anybody else on the Zone "diet"?

  1. I have been trying to lose weight for a long time with no success. While spending the weekend with my brother, he told me about the Zone. I have been eating this way for a couple of weeks and lost 8 lbs. the first week and 2 the 2nd. The best thing, however, is just how great I feel. I have been sleeping better, I have more energy, and I have lots less heartburn. I even started going to the gym this morning to swim laps. I will be going Monday through Friday. I just wanted to share with you all because I know there are lots of other people with trouble losing weight. The great thing is there is no pill to buy, no surgery to undergo, and you get to eat normal food. There are two big rules you have to follow, but they are very simple. The first is to reduce as much as possible carbs that convert to glucose the quickest. These are rice, potatoes, bread, and pasta. The second is to keep the % of calories from protein, carbs from fruits, and fats close to 30%, 30%, and 40%. Anyways, it really seems to make sense and is working great so far. I hope this helps some of you too. The website with more information is
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  3. by   Rustyhammer
    I'm looking at the website.
    Sounds kinda complicated to me.
  4. by   kats
    Like I said, you don't have to be perfect to get results. The most important thing to remember is to eat little to no carbs like rice, pasta, potatoes, and bread. The carbs you want to eat are from fruits and vegetables. In order to not have to weigh your food, you can also "eyeball" the amounts. What you do is have your protein portion be the size of your palm of your hand. The vegetable or fruit portion should be the size of your fist. If you opt to have rice, pasta, potatoes, or bread as your carb (not as good of an idea) then the portion should be the size of your palm like your protein portion. Your fat serving is just a small amount of something like olive oil, avacado, butter, etc. You can also have a salad too. You should have each of these in these proportions with each of your threee meals and if needed, 2 snacks through the day. There are even nutrition bars available called "Zone Perfect" bars that are very good for that type of thing and they go along with the idea of this way of eating. The idea is to keep your metabolism at an even level through the day. If you have only a coulple of big meals each day, then your metabolism will peak and then drop. If you eat smaller meals throughout the day, then your metabolism will work all day. Also, you need to get some exercise at least 3-5 times a week and drink lots of water. That's really all there is to it. I hope that helps. Let me know if you have any more questions. I can't say enough times how much better I feel and how much more energy I have than before and I would like to be able to have others get the same effect for themselves.
  5. by   nowplayingEDRN
    I'll just stick with the ADA diet....this other is too damn complicated for the likes of little old me and if it's looking too complicated, I sure the hell am not gonna stick to it ......but I wish you luck, support you 110% and congratulate you on the weight already lost!
  6. by   Tweety
    I've heard good things about the diet. Jennifer Anniston that fat pig is on it. (Smile)

    Of course, like any diet it takes commitment. The zone does make sense to me. In the end it is a reduced calorie diet, but makes you feel better by balancing your blood glucose levels and isn't as restrictive as Adkins.

    What I wouldn't like is having to balance things in one meal and trying to get the percentages close to accurate.

    But I don't have to loose any weight, maybe a few pounds, right now so I'm lucky. I am seriously trying though to eat balanced carbs/protein/fats and staying away from anything white like bread, rice, potatoes and eating just whole grains instead.

    Congrats and good luck. Glad you found something that works!!!
  7. by   kats
    Hmmm, having a body like Jennifer Aniston's? Yeah, I think I could definately live with that.
  8. by   Tweety
    Originally posted by kats
    Hmmm, having a body like Jennifer Aniston's? Yeah, I think I could definately live with that.
    I hate her body. There was nothing wrong with her gorgeous body when she lost all that weight.

    I do wish I had her discipline though. But if I had a personal trainer and a nutritionist and a cook, perhaps I could be better. LOL

    I've read there is a chef who delivers Zone meals in Hollywood.
  9. by   kats
    I guess she has lost a lot of weight recently, huh? I was thinking of how she looked on the re-run of "Friends" I saw the other night. I definately wouldn't want to be too skinny. Of course, that isn't too big of a worry right now.
    Also, yes there is a delivery service for Zone dieters in LA. I understand it is very expensive though. It also would be nice to have the nutritionist, cook, and personal trainer too.