Zone diet

The Zone diet was developed by Barry Sears, a biochemist from MIT, who popularized it in his 1995 book.

This diet aims to help with weight, inflammation and general health. It encourages that each meal be made of approximately 40% carbohydrate, 30% protein and 30% fat. This is the ideal nutrient ratio called the Zone.

Few foods are absolutely restricted. Foods that are avoided include food high in saturated fats like full fat dairy, egg yolks and fatty red meat. Refined and glycemic carbohydrates, starchy produce like root vegetables, juices and sugary fruits should also be restricted. This diet also reduces caffeine and alcohol.

There is a food quantity restriction based on a calculation for an individual’s daily protein requirement.

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Foods that are restricted include:
Full-fat dairy.
Fatty meat.
Egg yolks.
Refined grains and cereals.
Most sugars.
Most juices and dried fruit.
Full-fat dairy.
Some fats and oils.

Foods that are maybe OK in some instances include:
Lower-fat cheese.
Sugary fruit like melons.
Some nuts.
Alternative and unrefined sugars.
Starchy vegetables.

Foods that are OK include:
Most fruit and non-starchy vegetables.
Low-fat and fat-free dairy.
Whole grains and cereals.
Lean meat.

Note: Consult your doctor before making any changes to your diet.

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