The main purpose of the Zone diet is to give you the ability to control your hormones. This will positively affect the composition of your body, the amount of energy you use and the chemistry of your blood. Most people are shocked if you tell them food is a drug. A drugs definition is causing a physiological change in your body and that is exactly what food does.
The Zone diet achieves a balance in protein, carbohydrates and fats. This balance give you control over the three hormones the human diet generates. These are eicosanoids, glucagon and insulin. Too much insulin will cause you to gain weight and be unable to lose those extra pounds. Glucagon allows your body to release any carbohydrates your body has stored. Eicosanoids control your bodies silent inflammation.
The Zone diet codes proteins as pink, carbohydrates as blue and fats as green. Your meals are then divided into blocks. A one block meal is one of each color, a two block meal is two and so forth. Your meals are designed around these blocks. A small woman requires ten or eleven blocks each day. These blocks include snacks as well as meals. A chart is available so you can correctly figure how many blocks your body requires daily.
The Zone diet gets you into the habit of eating at the correct intervals each day so your hormones stay in balance. It’s as easy as setting your plate on the tare button. The weight of your plate will be deducted and you repeat the procedure for each item on your plate. Most people find after around a month they can correctly tell just by looking and no longer need to weigh their food. Then you convert your food into blocks. With a little bit of practice you will be able to look at the ingredients of prepackaged foods, protein bars, etc. and correctly identify the blocks.
This is an amazing and healthy way to eat. More information including ideas for meals is available at http://journal.crossfit.com/2004/05/zone-meal-plans-crossfit-journ.tpl.