The Zone Blog Series – Part 1: Why is meal timing so important?
Ok folks! Beach season is coming soon, and the coaches are still on a mission to get everybody logging their food and sticking to The Zone diet for performance and results! I figured it was time to address some of the common questions about The Zone diet, and explain it in a way that everybody can understand.
In today’s blog, we’ll address Why Meal Timing Is So Important.
Answer: According to “the-zone-diet-recipes.com”, meal timing is everything. Think of it as just like taking a medication; you wouldn’t take a teeny bit of your dose in the morning, none at lunch, then the rest in the evening, would you? No. You’d take it as prescribed, on schedule, and at the recommended dosage every time. It’s the same with The Zone. The goal is to control the body’s utilization of protein and carbohydrate consistently throughout the day. In order to do this, you must eat a minimum of 3 meals and 2 snacks per day. A Zone meal should provide you with fuel for 4-5 hours in the Zone, whereas a snack should keep your body fueled for approximately 2-2.5 hours. Additionally, you must eat within one hour after waking. And don’t forget your afternoon and late-night snack! (Who doesn’t love a late night snack?) During the day, if you want to stay in The Zone, you must eat every 4-5 hours whether you’re hungry or not, no matter how busy you might be. In fact, lack of hunger without any cravings for sugars and sweets, coupled with good mental focus, is a good indicator that you’re in the Zone! Similar to planning your daily activities, meal and snack times must be planned accordingly. Based on your morning wake up time, determine those intervals throughout the day when it is time to eat your next meal or snack.
Get it figured out, stick with it, and we guarantee your results will go through the roof in no time! Feel free to address any and all questions to your coaches regarding The Zone eating plan. We’re available whenever you need us to offer advice and help with your nutrition planning! Take advantage of that, folks. Plus, you can go ahead and cruise around on the official Zone website at: http://www.zonediet.com/ They have all sorts of handy tools designed to help you plan your meals and understand your nutrition.
Keep your eye on the blog for the rest of our Zone information series, coming soon!
AMRAP in 20 minutes:
- 5 handstand pushups
- 10 1 legged squats
- 15 pullups