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Enter the Zone: A Dietary Road Map

Enter the Zone: A Dietary Road Map

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by Barry Sears, Bill Lawren

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For years experts have been telling Americans what to eat and what not to eat. Fat, they told us, was the enemy. Then it was salt, then sugar, then cholesterol... and on it goes.

Americans listened and they lost — but not their excess fat. What they lost was their health and waistlines. Americans are the fattest people on earth... and why? Mainly because of


For years experts have been telling Americans what to eat and what not to eat. Fat, they told us, was the enemy. Then it was salt, then sugar, then cholesterol... and on it goes.

Americans listened and they lost — but not their excess fat. What they lost was their health and waistlines. Americans are the fattest people on earth... and why? Mainly because of the food they eat.

In this scientific and revolutionary book, based on Nobel Prize-winning research, medical visionary and former Massachusetts Institute of Technology researcher Dr. Barry Sears makes peak physical and mental performance, as well as permanent fat loss, simple for you to understand and achieve.

With lists of good and bad carbohydrates, easy-to-follow food blocks and delicious recipes, The Zone provides all you need to begin your journey toward permanent fat loss, great health and all-round peak performance. In balance, your body will not only burn fat, but you'll fight heart disease, diabetes, PMS, chronic fatigue, depression and cancer, as well as alleviate the painful symptoms of diseases such as multiple sclerosis and HIV.

This Zone state of exceptional health is well-known to champion athletes. Your own journey toward it can begin with your next meal. You will no longer think of food as merely an item of pleasure or a means to appease hunger. Food is your medicine and your ticket to that state of ultimate body balance, strength and great health: the Zone.

Author Biography: Barry Sears Ph.D., is a widely published scientist and medical researcher who currently serves as the president of Eicotech Corporation, a biotechnology company. He lives in Swampscott,Massachusetts, with his wife, Lynn, and two daughters, Kelly and Kristin.

Editorial Reviews

Sears' advice flies in the face of conventional wisdom, but recent studies support his radical theories, and his credentials are solid. ... It simply takes us back to the good old days, before carbo-mania swept the land.
Bill Potter
I noticed a difference in two weeks. My weight and muscle mass didn't change, but I was dropping fat. My clothes were looser and I could see the change in my shape. —Health & Fitness
Gary Morgan
You can lose up to five pounds a week on the Zone Diet. —Globe
Muscle & Fitness
Enter the Zone will surely draw interest - and controversy - among elite and recreational athletes as well as the general public. ... Enter the Zone forces you to question basic beliefs you have about the foods you eat and their effects on health and performance.
Muscle Media 2000
It's powerful 'how-to' information based on very complex science, approaching the subject of food in a way that has not been done before. ... After reading this, you will have gone a long way to getting your own prescription for food.
Teresa Olson
I've never had the progress with my clients that I've had since they've started doing the Zone. They're less hungry, less fatigued, and more productive. I've seen it work. —People
Richard Quick
I am convinced that his program was the difference in helping us take our performance to a higher level. —Swim Magazine
Light Connection
In this scientific and revolutionary book, based on Nobel Prize-winning research, medical visionary and former MIT researcher Dr. Barry Sears makes permanent fat loss and peak physical and mental performance simple for you to understand and achieve.
Donalsonville News
In this book Dr. Sears provides you with a vast new array of tools, techniques, and tricks that will help you achieve superhealth. ... In following the guidelines you will look trimmer and feel more alert, and your health will be better than ever before — and you will do it effortlessly.
Ellenville Press
Dr. Sears, a former MIT researcher, followed some Nobel prize-winning research and developed a dietary roadmap that causes permanent weight loss, is anti-aging and healthful ... These books are well worth reading, and no surprise they have sold over three million copies and just stay on the bestseller lists.

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The Zone

A Dietary Road Map
By Barry Sears

HarperCollins Publishers

Copyright ©1997 Barry Sears
All right reserved.

ISBN: 0060987065

Chapter One

Life In The Zone

Have you ever had one of those days when everything goes right? You wake up feeling alert, refreshed, and full of energy. You go off to work, finding open spaces that allow you to cruise through the rushhour traffic. At your desk or out in the field, the solution to a problem that just yesterday seemed insoluble suddenly presents itself, seemingly out of thin air.

One by one, the tasks of the day surrender to your clear, efficient, yet apparently effortless approach. At your late-afternoon racquetball game (or jog, or aerobic workout) you're light on your feet and tireless. When you get home the kids are glad to see you-even your teenage son, the one with the ring in his nose-and when they get into one of their inevitable fights, you're there to adjudicate with the calm and wisdom of Solomon. After dinner, instead of collapsing in front of the TV, you have so much leftover energy that you're ready to go dancing.

You may not have put it to yourself this way, but you were probably in the Zone - that mysterious but very real state in which your body and mind work together at their ultimate best. Normally, we hear about the Zone in the context of athletics: a baseball player swears he can count the seamson a 90-mph fastball; a basketball player sees the hoop as twice its real size; a gymnast feels as if the balance beam is as wide as a city street.

In the Zone, the mind is relaxed, yet alert and exquisitely focused. Meanwhile, the body is fluid, strong, and apparently indefatigable. It's almost euphoric. There are no distractions, and time seems to slow down to a graceful waltz.

The legendary soccer player Pele may have described the Zone best: "I felt a strange calmness," he wrote in his book My Life and the Beautiful Game, ". . . a kind of euphoria. I felt I could run all day without tiring, that I could dribble through any of their team or all of them, that I could almost pass through them physically. I felt I could not be hurt. It was a very strange feeling and one I had not felt before. Perhaps it was merely confidence, but I have felt confident many times without that strange feeling of invincibility."

Most athletes - even those of us who are mere weekend warriors - have experienced this almost transcendent state at least once, and the experience is unforgettable. But there's nothing mystical about the Zone. The Zone is a real metabolic state that can be reached by everyone, and maintained indefinitely on a lifelong basis.

What is the Zone? Simply put, it's the metabolic state in which the body works at peak efficiency. Outside the Zone, life is its normal self - sometimes rewarding, mostly frustrating, filled with perplexing problems, missed opportunities, and illnesses great and small. But inside the Zone life becomes easier and better. In the Zone you'll enjoy optimal body function: freedom from hunger, greater energy and physical performance, as well as improved mental focus and productivity.

In the Zone, problems don't go away, but their solutions become more obvious. Fatigue and listlessness are replaced by feelings of energy and high competence. Weight loss (which should really be called fat loss) can be an ongoing and usually frustrating struggle for most people. In the Zone it is painless, almost automatic.

Life in the Zone creates significant health benefits. The little illnesses that plague us all - colds, flus, allergies-seem to happen less often. When they do hit, they're not as severe. And some of our more serious chronic diseases-heart disease and cancer, for examplebecome less likely to strike. And if these diseases do occur, in the Zone their treatment is more manageable.

In fact, being in the Zone can become the basis for a new kind of low-cost yet ultra-effective health-care reform: a reform in which the individual takes charge of his or her own body, and keeps that body in a state of exquisite good health.

Make no mistake: I'm not just talking about "wellness" - the buzzword that's come to mean so much in health-care circles. Wellness is really nothing more than the absence of disease. The Zone is beyond wellness. The Zone is about optimal health.

So how do we reach the Zone? Until now, the people who knew the most about it - the sports psychologists and trainers who work with elite athletes-have used a variety of techniques, including meditation, breathing exercises, visualization, and relaxation. Many of these tactics have been adopted not only from conventional Western psychology but from Far Eastern religious concepts and martial-arts training. But when these techniques do help the athlete reach the Zone, it's often by accident and can't be repeated with any degree of consistency.

So if psychology is at best a haphazard way to reach the Zone, what about pharmacology - that is, drugs? Among elite athletes looking for a competitive edge, the widespread use of performanceenhancing drugs, especially anabolic steroids and growth hormone, as well as practices such as blood doping, are well documented. But potentially there is a very high price to pay for a drug-enhanced performance edge-like your life.

Neither psychology nor drugs are a reliable way to get to the Zone. Sometimes they work, most often they don't.

There is only one route to reach the Zone at will. This technique will allow you not only to reach the Zone but to remain there throughout the - day~and for weeks and months on end. This technique involves using the most powerful and ubiquitous drug we have: food.

That's right: no magic potions, pills, herbs, or mantras. The truth is that every time you open your mouth to eat, you're applying for a passport to the Zone. To get that passport, though, you must treat food as if it were a drug. You must eat food in a controlled fashion and in the proper proportions - as if it were an intravenous drip. Reaching the Zone is a matter of technology. It is based on principles of drug delivery that I've developed over the course of my career as a research scientist.


Excerpted from The Zone by Barry Sears Copyright ©1997 by Barry Sears. Excerpted by permission.
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Meet the Author

Dr. Barry Sears is recognized as one of the world's leading medical researchers on the hormonal effects of food. He is the author of the number one New York Times bestseller The Zone as well as Mastering the Zone, Zone-Perfect Meals in Minutes, Zone Food Blocks, A Week in the Zone, The Age-Free Zone, The Top 100 Zone Foods, The Soy Zone, The Omega Rx Zone, Zone Meals in Seconds, and What to Eat in the Zone. His books have sold more than five million copies and have been translated into twenty-two languages in forty countries. He continues his research on the inflammatory process as the president of the nonprofit Inflammation Research Foundation in Marblehead, Massachusetts. The father of two grown daughters, he lives in Swampscott, Massachusetts, with his wife, Lynn.

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Guest More than 1 year ago
I just finished reading Dr. Sears' book, and I have to tell you that what he says makes a heck of a lot of sense. It's amazing the results he and his clients (and literary audience!) have had. Many people have said that the book is 'too technical,' and for those with no chemistry or biology background, it certainly is. In fact, I had to dig deep into the cobwebby recesses of my brain and find the college chem and bio I learned all those years ago. But even if you have trouble understanding how it all works, it's still worth your time to learn what the Zone is, and how a Zone-favorable diet can postively influence nearly EVERY disease state known to man. I understand, however, that subsequent Zone books are less complicated. I am also interested in reading '40-30-30 Fat Burning Nutrition (Daoust),' which I understand is the Zone principles in action, in an easy-to-use format. BOTTOM LINE: the principles of the Zone are sound. Give it a try! It's not just an effective way to lose weight, it's a pathway to FEELING BETTER, and isn't that what we all REALLY want?
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Excellent resource. After years of seeing doctors without releif, the supplements and dietary instruction greatly improved my quality of life and relieved, if not discontinued, the most problematic symptoms. Fairly easy to understand even if you do not have a background in science.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I first encountered the 'Zone' nearly eight years ago, when introduced to the idea by a family doctor. The foods can be expensive, but Trader Joe's makes is very easy to get most of the foods you need. I've lost 25 lbs since January (6 months), with very little effort, and of that time, I spent nearly 2/3 of it not following the diet closely. When on the diet, I find I am much more energetic, heal faster from colds and bruises, and generally can think better. This isn't a diet, it really is a way of life.
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This diet changed my life! I didn't need to lose a lot of weight, but could never get to my 'ideal' weight from college. I lost 8 lb in 8 weeks and feel like a teenager. I simply followed the principles in the book - I did not weigh and measure everything - I cheated and had pizza and dessert once a week or so, and still lost the weight! I am getting this book for my mother, my aunt, my friend who is trying to lose 10 lb after having a baby, it's great!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Reading The Zone is perhaps the best investment you could possibly make in your health. Nobel Prize winning science discoveries are presented in a fascinating, fairly easy to understand manner; thus the average person with little to no medical background is empowered to make sophisticated, informed decisions about his or health. I was skeptical, having been turned off by the buzz around protein. It seems that new 'experts' are popping up every day with something new to say. I am so glad that I moved beyond my preconceived notions and decided to read the book. Read the book! Challenge yourself to take your health into your own hands, to take the power back. If we would all be willing to deconstruct what we THINK we believe, the world would be a better place...