Four magic words key to the Zone Diet: “I can do that.”
Diets can be difficult, but they can be almost unbearable when they eliminate some of the foods you enjoy most. Dr. Barry Sears explains that the Zone Diet addresses this issue with flexibility that allows people to eat specific portions of their favorite foods so long as they balance protein, fat and carbohydrate intake.
Consistently moderate caloric intake with the appropriate ratio of macronutrients will allow your body to become more efficient at making chemical energy (ATP) from both fat and carbohydrates, which in turn allows high performance. This is called metabolic flexibility.
Cutting back calories has one other added benefit:
“The only proven way to live longer is to cut back calories—not cut back nutrition, but cut back calories,” Dr. Sears says.
Some people might see it as a bit of a paradox, but reduced calories with the proper macronutrient ratio will actually produce appetite suppression, which is a sure sign that the diet is dialed in right.
Video by Again Faster.
Additional reading: Fast Food by Greg Glassman, published Dec. 1, 2002.