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Publisher's Summary

Did you know that eating fat does not make you fat? Did you realize that eating fat-free carbohydrates can make you fat? Have you noticed that Americans are getting fatter in spite of eating less fat and more carbohydrates?

Enter The Zone and discover the truth about your body's ability to burn fat and how to achieve lasting weight loss, great health, and peak athletic, mental, and emotional performance. In this scientific and revolutionary work based on Nobel Prize-winning research, Dr. Barry Sears, a medical visionary and former M.I.T. researcher, prescribes a new, effective, and easy-to-follow dietary program based on the vital connection between food and hormones. The Zone is based upon Dr. Sears' research showing that to achieve total balance in your life and health, you are required to regulate, through your diet, those hormones that control virtually all human body functions. With lists of good and bad carbohydrates, The Zone provides all you need to get your body in balance, so it will not only burn fat, but reduce the likelihood of disease. Once you enter The Zone, you will come to realize that food is more than a source of pleasure or a means to appease hunger. It is a powerful medicine and your ticket to a state of ultimate body balance, strength, and greater health. And your own journey toward exceptional well-being can begin with your next meal.

(P) and ©1995, 1998 HarperCollins Publishers, Inc., All Rights Reserved. Harper Audio, a division of HarperCollins Publishers

Critic Reviews

"Anyone looking for better health through an improved relationship to what they eat should put this book on their list." (Amazon.com)
"An accessible program with powerful, lifesaving information." (AudioFile)

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A Very Useful Book

After reading so many books on diet and weight loss I was finally relieved to find a book that talks about balance and moderation in diet. The book talks about balancing the amounts of protein, carbohydrates and fats in each and every meal. I have always believed that trying to lose weight in order to get healthy is like putting cart before the horse. After all a healthy body should maintain a proper ratio of muscle to fat in the body. If you focus on health the weight loss should follow.

The book talks about how the insulin , glucagon and other hormones respond to food intake.

Only about three days on this diet and I already feel energized. I have not followed the diet for a long enough time to know if I would also lose weight on this diet

I think anyone who is interested in eating healthy should listen to this book.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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Excellent info

I resisted this author for a long time because I felt this book belonged with all the other "fad" diet books. However, his information is well presented and well researched. I do wish he had had someone else narrate his book.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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listen two or three times and learn the terminolog

I feel as if the author should have used a professional narrator. still very useful material.

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easy to follow lots of science but i understood it made sense great source loved it

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Severely abridged, needs a different narrator

I often find it difficult to stay focused when reading non-fiction, science-based books and I have had great luck in the past with listening to them instead. This book, however, has been a bit of a disappointment. It is severely abridged, to the point that it seems like much of the original content is missing - 286 pages has been condensed down to an hour and 40 minutes. This results in a decent overview, but there is not much substantive info you can really get from the audio version of the book, and it seems like a waste of money.

Also, there is no nice way to say this - the narration is terrible. Dr. Sears should really have let someone else narrate the book for him. He breaks the sentences into awkwardly truncated groups of words, as if it is a completely unfamiliar work that he is reading, not the book that he himself wrote. He also has the particularly annoying habit of somehow pronouncing the word "favorable" (which is in about every other sentence) without the letter v.

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Scientifically accurate. Great detail.

Very accurate. Stupid proof direction in proper eating habits. Gives great description what americans are doing wrong. Nullifies misconceptions about dieting.

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Good Book

I think it makes alot of sence!
From this day forward, I will try the diet for one month to see how I feel about myself after that period.

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its okay

this book is for those that are already skinny and want to stay that way...

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