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Zone Fast Weight Loss Program

I’m not one to jump on the latest weightloss craze bandwagon, yet I have studied and tried out a few different  nutritonal and ‘weightloss’ eating programs in my adult years. A couple have worked very successfully for me, yet that’s due in part to smart research about the program and being able to stick with it. One program which I hadn’t tried in the past, yet heard so many things about is the Zone Diet by Dr. Sears. So, curiosity and the ‘what have I got to lose but a few pounds’ reasoning made me eagerly agree to review two-week ZoneFast Weigth Loss Program from Dr. Sears.

Though I am the same weight as I was before I had the twins, that pregnancy with my multiples made everything shift to all the wrong places. Frustrating as it is, it’s been really hard to slim down after having the twins, unlike when I had my singleton 7 years ago. I have made very positive changes in my life including making trips to the gym a habit {though the summer holidays cramped that one, but I’m back at it now!}. Yet, my food choices has always been a struggle for me. When I was at my healthiest weight, after the birth of my oldest, it was because of learning about the glycemic index. Yet, that was so long ago and time has pushed all of what I learned about the gylcemic index out of my memory. At that time, I had learned it all myself and had the time and energy to plan out each and every meal based on that index. I know that to succeed again, I must walk that road again, yet this time I don’t have the time or energy. Relearning all of that again, makes me want to reach for a donut. Yep, that’s how much I don’t have it in me for studying.

The Zone Diet by Dr. Barry Sears is based on the Zone 1-2-3 foods – a healthy balance of essential nutrients coming from protein, carbohydrates and healthy fats. This is the way to control insulin production, restore hormonal balance and help the body burn excess fat more efficiently. Like how I succeeded in the past, this program limits processed carbohydrates found in high-glycemic starchy vegetables, breads and sugar. Yet, unlike re-learning it all like last time, the program has done it for you, and I needed that gentle hand to lead me in the right direction again.

Please know that this program doesn’t omit any carbs, proteins or any essential foods that your body requires. Yet it does provide you with quality cabohydrates with balanced protein, essential Omega fatty acids and essential polyphenols. This allows your body to get all the nutrients it needs, and encourages it burn body fat more quickly  {getting rid of the Fat Trap}.

When I got my two-week supply of Zone 1-2-3 foods, I immediately noticed that the diet consisted of plenty from each food group. It stressed the importance of drinking water, and it even gave you one snack a day of Zone cookies or brownie. Not to mention, you still got that bagel and breads. Speak to my carb-addicted self, it was just the right kind of carbs – not the ones that got me into this mess in the first place!

The ZoneFast Program consists of breakfast, lunch, dinner and snack item per day, for a fourteen-day period. Some of the foods need to be frozen if not eaten within that 2 week period. That’s because the food is fresh {made with a patented baking technology}, and will spoil if not eaten. That’s right – Zone foods are not preserved foods with a long shelf life. The program also comes with a recipe book, a sample eating plan to follow and a box of omega-3 and polyphenol supplements.

Starting the ZoneFast Program was by far the easiest program to start. Actually, it includes so many of the foods I love. Yet, it’s just smarter and balanced choices to optimize weight loss. It comes with a structured food plan, yet you can also follow Zone inspired meals and create your own menu. I chose the structured, just until I got more comfortable in making my own choices. I like that the fresh Zone breads are soft and delicious, you can’t even tell them apart from store-purchased breads. I grew fond of the Zone bagel with cream cheese and berries, I wasn’t hungry until lunchtime even hitting the gym in the morning {usually I am starving again by the time I get home from the gym}. And again, the pasta lover in me appreciated the pasta dinners with vegetables and fish or chicken breasts. I must also give mention to the Zone cookies and brownies – what a treat! Not at all what you’d expect from ‘diet food’.

Best of all, within the first few days I noticed great things happening. I no longer felt that strong compulsion to open the pantry doors many times a day. I had immense energy and just overall felt ‘better’. And, of course the scale showed progress too! Forget New Years, September is always a time for me to start making better choices and fresh starts. Now that my daughter is again in school and I have a sense of routine again, it’s nice to concentrate on me again.

Trying the ZoneFast Program by Dr. Sears give that energy and willpower to focus on stabilizing ‘me’ again. The two-week program taught me how to make better choices and create my own menu based on the balance of quality proteins, carbohydrates and healthy fats {not to mention that I lost 5 lbs}. I also got a few of the Zone books to help me along the way: A Week in the Zone, The Top 100 Zone Foods, Zone Meals in Seconds. Though I’m not done reading all three of these yet, they are all informative and so helpful. Plus, they give such great motivation and support – exactly what anyone needs to succeed!

 

Disclosure: I received product to facilitate this review, all opinions are my own.

 

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88 Comments

  1. Never tried the Zone Diet before, but I can sure get some help making way better meal choices

  2. I haven’t tried it before but I am seeing an upsetting upward trend on the ol’ scale these days. I would like to nip that in the bud!

  3. No i have not tried it but would love to win it because i love the idea of all the foods
    thanks
    flower_child_23(at)hotmail(dot)com

  4. I’ve never tried it but I would love to! The foods sound enticing 🙂

    justasmalltownmommy at gmail dot com

  5. I haven’t tried it but would love to because of the structured plan. I tend to make bad food choices for myself so the plan would be very helpful until my habits change.

  6. I haven’t tried this before but I am more than willing to have the help and obtain the discipline I need to loose some of this weight.

  7. I haven’t tried it. It sound good, and healthy for you. No fake food.

    lkish77123 at gmail dot com

  8. I have not tried this diet before, but it can’t hurt to try and lose a few more unwanted pounds!

  9. I have never tried to before, but would like to. I’m due to have a baby in a few days and it would be perfect to help me lose those extra pregnancy pounds.

  10. I did the zone many years ago and now need a push in that direction again, this could be it.

  11. No,I have not tried it before,.but I would love to give it a shot to get rid of a few pounds!
    ksceviour at hotmail dot com

  12. I have not tried this diet before. I’ve never really had to diet in my life until recently. I’ve reached an age where weight maintenance has become a serious issue.

  13. I haven’t tried the ZoneFast program yet but would love to. I’d like to win because I’m trying to lose 20 lbs by Christmas and I have 13 lbs more to go.
    Dove056 at aol dot com

  14. No, I have not tried the Zone fast diet.
    But after visiting their well designed site
    looks like it would work in losing weight.
    Would like to share the prize with my hubby
    as we both need to slim done.
    Also, the food looks delicious and healthy.
    great giveaway too.

  15. I tried it a long time ago when I hated to watch my hate so I would love to re try it!

  16. I have never tried the Zone diet, but I think it would help me boost healthier eating.

  17. I havent tried this yet, but would like to get some help with eyeballing portions

  18. I’ve never tried the Zone before, but I’m looking for a new way to think about food!

  19. I have never tried it before, but the increase in energy AND losing weight? I’d LOVE to try it!

  20. I would love to try the Zone program because I am a carb freak and I can’t get enough!!! LoL

  21. No I’ve never tried it. i would like to win it because it looks easy to follow
    rjs682 at yahoo dot com

  22. I’d like to win this because I like that it teaches you how to eat properly, rather than requiring that you keep ordering their foods.

  23. I’ve never tried it before but have heard good things about it and would like to see if it helps with my weight loss goals. Thanks.
    partymix25(at)hotmail(dot)com

  24. I havent tried the zone diet, but have been intrigued by what i have heard from others. I have a hard time wrapping my head around the dos and donts of most programs and the differences between them. The structured 2 week plan would help me literally see the food choices and learn from that example.
    Keeping my fingers crossed on winning this one, what an incredible contest offer.

  25. No, I have never tried it before but would love to because it sounds like a great program and still be able to eat yummy food!

  26. Never tried, but I would like to, they say it works and I need to lose some pounds

  27. I have never tried the Zone Diet before, but I have heard about it. I’ve tried other diets and not lost weight, and I would really love to try something new!

  28. I have not tried it before but would like to because sitting at a computer all day doing grad school work and after knee surgery, I need to get back to my lean, healthy self.

  29. I’ve never tried the Zone Diet, but I’d love to give it a shot. I’ve recently started working out more and would love to add this diet plan.

  30. I’ve never tried, but would like to! It’s so much easier for me to diet when the food is already made for me! And, it looks really delicious!

  31. No, I’ve never tried it, but would like to.
    I have lost quite a bit of weight by healthy eating, but seem have have hit a plateau. Something like this could give me the kickstart i need.

  32. I have not ever tried it but I am desperate to try something to kick start some weight loss

  33. I have not tried The Zone Diet before. I would like to win this program because it is a healthy program and not a crazy diet

  34. I haven’t tried, but have been wanting too. I have a lot of weight to lose post babies!

  35. I haven’t tried this before, but I’d really like to check it out. The white pizza crust would be yummy!

  36. I have never tried it but I am looking to start a new weight loss program. I think I have tried all the other one’s that are out there or atleast it feels like I have.

  37. I have never tried the Zone Diet, but I think it would be a great jumpstart for me.

    juleemm2003 at yahoo dot com

  38. no, i have not tried the zone diet before but i would love to try it because i need to lose some weight!

  39. I have never tried the Zone Diet, but would love to try it. After my children were born my body became…well, larger. 🙂 Thank you.

  40. I have tried the Zone Diet before and would love to do it again. It’s so easy to follow.

  41. I have not tried the zone–but I have been eating healthy and exorcising for the last year–but I hit a wall I still need to lose 10 lbs—but I haven’t lost weight in 4 months.
    Help!

  42. I have never tried it but would like to I have been fighting my weight and am looking for a more successful approach.
    vmkids3 at msn dot com

  43. I have never tried the Zone before, but I am so off track on my eating plan and things are getting out of control! I think this would be the perfect stimulus to get me back on track to a healthy lifestyle. Thank you!

    mosaic317 at gmail dot com

  44. I’ve never tried the Zone diet but have heard of it in passing. I love how the meals are fresh prepared so I’d love to give it a try!

  45. I have never tried The Zone Diet before but would like to as I’m trying to lose weight.

  46. I’ve never tried the Zone diet before but would love to since I still need to get rid of some of the baby fat from having kids. :/

  47. I have not tried the Zone diet. I want to try it because I have a co-worker that had great success on it!

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