What is the Zone?

The zone is a real metabolic state, where the body works at peak efficiency, which can be reached by anyone and maintained indefinitely on a lifelong basis.  The zone gives freedom from hunger, greater energy, and physical performance, as well as improved  productivity and mental focus.

How do I reach the zone?

The zone is reached from the food you eat.  In this program, food is used to maintain a favorable hormonal balance among insulin, glucagon, and the super hormones eicosanoids.

The Zone Guidelines: The Basics

Here are some of the zone guidelines:

  • Eat enough protein for your body’s needs, no more, no less. This amount is determined by your amount of lean body mass ( ) and your activity level.
  • At every meal eat protein and carbohydrates in the ratio of three parts protein to four parts carbohydrate.
  • As much as possible, eat carbohydrates with a low glycemic index (This list includes most fruits and vegetables).
  • Eat sufficient amounts of fat to control the rate of digestion of the meal and to control hunger. Usually, this is about 30% of the calories in the meal.
  • Drink at least eight glasses of water or sugar-free decaffeinated beverages a day.
  • As much as possible, eat protein with low levels of saturated fat such as fish, chicken, turkey, tofu, egg whites, and low-fat dairy products.
  • As much as possible, eat monounsaturated fats in preference to saturated fats.
  • Never go more than five hours without eating a zone-favorable meal or snack. Eat within one hour of waking and have a snack before workouts and before bedtime.
  • No food is ever completely banned, but some must be eaten in moderation.

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