[quote:d14fc84042="speechie"]I am very new to the Zone, and although I was doing well with my own diet and exercise (lost 16 pounds since February), my sister convinced me to give the Zone a try. I have always been a bread fan (bagels, mainly!), so it's been an adjustment for me. Even so, I've been sticking to the diet closely, with the exception of the snacks. Over the past few months, I have gotten used to eating far less than I'm supposed to on the Zone diet, and now I feel like I'm stuffing myself at each meal. It just seems impossible that I will lose weight eating this much food! Does this feeling of being overly full go away over time, and will I really lose weight? [/quote:d14fc84042]
[quote:d14fc84042="speechie"]All of my meals have consisted of 3 blocks. Although I should get 11 blocks a day, I think I'm getting more like 9 since I can't imagine eating the snacks when I feel so full. (Am I doing something horrible by *not* eating the snacks?) [/quote:d14fc84042]
What you're doing by skipping snacks is sabotaging your efforts to be in the Zone. The Zone is about controllng insulin levels, which ultimately will bring about the weight loss you desire. If you skip the snacks you won't be able to get into the Zone. In addition, by skippping snacks you'll be depriving your body of the protein and nutrients it requires. Although the focus is not on calories, the Zone is a calorie restricted eating plan. An 11 block day provides approximately 1100 calories a day. By eating 9 blocks a day (at your LBM) you are getting only 900 calories, which is starving your body and most likely preventing yourself from being in the Zone.
If the volume of your meals is too great choose favorable carbs with less volume. But, from your examples, I don't see that you're consuming a huge volume of veggies. More likely you've just gotten your body used to not having enough food in the past and it will take a little time to adjust.
[quote:d14fc84042="speechie"]Here's an example of what I've been eating. [/quote:d14fc84042]
I'll point out how you could Zone balance these meals. I'm noticing your carbs and fat need some adjusting , so I'll be very specific. Also note that veggies should be a big part of the Zone diet. I would try to work more veggies into your lunch and dinner, and even your snacks. The easiest way to put together Zone meals IMO is to use the Food Block Guide on this site.
Egg Beater (1/2 C) omelette with 1/2 C mushrooms, 1/2 cup green peppers, 1 oz low-fat cheese, 1 tsp olive oil (which I sauteed the veggies in). I ate a whole large orange since the mushrooms and peppers combined still left me short of a full mini-block [/quote:d14fc84042]
You're short on C and F. You could add 1/2 cup of berries,[b:d14fc84042] or [/b:d14fc84042]1/4 cup tomato sauce or salsa on the omelet, [b:d14fc84042]or[/b:d14fc84042] 1/4 piece of toast to bring the C up to 3 blocks. Eggbeaters have no fat so you'll need to add 2 extra blocks of fat to the meal, one for each block of Eggbeaters used. (If this confuses you, see FAQ#42 in Zone FAQS found in Zone Tools on this site.)
3 oz tuna with 3 tsp light mayo on a half a small pita pocket, 1 C raspberries [/quote:d14fc84042]
Check the labels to make sure the fat in the tuna and mayo adds up to at least 9 g. If not, add fat. Best would be to have some almonds, Macadamia nuts, or cashews. Check the pita label to see that the total carbs minus fiber is around 18g for 1/2 a small pita. If not you are short on carbs. The Zone recommendation is to have not more than 1/4 of the total carbs in your meal from unfavorable carb. This is to assure you keep insulin levels within the Zone. In this meal 1/2 to 2/3 of your carb is unfavorable. I would put the tuna on a bed of lettuce instead of in the pita, and have a 3 bean salad, or some other veggies for carb.
1 soy burger patty with 1 oz low-fat cheese on a small hamburger bun, tossed salad (the one block recipe in "Zone Perfect Meals in Minutes") and 3 tsp of olive oil and vinegar dressing. [/quote:d14fc84042]
Again you have most of your carbs from unfavorable sources (the bun). This will most likely prevent you from being in the Zone. It would be better to use only 1/2 a small bun and add a block of veggies or berries to the meal.
[quote:d14fc84042="speechie"]I'm drinking several glasses of water throughout the day. [/quote:d14fc84042]
This is good. Try to increase your water intake. The minimum recommendation is 8 8oz glasses a day. Many Zoners need more. The fat burning metabolism of the Zone requires more water than you have probably been used to in the past. Once you're solidly in the Zone, you'll find you need more water.
[quote:d14fc84042="speechie"]I go to Curves 3-4 days a week and exercise for 30+ minutes. I also walk a few times a week, usually between 1-3 miles. I'm 5'4" and currently weigh 175, although prior to starting the Zone I was down to 173. That's down from 189 in February. My LBM is 107, and my body fat is somewhere between 33 and 37%, depending on which chart or instrument I use.[/quote:d14fc84042]
This is good. You require at least 11 or 12 blocks a day, depending upon exactly what your Curves workout consists of. [b:d14fc84042]9 blocks a day is not enough for you.[/b:d14fc84042]
At 175 lb, and 107 LBM yor bodyfat is between 38% and 39% (38.86 to be exact; 175-107=68, 68/175=38.86).
[quote:d14fc84042="speechie"]I'm willing to keep at this if I know I'm going to see results. I just need some reassurance![/quote:d14fc84042]
With the adjustments I mentioned you should begin to see results.