If you're just starting out on the Zone, this book 's definitely not the one to start out with (get Mastering the Zone.) In fact, one should also read the original Zone book as well before embarking on The Anti-Aging Zone. But, for those who are well-versed with Zone's eicasanoid theory, this book is a definite must for all ages. Anti-Aging Zone is essentially an introduction to endicrinology that specifically elucidates the roles of insulin, cortisol, growth hormone, testoserone and other hormones, how each affects the aging process, and how each is affected by your diet. Moreover, it discusses how the new drugs (DHEA, Viagra among others) affects you on a hormonal level. Needless to say, there's ALOT of science here, but Sears manages to organize it in such a way that the reader can absorb the gist of the whole book without necesarrily understanding everything the first time. Of course, rereading each section will help greatly, but it's not an obstacle to making the book useful. Athletes, especially bodybuilders, will benefit from this book too, since the 4 above mentioned hormones are critical to building muscle. All in all, the Anti-Aging Zone, provides the solid science that alot of faithful Zoners have been waiting for years.
As a zoner for nearly 2 years, I can personally attest to Dr. Sears scientific evaluation of America's high carbohydrate - low fat diets, and the current government dietary pyramid scheme. His latest book describes the hormone system and how sustained high insulin levels accelerate aging. This book explains in great detail how Dr. Sears, through the empirical results of his own studies and research of others, formulated the "Zone Diet". This book should give those who believe in the current wisdom of high carbohydrate - low fat diets pause. The book is not an easy read, but given the complexity of his subject I don't see how it could be more simply written. Just do like I did; read it twice.
I read Mastering The Zone and have been in the zone for about two months. The Anti-Aging Zone is more technical but provides more information on vitamins and ways to verify that you are in the zone. I was especially interested in the Harvard Medical study on heart attacks and the relationship of the Triglyceride/HDL cholesterol ratio. A ratio over 4 is bad news. Before starting the zone diet, my ratio was 7.6. Now, just over two months later, its below three. The goal is to have a ratio below 2. Overall, the book re-enforces the benefits of the zone diet. But if a person is just starting this diet, then I suggest Mastering The Zone or Zone Perfect Meals in Minutes as better "How To" books.
I'm 35 and bought a copy of the Anti-Aging Zone for my parents. They loved it and I got a second copy for myself. I've always been in decent shape, but I've seen some stunning changes in the last two months. I'm about 30% stronger and considerably faster. I've lost about 12-15 lbs of fat and have gained about 5 lbs of muscle. The serious athletes among you might want to use the Zone and supplement with glutamine and creatine (both essential amino acids which are shown to increase lean/fat ratios). Dr. Klatz's book on HGH is a good companion to the Zone series. When there is a disagreement between the two, I've usually found the Zone to be more accurate. I've seen some other strange effects from being in the Zone, like grey hairs being replaced by brown ones and a marked reduction in muscle soreness after workouts. This is a great book to get for your parents, if you want them to be around for a long time. I'll be first in line for Athletes in the Zone, if Mr. Sears ever gets around to writing one.
Yes, Barry Sears again ties together how hormones interact and what they do to you. If you liked 'Enter the Zone' you will like this one too. This doesn't cover how to do the Zone diet (See Zone Perfect Meals in Minutes instead) but does give much more information on different hormones and their affect on health (including our nemisis insulin ;). Maybe not everyone's cup of tea, though.
After having read "Growing Yound with HGH" (prior to Dr. Sears, "Anti-Aging Zone) I must admit.....many of the same philosophies of anit-aging translated better with Dr. Klatz's book . Maybe it's me, but I felt I needed to go the library and read the book in the reference section for back-up. Dont get me wrong...it has a great deal of good information for turning back the biological clock...you just may have to re-read a couple of chapters....after having done a little research on terminology, biology, and human nutrition. That's my opinion...and I'm sticking to it.
I discovered the zone diet over 1yr. ago. After doing a little research I soon realized that we ate this way durring hard training in the mid-70's. My most resent goal was to compete in the 40+ masters world cycling championships. The 30/30/40 plan helped me to recover amazingly well week to week after hard training. The results at the World's were fantastic, and now I continue to eat in the zone for every day activities. Highly recommended Gordon Singleton World cycling Champion 1982 World Masters Champion 1998
A brilliant synthesis of the dizzying array of lifestyle choices facing the baby boomers today. The prose is a little dense, but the book is packed with Dr. Sears thoughtful and novel assessments of everything from DHEA and vitamin supplements to mealtime menus. He shows how all of our choices are interrelated via the pathways of interacting hormonal systems. I found the arguement persuasive and personally very relevant. If you are concerned about aging (who isn't) and want help with the lifestyle questions facing all of us, I highly recommend this book.
Techically, not a "Diet" by a system to moderate your "autocrine" hormones. It made the difference between my wife having moderate asthma to no asthma (ongoing 14 months). But it's more than that. If you would like to choose to maximize the likelihood of not getting the major civilization diseases, i.e., heart attack, stroke and cancer--read this book. If you want your brain to last as long as your body--read this book. Your choice: live well or die gruesomely.
Dr. Sears has done it again. He has taken the most complex and put it together in an understandable fashion to show us how to take responsibility for our own lives. It is deep reading yet each chapter builds upon the prior to unravel the complexities of our hormonal system. If you didn't understand the need for food technology of the Zone you will now!! Must reading for the serious health care practitioner!