Zone Diet

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.

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

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

Zone Diet Home Page

WebMD review of the Zone Diet

Overview and resource materials for the Zone Diet provided by

Wikipedia definition for the Zone Diet