Balancing your portions of carbohyrdates, protein, and fat intake with the Zone diet is an incredibly valuable tool for both elite athletes seeking the best CrossFit diet and everyday people seeking weight loss. To take your nutrition to the next level you need the hormonal balance that the Zone Diet provides.
The Zone Diet isn't about eating "low-carb" or "high-protein". With the right balance of protein, carbohydrates and fats, you can control three major hormones generated by the human diet - insulin, glucagon and eicosanoids.
- Insulin: A storage hormone. Excess insulin makes you fat and keeps you fat. It also accelerates silent inflammation.
- Glucagon: A mobilization hormone that tells the body to release stored carbohydrates at a steady rate, leading to stabilized blood sugar levels. This is key for optimal mental and physical performance.
- Eicosanoids: These are the hormones that ultimately control silent inflammation. They are also master hormones that indirectly orchestrate a vast array of other hormonal systems in your body.
The Zone Diet Made Easy
All you really need to follow the Zone Diet is one hand, one eye, and one watch. At each meal divide your plate into three equal sections. On one-third of the plate you place some low-fat protein (like chicken, fish, or vegetarian sources like cheese or soybean products). The amount should be no larger or thicker than the palm of your hand.
Next fill the other two-thirds of the plate with colorful carbohydrates consisting of non-starchy vegetables and fruits.
Finally add a dash (that's a small amount) of fat low in saturated fat and omega-6 fat to the meal. These fats include olive oil, nuts, or guacamole.
You know if you are successful if you are not hungry for the next four to six hours while maintaining peak mental focus. This is why you need a watch.
Despite the simplicity of the our summary, you can actually go much further in depth with the Zone Diet. For a more detailed view of the Zone Diet and it's meal plans, please read the following CrossFit Journal article.