I’ve said a few times that I think most reputable diet plans work IF you follow them. For me, Weight Watchers made the most sense. I know other bloggers that are die hard South Beachers and still others that do their own thing and wouldn’t have it any other way.
The key is finding the plan that resonates with you. The one that teaches you strategies for a, *ugh, I can’t think of another term, sorry* lifestyle. We know there is no quick fix, we know the changes we make have to be permanent and something we are willing to do long term. We know this, right? *you are all nodding now and repeating, "Right, Roni. Right." , I can see it clearly in my head* :)
The one thing we forget is that the plan isn’t the only thing we need to be successful. We also need the right state of mind. We need to be ready. Case in point… Me, 12 years ago failing on the Zone Diet.
The year was 1996, I was, YIKES! 20. I was at the beach with the boyfriend’s (now the husband’s) family. The Zone book/diet was getting a lot of press. I couldn’t wait to get my copy. I just knew that it held the magical formula for me to lose weight. There was something in there about carbs, protein and fat and if I just learned the formula I’d be fine. I’d get in the Zone and the extra weight would just fall off. Then ALL would be right with the world.
I ran to the bookstore. I read my copy on the beach. It all made sense. Yes.. YES. I was eating in the wrong proportion. This is great! By next summer I’ll be wearing a bikini and strutting my new thin body on the beach!
Umm yea. Let me tell you what happened the next summer. I was still hiding in my big baggy t-shirts and mens jeans. I still hated my body. I still didn’t "get it".
There is no quick fix.
Does this mean the Zone Diet is bogus? No, I don’t think so. It just means I didn’t follow it. I wasn’t in the right frame of mind. I was still looking for a quick fix, not a strategy for life. I approached it all wrong.
Why am I telling you this? Well, the nice people at the Zone contacted me and asked if I’d like to do a giveaway to my readers. At first I was hesitant. Why would I want to giveaway a product that didn’t work for me. So I researched the plan a bit and really thought about it. It wasn’t the plan that failed, it was me. Why should I pass up the opportunity to give one of you the chance to try it for yourself and get all this great stuff?
So I accepted.
Let me tell you a bit about the Zone and why I think it is actually a good plan.
The Zone Diet can best be described as a moderate-carbohydrate, moderate-protein, moderate fat diet that has approximately one gram of fat for every two grams of protein and three grams of carbohydrates (the Zone 1-2-3 Method™).
The philosophy of the Zone isn’t that different then my own that was formulated based on Weight Watcher Points. I try to start my meals with a lean protein and pair it with a bunch of veggies. Actually a lot of my ideas on GreenLiteBites are very similar to Zone style recipes. Which aren’t that different then South Beach.
Don’t get me wrong, the plans aren’t exactly the same. They have their quirks but overall (and I’ve said this in the past) they all get you to the same place. Eating whole foods, lean proteins, fruits and veggies and limiting refined carbs. I’ll say it again, you have the find the one the resonates with you, your learning style and your current state of mind.
So enough of my diet philosophy and back to this giveaway! The prize is a Zone Treatment Pack valued at $180.00!! The pack includes…
- Zone OmegaRx (120 count)
- Dr. Sears’ Zone SeaHealth Plus
- Dr. Sears’ Zone Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- Dr. Sears’ Zone Pasta
- Dr. Sears’ Zone Bars (1 box)
- Dr. Sears’ Zone Shakes (1 box)
- A Week in the Zone guide book
I have tried a few of the bars and like most of them. Some just have that "bar" taste. Most weigh in at 4 points a piece. I knew my Weight Watcher friends will be curious. ;~) I haven’t tried the shakes so I don’t know much about them. The olive oil is, just, well, olive oil. So that’s cool! And the pasta is similar to regular pasta but matching the 1,2,3 formula.
I have to stress, these are just products to help you eat the “Zone” way. Many people follow the Zone diet without buying products just like many Weight Watchers don’t buy Weight Watcher products. Myself included. :~P
So, I’d love to hear your take on the Zone. Leave a comment and I’ll pick a random winner Next Wed.