Zone Diet creator Dr. Barry Sears explores weight loss and metabolism: Exclusive

Author of "The Anti-Inflammation Zone: Reversing the Silent Epidemic That's Destroying Our Health" and "A Week in the Zone: A Quick Course in the Healthiest Diet for You," Dr. Barry Sears has become internationally recognized for his expertise in weight loss and health.

In an exclusive interview, he explained why the Zone diet works so well and the positive aspects of other weight loss plans, such as the Paleo diet, as well as his concerns. 

"The real pro of the Paleo diet is the lowering of the glycemic load of the diet by the elimination of high density carbohydrate sources," he noted. However, he expressed concern about "the far more restrictive food ingredients that can be used on the Paleo diet."

So what's a truly Primal diet? "The academic best estimate of the composition of the Paleo diet in East Africa 15,000 years ago was 40% carbohydrates (low in FODMAPs), 30% protein, and 30% fat high in omega-3 fatty acids and low in omega-6 fatty acids," he said. Confused about good fats versus bad fats? Dr. Sears also authored "Toxic Fat: When Good Fat Turns Bad" and "Omega Rx Zone: The Miracle of the New High-Dose Fish Oil."

And for those curious about the popular ketogenic diet, Dr. Sears offered his viewpoint: "A non-ketogenic diet such as the Zone Diet maintains all the of benefits of a ketogenic diet without the negative metabolic consequences."

How does the Zone plan work?

"Your diet is the key. An anti-inflammatory diet like the Zone Diet will get you to the Zone and keep you there for a lifetime. The Zone Diet is designed to control the expression of inflammatory genes. The Zone Diet can be enhanced by anti-inflammatory supplements, such as omega-3 fatty acids and polyphenols."

 And how do the components of the Zone diet compare to the Paleo diet?

"The primary ingredients are low-fat protein, colorful carbohydrates rich in polyphenols, and fat that is low in both saturated fat and omega-6 fats. The secret is balancing these ingredients to get the appropriate hormonal responses at each meal. "

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