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Okay, I have spent all morning agonizing about the Zone.
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The Zone and diets and Ultrametabolism and weight loss and insulin levels and fats as fuel and carbs as fuel and glycogen and eicosanoids and calories and exercise.

I am getting nowhere.

I’ve spent all morning on damn PubMed and I still don’t know anything. Low carb diets work, but apparently not for the insulin regulation reasons that people initially thought, and they can sensitize people so they produce more insulin in relation to the sugars they eat. Some studies show low carb diets to be more effective than high carb diets, and some show the opposite. One study suggests cognitive slowing with low carb diets. One shows an increase in C-reactive protein with low carb diets. One shows a decrease in inflammation with low carb diets. One showed that carb consumption is directly correlated to the expression of a fatty acid desaturase. One study shows that in a comparison of diets over 1 year, the Zone diet fared less favorably in terms of weight loss than the high carb diet. One showed that low carb diets don’t provide sufficient energy for endurance athletes. One showed that a high carb diet was beneficial in people with insulin resistance. Another showed that increasing whole grains (hard to do on a low carb diet) decreases metabolic syndrome by 32% and cardiovascular disease by 25%. A big 12-year study in Sweden showed low carb diets increased mortality by 6%. Then a study in the US showed there was no difference. A 10-year study in Greece backed up the Sweden study and showed a 22% increase in cardiovascular mortality.

All of the studies have flaws, of course. And I don’t know how to apply them to ME. The only consistent thing throughout all of these articles is that weight loss = lower blood sugar, lower cholesterol and all that. No shit. So what do I eat? Tofu, spinach and oatmeal? And what about all of the anti-soy people?

Thing is, I’m not particularly trying to lose weight. I’m okay where I am. I just want to live a healthier lifestyle. And I can’t even figure out how to do this.

So I ate this brownie sundae. Now I feel much better.

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Zone Diet – Jennifer Aniston

The Jennifer Aniston Zone Diet is a diet referred to simply as Zone Diet. This diet is the creation of Dr. Barry Sears, a former research scientist at the Boston University School of Medicine and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. It is based on the dietary principles of 40:30:30. It simply means that you should prepare each Diet – meal or snack – to consist of 40% carbohydrates, 30% fat, and 30% protein.
The Zone Diet came to be associated with Jennifer Aniston as she chose this diet plan to lose weight and get back into shape while working in the famous TV show ‘FRIENDS’. By choosing the ratio of 40% carbohydrates, 30% fat, and 30% protein, it helped her tune up her metabolism to burn fat. The trick is to select low-starch fruits and vegetables for your carbohydrates, lean proteins, and healthy fats. Any meat or fat will not do.
Consuming food in healthy proportions and in right sized portions, Jennifer Aniston ensured she in took good nutritious food. 
The Key to Zone Diet
The focus of this Diet is balance. This is the key as one needs to balance the ratio of carbohydrates, fat, and protein correctly. According to Dr. Sears, consuming these components in the right proportion controls the production of insulin in the body. With insulin present at the right level in the body, it helps burn fat more effectively.
Unlike many other diets, the Zone Diet as followed by Jennifer Aniston does not require you to take any supplements. This is a sign of a healthy diet. As you choose healthy foods as part of this diet, your body gets all the micronutrients and macronutrients that it requires. Your body does not cause any adverse reactions that are characteristics of being ill. This diet effectively helps in losing weight.
Change in Lifestyle Pattern 
The Diet is a very successful way to lose and keep your weight under control, as demonstrated by Jennifer Aniston. Other stars from Hollywood including Demi Moore, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Sandra Bullock have followed this Diet as popularized by her.
One should consider this Diet as a change in one’s lifestyle pattern and not as a temporary fad. You chose this diet plan to achieve certain health and weight goals. Stick to it, not as a temporary requirement, but as a permanent habit. Remember you started this exceptional Zone Diet because your old lifestyle and eating habits were getting you out of shape. Now, to forego this very effective Jennifer Aniston Zone Diet and go back to your old habits would be a sheer waste of time and effort.
This wonderful diet helps you lose weight and maintain it at any weight you wish to. Remember, you are eating the same foods you were earlier, only now you are eating them in a correct proportion and portions. If you are very serious about losing your weight go for this diet. Learn the basics of this diet and stick to it. That is the key.

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