By: Mary Dinehart-Perry, Zone Labs’ director of clinical trials
1. Always eat a Zone meal or snack within one hour after waking.
A Zone meal should control hunger for about 4-6 hours, and a Zone snack about 2-2.5 hours.
2. Start every meal and snack with low-fat protein.
Simply divide your plate in three equal sections. Add the protein portion and fill the remaining two-thirds of the plate with low-glycemic-load fruits and vegetables and a dash of heart-healthy fat (e.g. olive oil).
3. Eat small, frequent meals throughout the day.
Eat every 4-6 hours after a meal or 2-2.5 hours after a snack, whether you are hungry or not, to stay in the Zone. The best time to eat is when you aren’t hungry. Look for lack of hunger and clear mental focus as signs that you are in the Zone.
4. Don’t forget your omegas and polyphenols.
These are the two most powerful ways to enhance the anti-inflammatory benefits of the Zone Diet.
5. Drink water.
Aim for at least eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day.
6. Keep it Up.
If you can keep this up, you can expect to improve your overall wellness, lose excess body fat and slow down the aging process.*