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Nutrition: Get in the Zone

Posted on: August 25, 2009

There are so many diet and weight loss eating plans on the market. If you ask around I’m sure you know at least 5 people who have tried at least one of these diets and unfortunately have failed at maintaining it. Through the years I have researched nutrition and have found one eating plan that has helped myself and my clients achieve optimum health and fitness results.

Are you in “The Zone”?

The Zone diet consists of consuming a number of small meals spread out throughout the day to ensure your body is well nourished at all times. The Zone Diet splits up the portions on your plate into three categories: lean protein, fruits and veggies, and monounsaturated fat.

  • 1) On 1/3rd of your plate, put a piece of lean protein the size and thickness of your palm. Examples: skinless chicken, fish, egg whites, tofu.
  • 2) Fill the remaining 2/3rds of your plate with fruits and/or vegetables. Most fruits and vegetables are fine, but avoid things like corn and bananas.
  • 3) Add a dash of heart-healthy monounsaturated fat. Examples: Olive Oil, Almonds, Avocado. Avoid trans-fats.
  • According to the Zone Website “meal timing is critically important for staying in the Zone, just like taking a drug. Following the Zone, you try to eat five times per day (three meals and two snacks). Plan your day accordingly, just like you schedule appointments so you never let more than five waking hours go by without eating a Zone meal or snack. A typical meal schedule might be as follows: if you wake up at 6:00, then eat a Zone breakfast by 7:00. Five hours later, it’s noon, and time for lunch, which will be another big meal. Most people won’t eat dinner before 7:00, which is more than five hours after lunch, so have a snack in the late afternoon. After eating your dinner at 7:00, make sure you have one final late-night snack before you go to bed, because your brain still needs blood sugar during your eight hours of sleep. That’s a typical day in the Zone.

    For more information on The Zone Diet, please visit their website at This diet does require food preparation and planning. If followed properly, you will find that your energy levels are maintained throughout the day and your hunger and craving pangs will be minimized if not eliminated.

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