The Zone Diet focuses on reducing inflammation in the body and managing hormones that influence your body weight. Developed by Dr. Barry Sears 30 years ago, The Zone Diet is meant to help individuals lose body fat through diet and supplements.
The Zone Diet is made up of three parts: diet, omega-3 fatty acids, and polyphenols. This combination is designed to help your body lose excess fat and improve overall health and wellness.
To help track your protein, carbs, and fats, a system was designed to help you track how much nutrients you are getting within each category; these are called Zone Blocks. The Body Fat Calculator found on the website will tell you how many “blocks” or how much of each category you should be getting based on your gender, weight, height, and abdomen and hip measurements. Pre-made meals and snacks are available online through The Zone Diet website or you can make your own with recipes provided by the program.
What sets this diet plan apart from others is the information that is readily available to everyone. There is no membership fee and everything you need to know about The Zone Diet and how it works is available online. Resources include recipes, ebooks, meal guides, grocery guides, etc. The company also offers supplements and meals that will help you reach your Zone Block goals. These foods include cereal, protein bars, protein shakes, pasta, etc.
This diet plan has lots of room for flexibility. For those looking for something more structured with step-by-step help on losing weight, this is not the option for you. While there are perks to a flexible plan, it can become hard to follow and overwhelming for individuals who need a direct plan to follow.
The website offers an abundance of information about balancing meals combined with anti-inflammatory products. Unfortunately, the site feels like a maze of knowledge that you will need to search through to fully understand the program. The basics are explained, but there is a lot of information that is useful yet hidden.
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