Runners: To Carb Load or Not to Carb Load

By Mary Perry, Director of Clinical Trials:  Eating a giant bowl of spaghetti, three bagels and a couple of baked potatoes right before a big event is actually hurting your athletic performance. According to Dr. Sears, the idea that you should load up on carbohydrates the night before a race is a myth.   Mary Perry… Read more »

Where in the World is Dr. Sears?

Dr. Sears wrapped up his European trip this week. Before coming back to the United States, he reflected on his experiences speaking about anti-inflammatory nutrition in cities including Monaco, Milan, Turin, and Madrid. He found that the people and physicians who attended his seminars were more interested in the science behind Zone nutrition rather than… Read more »

Anti-Aging: Beauty From the Inside Out

Last weekend, the 14th annual Aesthetic & Anti-Aging Medicine World Congress was held in Monaco. The conference focused on aspects of anti-aging medicine, including plastic surgery, dermatology and nutrition. Here at The Zone, we believe in anti-aging from the inside out using the latest science in anti-inflammatory nutrition. We’re excited that Dr. Sears was one… Read more »

Personalized Wellness – It’s All About You

We hear a lot about personalized medicine, and less about personalized nutrition. Zone knows the difference, and can help you feel better and perform better. Personalized Medicine: Genetic Code Dictating Treatment One definition I’ve read on personalized medicine is: “The practice of medicine that uses an individual’s genetic profile to guide decisions made in regard… Read more »

Don’t DASH Your Hopes About the Zone Diet

Every year the U.S. News and World Report ranks diets in many categories, ranging from Best Overall Diet, to Best Weight Loss Diet, to Best Diabetes Diet, and so on. For some reason, the Zone Diet always gets ranked somewhere between the Drinking Man’s diet and Grapefruit diet. What did I possibly do to so… Read more »

Making Sense Out of Confusion: U.S. Dept. of Health Releases New Dietary Guidelines

Earlier this month, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released the new 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. It’s 2016 already. What happened to 2015? It turns out that draft guidelines released in February 2015 ran into political reality with the food lobbies. In particular, the meat, poultry, and beverage industries cried foul and… Read more »

Is Tom Brady Really in the Zone?

I was reading a recent article in Business Insider about the New England Patriots’ quarterback, and his diet as explained by his personal chef: Here is what Tom Brady eats to stay in peak condition at an age most players retire. As far as I can gather from the limited information provided in the article, it… Read more »

One of the Few Diet Books I Would Ever Recommend

I very rarely recommend diet books because most of them are either rewrites of my basic ideas presented in The Zone (1) more than 20 years ago (i.e. excess insulin and excess inflammation make you fat, sick, and age faster) or are based on unsustainable ideas that are presented as “scientific facts” (i.e., gluten kills,… Read more »

Diets Don’t Work? Or Does Bad Science Generate Bad Data?

One of the problems with diets is their focus on weight loss, not improved health.  A recent study in Circulation states that it doesn’t matter what diet you follow for weight loss (1).  On the other hand, we have the American Heart Association diet, the American Cancer Association diet, and the American Diabetes Association diet. … Read more »