Zone bars can be a great weight-loss tool. However, as millions of people can attest to, there is no cure-all or overnight weight-loss method that delivers surefire results every time. Doing away with this notion will probably work better for you in the long run anyway. However, there are tools, such as zone bars which can help to facilitate the process quicker. How much quicker will depend on a number of factors -- such as your health, eating habits and exercise routine.

About Zone Bars

First, it's good to understand the origins of zone bars and their overall placement in the zone diet, which was created by Dr. Barry Sears in the 1990s. His book, "Enter the Zone", offered insights on leading a healthy life to spend as much time as you possibly can "in the zone." By seeking to build a diet that is 40% carbohydrates, 30% protein and 30% fat, Dr. Sears wrote that this diet can reduce heart disease, high blood pressure and diabetes. Again, the operative word here is reduce rather than cure. As long as you go into this, or any diet, with grounded expectations and hard work, it's likely you'll see positive results.

Now, let's get back to the zone bars. ANutrition Bars of 2010, these weight-loss products come in six unique flavors – including chocolate fudge, roasted peanut, Coco crisp, iced oatmeal raisin, and sweet and salty nut crunch. While I'm partial to the chocolate fudge, it's doubtful you'll go wrong with any of the other flavors.

The Facts

Zone bars are fortified with essential minerals and vitamins, contain no high fructose corn syrup and no trans fat. The bars average roughly 220 cal, 8 g of fat, 25 g of carbohydrates, 16 g of protein, 13 g of sugar, and 5 g of fiber.

All the zone bars are produced with Dr. Sears' own Controlled Release Nutrition technology to keep blood sugar stabilized and conserve calories. According to the zone diet's website, this allows you to burn body fat as your main fuel source rather than storing new calories as fat. In other words, you feel full with less calories. The zone bars also support those who would like to eat something healthy but don't have the time to cook or prepare something to eat. Rather than stop at your local fast food joint, these and other health bars may be a suitable alternative.

In closing, zone bars are available in a variety of flavors and offer a fairly healthy alternative for those on the go. If you're looking to shed a few pounds or just keep up your overall health, these may be worth looking into – especially if you're following Dr. Sears' Zone Diet Plan. According to several online reviews, many people also find the current flavors to be pleasing. You may also be able to find these at your local grocery store in the health food section so it's worth a shot the next time you're passing through.