Shortly after his live presentation to the CrossFit community, Dr. Barry Sears led Tony Budding on a tour of the Zone Labs. The cameras caught up them in the “Cone of Silence,” where the famous creator of the Zone Diet sifts through 300 - 500 articles a week seeking common themes related to inflammation. In this first of several parts, Dr. Sears explains how a major change in direction over 25 years ago brought him to the Zone Diet.
When the 1982 Nobel Prize in Medicine was awarded for work on inflammatory hormones, Dr. Sears decided to use his research on drug delivery to address a new problem.
“I stopped my work at MIT, where I was kind of the boy genius of drug delivery, and said, ‘I’m now basically going to transfer the work and work on nutrition to treat inflammation,’” he explains. “I really went from being boy genius in drug delivery to boy charlatan in six months’ time. It was a very humbling experience.”
Dr. Sears’ work on controlling inflammation led him to fish oil and the realization that he needed a complementary diet to help manage insulin levels. Sears created the Zone Diet to fill that role. His groundbreaking program has helped thousands of athletes maximize performance and move from sickness to wellness to fitness. Video by Again Faster.
Additional audio: CrossFit Radio Weekend Edition 15, first aired June 2, 2009.