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Going Against the Grain: Flaws in the Zone Diet

Cheuvront, Samuel N. PhD, RD

Nutrition Behavior and Performance

The Zone Diet is an eating plan claiming to maintain an “ideal” hormone balance and improve health through the manipulation of dietary carbohydrate and protein. Although popular, the diet’s health claims are based on dubious information and misinterpreted scientific facts, and it ultimately remains unsubstantiated.

A lower carb diet with some major problems

Samuel N. Cheuvront, PhD, RD, is a Research Physiologist at the US Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine in Natick, Mass.

Corresponding author: Samuel N. Cheuvront, PhD, RD, US Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine, 42 Kansas St, Natick, MA 01760-5007 (e-mail: Samuel.cheuvront@na.amedd.army.mil).

© 2004 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.