This is a Zone diet article written from the perspective of an athlete with a full time job.
For seven years now, Greg Amundson has stuck to a strict Zone meal plan, and the results have been great. At about 6'0", and a lean 205lbs with a very high activity level, Greg was prescribed 22 blocks and 2x fat. He has varied only occasionally from this over the years, even while serving as a full time Sheriff’s Deputy and SWAT operator in Santa Cruz County and as a 1LT in the US Army National Guard.
After about three weeks in the Zone, I had a paradigm shift about my relationship to food. Suddenly, food existed in my life to serve a purpose. I did not care what the meals tasted like or what my peers thought of my Tupperware and lunch pail. I was on a mission to be the best CrossFit athlete I could be, and I knew that by eating in the Zone I would be able to optimize my results in the gym.
After almost eight years of training in CrossFit and seven years of eating in the Zone, I have come to the realization that CrossFit is more than an elite fitness and conditioning program. CrossFit is a way of life. The lessons learned in the CrossFit gym, such as accountability, perseverance, dedication, and discipline, are directly applicable to life outside the gym, including the kitchen. Therefore, I find it perfectly logical that the word “diet” comes from the Greek root meaning “way of life” — and that eating in the “Zone” is a way of life that supports a healthy body.