The Zone Diet
Dr. Barry Sears
The Zone Diet focuses on the
intricate biochemical linkage between diet and the body's hormone
insulin. Since insulin production is influenced greatly by diet,
Dr. Sears reasons that eating the appropriate balance of carbohydrate,
protein and fat would induce the body to produce ideal levels of
this hormone. Individuals utilizing this diet to maintain insulin
levels in a therapeutic zone could avoid the most common deleterious
effects of too much insulin--constant weight gain and low energy
Eicosinoids (lipid hormone-like
substances) also fit into the picture according to Sears. Insulin
influenced the production of several eicosinoids, and high insulin
lievels lead to the p\overproduction of "bad" eicosinoids.
This imbalance of eicosi\anoids leads to most, if not all, diseases,
and contributes to weight gain and obesity.
The overriding principles
of the Zone Diet are first: ensure that the body receives an adequate
supply of low fat protein at each meal and second, eat proteins,
fats and fiber-rich vegetables and fruits in a ratio for which the
body is genetically programmed. By consuming the proper ratio of
low-density carbohydrates to fat to protein, an individual can begin
controlling his or her insulin production with amazing precision.
By maintaining insulin levels within a therapeutic zone, one is
often able to burn excess body fat (and keep it off permanently)
and enjoy increased energy, as well as improved mental acuity and
According to Dr. Sears, the
ideal ratio of carbohydrates, proteins and fats is 40-30-30 respectively.
Ideally, every meal, snack, and beverage has this ratio.
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The Official Zone Website:
Zone Testimonials: http://zonehome.com/zluklist.htm
H. Leighton Steward
has a Master of Science degree in geology from Southern Methodist
University in Dallas, TX. He became CEO of a Fortune 500 energy
company. As an environment activist, he has authored a booklet that
points out the causes of the tremendous loss of the lower Mississippi
River wetland system.
Samuel S. Andrews
is a graduate of McNeese State College and Louisiana State University
School of Medicine. His post graduate study was at Charity Hospital
in New Orleans, LA. He was awarded an Endocrinology Fellowship at
LSU Medical Center, Section of Metabolism and Endocrinology, New
Orleans, LA.He currently practices endocrinology and internal medicine
with the Audubon Internal Medicine Group. Dr. Andrews has authored
many publications and participated in several drug studies in the
field of endocrinology.
Luis A. Balart
is a graduate of Louisiana State University Medical School. He completed
training in gastroenterology at Ochsner Clinic in New Orleans and
in hepatology at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles.
Dr. Balart currently practices
gastroenterology and hepatology at Memorial Medical Center in New
Orleans and is Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine at Louisiana
State University in New Orleans, LA. He is currently involved in
several clinical trials in the treatment of chronic viral hepatitis
and is Medical Director of the LSU Liver Transplant Program.
Morrison C. Bethea is a graduate
of Davidson College and Tulane University School of Medicine. He
completed his post graduate training in thoracic and cardiac surgery
at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center in New York. Currently,
he practices thoracic, cardiac and vascular surgery in New Orleans,
LA. He is the medical consultant to Freeport-McMoRan, Inc. for its
worldwide operations and sits on the Board of Taylor Energy and
the Advisory Board of Memorial Medical Center. Dr. Bethea has authored
many publications in the field of cardiovascular disease.
It's time to face facts. Low-fat
diets don't work. Thousands of dieters on low-fat, high-carbohydrate
regimes gain back their weight and more, often wreaking unhealthy
havoc on their bodies. Why? Because the culprit isn't too much fat,
it's too much sugar--and low-fat food is full of it.
The truth is sugar causes
the production of insulin, which, in large amounts, keeps you from
losing weight, no matter how strictly you diet or how often you
exercise. Just look at the ingredients of your favorite foods: sugar
is everywhere. So how can you possibly avoid it? The answer: SUGAR
BUSTERS! SUGAR BUSTERS! is a revolutionary new diet plan based on
sound nutritional principles that shows you how to reduce the sugar
in your daily menu through easy-to-follow recipes and meal plans.
This effective and groundbreaking program steers away from overhyped
(and insulin-stimulating) foods such as potatoes and pasta, white
bread and white rice, carrots and corn-and leads you toward a sensible
consumption of delicious foods once considered taboo. With SUGAR
BUSTERS YOU will:
- Develop a diet plan that
is right for you
- Determine the glycemic
levels of various foods with a handy
- glycemic index
- Discover which foods to
eat at what time of day
- Avoid food combinations
that add pounds
- Learn the myths of calories,
fats, cholesterol, and weight gain
- Feel great, Increase your
energy, and prevent chronic disease
- Cutting calories in the
diet only leads to temporary weight loss.
- Some fat is necessary to
your body's metabolic processes.
- Large meals should never
be eaten before going to bed-because
- cholesterol is primarily
manufactured at night.
- Fruits should not be eaten
in combination with meat dishes. A glass
- of wine has less sugar
than an ear of corn.
- Baked potatoes quickly
convert to sugar in your stomach.
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Sugar Busters Official site:
The Atkins Diet
Robert C. Atkins, M.D. is
the founder and medical director of the Atkins Center for Complementary
Medicine in New York City. A 1951 graduate of the University of
Michigan, he received his medical degree from Cornell University
Medical School in 1955, and went on to specialize in cardiology.
He has been a practicing physician for over thirty years
The Atkins diet restricts
processed/refined carbohydrates (which make up over 50% of many
people's diets), such as high-sugar foods, breads, pasta, cereal,
and starchy vegetables. Corevita-nutrient supplementation includes
a full-spectrum multi-vitamin and an essential oils/fatty acid formula.
The Major Benefits of the
Diet (According to Atkins)
Diets high in sugar and refined
carbohydrates like bread, pasta, cereal, and other mainly 'low-fat'
processed foods increase your body's production of insulin. When
insulin is at high levels in the body, the food you eat can get
readily converted into body fat, in the form of triglycerides (to
top it off, high triglyceride levels in the body are one of the
greatest risk factors for heart disease). Even worse, high carbohydrate
meals tend to leave you less satisfied than those that contain adequate
fat levels; so you eat more and get hungrier sooner. If you find
this hard to believe, think about how much pasta you can eat at
lunch and then how hungry you are running to the vending machine
for another 'carbo-fix' in the mid-afternoon. If the pasta you ate
was really giving your body what it needed, you would stay full
until dinner time. So the typical low-protein, low-fat meal leaves
you eating more and hungry sooner.
So what should you do? Get
off the insulin generating roller coaster of the low-fat diet and
start cutting down on your carbohydrate consumption, especially
the worst offenders: sugar,white flour and other refined carbohydrate-based
products. What can you expect from this? Three wonderful results:
- You'll start to burn fat
for energy: Since carbohydrates are the body's primary energy
source, you'll rarely use your secondary energy source, you own
body fat, for energy unless you restrict carbohydrate consumption.
This offers a lifetime of body fat burning, which is the goal
of most people trying to lose weight.
- You won't feel hungry in
between meals: The biggest battle that most people
have with weight loss is
the constant obsession with food (for example, if you've everthought
about dinner when you're eating lunch). Again, much of this is
caused by blood sugar fluctuations that are aggravated by carbohydrate
consumption (especially the refined kind). By cutting the carbs,
you'll maintain a more even blood sugar level throughout the day.
No more false hunger pains or mid-afternoon brain drains.
- Your overall health will
improve and you'll feel better: Many of the toxins you
take into your body are
stored in your fat cells. By getting your body to burn stored
fat, you allow it to clean itself out. Combined with the benefits
of stable blood sugar, the end result is that many common ailments
you have been experiencing could well be alleviated. Fatigue,
irritability, depression, headaches, and even many forms of joint
and muscular pain simply go away. Furthermore, you should see
a significant improvement in your blood profile, (including cholesterol
and blood pressure levels).
- All this leads to better
health and well-being-- something all of us strive to bring into
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Official website http://www.atkinscenter.com/
Headquarters for Atkins Dieters
Dr. Mary Dan Eades and Michael
R. Eades, who share a weight-loss and family-medicine practice in
Arkansas, have each written a popular medical book-his is Thin So
Fast; hers, The Doctor's Complete Guide to Vitamins and Minerals.
Similar to Dr. Robert Atkins's
New Diet Revolution, the authors cite insulin as the main culprit
in weight gain and expound the benefits of a diet extremely low
in carbohydrates. Carbohydrates, which are changed into sugar during
digestion, stimulate the body to store fat, making weight loss virtually
impossible. The most revolutionary idea put forth in Protein Power
is that the fat you eat has very little bearing on the fat you gain:
in other words, we aren't what we eat after all. Researchers have
found that eating larger portions of protein in conjunction with
severely reduced portions of carbohydrates causes people to burn
the excess fat stored in their bodies.
The Eades discuss the biochemical
roles of hormones in the metabolic process to demonstrate why low-fat,
high-carb programs don't always result in weight loss and present
a convincing case for their high-protein, low-carb alternative.
The key is preventing, through diet, overproduction of insulin,
which itself "controls the storage of fat'' and is triggered
by the ingestion of carbohydrates. program.
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Richard Heller, PhD, and Rachael
A compelling hunger, craving,
or desire for carbohydrate-rich foods; an escalating, recurring
need or drive for starches, snack foods, junk food, or weets. Carbohydrate-rich
foods include, but are not limited to: breads, bagels, cakes, cereal,
chocolate, cookies, crackers, danish, fruit and fruit juice, ice
cream, potato chips, pasta, potatoes, pretzels, rice, pie, popcorn,
and sugar-sweetened beverages.
In addition, carbohydrate
act-alikes (sugar substitutes, alcoholic beverages, and monosodium
glutamate) may trigger intense or recurring carbohydrate cravings
and/or weight gain.
As many as seventy-five percent
of those who are overweight, and many normal-weight individuals
as well, are carbohydrateaddicted. Though many people may suspect
there is a physical imbalance that makes them crave carbohydrates
and put weight on easily, the underlying cause of their cravings
and weight struggles often goes undiagnosed and untreated.
Carbohydrate addiction is
caused by an imbalance - an over release of the hormone, insulin,
when carbohydrate-rich foods areeaten. Among its many jobs, insulin
signals the body to take in food (it has been called the "hunger
hormone") and, once the food is consumed, signals the body
to store the food energy in the form of fat. Too much insulin results
in too strong an impulse to eat, too often, and a body that too
readily stores food in the form of fat. The scientific term for
this condition is post-prandial reactive hyperinsulinemia which
means too much insulin is releasedafter eating. Over time, people
who are hyperinsulinemic become insulin resistant, that is, the
cells in their muscles, nervoussystems, and organs start to close
down to the high levels of insulin in their blood. Insulin is no
longer able to open the doorsto these cells and allow food energy
(blood sugar or glucose) to enter. At this point, one may experience
symptoms oflow-blood sugar levels (hypoglycemia) including irritability,
shakiness, tiredness, intense cravings, confusion, and headaches.Since
the blood sugar cannot easily enter the muscles, nervous system,
or organs, much of the food energy gets channeled into the fat cells
and weight gain comes easily. Over time, however, as high insulin
levels continue, even the fat cells can shutdown and the blood glucose
gets trapped in the blood stream bringing on the condition known
as adult-onset diabetes.
At this time, there is no
accepted blood test to definitively determine whether or not your
are carbohydrate addiction. Fastinginsulin levels do not necessarily
predict how your body will react after eating carbohydrate-rich
foods and glucose tolerance tests use highly sweetened drinks that
are not the equivalent of typical carbohydrate-rich meals. If you
are carbohydrate addicted, however, chances are you know that something
different about the way in which your body responds to starches,
snack foods, junk food, and sweets.
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