The Zone Diet works on the theory that excess insulin makes us fat and keeps us fat. Insulin is a hormone that helps the control of our blood sugar levels. By closely regulating blood sugar levels, it will keep the insulin in a tight 'zone' and the body burns fat more efficiently. The result of this is weight loss.
By consuming too many carbohydrates the result is too much insulin, so the body will pile up nutrients. The overload of insulin prompts the body to convert those carbohydrates into fat and store them in places we don't like to look at in the mirror. In order to control blood sugar and insulin levels, you need to get the perfect balance of carbohydrates, proteins and fats in every meal. Achieving this perfect balance effectively means following a low-carbohydrate, high-protein diet that includes moderate amounts of fat and this is what Zone is doing for you.
The key factor in Zone Diet is the hormonal balance through a skillfully prepared meal. With a food plan comprising an accurate balanced ratio of carbohydrates (40%), fat (30%) and proteins (30%) you'll consume foods, which control your body's insulin production. Unlike other diets, the Zone Diet insists dieters to keep a close watch on the calorie consumption while eating. One meal, that does not exceed 500 calories and a snack that won't exceed 100 calories is ideal for staying in the Zone. The diet encourages foods like fresh vegetables, fruits and nuts, leafy green vegetables, sufficient protein consumption, and eight glasses of water everyday and mono-unsaturated fats. It forbids both processed foods and meals that contain too much salt.
However, weight loss is not the only reason to be in the Zone as there are numerous additional benefits such as enhanced health, improved energy or improved mental clarity. Being a high protein, low carbohydrate diet program, the Zone Diet was implemented to reduce both hunger and compulsion to eat. People having type II diabetes can also loose some extra pounds with this diet.