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The Zone Diet

“The Zone Diet” is a great low carb diet, for those people who require a lot of diet support. Since Dr Barry Sear’s first published “Enter The Zone” in 1995, he has also introduced the public to many diet products, support web sites, and more Zone diet books.

The In The Zone Diet Book series includes: “Master The Zone”, “The Soy Zone”, “A Week In The Zone”, “Zone Blocks”, “Anti-Aging Zone”, “Top 100 Zone Foods” and “Zone Recipes”. All of these books promote a low carbohydrate diet where your food portions must have a ratio of 40% carbohydrates, 30% protein and 30% fat.

So what is “The Zone”? It is when your body is operating at optimal levels for weight loss, or weight maintenance. Entering “The Zone” is achieved by eating controlled food portions, with the 40-30-30 balance of carbohydrates, proteins and fats.

This portion control assists with your body’s insulin production, which allows for effective fat burning. Portions in this low carb diet are managed through a “block method”. One block of carbohydrate is 9 grams, one protein block is 7 grams, and a fat block is between 1.5 and 3 grams.

Low carbohydrate diets may seem restricting, but The Zone diet has a lot of variety and recommendations as to what you can eat. With no induction phases, the selection of foods is constant. The Zone low carb diet is not just a weight loss program, it’s a lifestyle choice.

Protein Power Diet

In 1995, Drs Michael and Mary Eades introduced the world to the Protein Power Plan. This low carb diet was updated and republished in 2000 as the Protein Power LifePlan.

The Protein Power diet looks at how the three main types of food, or “macronutrients” – carbohydrates, protein and fat – should be used in a diet. The Protein Power Diet restricts carbohydrates, encourages more protein intake, and requires little fat and calorie counting.

The Protein Power Plan and Protein Power LifePlan books include charts and calculations for discovering your ideal diet plan. You low carb diet plan is calculated using your height, weight, activity level and body fat percentage.

This low carbohydrate diet involves different phases, to be followed depending on your current and goal weights. The first phase is the “Intervention” stage – which is very retrictive on your carbs intake. This phase is to be followed until you almost attain your goal weight.

The “Transition” phase can begin when you are close to your goal weight. Some carbohydrates are re-introduced to your diet, but are still at low levels.

“Maintenance” is the last stage in the Protein Power low carb diet, and can be followed well after you attain your goal weight. Your carb intake is increased, to keep you at your target weight.

The combination of macronutrients in foods affect their usuage in this low carbohydrate diet. Foods high in protein are encouraged, so meats, poultry and fish are ideal. Eggs, milk, cream, cheese and yoghurt are also good, but they do contain some carbs, so you will need to monitor what you eat.

High carb foods that should be avoided are the grains (eg. bread, rice and pasta), legumes, starchy vegetables (eg. potatoes), high sugar fruit (eg. pineapple). Some fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds are allowable due to lower or less harmful carb content.

Most foods are a mix of two or three of the macronutrients, and therefore they should be monitored for the carbohydrate, protein and fat content.

Here is a typical example of a meal plan for a day, that follows the Protein Power diet plan.

Breakfast

Fruit and Ham/Sausages/Bacon with eggs. Tea/coffee/water.

Lunch

Small serve of cheese and nuts. Gourmet salad and chicken. Tea/water.

Dinner

Red meat/fish/poultry, with side serve of low carb vegetables or gourmet salad. Wine/water.