The Zone… love it or hate it?
Wow! There are some scathing reviews out there for Barry Sears’ The Zone Diet. Then you’ll turn around and hear a devout follower who claims they “never felt better!”
Seems The Zone is a little bit like cilantro… you either love it or hate it!
So, what’s the deal with this extremely popular low carb, high protein plan? Does it work? Can you lose weight, keep it off and find better health?
You may be shocked to find out the realities of being in The Zone… (cue creepy Twilight tune)
Cons (False Science!)
|Refined carbs are a huge detriment to your health and the Zone Diet discourages consumption of these poor quality foods.||Encourages TOO much fat intake and animal protein intake! (Two more health enemies GRRRR!)|
|Obesity is one of our biggest killers in this country (and others) leading to disease and early death. Followers of The Zone have lost weight.||Despite the “science” Sears’ touts, the diet is a very low calorie diet (VLCD) and this is how you lose weight|
|Very detailed plan for those who need clear definition in a diet.||Very detailed plan… who can stick to this?|
|Encourages grazing (eating small meals frequently), which is the best way to boost your metabolism and avoid overeating.||Sears claims he follows his own diet, consuming only 1330 calories per day. The dude is 6’5″ and 205 pounds… if he really did this, he’d be a skeleton by now! He should be eating 2400 calories per day to maintain his current, healthy weight.|
The Twilight Zone…
So, the “science” behind The Zone is beginning to sound about as true as an episode of the Twilight Zone (cue music again, or is that overkill?).
Seriously, he says his diet will put you in a zone to lose weight and keep it off. So, yeah, he does tell you not to eat junky, refined carbs, but then he says vegetarian diets are bad for you… that we need to eat tons of animal protein (which can lead to a high fat diet!).
Well, while there are studies that prove a vegetarian diet like Dean Ornish’s vegetarian diet can reverse heart disease, there has never been a study that proves a diet high in saturated fat (from animal sources) lowers your risk of heart disease. Of course it doesn’t! It clogs your arteries Barry!
If you were to follow his diet to some extent, by grazing throughout the day, but adding veggies, some fruit and some whole grains AND limiting your animal protein to only lean sources, a few times a day in appropriate portions… you’d have a chance at weight loss AND boosting your heart health.
Of course, then, that wouldn’t be his diet… which reminds me…
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