The secret of high protein diets

If you like complicated rules for what, how much, and when you can eat, you’ll love today’s high-pro diets. Each diet varies — except they all force you to cut calories in un-yummy (and often unhealthy) ways, such as nearly banishing bread and beans. To demonstrate, we made up a woman’s menu according to Enter the Zone by Barry Sears, Ph.D. How long could you eat this way?

A day in “The Zone”

6 egg whites
1/2 cantaloupe
1 kiwifruit
3 macadamia nuts


3 oz skinless white chicken
1 c each steamed asparagus,
broccoli, grean beans
1 tsp olive oil


3 oz turkey breast
salad: 4 c spinach,
3 c cucumber slices,
2 tomatoes,
1 tsp olive oil


1/4 c low-fat cottage cheese
1/3 medium pear
3 olives


1/4 c egg substitute, scrambled
1 medium plum
1/2 tsp natural peanut butter


1,209 calories;
108 g carbohydrates (36% of cal);
11 g protein (37% of cal);
37 g fat (27% of cal);
31 g fiber.
Day’s carbohydrates only 36% of calories
— we recommend about 60%
Day’s total calcium: 646 mg
— you need 1,000 to 1,500 mg a day
Total calories? Only 1,209
— no wonder you lose weight

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