Zone Diet

General:
The Zone Diet is about balancing your hormones within a specific range to control hunger on fewer calories while still getting the proper nutrients your body needs for long-term health.

Types of food allowed:
Low fat protein foods, fish, low fat cottage cheese, skinless chicken breast, fruits, vegetables, and small amounts of olive oil.

Advantages:
Good nutritional value from fruit and low starch vegetables. Restricts refined carbohydrates that have very little nutritional value.

Disadvantages:
This diet is very restrictive in calories (800-1200) so it is very difficult to stay on long term, more so if you exercise. Meals must be planned to have an exact proportion (balance) of protein / fat / carbohydrate, and thus may be difficult to maintain long term.

Health Issues:
Relatively safe at higher calories (1200) but very low in essential nutrients. Must supplement vitamins and minerals.



External Resources

Homepage:
Zone Diet Home Page

Reviews:
WebMD review of the Zone Diet

Overviews:
Overview and resource materials for the Zone Diet provided by zonedietinfo.com

Other:
Wikipedia definition for the Zone Diet