Are you confused in abundance of diets that are guaranteed to be “the best”? So was I……….
CrossFit Sydney guys put me slowly put me on Paleo Zone diet.I have to admit that it took me quite a while to get used to it (you might feel like a rabbit – eating vegies, vegies and for change green vegies, and necessary protein, ideally meat). I had never been a vegetarian but meat wasn’t exactly my cup of tea, I could eat it once a week and that was it. I was training really hard, sometimes twice a day but I still had about 24% of body fat. Something was wrong. Typical diet of 60% carbohydrates 30% of protein and 10%fat was not giving me what my body needed.
Zone diet recommends 40 % Carbs& 30% Protein & 30% Fats. Yeah, I know 30% of fats seems incredible but……….Eating fat does not make you fat. It’s your body responce to excess carbohydrates in your diet that makes you fat. Your body has limited capacity to store excess carbodydrates but it can easily convert those excess carbohydrates into body fat.
There is a big difference between weight loss and fat loss. Obesity is not simply weight gain. It’s the accumulation of excess body fat. Thus, reaching an ideal body weight is not just a matter of losing weight. It involves reduction of excess body fat.
Your body is composed of many factors – water content, fat content, muscle content, and structural component (bones, tendons, etc). For simplicity you can treat your body as a two-part system:pure fat on the one hand, and lean body mass (everything else) on the other hand. Your percentage of body fat is simply your total fat content divided by your total weight. Your ideal body weight is simply the appropriate percent of body fat for a healthy male or female. That figure is usually accepted to be 15% for males and 22% for females.
- It’s hard to lose weight by simply restricting calories. Eating less and losing excess body fat do not automatically go hand in hand. You will reach a weight-loss plateau, beyond which you simply cannot lose any more weight.
- Diets based on choice restriction and calorie limits usually fail. People on restrictive diets get tired of feeling hungry and deprived. They go off their diets, put the weight back on (primarily increased body fat), and then feel bad about themselves for not having enough will power, discipline, or motivation.
- Weight loss had little to do with will power. You need information, not will power. If you change what you eat, you don’t have to be overly concerned about how much you eat. Adhering to a diet of Zone-favourable meals, you can eat enough to feel satisfied and still wind up losing fat – without obsessively counting calories or fat grams.
This diet slowly but surely became my Bible and thanks to it I have more physical and mental energy that ever.I can do workouts that I would have never dreamed of being able to do!