Who's the moderator of this group? I see that the Zone Perfect Site is linked on the info page as the web site for this group, but that's not the offical site of Dr. Barry Sears, the creator of the diet. His web site is http://www.drsears.com and his diet web site is http://www.zonediet.com. The icon the group is using is from his original book, Enter The Zone, so I thought this group would be about his work and theories, not the spin-offs.
I did the Zone back in 1994 when the book first came out, as part of a study in the physiology program at the university I was attending. I lost 14 pounds in six weeks, and my endurance increased dramatically. I also slept better than I ever had, and my moods were always calm and happy. I got to speak with many of Dr. Sears' associates, the doctors that worked with him.
Unfortuantely, I got lazy, and I haven't stuck with it, though I've been on and off it for these past 10 years. It really drives me crazy that people misrepresent this diet as high-protein or low-carb. It is higher in carbs than protein or fat, and while the percentage of protein is higher than the ADA diet, the amount of protein is the same! It's also extremely high in fruits and vegetables, if you actually eat the favorable carbs, and not the shakes/bars and other rip-offs. One thing I can say about this diet - it's the most food you can possibly stuff into 1200 calories. Just eat the favorable carbs, and you won't believe how much food there is.
How did the rest of you discover The Zone?