Getting Started On The Zone Diet – Tips From Dr. Barry Sears

Before I get to the Zone Diet tips video from Dr. Barry Sears, I want to share with you a quick personal story about the power of his eating plan:

Just over half a decade ago, fresh off of a 10+ year competitive sports career, I found myself, for the first time in my life, pathetically out of shape.  I saw a picture of myself and decided enough was enough … and ended up losing 64 pounds in a period of just over 5 months. And I kept that weight off – but I never got that really lean look I was after. I couldn’t seem to shed that last layer of body fat.

About three years ago, I got married – and my wedding was a great motivator for me to buckle down and do what it took to get truly lean. So I set out to design the most effective and time efficient fat loss program I possibly could.

The workout program I used (which I later put together into my No Gym? No Excuse! Dumbbell Complexes For Fat Loss program) played a big part in the results I got … but in all honesty, the diet I used played an even bigger role.  I followed the Zone Diet to a ‘T’.

If you’d like to try the Zone diet yourself, here’s a video from its creator, Dr. Barry Sears, that’ll help – it’s great because he makes it super simple – in about a minute and a half, he explains how to put together a Zone meal:

Video Recap

In this video, Dr. Sears explains how the Zone is the best diet, especially in regards to ‘silent inflammation’ …

He goes on to say that a common complaint folks have with the program is that it’s too much work to put together Zone meals and to properly balance carbohydrates, proteins and fats at each and every feeding.

Dr. Sears then shows that all you really need to follow the Zone diet is one hand and one eye.  At each meal, you simply divide your plate into three equal portions:

  • One third of the plate should be a lean protein source, no larger or thicker than the palm of your hand
  • The other two thirds of the plate are filled with fruits and veggies
  • You finish each meal by adding a ‘dash’ (small amount) of heart-healthy monounsaturated fat, like olive oil, slivered almonds, or guacamole

This video from Dr. Barry Sears provides a great simplified description of the Zone diet.  I’ve had great success with this way of eating personally and with literally hundreds of personal training clients; use the basic meal building technique in the video above to help you get started today!  

Thanks for reading and talk soon –


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