The Zone Diet Was Exactly What I Needed
by John Phelan
I was skeptical to try the Zone Diet, but a lot of friends I know swore by it, and I found out that it was the semi-official diet of CrossFit, so I figured I would give it a try.
I decided to try the Zone Diet Plan for just two weeks, weighing and measuring everything as required. After two weeks, I had lost seven pounds, and my strength had gone up. Since then I have gained weight, but it has been almost all muscle (I lift weights regularly).
At first it was difficult weighing and measuring all my food, but after two weeks I got the hang of it, and it was no longer all that hard. After a month, some of the proportions became automatic, and so I no longer needed to weigh and measure it all.
I like that the Zone Diet is not low-carb or low fat, but instead is moderate carb/fat/protein. While I do not weigh and measure everything exactly, I do follow the blocks to make sure my meals fit the ratios fairly well. The biggest thing I learned was to up my protein intake and to embrace dietary fat as a necessity. Although years of very low fat eating actually caused me to gain body fat, paradoxical as it may seem.
The Zone is a great, well balanced diet. I will likely follow it for the rest of my life. Just make sure you don't try to modify it at first. I know a lot of people who try to cut out the fat - that's against the main principles of the diet. Eat your nuts and seeds, they're good for you.
Over time, you can figure out how to modify the plan to fit your particular body type - the diet even encourages this. The best book to start with to help you understand how the Zone Diet Plan works is "Mastering the Zone" by Dr Barry Sears.
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