The Mediterranean Zone

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Unleash the Power of the World’s Healthiest Diet for Superior Weight Loss, Health, and Longevity

Dr. Sears revolutionized nutrition with his 1995 bestseller, The Zone. In the two decades since its publication, his dietary principles for optimal hormonal balance to control inflammation have become the standard by which all diets are measured.

In Dr. Sears’ newest book, The Mediterranean Zone, he takes his principles of anti-inflammatory nutrition to a new level by explaining the key role that polyphenols play in the reduction of inflammatory responses as well as their activation of anti-aging mechanisms embedded in our genes.

This book will also help you understand not only why the American health-care system is rapidly unraveling, but also what you can do to protect yourself and your family from those consequences.

What leaders are saying about The Mediterranean Zone:

“The Mediterranean Zone is very readable and understanding for the layman, but contains some significant new science, particularly in the appendix, for those really wanting to learn about the biochemistry of omega-3 fatty acids, polyphenols and epigenetics. Dr. Sears has clarified many aspects for me regarding the resolution of inflammation. His discussion of eicosanoids and gene transcription factors remains the best I have read. Finally, the dietary circle of anti-inflammatory nutrition is completed by his superb discussion of the value of polyphenols in any diet, and in particular an anti-inflammatory diet. I remain extremely admiring of his ability to take such complicated science and put it in an understandable and useful form for the layman.”

 – Joseph C. Maroon, MD, Professor and Vice Chairman, Department of Neurological Surgery, Heindl Scholar in Neuroscience, and Team Neurosurgeon, The Pittsburgh Steelers

“I consider Dr. Barry Sears a mentor, innovator, and wise teacher. The Mediterranean Zone is a powerful new book that will help change your health quickly, but also permanently. It is not a fad, but a program that will get and keep you well for a very long time.”

 – Daniel G. Amen, MD, Author of Change Your Brain, Change Your Life

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16 reviews for The Mediterranean Zone

  1. Julie A.

    I dabbled with the Zone diet for years, using the block method – I’m not a chef, and became bored with my food (my biggest dilemma). Got back on about 10 months ago by cooking all of the recipes in the cookbook. Now, I’m cooking them again, and that has made it possible to maintain. However, I want to move on from those recipes (a few I really like),and it helped me learn about more finessed cooking methods. However, I would really love a new cookbook with updated recipes! I especially like that the recipes include low-fat dairy, and since I was recently diagnosed with osteoporosis, that has been a saving grace
    I am 61, have lost 10 extra pounds, and due to my many years of dabbling in the diet, and being on it at a high level for the past 10 months, My doctors always show a bit of surprised at my superior kidney functioning. My parents and brother all have heart disease (both parents had by-pass surgery; brother had a stint). I have managed to avoid high blood pressure and artery scans show no build-up. When I gain weight, my blood pressure and triglycerides go up. I believe the zone diet is making a difference for maintaining my health status, and now that I’m eating dairy (I avoided it before), I feel even better about it. When I decided to cook the cookbook, I learned what I was doing wrong with my block approach (I was not eating enough fat!). It made me supremely happy to add more fat (olive oil). Cooking can be simple (roasted chicken and roasted cauliflower), or it can be complex, with multiple ingredients – I prefer the more complex, and have enjoyed testing all of the recipes. The cookbook does assume the user has some cooking experience and knowledge.

  2. Scott F

    Simply perfect. The enhanced conceptual understanding places the Zone that much further from all other “diets” on the planet. There may be nothing new under the sun but this new understanding is of great importance to the biological future of the human race.

  3. Aimee Colvin

    I was on The Zone diet back in the late 90’s before I had children and it became a lifestyle and I really enjoyed it. It shaved off those last 5-7 lbs that I couldn’t seem to lose. I’ve used the principles over the years but am going to recommit to The Zone and buy Dr. Sears latest book. It really is a game changer. I will also say that I am a sugar addict and when I was on The Zone, the cravings and thoughts of cookies or sweets disappeared!

  4. Liviu T.

    Wonderful book to show the benefits of antioxidants and of the Zone (balanced) diet. Shows great insights into how antioxidants are indispensable in our diets.

  5. Ken

    I was introduced to the “Zone” in 1995. I was diagnosed with reactive hypoglycemia in 1994 that was so severe that I passed out driving down the freeway in Los Angeles and in executive meetings. I would go into partial insulin shock and break out in cold sweats periodically, especially at night. Simultaneously I got a herniated disc from a basketball injury and couldn’t exercise, jump, run, or lift anything over 40 pounds. After reading the book, I stayed on a strict “Zone” diet for 12 months. I got immediate control of my hypoglycemia, and in that one year I lost 11 pounds and gained 20 pounds of lean body mass. That’s 33 pounds of fat lost without being able to exercise. The ADA diet did not work at all. During that same time, I took my severely diabetic father off the ADA diet and put him on the “Zone” diet, and reduced his dependency on insulin in half after just 30 days. Instead of being bedridden, he was taking walks with my mother. Yes, Dr. Sears has put his life into saving lives…mine.

  6. Agnieszka

    I’m 38 years old and actually pregnant. I follow The Zone diet since 2015 and have to say that I feel amazing. Never been overweight, go to the gym 3-4 times a week and I’m truly convinced that I will never STOP ! ! ! ….

  7. Carol Lee Gianino

    For me, the ZONE is not a diet, but, a Lifestyle for Longevity. And, it works! I am a very active sixty-year-old who has had health issues. I was on blood pressure and cholesterol meds and 55 pounds overweight. I am now 62 pounds lighter, off all meds and not even taking any over the counter medications for arthritis! I feel better than I have fin years! Thank you, Dr. Sears!

  8. Jimmie Hill

    was on the Zone Diet 15 or so years ago and I lost 65lbs got off the diet have gained 65lbs pounds got injured laying around for two years is reason for weight gain looking forward to starting The Zone Diet again because I know it works

  9. Ruth

    I have used the zone it works better than anything. I need recipes as well. I will be getting this new book.

  10. Isaura Koszer

    Yes, indeed this is the best diet.

  11. Mary f.haislup

    Been studying for over 20 years..the books of Dr sears..nothing better

  12. Antia

    I followed the ZONE diet for about 8 months and I felt like a Super Human!!!! I need to go back to that life style. PLEASE make a new book with more recipes. For me the hardest part of staying on it was I didn’t really like any of the recipes so I would just eat out of the block chart and that’s how I fell out of it..

  13. Lynda

    The Zone has allowed me to return to an appropriate weight, get me off insulin and 2 types of inhalers, given me energy and continues to encourage me to continue eating food that does not contain grains or preservatives. I highly recommend his food pyramid. Thank you, Dr Sears and your crew!!

  14. margy

    Ive just read all about this diet and im goin to try it.
    ive seen all the reviews on this diets and i like this one the best

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1. What was the reason behind writing The Mediterranean Zone?

The Mediterranean Zone represents the last of my trilogy of books that describes the field of anti-inflammatory nutrition. My first book was The Zone (published in 1995) that described the impact of the diet on inflammation. The OmegaRx Zone (published in 2002) described the role of high-dose fish oil in reversing diet-induced inflammation. Now The Mediterranean Zone describes the science of polyphenols and their ability to control the microbes in our gut as well as slow down the aging process. These books represent the emerging science that connects those three synergistic arms of anti-inflammatory nutrition.

2. What does The Mediterranean Zone present as the core cause of weight gain, illness and faster aging?

The driving force behind all three conditions is increased inflammation and its disruption of hormonal signaling systems in our cells. The Mediterranean Zone shows how you can re-establish the normal hormonal signaling that is the basis of better health.

3. Why is it that weight gain, development of chronic disease, and acceleration of aging rate are occurring and at a much greater rate than ever in our history?

The Mediterranean Zone devotes a complete chapter to the reason why our diet has become far more inflammatory in the past 50 years. This diet-induced inflammation is driven primarily by the globalization of food and the reduction of its cost. The trade-off has been the increase in expression of our inflammatory genes.

4. How can The Mediterranean Zone help readers specifically with their health and weight?

The key lies in balancing your plate at each meal with colorful carbohydrates (fruits and non-starchy vegetables that are rich in polyphenols) and low-fat protein that is low in omega-6 and saturated fats. The Mediterranean Zone shows you how simple that task can be for a lifetime. You know if you are successful in making the right balance if you aren’t hungry or fatigued for the next five hours.

5. What is your view on low-carb diets relative to weight loss?

Balanced low-carb diets are excellent for weight loss and more importantly for long-term weight management and management of chronic disease. Unbalanced low-carb diets that generate ketosis are probably not. Harvard Medical School has shown that a ketogenic diet increases cortisol (the hormone that makes you fat, sick, and age faster) as well as decreasing thyroid hormones (the hormones that make you energetic). The Mediterranean Zone puts forward a life-long, non-ketogenic, low-carbohydrate dietary program whose daily consequences are lack of hunger and lack of fatigue.

6. What is the primary reason we are eating more calories today?

The Mediterranean Zone explains how hunger and satiety are the result of complex interactions of incoming hormonal signals into the hypothalamus. Inflammation disrupts satiety signals, meaning the more inflamed you are, the hungrier you become.

7. What are your thoughts about gut inflammation and digestive health as it relates to gut bacteria?

The Mediterranean Zone explores this exciting area in great detail. It is the level of polyphenols in the diet that have a central role to play in managing the composition of the microbial community in the gut and thus controlling the potential export of inflammation generated by those microbes into bloodstream.

8. What are your thoughts on the role epigenetics plays in our weight and our health?

The Mediterranean Zone describes how many of these epigenetic markers (good and bad) are induced by the diet. Furthermore, fetal programming can transmit and amplify adverse epigenetic markers that affect metabolism from one generation to the next. This means that our struggle against increasing weight and declining metabolic health may be a multi-generational struggle.

9. If you had to choose only two supplements, what would they be and why?

The two essential supplements to an anti-inflammatory diet are high-dose fish oil and purified polyphenol extracts. The Mediterranean Zone describes that only with higher doses of omega-3 fatty acids can you activate the resolution phase of inflammation that brings the body back to equilibrium. The polyphenol extracts provide the additional anti-oxidative protection for the omega-3 fatty acids as well as also act as anti-inflammatory agents. The fact that high levels of omega-3 fatty acids and polyphenols in the blood also increase lifespan doesn’t hurt either.

10. What is the advice to the reader who may be struggling with his or her weight and/or health?

It may not be their fault. If you have a weight problem or chronic disease, you really have an inflammation problem. This is why an anti-inflammatory nutrition program described in The Mediterranean Zone has such great potential in the future of medicine. You have to eat, so you might as well eat smart. The Mediterranean Zone provides a scientific blueprint of how to do this that is compatible with every possible dietary philosophy from vegan to Paleo.