Insulin Zone Diet

The Zone is a way of eating that improves health and wellbeing through a diet that recommends consuming your daily calories as 30% protein, 40% carbohydrate and 30% fat.  By limiting the type of carbohydrates you eat and balancing them with low-fat protein at every meal you will keep your blood sugar levels balanced.


insulin-zone.jpgThe Zone is a way of eating that improves health and wellbeing. Although often considered so, the zone diet is not a high protein or a low carbohydrate diet. The Zone Diet is built upon the concepts of balance and moderation. Developed by Dr. Barry Sears, the zone diet recommends consuming your daily calories as 30% protein, 40% carbohydrate and 30% fat.

Typically meals are divided into the three main meals, plus 2-3 snacks per day. By eating regular meals throughout the day you will help stimulate your metabolic rate. Another positive aspect of the zone diet is that it also eliminates junk food from your diet, and encourages you to eat healthy foods instead.

Typical Recommendations on the Zone Diet Include:

  • Consume a moderate amount of protein, carbohydrate and fat
  • Consume low glycaemic carbohydrates from vegetables and fruits
  • Eat a serving of low fat protein around the size of your palm at each meal
  • Limit starchy carbohydrates, such as bread, potatoes, rice, and pasta
  • Drink eight glasses of water a day
  • Choose monounsaturated fats over saturated fats
  • Avoid processed foods and meals that contain too much salt

Physical activity is also recommended as part of the zone diet, which can help accelerate weight loss and feelings of well-being.

The zone diet operates under the principle that dietary fat alone does not make you fat. Rather excessive amounts of insulin can cause you to become overweight and unwell. By limiting the type of carbohydrates you eat and balancing them with low-fat protein at every meal you will keep insulin and glucagon levels balanced. This in turn will allow you to feel more satisfied with less food. The end result is that you'll lose weight and feel great.

Along with maintaining stable blood sugar and insulin levels, the zone diet may also give you more energy; help manage cravings for sweet and junk foods; burn excess fat that has been stored in the body; prevent cardiovascular disease and lower "bad" (LDL) cholesterol levels.

Talk to your naturopath today about how a zone based diet can help you lose weight, manage your blood sugar levels and feel healthier.