The Zone diet is designed to control blood sugar and insulin levels, and to control inflammation.
Each meal is constructed with a balance of each of the three food groups, protein, carbohydrate and fat.
The better the food quality the better the results.
Yes you can eat any old crappy food in a Zone Balance, however this is not an idea that I nor Barry Sears would subscribe to or recommend.
Paleo food choices work best. Easy – take the top of the pyramid off (grain section) and you’ll get it right. Note: My version of the zone diet is not the same as Barry Sears. While I use the macronutrient ration as a guideline to meals, I am not pedantic about being exact, however it is useful to manage your portions at first if you want to keep control of intake if weight loss is your goal. I do not agree with Sears that organ meats and egg yolks are unhealthy.
I recommend – FIRST – eat quality food;
Second – work on finding a balance and amount that works for you. The Zone diet is a good place to start, but many people need to tweak it.
Here is a more complete guide to food intake – based on Paleo zone template:
If you want an easy to understand explanation of the science behind the Zone diet and all the tips you need to put it in practice – this is the booklet to buy:
Zone Tips for New Zealanders. It also comes with a supplement of information and Food guide for Paleo eating:
Zone Shop – to purchase Zone Tips for New Zealanders
www.zonediet.co.nz – go to shop online, New Zealand books section
For a Paleo booklet PDF – simply donate at PayPal donation tab at right and I’ll email you a copy.
Note: the meals in this booklet are not all Paleo and food swaps are recommended. There are a number of Paleo Zone meals included.
Below are some links to Articles and Food Block guides from Barry Sears Zone Diet site.
Please Note: I do not recommend the Zone Fast Meals and the new grain based Zone Products.