book recently and started with the program again, and found it too complicated and frankly, too much work. I eat simple food, vegetables and fish or chicken, and I really eat too few food varieties to manage this rigid formula. So again, not for me.

    However, the BEST part of this book was his mention of Pharmaceutical grade fish oil, and how beneficial it is. He referenced a man who had very high BP, and who took pharmaceutical grade fish oil for 2 weeks and brought his pressure down to normal. My BP was too high, so I ordered the fish oil and within 2-3 weeks, my BP was much lower. Naturally, that alone made this book more than worthwhile for me, and the reason I gave it 4 stars. The fish oil addresses lots of human nutritional needs and corrects quite a few imbalances, so if you're not feeling up to snuff, you might consider searching fish oil online and checking it out.

    If you want to lose weight or you are a candidate for heart disease, I think giving Dr. Sears' program a shot is a good idea since the Zone principles make a lot of sense. It might do exactly what you want it to....more info
  • Useful
    I know this book has been out for a while and was/is popular, but I've only gotten around to reading it recently. The science behind it seems credible and Sears makes a good case. I've got a couple of friends that swear by it and that's why I picked it up. Much of what he says is supportive and consistent with other popular diet books that recommend reducing carb content. From my own expierience it seems to be the way to go. But while he isn't a Nazi about carbs (as long as they are "good" carbs) he is a Nazi about sticking precisely to 40%/30%/30% proportions (carbs, protein, fat). To be honest I believe the author hammers the issue way too much. Even if the science is good I have to think people's metabolism vary a great deal (there's much evidence this is so). And I don't think its all that mentally healthy to get yourself stressed out whether your meal is exaclty 40/30/30 (my friends both tend to be this way). Bottom line... good, useful, but like so many other diet docs, he lays his schtick on too thick to be entirely palatable for the average person....more info
  • The hard road to physical excellence (as if there is an easy one).
    No diet like it! It's difficult at first but once you begin to see results it becomes almost addictive. I went from a fat 225 pounds with a 37% body fat percentage to a ripped 187 pounds with a 13% body fat in about 4 months. The food is great, it just requires more shopping and more cooking than what most people are used to. I strongly suggest pairing this book with any "Cro-Magnon" diet books as well as the excersises on the crossfit[...] website to get maximum results.

    This plan has also helped people in my family with different goals than mine. My girlfriend went on this plan and slimmed down greatly with no exercise. My mother was able to drop some anti-depressants off her prescribed medication list, i guess eating right makes people happier.

    Wether you want to gain or lose this is the book! Just be prepaired for an incredibly expensive grocery bill....more info
  • Makes sense
    I have just completed The Zone and cannot wait to get started on revamping my genetic code. The book is highly informative and provides detailed information as to why this diet works and others do not. This is the first diet that I have researched that actually makes nutritional sense. I am eager to begin changing the way I eat. Sears' writing is intelligent, inspirational and never condescending. Being a sufferer of Epstein Barr, I look forward to feeling a boost in energy. I cannot wait to buy his recipe book!...more info
  • Chain of Evidence
    The book "Chain of Evidence", by Ridley Pearson. Was about a detective Joe Dartelli, who is at a crucial point in his career. When he has to make a desicion to ignore evidence that links his mentor and an ex. forensic speacialist, Walter Zeller to a string of supposed suicides. As the story unfolds you get to see it from two diffrent point of views, Joe Dartelli and from Walter Zeller's.
    So as Joe is trying to solve the crime and make sense of it all, you also get to see how Walter is comiting the crimes. It was a very interesting book that kept me so interested that I never wanted to put it down. After I finished the story it really made me think about what other types of things are happening that I have no idea about or think that I know, but in reality I have no clue....more info
  • It works
    More an eating lifestyle change than a "diet" and certainly not to be confused with Atkins, the zone works.

    I was diabetic and weighed 247 @ 5'10" and my "numbers" from bloodwork were so terrible they were scary.
    I got this book on a recommendation from a medical student, read it all (it's very technical/scientific in its approach and requires some persistence to read it all). In 4 months I have lost 40 lbs, but more than that, my bloodwork numbers for glucose, triglycerides, and cholesterol are incredibly good. My doctors were thrilled and wanted to know the secret.

    It's no secret, it's the zone.

    If you're conservative, careful, diabetic, and willing to take direction for changing your eating habits and getting some sensible exercise, this book could change your life.

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  • Good idea, but too complicated
    I purchased The Zone diet book a few years ago in many an attempt to loose weight. While it was part of the "low carb" diet craze and does provide some good insights, it's too complicated. Everything has to be eaten in percentages, and your diet has to be limited from the bad carbs (bread, pasta, sweets, etc.). You need to limit portions, eat fruit and vegetables, and not live so strictly, otherwise you will be unhappy....more info
  • question....
    Does anyone know when the next 'breakthrough' diet book will be released? I just feel so lost without a new 'diet' to know, like one that uses fancy sounding terms to make things sound official and important and even though I have no idea whether it's true of not even after I've read it, it just sounds to complex to be false....or maybe one that will reaffirm many of my current bad eating habits so I don't feel guilty....and hey, if I can loose weight on it....that's a bonus. I haven't found any diet book yet that fits any of the described categories above, but hey, I'm looking.

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  • Get into the zone!
    Well written book advocating dietary chage away from carbohydrate rich foods to a more balenced protein dominent diet. I enjoyed reading it, and followed it for a while, but sadly lapsed.... Not enough recipes to keep me going, and very americanised, as i found difficulty in obtaining some of the ingrediants. Interesting concepts though!...more info
  • This diet works!
    I recently got this book and have now read through it. As I read, it was very familiar to me! This is the diet that Bill Phillips recommends in his wildly popular Body for Life program which I followed several years ago with great results.

    The Zone was created before Bill Phillips wrote his book, so Bill "borrowed" his recommendations from Dr. Sears!

    My experience with The Zone is based on what I learned from Bill Phillips. However, The Zone has a much more thorough explanation and better guidelines for following the program. I would recommend using both Body for Life and The Zone to get the best results.

    Here are some observations based on my experience with this program:
    1) As with any diet, it only works if you follow it.
    2) It can be followed with good results by using the palm of you hand to gauge portions as explained by Dr. Sears (and by Bill Phillips). Or you can follow it exactly with food scales and exact food selection for the best results.
    3) If you are following it properly and consuming the right amounts of food, you will not get hungry. If you get hungry, you either had too much carbohydrate at the last meal or your protein portion sizes are not large enough.
    4) You will get excellent results if this is combined with weight and cardio training as prescribed by Bill Phillips. Be sure to increase the protein amounts according to your increased activity level.
    5) In addition to weight loss, you will gain massive amounts of energy and a solid feeling of well-being.

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  • Not the book for me
    Maybe this book has been helpful for some people, but not for me. He oversimplifies and says that the Zone diet (40% carbs, 30% protein and 30% fat) will basically cure every disease. I was not impressed....more info
  • the only book on diet that ever made sense
    This book changed my life. Several years ago I become chronicaly ill. For six months I had one terrible case of flu-like symptoms after another. My health was breaking down. I went to one kind of doctor after another, including increasingly wacko new age therapies. These might work in general, but I wasn't getting better. Then someone put this book in my hands. I read it in about two days. I thought the science and the studies that applied it to diabetes, athletic peak performance, and the like made enormous sense. I threw out all my old food, went to the store, and bought strictly zone food. In a week, literally, I was well. Not only that, I weighed myself and discovered I'd lost ten pounds. I ended up losing forty pounds and maintaining my health. I recommended the book to others who had similar experiences. This book isn't just for losing weight, it's a way of life. You learn the science of food, and you live a different way. I've learned how to stay on the zone and still "cheat". That is, enjoy my food. Basically you eat a balanced protein, carb, and fat diet. And you watch what kind of protein, carb, and fat you eat. What could be simpler? Then I bought all the rest of the books, too. The zone has become part of the rest of my life....more info
  • Can You Say Confusing?
    Dr. Sears is not a medical doctor. I'm not criticizing his credentials. He seems to have paid his dues with his research in biotechnology. If I'm criticizing anything, it's the usual approach of "If you do this you will lose weight."

    Of course healthwise what goes in your mouth matters a great deal and I do believe carbohydrates that are high-glycemic (turn to sugar faster than others) are not as good for you as low-glycemic carbohydrates. An example of this, according to Sears, would be: broccoli is better than carrots; apples are better than bananas; stay away from grains, breads sauces and some fat (peanuts are better than sour cream).

    Dr. Sears has written an extremely comprehensive book (270 pages) complete with topics such as "The Hormonal Effects of Food"; "Exercise in the Zone" (He is a proponent of exercise on his diet); "Vitamins, Minerals and the Zone" recipes, body fat percentages and 8 appendices.

    In order to figure out how much protein, carbohydrate and fat blocks you should be eating you must do a calculation. Here's my problem with this: the calculation is based on lean body mass done with a tape measure. I'm a personal trainer. I have had my body fat done with an electronic device and calipers, never with a tape measure. A tape measure IS one way of determining body fat, but it is the most inaccurate way of all.

    Perhaps not having an accurate body fat number doesn't matter all that much. All I know is you take the number you come up with (and he describes how to use the tape measure to determine body fat) and that number is then looked up in the back of the book and you have your lean body mass. From there you multiply your activity factor and he gives you guidelines (8, for example would be exercising 5 times per week for one hour) and that equals your daily protein requirement.

    If it sounds complicated, it is. He also refers you back and forth to one of the Appendices and to tables. You aren't done, of course. That might be too easy. You now have to convert this number into how many blocks of each food you can eat a day. I can eat 12 protein blocks a day so I would schedule them as such: 3 in the morning; 2 as a snack; 3 for lunch; 1 as a snack; and 3 for dinner. You can take blocks from one meal and use them toward another BUT you must do the same for the carbohydrates.

    Isn't it much simpler to just know how many calories per day you should be eating? If you are happy with your weight, then count up your calories one day, divide them by 5 and you have how many calories you should eat in 5 small meals each day?

    I understand Dr. Sears' point, though. He isn't interested as much in calories it seems. But in reality, the calories come into these boxes big time because every block is a portion - 1 piece of fruit equals 2 blocks of carbohydrates, so if I had a nectarine for my first snack, I would have to borrow a protein from lunch since you must have protein and carbohydrates together.

    Unless you are prepared to be even more confused than I am probably making you, stay away from this book....more info

  • Great diet - don't start with this book though
    After a lot of encouragement from my mother, who has been following the Zone for two years, I decided to try this diet. I've been on it for 3 months and I've lost 28 pounds and 2 clothing sizes without really changing my modest exercise habits. I eat half as many calories as I used to, but I'm not hungry. I used to have terrible insomnia, often getting no more than 4 hours of sleep a night - that has vanished along with my nearly-constant heartburn. After two months, my blood cholesterol dropped from 200 to 180. I have energy to burn. I take a Cheat Day on Sundays when I eat all the evil things I've been craving that week - croissants, Nutella, McD's sausage biscuits, creamy desserts - and by the end of the day I feel so draggy, dehydrated, sinus-y, that it's a relief to wake up Monday morning and go back onto the plan.

    So, why don't I recommend this book? It was the first book Barry Sears (co-)wrote about the Zone, and it reads like an infomercial. The writing style is... loud. It is also poorly organized, jumping around from biochemical jargon to little tidbits of practical advice to anecdotal evidence to health claims for different conditions. And finally, this book doesn't provide any information beyond the very basics about how to actually follow the plan. If you are already convinced (perhaps by all these glowing reviews) of the benefits of the Zone and want to jump right in, the more comprehensive Mastering the Zone with its tons of practical tips is a much better place to start. If after beginning the diet you want more background information about how it works, then pick up this book. The one good thing about the early book is the more gourmet recipes (like the lamb with herbed cheese on zucchini-and-squash "pasta" - mmmm!). There are more recipes in Mastering the Zone, but for my taste they stick too strictly to the glycemic-index guide and also try too hard for one-pot meals; I've never used them.

    An issue to look out for: I found that the body fat tables in the back way overestimated my fat weight, which meant an artificially low food intake level. After a couple of weeks hovering on the edge of hunger, I got my body fat percentage measured on a machine at the employee wellness office at work and got a result of ten percentage points less! I raised my food intake and continued losing weight at a healthy clip, with no more hunger pangs. I suspect that the bodyfat-table problem may be why a few reviewers here felt hungry on the Zone. The tables probably underestimated their lean weight, resulting in recommended food intakes that were too low.

    The bottom line: even if all the health claims aren't sound, this is a balanced low-calorie diet that's easy to follow indefinitely without hunger, and what can be wrong with that - unless you are Nabisco Foods or something? Just try to start with Mastering the Zone instead....more info

  • A sensible look at The Zone
    The Zone isn't a "diet" in the "weight loss" sense that other books use where you must eat this and eat that and follow the instruction sheet to a "T". Diet, in The Zone, refers to the original meaning of simply how and what you eat. It's a methodology of knowing what the requirements of your body are so that you can meet them in a way that works best for your body. It starts out by explaining HOW your body works and WHY it works that way, then it introduces the principles so that you can determine for yourself which foods to eat so that you feel your best.

    In a nutshell, the whole premise of the book is that you need to keep your body nourished but not over-nourished. As you use your muscles throughout the day, your body requires protein to maintain your muscle mass. How much protein YOU require is determined by your lean body weight (ie: without fat) as well as your activity level. An athlete will naturally need more protein than your average couch potato. If you want to decrease your muscle mass, decrease your protein intake. If you'd like to maintain the muscles you have, only eat as much protein as is required to do so. And if you're into body building and want to increase your muscles, eat a little more protein so that you can maintain your current mass and that you have enough additional protein so that your body is able to create new muscle. The book rightly recommends that you never eat more protein than your body can handle.

    On top of protein, everybody needs carbohydrates. Most people erroneously think of carbohydrates as being pasta, rice, bread, and sugars and that's one place they can make mistakes. Carbohydrates encompass the entire range of fruits and vegetables (in other words, stuff that you plant in the ground). Apples, oranges, lettuce, broccoli, spinach, mango, tomatoes, potatoes, rice, wheat, blueberries, etc. Pasta is a carbohydrate in that it is a processed form of wheat (durum semolina usually). Bread is exactly the same. Sugar is derived from the sugar cane plant.

    The difference between each of them is in how much carbohydrates are packed into each food. A pound of lettuce, which is over 90% water content, doesn't have as much carbohydrates as a pound of pasta. You can verify this for yourself next time you go to the grocery store. Pick up those packaged salads and look at the nutrition information panel. Note how many grams of carbs there are in the package. Find an equal weight package of pasta and note how many grams of carbs there are. You'd likely have to eat several heads of lettuce to equal a handful of pasta. Regardless of which source of carbohydrates you choose, you'll still need the same number of grams. The important thing to remember is that the number of grams of the particular food is NOT equal to the number of grams of carbohydrates in the food.

    So protein maintains your muscles and carbohydrates gives you the energy as it gets converted into glucose to fuel your brain and muscle system. Where does fat come into play? The Zone recommends you eat only natural monounsaturated fats and that you steer clear away from all saturated fats (especially those derived from animal products). Extra virgin olive oil is promoted, as are avocados and flax seed oil. These are both excellent sources of high-quality, non-artery-clogging fat. How much you need depends on how much protein and carbohydrates you eat. To give you an idea, the typical amount of fat an average person should eat with a meal would be the equivalent of three whole cashews or a couple tablespoons of avocado. Again, the book stresses moderation. Eat too much fat and don't be surprised if you gain weight.

    What you end up with is a balance of protein, carbohydrates, and fat. How much you eat depends on your body. If you feel yourself sapped of energy after a meal, then chances are you've eaten too many carbs, so you should cut back the amount in the next meal. If you're hungry after a meal, then you might need to eat more carbs next time. That's where this book shines. It gives you a great starting point of eating healthy foods and then recommends that you adjust how much you eat to suit your individual body. The Zone differs from other books in that it's not a rigid structure. Rather, it's a framework that you use and modify to derive the best results.

    It's amazing how many reviews posted here are ignorant of the basic concepts presented in the book. Those who have read the book know that 1 "block" of protein refers simply to 7 grams of protein. Similarly, 1 "block" of carbohydrates refers to 9 grams of carbohydrates. If a recipe calls for 3 ounces of chicken breast, some people misinterpret that and think "Okay, 3 ounces is about 85 gramsy wow, that's a lot of protein!" In reality, chicken breast usually has about a 20% protein content. This means that 3 ounces of chicken breast will have only about 17 grams of actual protein. For carbohydrates, if you get out a weigh scale and measure 27 grams of alfalfa sprouts, you'll be seriously hungry and very irate. That's because you'd need to eat 33 CUPS of alfalfa sprouts to get 27 grams of carbohydrates! (Remember, alfalfa sprouts are 99% water!) A better way of getting 27 grams of carbs would be to eat about a dozen spears of steamed asparagus with 2 tomatoes and a cup of strawberries.

    The Zone can be best summed up by quoting the opening paragraph in the first chapter: "y it's very similar to the advice your grandmother gave you about eating. Eat everything in moderation, eat lots of fruits and vegetables, and have some protein at every meal."...more info

  • After a few days on the Zone diet..
    I have only been on the Zone diet a few days and I can already tell an amazing anabolic effect. My muscles are harder, (I workout with weights and my goal is to increase lean mass), I can bench press more and I have a lot more energy. Don't think I am crazy because hormones are affected after every meal so the changes to some extent are instant. For those of you trying to lose weight, do not let my review discourage you, because when you eat a Zone diet, your hormones should start working to get your body more fit, which if you are overweight means you will start using body fat for energy. My only two problems with the book are 1) the cover says learn how to "reset your genetic code". I found this claim to be fascinating and it is the primary reason I began reading this book when I saw it at a friend's house. How is this possible I thought. The author contradicts himself in the book though because in one sentence he says it is impossible to change your DNA. Another claim of his I had trouble with was when he said the ability for non-infants to digest milk is a result of evolution (in the the last couple of thousands of years with the domestication of cattle) , and that this evolution occurred primarily only in Northen Europeans and their descendants, and that most people in the world today are lactose intolerant. Does this mean that most non-whites in this country cannot drink milk beyond infanthood unless their ancestors bred with someone of Northern European decent (assuming this ability to digest lactose would be a dominant gene) ??...more info
  • Resetting the genetic code?
    The question whether this book can be considered serious or not is already answered by one of its claims on the cover page: "reset your genetic code". This is ridiculous. One should know that the genetic code is inherited and cannot be positively changed by food or anything else....more info
  • Diet For Life Guide
    This is probably the simplest way to eat. It makes sense, and it works. I have already lost about 6lbs in 2 weeks time. The meals are easy to fix and the ingredients are simple. Once you are in the "zone" you will never go back. ...more info
  • Quick service
    I am pleased with the prompt reply to my order and prompt delivery. The book was as described....more info
  • A comparison of Diet Books
    Like many of you, I found myself wondering what the differences were between the various diet programs. What I discovered is that all of the major diet books are well written and share many similarities. None of them offered an "silver bullet" to weight loss - it primarily comes down to keeping your calories burned greater than your calories eaten. There are theories presented about glycemic index, good vs. bad carbs, etc., but at the end of the day it's about calories and exercise.

    In this review, I've summarized Consumer Reports evaluations to offer brief summaries of each diet book/program in hopes that it might help you pick out the one that would work best for you. Don't pay too much attention to the number of stars, as it's my own subjective rating based on effectiveness, ease of use, and ability to stick with the diet. Instead, try to discern which diet might fit your lifestyle better.

    The Abs Diet, ****
    This book is written by David Zinczenko, the editor of Men's Health Magazine. The diet likes the number 6 - promising "6 pack abs in 6 weeks," by eating 6 meals a day. Each meal is built around the "power 12" foods. There is a strong emphasis on whey supplements. The fitness program was easy to follow but perhaps too strenuous for beginners and seemed better suited to men. Strong points are excellent nutritional content and strong exercise. Weak points are questionable claims about rapid weight loss and "6 pack" abs, and mediocre meal plans. Average recommended daily calories are 1,890, with 7 fruits and vegetable servings.

    The South Beach Diet ****
    The SB Diet is a slightly more permissive version of the Atkins low-carb diet. It is based on the premise that eating low-glycemic foods (foods that don't raise blood sugar) decreases cravings for sugar and refined carbs. Like many of the diets, there are two phases. In the first phase, fruits, sugar, and grains are banned outright. Phase 2 allows some fruit, high-fiber grains, and dark chocolate. The simplicity of the diet might appeal to many busy dieters. However the emphasis on the glycemic index and insufficient exercise sections are a drawback. Recipes are easy to prepare, but some called for unusual ingredients (a clever cook could make substitutions). Average recommended daily calories are a mere 1,340, with 13 fruits and vegetable servings (mostly veggies).

    The Sonoma Diet ****
    The Sonoma Diet is an updated low-carb diet with a Mediterranean theme. Again, it is broken into two phases, called "waves." In "Wave 1," the dieter is banned from eating most sweet or refined foods. The much longer "Wave 2" permits fruits and wine. It has a unique method of calculating portions by filling sectors of small plates with specified food categories. The diet is healthy but complex. It is also very restrictive, which makes it more difficult to stay on. Also, the book doesn't offer enough on exercise. The recipes were tasty but elaborate to prepare. Average recommended daily calories are a mere 1,390, with 10 fruits and vegetable servings.

    Ultra-Metabolism ***
    The Ultra-Metabolism Diet is designed around the assertion that people get fat because their body's systems become toxic, inflamed, and imbalanced. Again, this is a two phase diet. Phase 1 is an initial "detox" period. The longer Phase 2 is a "rebalancing" period. Overall, the dieter must eliminate white rice, refined grains, most red meats, and caffeinated beverages. The theory of your body requiring detoxification goes beyond any scientific evidence and rings a bit of late night television "miracle detox bowel-cleansing pills." The diet is fairly restrictive and complicated. The exercise section was brief but practical. Average recommended daily calories are 1,660, with 12 fruits and vegetable servings.

    Volumetrics, ****
    The Volumetrics Diet is based on Penn State research. It aims to maximize the amount of food you can eat for a given caloric intake. This is done primarily by eating reduced-fat products, adding in lots of vegetables, and using low-fat cooking techniques. It encourages eating a first course of broth-based soup or low-calorie salad (not heavily laden with dressing, cheese or bacon) to take the edge off your appetite. Recent clinical studies have shown this diet to be very effective. The recipes are appetizing but time consuming. Average recommended daily calories are 1,500, with 14 fruits and vegetable servings.

    The Zone Diet, ****
    The Zone Diet was designed to keep your blood sugar and hormones at optimal levels so that you can better fight obesity and diseases. It requires that each meal consist of 30% protein, 30% fat, and 40% carbs (based on calories). The diet allows many fruits, but almost no grains except oatmeal. The meals are simple to prepare and nutritionally balanced. But having to keep to the 30/30/40 balance is very tedious and requires lots of preplanning. Recent studies showed that the overall weight loss was below average. Average recommended daily calories are 1,660, with 17 fruits and vegetable servings.

    Eat More, Weigh Less, ***
    The Eat More, Weigh Less (Ornish) Diet is a low-fat vegetarian diet that bans all meat, fish, oils, alcohol, sugar, and white flour. Their clinical studies suggest that strictly following the diet can prevent or reverse some diseases. Ornish argues that it is easier to make drastic changes to diet rather than small ones. The diet offers the most food per calorie of any of the diets. It is actually lower in fat than current USDA guidelines recommend. Studies have shown good long term weight loss, but a relatively high drop-out rate. Average recommended daily calories are 1,520, with 17 fruits and vegetable servings.

    Dr. Atkins New Diet Revolution, ***
    The Atkins Diet is the grand daddy of them all. As with many of the other diets, it is divided into two phases. The first phase is a two week induction period that bans nearly all carbs. The second phase is only slightly less restrictive, but does slowly add more vegetables, fruit, and wine. Research has suggested that Atkins' dieters are less hungry than on many other diets. But the diet is difficult to adhere to and has a high drop-out rate. Long term weight loss has been shown to be average. The single most glaring concern with the Atkins diet is that the nutritional profile is far outside conventional dietary guidelines. (We've all known people eating handfuls of bacon, eggs, and cheese for breakfast, claiming they were on a diet). Average recommended daily calories are 1,520, with 6 fruits and vegetable servings.

    Again, please don't worry too much about my ranking of the diet books - it's completely subjective. My suggestion is to simply find a program that seems to fit your lifestyle best.

    Please be kind enough to indicate if reviews are helpful.

    Written by Arthur Bradley, author of "Process of Elimination" - an intense thriller in which a martial artist, a greedy corporate attorney, and a sexy conspiracy theorist team up to stop a world-class sniper from killing presidential candidates....more info
  • One Diet Does Not Fit All--Although Great Portion Control!
    Sears' premise is a relatively easy one to understand: eating protein with every meal helps to regulate your insulin output and hence helps the body avoid a constant craving for fattening carbohydrate intake.

    I purchased this book when it first came out in 1995, used it on and off with adequate results, and was dismayed when various news magazines and dieticians panned the premise. I thought, how could regulating hormones NOT be involved in the dieting puzzle?

    Recently I was reaquainted with Sears' ideas after seeing an alternative physician in my quest for better health. The doctor recommended using Sears hormone-regulating formula and portion guidelines with Peter D'Adamo's ER4YT Blood Type Diet. So far, I have had fairly good overall health-benefit results--and this with no intention of losing weight--although this has occurred.

    Although Sears comes off as being a little too commercial for my taste--just check out the Zoneperfect website and you will be bombarded with all sorts of prepackaged goodies--- his premise of eating a certain amount and a certain combination of the three basic nutritional elements seems to be quite wise. In a nutshell, one's hand is utilized to decide just how much one needs to put away during one meal. The protein should be the size of one's palm--thickness taken into account. The fat is represented by the size of the fleshy part of the thumb--about a tablespoon. Carbohydrates are monitored in this way: if eating a grain, a closed fist-sized amount should be consumed. If eating a green vegetable, two handfuls are advised.
    As much as I find this advice feasible, I have some criticism with regard to Sears' premise and format. Firstly most of the recipes in the book seemed to be geared for bachelors who have little time for food preparation. Anyone wanting to make a Zone meal for a family would be pretty much out of luck if using the book as a guideline. The good news here is that the website provides many many recipes to help balance out those fats, proteins and carbs and there is an Excel based tool offered online at no-cost which actually calculates a meal's components down to the gram---if you want to get that specific. Secondly, Sears reports that one could lose weight with any combination, although he suggests for example that red meat and butter are poor choices when compared to other protein and fat choices. I believe that since this book has been written,Sears has come out with other "breakthrough" diets--one revolving around soy and one around Omega-3 fats. I can only charitably think that as his theories evolve more books will ensue. But, what he doesn't seem to cover is the fact that some people simply do not do well when eating certain foods. His one-size fits all diet, does not work for everyone. There is a dieting stall reached after awhile and the optimum results that he proports one will achieve are not achieved. Case in point, when I started the Zone vigorously, 3 years ago, I found that I had to incorporate more protein with every meal. I turned to dairy as I did not feel inclined to cook a chicken breast each and every time I wanted a snack. Unfortunately, no matter what Sears says, I do not metabolize dairy well and I found that no matter how many glasses of water I drank, no matter how many fish oil capsules I consummed, or how simple and abundant my carbohydrates were, I was still constipated. After adding a fiber supplement, I found I no longer lost weight--but stayed at a plateau for so long a period of time, I eventually tried another dieting plan. After all, no one feels well if their digestive system is no working correctly. Sears speaks of the digetive hormones, but he neglects to mention the changing hormonal interplay of estrogen and progesterone in women, especially as they get older. Nevertheless, I believe that Sears book can be the cornerstone for many who do not understand that food must be balanced to achieve a hormonally balanced body. In the same sense, in order to be a certain size, you must eat a certain amount. My advise is to use this as your springboard, then decide which combinations work best for you, perhaps, as my physician advised,try the D'Adamo blood type diet as a guideline for foods one should and shouldn't eat. I have found that since doing this, I no longer need my fiber supplement, I have lost weight, I do feel better. (Oddly enough, for my type A blood, I am to gorge myself on soy products and Omega-3 rich fish! Sounds like Dr. Sears may be a blood type A himself as his latest books plug both as highly beneficial.) Bottom line: if I feel better, I must be on the right track....more info
    To all those that are even questioning this book, the author, or the diet's effectiveness...don't! And, to all those who say the diet/eating plan (it's more of an eating plan than a diet) does not work...i think you're full of it. I have been implementing the Zone Diet into my training for the past year and a half. Everything the book promises and more happened as a direct result from the diet. Simple yet overlooked aspects of the way the human body will use certain types of macronutrients are what make the diet so effective. it's easy. you feel like gold. don't listen to anything negative people have to say about this book until you've tried it....more info
  • Absolutely Amazing!
    The Zone is an amazing diet plan. Imagine this: you are no longer hungry, you need less sleep, you have absolutely no cravings for pasta, bread, potatoes, etc., you have almost endless energy, and find working out effortless. Well, it's all possible if you enter the Zone. Some people may tell you that it is too hard to keep up with, or doesn't work. My sister is one of them. The Zone has changed my life. I was recovering from a fractured ankle, and got really out of shape. Now, I follow the Zone diet, which is simple, and find that I can work out as much as I need to without any discomfort. For example, breakfast in the Zone might be: 2 slices of canadian bacon, 2 eggwhites (or 1 egg), a slice of cheese, an apple, 1 cup cantaulope, and 5 almonds. Tons of food, tons of micronutrients (protein, carbs, fats), hardly any calories. The Zone is not about calories. In fact, you can run on very few calories, and never be hungry. For it is about the micronutrient balances in your diet that help you live, not the amount of calories you take in. As long as you get what your body needs, you're okay. This diet could not be easier to follow, or have better results. However, if you do not have will power, or are not willing to forever change your life, I recommend you don't waste your time reading this book. Otherwise, your life literally depends on the Zone. I mean it....more info
  • Eye-opening Read
    I found this book to be fascenating. The diet is easy to follow, but it takes a few days to get used to it. By following it I am also saving $$$$ because I am not grabing lunch or breakfast from the fastfood drive through. I have been on the diet for 3 weeks and I have lost 6 pounds. I am very pleased with it so far. My fiance actually switched from Atkins!...more info
  • First diet I have ever been on with no hunger
    This is the 1st diet in 10 years I have been on that I'm not hungry or craving food. That has been the key to my success with this diet and feel most other people also fail due to this reason. Dr. Sears says in the 1st chapter you will not feel hungry after day 2 or 3 and I thought it was BS but it really works.

    I have failed on every other diet I have been on, since I started The Zone 6 weeks ago I lost 26 pounds. A drawback some people may have on this is I seem to eat the same things over and over for me it's not a problem. I need to lose 50 pounds I put on during the last 10 years why not take 12 weeks to lose what took me 10 years to put on with no hunger.

    Another added bonus is that I feel great most of my intake is fruit, vegetables, turkey and chicken. Just follow the recipes and weight the food and you can't lose!! For dinner I usually have 5 OZ chicken, 2 cups broccoli, 1 cup asparagus, 1 cup peppers and onions, Garlic, and the food almost doesn't fit on my plate there is so much all under 400 calories.

    I recently had 2 friends try the diet and they are thrilled. They both lost over 10 pounds feel great and think I'm a genius.

    Waist size 34 here I come.

    Good luck all...more info

  • A guide to good health
    This book is revolutionary - it was an incredible insight into the concept that food is the key to optimizing our body's efficiency, both calorie wise and for our immune system. Once you have the concept of balancing your protein, carbs, and fats, you can reshape your health and your body. Interestingly enough, once I got past the first week or so, food tasted better, and the sugar and fat cravings go way down. I don't always follow this strictly, but if I'm going to grab a carb & fat snack, I make sure I have some protein to balance it. My knowledge helps me to temper my indulgences, and I feel so much better and have more energy....more info
  • This book is awesome!! A real eye opener.
    This book has changed the way that I eat forever. I notice an immediate change whenever I stay within the Zone and it makes such a difference with fat loss. Thank you!! ...more info
  • Boring read but has good info
    My God. This book is so dry! I'm sure he is correct in what he writes, but I actually received information on his gospel from The Diet Doctor on FitTV when he was a guest.
    If you are going to read his book, have a PDR and some espresso available. ...more info
  • A little too scientific for the average reader
    The great thing about the Zone is that you CAN have carbs, just as long as you balance them with protein and fat. Everything in the 40-30-30 ratio. Every meal, every snack. Sounds simple enough. I read the book and found it all very informative. They discuss insulin levels and balancing your hormones. A lot if it was geared toward physical performance, like that of Olympic swimmers who got better times when they were "in the Zone." I didn't feel like the book was confusing. But putting it all together and actually doing the diet was another story. It requires a lot of planning and seems to require a lot of math. The ratio business sounds easy, but trying to use it when eating an actual meal and not just a cup of this and 3 ounces of that is very difficult. If you're truly committed to the principles and theories presented here, then you can make it work, lose weight, and look great. But I think that the average reader will get too frustrated to really make a go of the Zone....more info
  • Science Fiction
    I read this book about 10 years ago and was initially impressed. I didn't like the redundant writing style, but I thought this guy is a "scientist", not a writer, and that the information was credible. It's not! Aside from the severe calorie deprivation, recommended through a convoluted protein equation, this book sounds reasonable. Eat as if you were diabetic, or about to become diabetic. Back then, I didn't realize that diabetes is as much about atherosclerosis, as it is about blood-sugar levels, and eating a 30% protein (As I recall, Sears actually advocates a higher than 30% protein diet because he doesn't count, or consider reliable, high-fibre sources of protein such as beans.) and 30% fat diet can be a recipe for heart disease, diabetes, and osteoporosis. Plus a good way to increase your risk for some kinds of cancer.

    One other thing. Barry Sears claims, in this, his first "zone" book, that his "zone favorable" diet helped Dave Scott, at age 40, finish second in the 1994 Gatorade Ironman Triathlon. Dave Scott's response was published in 2001. "That's the biggest false statement ever. I've never read Sears' book. I've never tried Sears' diet. It's been awful having to refute this lie for the past five years. I called and left a message for Sears and sent him an e-mail, and he never replied". Read a full critique of this book in John Robbins' The Food Revolution: How Your Diet Can Help Save Your Life and Our World. The only reason I gave "The Zone" 2 stars, is because at least it's an improvement over Atkins, and he does recommend eating oatmeal.

    If you're looking for a book on superior nutrition, as well as one for weight-loss, start with Joel Fuhrman's Eat to Live: The Revolutionary Formula for Fast and Sustained Weight Loss, and if you have to, modify his approach to suit your needs. He's got the results and credibility Barry Sears can only dream about. The only zone Sears has found is "The Twilight Zone". He's not the first, and won't be the last, to make a lot of money there....more info
  • Lidia LoPinto (author of eco books) lost 70 pounds!!
    I highly recommend this book to anyone struggling with Diabetes II or a weight problem. As the author of eco novels and environmental crimes of this century "The Adventures of Juliana Del Rio: EPA/FBI - I have personally lost 70 pounds using the ZONE!!!. In the year 2001 I was diagnosed with Diabetes II and had to desperately loose weight. I searched the internet and asked all of my friends and doctors were not helpful in recommending a good diet. When I read the Zone, as a chemical engineer, it made a lot of great sense. The whole process of how your system handles carbohydrates was immediately clear and I was able to go on a diet that allowed me to loose 70 pounds over 1 year, without cravings.

    As the author of environmental books dealing with Eco crimes it is my opinion that the greatest eco crime of all is the peddling of high density carbohydrates to children. Children are drinking soda and eating chips in school instead of milk and protein and fresh vegetables. Starch is cheaper than protein and so selling it in large quantities is good business. But, the cost to our children's health is too high. We should be feeding our children the best foods. Diabetes II is at epidemic proportions because of our high starch diet and we need to start our children off on the right path - starting with school lunches. I personally have struggled with this horrible disease and would want all Americans to know that you can overcome this with a diet such as the Zone.

    Lidia LoPinto...more info

  • The Zone Short Summary
    Have you ever had one of those days when everything goes right? You wake up feeling alert, refreshed, and full of energy. You cruise through the day finding solutions to problems and tasks surrender to your clear, efficient, yet apparently effortless approach. You even have energy to spare into the evening.

    You may not have thought of it this way, but you were probably in the Zone - the mysterious but very real state in which your body and mind work together at their ultimate best. In the Zone, the mind is relaxed, yet alert and focused. Meanwhile, the body is fluid, strong, and apparently indefatigable, almost euphoric.

    Most athletes, even those of us who are weekend enthusiasts, have experienced this state at least once, and the experience is unforgettable. But there is nothing mystical about the Zone. The Zone is a real metabolic state that can be reached by everyone, and maintained indefinitely on a lifelong basis.

    Barry Sears looks at why Americans still have dietary problems in spite of following the advice of experts. By challenging the current recommendations for a high carbohydrate diet, Sears looks into man's history as well as the diets on which athletes succeed, to build a new dietary picture. Anyone looking for better health through an improved relationship to what they eat should try the Zone Diet Plan.

    What is the Zone as defined by Dr. Sears? It's the metabolic state at which the body works at peak efficiency. Life in the Zone creates significant health benefits. The little illnesses that plague us all - colds, flus, allergies - seem to happen less often. When they do hit, they're not as severe. And some of our more serious chronic diseases - heart disease and cancer, for example, become less likely to strike. And if these diseases do occur, in the Zone their treatment is more manageable.

    So how do we reach the Zone? There are no magic potions, pills, herbs or mantras. The truth is that every time you open your mouth to eat, you're applying for a passport to the Zone. To get that passport, though, you must treat food as if it were a drug. You must eat food in a controlled fashion and in the proper proportions. Learning how to control the body's hormonal responses to food is your passport to entering and staying in the Zone. This is achieved by balancing one's intake of protein, carbohydrate and fat at every meal.

    The trouble is that most of us are using the wrong eating rules - eating the wrong foods, or just as bad, eating the right foods in the wrong proportions. So our access to the Zone is being constantly denied. But follow the rules and your entrance is ensured. It's science.

    To get a new perspective on food, here's some information you need to know:

    * Eating fat does not make you fat
    * It's hard to lose weight by simply restricting calories
    * Diets based on choice restriction and calorie limits usually fail
    * Weight loss has little to do with will power
    * Food can be good or bad
    * The biochemical effects on food have been constant for the last forty million years...more info

  • The way EVERYONE should eat ! Healthy and it works !
    Hi there !

    I'm a family physician who has been on "The Zone" for about 6 months now. I am 5 feet 2 inches and have dropped from 148 pounds to 128 pounds. I think this diet is healthy, and it is something that people can live with in the long term. I didn't feel like I was starving, and my workouts have improved from 3 mile runs to having the energy for 7 miles. I look great, and I am recommending this diet to my patients.

    My only complaint it that the book is very scientific, and I have been told by some of my patients that it is too difficult to understand.

    try it !...more info

  • The Zone is where you wanna be!
    Get in the Zone now. I have never felt better in my whole life!

    While Dr Sears likes to exagerate things a little bit, The Zone is surely the best diet there is. Being a bodybuilder, The Zone helped me gaining lean mass....more info

  • E-book Publishers Won't let you print!
    If you are someone who might like to print a few pages of this book to read on a plane, or while waiting on an appointment (without your pc) this is horrible! The first day that I downloaded it, I got a message stating that I could print 35 pages per week. I was disappointed, but could understand. Well, it's two weeks later, and I still cannot print my 35 pages. What a ripoff! When you purchase an e-book, just as in a paper copy, it's yours to copy 200 times if you would like, as long as you don't distribute it. I was looking out for the environment, trying to save a tree or two, and I got screwed because Amazon hasn't responded to any of my emails regarding this problem....more info
  • Are we reading the same book
    Are we all reading the same book?

    Dr. Sears DOES base his work largely aournd the glycemic index! So much so that there's an entire chapter early in the book discussing nothing but the glycemic index, where foods lie on it and how to mange your personal glucose levels.

    Sears began his reseach over 30 years ago when his male relatives were suffering from heart problems at young ages. He realized his fate, and didn't want to go the same way. He doesn't simply propose a "diet", and if you are looking for a diet rather than an understanding of biology, then this won't be helpful.

    Sears managed the diets of Olympic and college athletes and teams over the years, developing an understanding of what it takes to enable a body to perform at it's peak. Realizing that everyone is different, his advice is to understand the systems and then provide the appropriate nutrition.

    If you want to understand what each type of food provides from a nutritional standpoint, then to develop an approach that is specific to your life, Sears provides an education about what you're really eating and a simpler way of choosing foods....more info
  • Changed My Life
    I found this book in a thrift store for $2, after hearing about it from an ex girlfriend. It takes a while to figure it out, but after like 2 weeks I mastered it. People who have problems understanding this, just are't trying hard enough. Anyway , I lost 20 pounds, and I'm at my ideal weight now. All this with barely working out. I have more energy throughout the day, and more importantly, a lot more confidence. There is sacrifice involved, but once you get to where I am, you really can't see living any other way. Highly recommended....more info


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