The Zone diet is a weight loss program that pays close attention to food intake and physical activity to achieve weight loss. It is a lifestyle-changing plan to help people lose pounds and get in better physical condition. The key part of this diet plan is the food plan developed by the scientist, Dr. Barry Sears.
The scientific theory of the diet looks at the impact of carbohydrates on the body's insulin levels. Eating too many carbohydrates causes the body's blood sugar levels to rise sharply, which causes the body to secrete insulin, a hormone that lowers blood sugar levels by storing the sugar as fat. It is thought that by consuming the right foods, blood sugar levels can be controlled to keep insulin levels in "the zone," a range where the body burns more fat and stops storing excessive fat.
The diet plan balances carbohydrate and protein consumption in a three to four ratio, meaning 30% of your calories will come from protein and 40% from carbohydrates (another 30% typically comes from fat). It is important to count calories on the Zone program, with most meals being no more than five hundred calories each and snacks around one hundred calories each.
Under the diet plan, you eat five times each day (three meals and two snacks), never going more than five hours without consuming food. If you get eight hours of sleep every night, this means having breakfast within one hour of waking up, lunch within five hours of breakfast, a snack within five hours of lunch, dinner within two or three hours of your snack, and a final snack just before bedtime.
The majority of foods consumed on the Zone program include lean meats, such as chicken or fish and other sources of protein, plenty of fruits and vegetables, and a small amount of carbohydrates. Rice, sugar, potatoes, breads, and cereals are the kinds of carbohydrate rich foods that dieters should avoid eating, but can eat occasionally. Dieters must also avoid processed foods and food with a high sodium content.
Physical activity is another important component of the Zone diet. The diet recommends moderate intensity physical exercise for thirty minutes every day, six days per week. Physical activity is supposed to enhance the effectiveness of the Zone program. Other enhancements to the diet include taking vitamins and nutritional supplements.
The Zone diet is ideal for many people, but it takes a big commitment. The reason why this program and most other diet programs do not work is because many dieters give up before they are able to see results. Many people fight to stick with any type of diet plan because of food cravings, out-of-control appetites or eating habits, or a lack the motivation to lose weight. Hypnotherapy is perfect for overcoming these issues and providing the motivation to stay committed to a diet like the Zone diet program.
Hypnosis is frequently used with dieting because it does a lot to increase the effectiveness and success rate of diets. Among the many things that hypnosis programs do is help promote positive thinking, especially to counter negative thoughts. Hypnosis is a powerful stress-relieving tool as well, helping us cope with our stressful emotions and relieve tension. As a stress-relieving tool, it calms the mind, helps you develop strategies to manage stress, and increases your self-confidence to motivate you to lose weight.
Weight loss hypnotherapy can also be used to directly treat the mental obstacles that keep people from losing weight. Take for instance those who can't control their cravings and appetite because they struggle with "emotional eating." People who are emotional eaters compulsively eat in response to their feelings, such as when they are angry or sad. Hypnosis can be used to break the associations in our unconscious minds between eating and our feelings. This way, people do not have to struggle with overeating and are able to stay committed to complex diet programs such as the Zone diet plan.
Motivational hypnosis has become an extremely popular and successful weight loss aid to use with weight loss programs because motivation is the key to success for most people. A good hypnosis CD program works by tapping into the power of the unconscious mind to naturally train our thoughts on maintaining a healthy lifestyle. These programs help people remember their reasons for wanting to lose weight and exercise so dieters automatically feel motivated to stay with their weight loss program.
Hypnosis is an effective motivational tool that will help you "stay in the zone," stay active, and experience natural appetite suppression without drugs. Through using hypnosis, we can think more positively and focus on improving our health.
Alan B. Densky, CH has invested over 30 years specializing in weight loss. He offers several ways to lose weight, including dieting CD and NLP to lose weight DVD. Visit his website for Free hypnosis newsletters, videos, and downloads. http://www.neuro-vision.us/