Nicole Carroll writes of her struggles with implementing the Zone Diet in, “Getting Off The Crack.” At first Nicole thought she was starving and wouldn’t survive. But she went on to thrive on the Zone Diet after four tough weeks and came away with a new perspective.
Do the diet! Do the math to find your block prescription then weigh and measure your food for at least two weeks, she said. That said, at ten blocks per day, I found the first three weeks of the Zone to be some of the hardest days of my life!
After just two days I told the Glassmans I was starving. They told me, “You’re not hungry. It’s just a craving for the insulin response.” I argued, “No. I really am hungry! my stomach is grumbling twenty minutes after eating. I think I need more food DON’T TELL ME I’M NOT HUNGRY!” To which Greg responded, “Eat two blocks of low-glycemic veggies at your meals and then tell me you’re honestly hungry.” I tried it and It helped. Broccoli became a truly beautiful thing in my life.
By Day 21, I was eating five times the fat allotted in the standard Zone prescription, up from the original 15 grams to 75 grams per day. Once I made that change, it got much easier because the benefits came quickly.
Four weeks into the Zone diet, I was stronger and faster than I had ever been. I had lost fat and gained muscle. My benchmark workout times decreased, and my pull-up numbers increased. Furthermore, I was happier and more emotionally balanced. I woke up feeling good.