More than a decade ago the following was the cover story for Time magazine.
It is this type of inflammation (diet-induced inflammation) described in this Time article that causes us to gain weight, develop chronic disease at an early age, and age at a faster rate.
Anti-inflammatory nutrition is based on the concept that our diet can alter the expression of our genes, especially those that control inflammation as well as activate those genes that slow down the aging process.
What is the Zone?
The Zone is a real physiological state in your body that can be measured in clinical tests that are routinely used at Harvard Medical School. If you are in the Zone, you have optimized your ability to control diet-induced inflammation. This type of inflammation is the reason you gain weight, become sick, and age faster. This is also the type of inflammation that Time magazine describes as the “secret killer.”
What are the Benefits of Being in the Zone?
Here are benefits Dr. Sears is confident will help you by being in the Zone:
- Losing excess body fat at the fastest possible rate
- Maintaining wellness for a longer period of time
- Performing better
- Thinking faster
Consider anti-inflammatory nutrition to be like a three-legged stool. The more legs the stool has, the more stable it is. Likewise, each component of anti-inflammatory nutrition has a different role in getting you into the Zone.
Here’s how the various dietary interventions in anti-inflammatory nutrition work together:
The Zone Diet reduces the generation of diet-induced inflammation by the stabilization of insulin levels by balancing protein and carbohydrate at every meal as well as reducing the dietary intake of both omega-6 and saturated fats. You know how successful you are as you will not be hungry or fatigued for the next five hours after every Zone meal. The development of Zone Pasta makes the Zone Diet incredibly easy to follow for lifetime without hunger or fatigue. If you are never hungry, then losing weight is easy.
Omega-3 Fatty Acids
Omega-3 fatty acids, such as EPA and DHA, are the molecular building blocks to produce a specialized group of hormones known as resolvins. These hormones are critical for extinguishing the excess inflammation caused by diet-induced inflammation.
Polyphenols have dose-dependent effects. At low doses, they are powerful anti-oxidants. At higher levels, they support calorie restriction and healthy aging.