The Zone Diet has been around for years and its popularity hasn’t waned. That’s because as far as diets go, the Zone is one that actually works.
The Zone Diet is also known as the 40-30-30 diet because it requires you to eat 40 percent carbohydrates, 30 percent fat and 30 percent protein. This can be difficult to achieve at first, as you will have to get used to measuring things up so you achieve the right proportion of foods. As you get better at calculating portion sizes, however, you’ll be able to “guesstimate” the amounts.
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Need some help doing the Zone Diet properly? Here are a few tips to get you started:
Choose lean proteins whenever possible or you’ll exceed your daily allowance of fat. Skinless chicken or turkey, fish and vegetarian proteins (such as tofu) are all good choices.
Avoid starchy fruits –such as bananas, grapes and raisins–, which are high in sugar and will throw out the 40-30-30 balance.
For the purposes of the diet, potatoes, corn, and carrots are considered carbohydrates, rather than vegetables. This is because of their high starch content.
Eat several times a day, rather than going for two large meals. The Zone recommends never going for more than five hours without eating something.
A usual protein portion (3oz) is about the size of your open palm. If you don’t have a scale or anything else to help you figure out portions, that’s an easy way to calculate the amount to eat.
Drink lots of water –and only water. The Zone recommends drinking a large glass of water about 30 minutes before a meal, as well as additional glasses throughout the day. Water is essential to weight loss, as it helps keep you fuller –so you’re not so hungry— and flush out toxins and fat.
The Zone Diet can be difficult to master, so it’s important that you take your time. Don’t rush trying to guess portion sizes and take it one step at a time. Once you master portion sizes, the rest will be a breeze.