If you’ve heard of the Zig Zag Diet, and the miraculous results its followers guarantee, you might be inclined to dismiss it as yet another trumped up weight-loss fad.
Well, the truth just may surprise you. Research suggests Zig Zag is everything it's cracked up to be. In other words, the diet might be the long sought solution to all your weight loss woes.
The Zig Zag Diet
The Zig Zag Diet addresses two critical shortcomings of the normal diet (i.e. the type of diet in which you simply cut calories).
These shortcomings are:
- The weight-loss plateau. When you decrease your caloric intake, your body goes into what is known as “starvation mode.” This means the few calories you consume are stored, rather than used. It’s in this way that a normal diet can affect a change in the body’s metabolism, and create the “weight-loss plateau.”
- The loss of muscle mass. Any weight lost during a normal diet and exercise routine is likely to be in the form of both fat and muscle.
The goal of the Zig Zag Diet is simple: to burn fat quickly without losing muscle. But this is easier said then done, because you can't lose fat without eating less, and you can’t gain, or maintain muscle, without eating enough. So how does the Zig Zag Diet accomplish both goals at once?
The answer: by alternating calorie intake every few days. On the Zig Zag diet, you eat a certain amount two to three days of the week, and then, on the remaining four-five days, you eat either more or you eat less. This keeps your metabolism from slowing, and provides you, at the very least, the calories necessary to avoid muscle loss.
How to Zig Zag
Eat a healthy, well balanced diet and try to eat five small meals per day. This will regulate your blood sugar, reduce your cravings, and support activity, muscle growth and muscle recovery.
To emphasize fat loss:
- For the first five days of the week, your daily caloric intake should be two calories/pound of body weight less than your caloric intake on the remaining two days of the week (that is, a 360 calories/day fewer for someone weighing 180 pounds). Spread the reduction out between your meals, and try to make the reduction in the form of calories from fat.
To emphasize muscle gain:
- Inverse the same plan, eating less on the first two of the days of the week, and more on the remaining five.
The Drawbacks of the Zig Zag Diet
While the diet should work if followed correctly, there remain a number of drawbacks:
- The diet can easily result in vitamin and mineral deficiencies. You can supplement with a multivitamin, but that’s not the most desirable method. Furthermore, most physicians would likely recommend against any diet that requires supplementation. The healthiest source of nutrients is food itself.
- Because the diet is always changing, it requires constant attention. Between the calorie counting, the scheduling, and the many meal adjustments, you may be left without the time or energy do anything but Zig Zag.
- The diet is far less effective if you don’t exercise, or exercise improperly. If you don’t follow the proper workout regimen, you might not get the results you desire.
In brief, the most serious catch is that the Zig Zag Diet is hard. The diet is not for the faint of heart. You have to devote a lot of time and energy to maintain the diet, and it’s nothing if not a serious commitment.
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