The Zone Diet is a more strongly structured version of a “good carb” diet that has become popular lately such as the South Beach diet program. Like some of the these other good carb diets it focuses on low-fat protein, low glycemic carbs (“good carbs”), and heart-healthy fats to achieve weight loss as well as better overall health. The Zone Diet has more structure in that it requires a specific balance of protein, carbs, and fat (one gram of fat for every two grams of protein and three grams of carbohydrate.) The diet is very focused on what it attempts to achieve biochemically, including manipulating hormones involved metabolism. In addition, the Zone Diet strongly emphasizes fruits and vegetables for their specific nutrient contribution and anti-inflammatory properties (in particular polyphenols.) Overall all it has a very specific plan.
For those that prefer a more structured diet, this should be a good option. Also, those that want to strive for optimum nutrition and health based on current scientific research may find this diet program particularly interesting. The Zone Diet program does promote a healthy lifestyle that can be followed once the weight loss has been achieved. Those that want a simpler diet plan might not be interested though, and the diet program may be too involved for those that don’t want to have to balance the number of grams of protein, fat, and carbs each day.