Barry Sears: The Zone A Dietary Road Map



Of keeping opposing hormones in proper balance how can one be good one be bad Wouldn t it depend on which is over or under produced relative to the other Here s an example of one of his argumentsa 1987 study by a team of researchers at Stanford University showed that as many as 25 percent of an otherwise normal healthy population that s about 60 million Americans respond genetically to excess dietary carbohydrate by producing too much insulin I think it s highly possible that this subset of the US population may make up nearly 100 percent of our heart disease patientsFirstly A study means nothing no matter who did the research There need to be multiple studies that come up with the same results to make it anything worth basing decisions uponSecondly Sears thinks it s highly possible that this subset may make up nearly 100 percent of heart disease patients Are we supposed to be swayed by one of his hunches And where did he come up with this idea How does he support his theory that most heart disease patients respond genetically to excess dietary carbohydrate by producing too much insulin Even if he could site studies that prove it that doesn t prove that too much insulin is what caused the heart disease How many people genetically produce too much insulin and don t develop heart diseaseThe book is filled with examples like thisSears has one grand theory to promote and it may turn out to be dead on But he cannot support it with scientific research Period I have destroyed my copy of this book rather than donating it to the library because I don t want to pass on this drivel Look elsewhere for dietary advice Sears explains the biochemistry of food and its effect on our bodies in an understandable way and makes the reader re think what we assume to be healthy eating habits This book has changed the way I think about what I eat and I feel better after incorporating some of his ideas into my diet Following the Zone Diet to a T seems a little complicated but Sears gets the reader to understand why it is important to follow and the overall idea is very easy to put into practice One of the first mainstream diet books that was about cardiovascular health than losing weight So many books and plans have followed with similar logic but this book was also one of the first mainstream books to associate the impact of food on hormones which links to healthFolks that have a science background will likely appreciate the book but to this day I still rely on principles that were introduced to this book Still worth a read and may help shed some light on what other current and popular books are recommending A dietary book very technological at times Good points to keep in mind while putting food in one s mouth. Uidelines based on maintaining a favorable ratio of fats proteins and carbohydrates a balance that in turn stabilizes and maximizes the hormones that regulate our weight and height The book supplies readers with chartslistsand recipes designed to maintain a completely balanced die.

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Ry his recommendations I thought this was very well written for a well researched scientist to explain things in layman s terms The concept of balancing our diet gives me great hope as well So simple 4 carbs to every 3 proteins and 3 fats Not enough information to actually follow the dietary road map Not a road map like a vague general hand signal in the possible direction of permanent weight loss Here s the premise of The Zone much of our health depends on how hormones and other chemical substances regulate the body The two biggies are insulin and glucagon and together they affect how we store fat The easiest way for the average person to ensure optimal insulin and glucagon levels and therefore a healthy weight and body fat percentage is by eating a balanced diet consisting of macronutrient blocks lean protein carbohydrates with a low glycemic index and monounsaturated fatI m not a scientist and will have to rely on Dr Sears interpretation of the data he uses to support his arguments That s just one of those things we non specialists have to do but the idea that food can control how the body produces hormones that in turn control how the body stores and uses fat seems plausibleAnd although Nijinsky And Romola you may think I ve drunk The Zone kool aid a couple of sites have rebuttals to Dr Sears claims taking exception to the proteincarbohydrate ratio and its effect on hormone productionAlso figuring out what a block is means there s a bit of a learning curve to implementing the diet The Zone advocates an extremely low calorie diet the benefits of which from my understanding have not been thoroughly documented to date Soou can see there are issues with the Dr Sears advice Nevertheless the bibliography in this book should silence critics who say Dr Sears is light on the science It references literally dozens of reports from medical nutrition and sports medicine journals In fact I wish the claims and citations Dr Sears made in the book were better noted with footnotes preferably but I understand why the bibliography was included instead the book was for a general audienceOverall I liked The Zone and I plan testing its principles to see whether I can shed my slowly expanding gut Sears makes a lot of circular arguments that don t really support his points He throws in a lot of theories facts implying that they support his points but which don t really do so His theories could be absolutely correct but his book does absolutely nothing to convince me Early on Sears explains that eicosanoids are super hormones that control the body s hundreds of hormonal systems each system having two opposing hormones He then labels eicosanoids as either good or bad with many warnings against bad eicosanoids If it s a uestion. Lifelong health program designed to bring the body into total balance Food is not the enemy here but rather a catalyst the essential ingredient needed to allow the body to function at its absolute and efficient peak This book prescribes easy to follow and nonrestrictive dietary

Recommended by my personal trainer I was very hesitant and NOT interested in another fad diet However after reading through and studying I realize that this information is confirmed by all the nutritionmedical studies I ve been reading over the past few Lindsay and the Lifeguards years This was recommended to me as a better intro to the Zone system than the original book This isn t a fad diet but pretty solid nutritional advice focusing on keepingour dietary intake hormonally balanced in order to reduce inflammation which recent studies have shown to be a root cause in so many of our current degenerative diseases It isn t fancy or the slickest with lots of bells and whistles but it s doing the job with both me and my husband Slow and steady wins the race As an addendum I just checked out Sears most recent Mediterranean Zone book which is essentially a recent update to his 20 The Wedding Ghost yr old original Zone If I were going to pick just one I would go with the Mediterranean It has the most recent dietary research which was notet available when this and the original were first written Ignorance truly is bliss though The Value of Optimism you might suffer terribly and die an early deathou won t be mentally fatigued with conflicting information from Vegetarians vs Paleo vs Wheat Belly vs The Zone vs our cholesterol levels which may not even matter vs The Primal Blueprint vs a myriad of other things ou have to do every day that are called Life I don t have the time to dissect or praise this book Everything I would want or could say has already been said and debated in other reviews and comments on Goodreads I did read Wheat Belly and The Primal Blueprint as well So after reading 3 books it has only lead me to have to do research I can say that after reducing meat intake and increasing carbs and eating that for many Storm of Locusts (The Sixth World, years my HDL has become even lower and my triglycerides went from acceptable to high which lines up exactly with the theories in this book The Primal Blueprint and Wheat Belly My every day exercise seems to have no impact on raising my HDL which is supposed to be the best way to do it It seems that insulin level is the culprit as these three books suggeston a side note the audio on this was like listening to Ben Stein as the teacher in Ferris Bueller A very informative interesting read with a sound basis behind the diet recommendations for the most part Modern readers will find his fear of saturated fat and eggolks to be rather outdated but his recommendations for eating lean protein also simply make the idea of separating foods into blocks of protein fat and carbs easier if there s as little fat as possible in the protein sources which is very hard to achieve outside of egg whites and skinless white meat chicken I m interested to The Zone explains in detail the underlying science behind the Zone and why ou want to be there With than 1000000 hard copies in print The Zone has been translated into nine languages and was the #1 best selling nutritionhealth book in 1996 This revolutionary approach to diet is

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