Taking Charge of Your Health

Hello, my name is Carolyn Dean, I’m a medical doctor and a naturopathic doctor
and I live in beautiful Maui. I’ve finished my 22nd health book, I have
a free newsletter and I also have an online wellness program that you can join. And today in this series I’ll be talking about
dieting. The Zone diet, it’s an interesting diet, it
came along in 1955. I think it was an, an answer to the high protein
Atkins diet. Dr. Barry Sears, a biochemist, um began studying
the relationship of the protein, carbohydrates and fats one to another. He felt that if you ate all three food groups
in every meal, then you would allow your insulin levels to be balanced. Um, when you eat just a carbohydrate meal,
or drink a soda with ten teaspoons of sugar, your blood sugar soars, your insulin comes
out, drops your blood sugar, puts half of it away into storage, and into fat storage. And, uh, Barry Sears felt that if you could
keep your insulin at a low level by not allowing it to surge, then you wouldn’t be storing
fat. It was a good idea, but then comes the problem
because he tried to put the foods into different blocks and measure them and weigh them and
tell you exactly how much you needed to eat in every meal. And it became very rigid, very confusing for
a lot of people, required a lot of organization, certainly required um, something to measure
your, your food on. People could get used to um, what to use,
but in eating out it became difficult. Even so, the Zone is a, ia a very well known
diet. It’s got a lot of byproducts, a lot of Zone
bars, and Zone foods, um, a lot of people still follow it. It is balanced in the sense that it’s allowing
all three food groups, so that I think people who tend toward vegetarianism or high protein
can find some sort of balance in the Zone diet. So I, I’d say it was um, a beneficial diet
if, if people can master exactly what they’re supposed to eat.

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