Eating lots of carbohydrates produces too much insulin in the body. Too much insulin tells the body to make those carbohydrates into fat and store them in different areas of your body.
However, protein has the opposite effect by telling the body to get rid of carbohydrates that are stored in the liver. When those carbohydrates are released the body gets fuel and you don’t feel like you need to eat.
People on the Zone diet will closely monitor their calorie consumption per meal. Meals should not exceeding 500 calories and snacks should not exceed 100 calories.
Weight loss is only one of the benefits of the Zone diet. One can also experience better health, more energy and better mental clarity.
The Zone diet consists of fresh vegetables, fruits and nuts, leafy green vegetables, protein, and eight glasses of water everyday. Mono-unsaturated fats should be used instead of saturated fats and fast food and meals that contain a lot of much salt need to be avoided.
The Zone diet limits carbohydrate and balances them with 3-4 ounces of protein at each meal. This will keep insulin levels down which will help control hunger with fewer calories.
Even though the Zone diet appears to be a healthy way to eat, make sure to check with your doctor before beginning any diet especially if you have health issues.