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  Several years ago we had been following the healthy nutrition plan found in The Formula by nutritionists Gene and Joyce Daoust. We loved the program. Our energy levels increased, our overall feelings of wellness increased... and the pounds kept dropping.

  We knew we were going to eat like this for the rest of our lives. We also knew that we were growing tired of the menus in the book. How many times can you eat the same things and stay enthusiastic about the program?

We looked for alternatives. We found, and started using the recipes from Dr. Barry Sears The Zone Diet, but soon got tired of the limited number of meals in Dr. Sears book, too.

It's a specific nutritional balance of 40 percent calories from carbohydrates, 30 percent from proteins, and the remaining 30 percent from fat.

  Dr. Barry Sears originally created The Zone Diet for cardiologists, to teach them to use food as if it were a drug. He advocated diet as treatment for heart disease and diabetes. Those two diseases are also tied to excess production of the hormone insulin, the underlying hormonal disturbance that also causes obesity.

  Patients on the program quickly reported that eating balanced meals made them feel better. Most of them also noticed that they were losing weight. When you eat a nutritionally balanced diet, your body naturally adjusts to keep you healthy - including dropping those extra pounds you don't need.

  You can access this data for thousands of common foods in our database, and key in the data for any foods you choose that may not be included. We break down the nutrients and do the math so that you can easily see whether this will be a Zone Diet food, or not.

  High glycemic foods (like candy bars) will give you fast, abundant energy which, unfortunately fades quickly, and is replaced by sleepiness. But when you eat low glycemic carbohydrates like an apple, an orange, pear, or strawberries, you are less hungry between meals and more mentally clear. You feel great, you lose fat, you have more energy, and your mood will be stable. Who doesn't want to feel that way?