Gaining it Back: The Science behind The Biggest Loser’s Failure

An article recently appeared in Obesity Journal that suggest that the future of America’s health is in danger. The article, which followed former contestants of The Biggest Loser, gives a graphic description of the difficulty of maintaining weight loss for any considerable length of time. Scientists and media have been talking about the problem for… Read more »

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 »

Bringing The Zone to Italy

Dr. Sears has been on a two-week tour of Italy with speaking engagements in Milan, Torino and Ferrara. His audiences are receptive while he travels, and he enjoys the chance to interact with the media and educate people about The Zone. This week, he writes from Italy in response to questions he’s received at the following… Read more »

Can Diabetes Be Prevented Even Before Birth? Studies Say It’s Possible

More than a decade ago, researchers at the Centers for Disease Control estimated that the lifetime risk of developing diabetes for children born after 2000 was one in three. For Hispanics the odds of a child becoming diabetic increased to almost one in two. Furthermore, the authors estimated that if people developed diabetes by the… Read more »

Everything Processed Foods Are Cooked Up to Be

What do you know about industrialized food? My definition of industrialized food is the application of advanced manufacturing technologies to lower the cost of food production. By that definition, all processed foods (including breads and pasta) are industrialized. Farming is also industrialized, with mechanical harvesters and chemical fertilizers that allow greater raw material production and… 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 »

An Alien World, Right in Your Gut

At the beginnings of modern medicine some 2,500 years ago, Hippocrates provided me inspiration when he said, “Let food be your medicine, and let medicine be your food.” For more than 20 years, I have been talking about the hormonal implications of that quote. So this day in March, in the midst of National Nutrition… Read more »

Back to the Future of Dieting

A few weeks ago, I was reading about the experimental confirmation that gravitational waves predicted by Einstein more than 100 years earlier did truly exist.  Until Einstein developed his revolutionary theories, physics was a lot simpler, but it also couldn’t explain a lot of things. Likewise 20 years ago, the world of nutrition was also… Read more »