Zone diet is diet par excellence. No matter what, people today think that it is trendy to be in the Zone and it’s nice to be in the company of stars, to go through what they have gone. Also, the Zone is a good and nice sounding name that is good for all kinds of marketing purposes. What made this diet so successful is the fact that a lot of diet food delivery companies have included Zone diet foods in their menus. Those people who can afford this kind of expenses are glad that they don’t have to go through the whole shopping and cooking experience.
The Zone Diet is built around the classic mix of low-fat foods, for example chicken and fish, low-fat cheese, small amounts of fruits and vegetables and some olive oil. The Zone itself is kind of a fancy term for achieving a state of hormonal balance (especially in insulin and glucagon) that allows the body to expend the energy intake in an efficient manner and to avoid storing calories as fat. Therefore, dieters are encouraged to eat a lot of non-starchy raw vegetables, a small amount of protein, a smaller amount of carbohydrates and enough monosaturated oils to keep the feeling of hunger away.
The good side of the Zone diet is the restriction of refined carbohydrates, which are low in nutrition, and the focus on low-starch vegetables and fruits. However, the American Heart Association does not recommend the Zone Diet because of the lack of essential nutrients, high-protein content and the general lack of information about its long-term effects. Since the diet is quite low on the daily intake of calories, it does not seem to be designed for the long term, but rather as a quick fix. Exercising is pretty much out of the question with such a low amount of calories.
Another problem of the Zone diet that people are bound to face, is that they have to calculate their meals to include the exact amount of fat, protein and carbs that are required by the diet. Now, this is not always easy for the average dieter and it has a big chance to become a big problem in years to come. Also, a lot of people find it very difficult to stay on diet that is very low on carbs because the feeling of hunger is almost always present.