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Nov 21

Zone diet: How does it work and should you follow it? – Times of India

Zone diet is a diet plan where each meal plan is broken up such that it has 40 per cent carbohydrates, 30 per cent protein and 30 per cent fat. This is different from a traditional Western diet, as you have slightly lesser carbs, more protein and less fat. Lesser carbs and more protein help in keeping your blood sugar levels stable, reduce inflammation and help you lose fat quickly, says the proponent and founder of the diet, Barry Sears.However, experts believe that the zone diet is no better than other fad diets. How does a zone diet work?

Zone diet works by reducing inflammation throughout the body. It does not exclude any food group. The reduction of inflammation helps in burning the fat as quickly as possible.

Foods to be avoided during zone diet- Processed grains like pasta, bread and rice should be avoided- Food high in sugar like sweeteners, desserts, juice and fruits like banana, cantaloupe, watermelon, mango and pineapple- Starchy vegetables like peas, corn and potatoes- High-fat and processed proteins like steaks, hot dogs and hamburgers

Food you can consume on zone diet- Whole grains like barley and oatmeal- Low-sugar fruits and vegetables like apples, berries, broccoli and kale- Lean protein like chicken breast, fish, turkey and egg whites and low fat dairy- The diet also suggests to take fish oil supplements with fruit and vegetable extractsHow to follow zone dietThere is an easy way to remember zone diet - hand and block method. The number 5 is like five fingers in your hand representing 3 meals a day, plus 2 snacks and also reminds you never to go more than 5 hours in between meals.

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Zone diet: How does it work and should you follow it? - Times of India

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