The Zone Diet Is A Great Starting Point
The Zone diet plan starts in a fairly complicated way. You need to calculate your lean body mass and then decide on your amount of daily exercise. These are used to calculate your daily calorie and protein needs.
There is then a very specific ratio of fat, protein and carbohydrate that each meal and snack should contain. It is helpful to have an idea of your lean body mass as this is more important than just weight or even body mass index. For instance, a heavily muscled person will have an abnormally high body mass index but not be obese.
It takes some time to get used to keeping all meals and snacks to the correct ratios. This is also difficult at times. I found that I do better with a lower percentage of carbs than the Zone diet recommends. I feel that most people, women in particular, will lose weight faster with fewer carbs.
If you are athletic it takes time for your body to get used to functioning with fewer carbs. You may feel weak and sluggish at first when trying to work out. I think that the Zone diet will ease you into a lower carb plan. Once your body gets used to burning fat more efficiently you will feel better again. I also feel that it is important to stress what types of carbs (ie. good carbs) are best to eat and I do not feel that the Zone diet plan does this well.
The Zone diet has some meal replacement and snack type items available in stores. These taste fairly good and make it easy to pick a snack with the correct ratios. I do not like the artificial sweeteners that are used though. I prefer more natural and organic foods.
Overall, I think the Zone diet plan is a good starting point for those looking for a healthier way of eating.
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