Looking for a Zone Diet food list? You should keep in mind that there's no forbidden food in the Zone diet. Yes, the Zone classifies foods into most favorable, moderately favorable and least favorable. But there are good reasons for that.
Why Classify Foods
Everybody can tell from experience that certain foods make us feel better than others. This is due to the unique food content, which does not just feature macro nutrients, but also fiber, vitamins, minerals and other chemicals. Some of these substances are good for us, some not so good. Our bodies do not tolerate certain substances, thus allergies. Certain substances have proven bad for most people. LDL cholesterol, for example, causes cardiovascular diseases, and derives from dietary fat.
USDA Food Pyramid & Alternatives
The US Government recommends a diet primarily based on foods processed from grains: white bread, bagels, pasta. Up one level on the food pyramid, we find fruits and vegetables, then proteins and dairy products, and on the highest use least level, fats and sugar. Zone Diet argues that this diet made America a nation of obese people, proving high risk for “modern diseases” like type II diabetes and cardiovascular affections. Dr. Barry Sears, the founder of the Zone Diet also sees the USDA food pyramid more as a marketing instrument, based on the myth that fat makes you fat and low-fat foods do not.
As a result of recent and ongoing analysis, the American Heart Association produced a new food pyramid. This keeps bread, cereal, rice and pasta group at the bottom, (cosume most), but recommends "whole grain or enriched products". This is an improvement, the zoners say, but not as good as it might be.
The Zone Diet food pyramid puts vegetable and fruit group at the bottom. Low fat protein comes next, and then mono saturated fat. At the top (eat least),lies the bread and pasta group. Zone Diet also recommends drinking eight glasses (eight-ounce glasses) of water per day.
Although the Zone food pyramid has not been universally accepted as a better solution for a healthy diet, many testimonials claim that it really works.Recent research supports Dr Sear's work.
Zone Diet Food List
Zone favorable foods are:
- low-fat protein (chicken breast or skinless turkey breast, egg whites, most seafood, mushrooms, soy products);
- carbohydrates from vegetables and fruit;
- mono saturated fats that have a high HDL cholesterol level and low LDL.
Unfavorable means not forbidden, but not recommended. For example, the Zone Diet does not tell you not to eat pasta or rice, but to think of them as “condiments”. If you eat one meal out of the Zone, this does not mean that your previous efforts are wasted. The next 40-30-30 ratio meal will bring you back “in the zone”.
There are some well known medical reasons which encourage the Zone approach to food. Type II diabetes risk is higher if you eat high glycemic foods (potatoes or high processed foods: white bread, pasta, rice, sugar). Cardiovascular disease is more likely when LDL cholesterol level in the blood (known as “bad cholesterol”) is much higher than HDL cholesterol level (also named “good cholesterol”). This difference is caused by a diet in which we frequently ingest saturated and polysaturated fats, with high LDL level.
The Zone diet food list is provided by block directories, as they specify favorable and unfavorable foods. See The Zone Diet Block MethodZone Diet : Your long-term weight-loss solution!