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Zone Diet Product Giveaway

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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™).

ZOne diet overview

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.

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There are 64 comments so far.


    December 17, 2008

    Hi Roni, I have been reading a book by Dr. Sears and would love to try some of these products. Count me in.

    The Healthy Hostess

    December 17, 2008

    I would love to try some products! I read your blog/blogs daily! Love them!!


    December 17, 2008

    Would love to try their products!


    December 17, 2008

    I wouldn’t mind reading a week in the zone guide book! I’ve heard about the Zone, but never read what it’s all about. I always thought it was like Atkin’s…maybe I’m wrong.


    December 17, 2008

    Would love to try the products…

    Thanks Roni!

    Laura Jane

    December 17, 2008

    I would love to try their products.


    December 17, 2008

    I like the general concept of dividing up your plate, it fits into real life eating. Who wouldn’t want to win that awesome package:)


    December 17, 2008

    I think the Zone 1-2-3 method is really smart and fairly easy and realistic to stick to! It’s not a fad diet (I hate that word) it’s just a smart way of eating!!


    December 17, 2008

    I bought the Zone book and like you never followed it… however, what I do on a daily basis is very Zone-like. I can’t tolerate rice, pasta, much bread… so most of my meals are grilled or baked meats or fish, with a lot of veggies. And that works very well for me. :-)


    December 18, 2008

    i think the zone diet would probably work if i tried it. but in actuality, i eat so variably in terms of food ratios that i think it would be better if i could average out the ratios over the span of a week instead of daily…


    December 18, 2008

    I love zone bars – they give me great sustained energy. Love the philosophy, too. Just doesn’t work for a busy person w/o much time to plan meals!!

    Thanks Roni!


    December 18, 2008

    I remember, years ago, reading that Jennifer Aniston used the Zone diet….but that her PERSONAL CHEF prepared the meals for her! Lol! I guess Oprah has shown us that no amount of trainers/doctors/chefs/maids will lose weight/maintain loss for you…its take love and patience and determination. I’d love to be the Zone give-away winner!


    December 18, 2008

    Interesting… put me in the random draw, pretty please!

    I’d like to try it…



    December 18, 2008

    I’ve never really looked into the zone but i’m open minded and always on the lookout for new things!!


    December 18, 2008

    I ready for the zone.


    December 18, 2008

    I would love to be considered. Count me in!


    December 18, 2008

    I just wrote a post that was triggered by some zone talk over on Mizfit. It makes sense to me a long time W.W. I am actually trying to add a little more protein and fat into my diet, while still trying to lose a little weight.


    December 18, 2008

    hey roni! well, i guess i don’t have much to say about zone as i’ve never tried their products (south beach either), but i’m a firm believer of what you said… that most plans do work, it’s just a matter of whether or not it suits you and your lifestyle! i tried atkins… it worked… SHORT term though. it wasn’t for me! same with fatsmash, jenny craig, and anorexia! lol it’s simply a matter of finding the program out there that you can stick to! :) anyway, i’d love to try their products! have a good day!


    December 18, 2008

    Hi Roni, Although I dont know very much about the Zone diet, other than it being a familiar name to me, I’d sure love to find out more and your prize package sounds awesome! :) Thanks for taking the time to do the “write up” about it! I’ll cross my fingers and throw my name in the hat! :)
    Thanks so much!

    Mary Jenkins

    December 18, 2008

    I tried the Zone because I heard they had a vegetarian Zone. I was already fairly slim, but wanted to loose a few more for a cruise I was going on. I lost 10 pounds in two weeks. That’s the only time I have ever dropped weight that fast. i’d love to see what the Zone has to offer for 2008!


    December 18, 2008

    Sure…why not. I’ll enter :-)


    December 18, 2008

    Yeah, Roni – I rushed to get my copy, too! I KNEW it was going to be THE ANSWER to my dieting prayers. Well, my story ends the same as yours! Weight Watchers has been the plan for me, however, I do like The Zone bars and many of them are Point friendly. So, winning them would do me good!!! Thnaks for the great giveaway!


    December 18, 2008

    I have been curious about the Zone diet myself…it would be fun to read the book and see what Dr Sears’ philosophy is!


    December 18, 2008

    I’d love to try them, thanks Roni!

    Anne Marie

    December 18, 2008

    I’m always up for trying new products! I think new finds, are wonderful, even if they aren’t the way that I lost the weight.


    December 18, 2008

    I think the general concept of the Zone makes sense – but I’ve found that the only thing which works for me is eating what I what to eat, but in small portions. Most of the time that’s something healthy, but if I feel like junk, I still eat it, just little bits of it. Love your site – thanks!


    December 18, 2008

    I think diet plans are interesting. If I had decided to study psychology instead of engineering ( I STILL wish I had gone that route sometimes…) I would have loved to do my masters report of the effects of diet plans vs. people’s plans…or something along those lines.

    I totally agree with you that 1) you have to be in the right frame of mind and 2) YOU HAVE to be knowledgable and find one that suits you. Failure is so disappointing so its important NOT to set yourself up to fail by signing on to something that isn’t right for you.

    I don’t know a lot about the zone really. South beach I’ve heard a lot about and seems to fit with my specific lifestyle but I follow my own plan. Weight watchers is my mom and sister’s thing. Atkins is my dad’s.


    December 18, 2008

    It really makes sense! I would love to try these products! Just in time for New Year!!


    December 18, 2008

    Thank you for clarifying the basics of the Zone. I am familiar with the name, but none of the principles. It seems like it makes sense, and the proportions would probably work for me. Plus, I definitely need to fit in more fruits and veggies (I really do like most of them, it’s just that it’s usually easier to fill my plate with some kind of starch).

    I’m all about the heart-healthy fats. In fact, I added some avocado to my salad just yesterday. And if I ever use oil, it’s always olive or canola.

    I wouldn’t mind giving it a try. Thanks again!


    December 18, 2008

    I have read the book just to reinforce the healthy eating habits of ww but I haven’t tried any of their products. I would love to try some of them.



    December 18, 2008

    A healthy diet is a healthy diet. Mindset is the bottom line!


    December 18, 2008

    Hi, Roni! I love your website! I have my fingers crossed that you get on the Next Food Newtork Star on the food network! I’ll take a chance on winning the Zone products! Why not!?! I’ll give it a try! I appreciate everything that you do…..honest! Smooches!


    December 18, 2008

    Please, throw my name ( or number however you do it ) into the hat!

    Thanks!! Kim.


    December 18, 2008

    Let’s just say I’m not making money hand over fist and I’m always trying to maintain my weight so sign me up for a chance to win!


    December 18, 2008

    Hi Roni,
    My mom had suggested this book to my sister when it came out. I’d thought about buying this book every time I see it at the store, but always pass it up. You can put my name in the hat and see what happens!


    December 18, 2008

    I don’t know much about the Zone, I always assumed it was too complicated.
    I would be interested in learning more though-Thanks!


    December 18, 2008

    I would love to try these products.


    December 18, 2008


    Michele Dochat

    December 18, 2008

    This sounds like an interesting plan, and if I win, I’m up for trying it to see how it “fits”. Thanks for bringing us another chance to win Roni! Happy Holidays!!


    December 18, 2008

    I am interested in learning more about the Zone and for sure would be THRILLED to win. I appreciate you so much Roni!


    December 18, 2008

    I totally agree any diet will work if you stick to it. I’ve finally gotten potion control figured out and it wasn’t what I thought I was eating. The Zone diet sounds interesting and I would like to know more about it. Anything that would help me I’m in for it! Thanks, Roni!


    December 18, 2008

    I’d like to give it a try.


    December 18, 2008

    Roni.. pick me.. i read your blogs everyday and i love them! :-)


    December 18, 2008

    I am a die hard weight watcher, but I wouldn’t mind some different products to try


    December 18, 2008

    The Zone diet seems reasonable and healthy, much like I eat now. I think my husband could really benefit from this package and reading Dr. Sears book.


    December 18, 2008

    I’m not sure about the Zone, but if it’s similar to South Beach, then it’s like the last phase of Atkins, and I know Atkins worked for me … until I fell off the low-carb wagon, that is.


    December 18, 2008

    Id love to try , count me in please :) Thanks


    December 18, 2008

    I love the Zone diet eventhough I do not buy the products becuase they are expensive and only available through the internet . I would love to try them so please count me for your givewaya. And yes you are totally right that your recipes and tips are very close to the Zone. I try to follow it (the zone) as close as possible and I always take your recipes for a zone-friendly meal. I love your site!!!!!!!!!!!!


    December 18, 2008

    I’m not interested in trying the Zone diet so you don’t have to count me in on the drawing. I just wanted to say that I thought it was cool that you are so open minded with a product that didn’t help you but may help someone else. Love the site =)

    Leah Peters

    December 18, 2008

    I’m in too!


    December 18, 2008

    It does work if you follow it. Just like anything it takes a good 2-3 weeks to get used to it and work out the kinks. I’m a ww girl but have tried to incorporate the zone too.

    Bethany H

    December 18, 2008

    Count me in….would love to try something different….I’m kindof plateuing right now.


    December 19, 2008

    Yep, the Zone is one of the many diets I’ve tried over the years! Like you said, Roni, I don’t think the diet was the problem in my case either!


    December 19, 2008

    Anything could be helpful. Thanks Roni.


    December 19, 2008

    I have always wanted to try the Zone Diet. I have always struggled with my proportions and tend to load the meat and starch part of my plate more than the veggies (even though I enjoy veggies). Thanks for the opportunity!


    December 19, 2008

    Hmmm I am a ww member, but I will enter!


    December 19, 2008

    Hello Roni,

    I would love to try the Zone products. Can we be considered if we live in Canada?



    December 19, 2008

    I will stick to WW but count me in


    December 19, 2008

    I’d like to enter the contest! I like WW, but it is a little low-fat for me, so I’ve been thinking about trying out some other plans!


    December 20, 2008

    Interesting stuff


    December 20, 2008

    Hey Roni,
    Count me in- I’d love to try it!

    Liz Turtle

    December 21, 2008

    I’m interested in learning more about the Zone program—I’m in! There are a number of ways to approach a healthy diet, and I’m always open to learning more about various strategies.


    December 22, 2008

    Oh, I’d love to try these. :)

    antoinette van varden

    September 27, 2009

    I have tried many of the bars and liquid diets. Now i”m ready for a change as i have stopped losting weight and feel you could help me.