By Mary Perry, Zone Director of Clinical Trials

Getting into the Zone doesn’t have to be difficult. In fact, here are six tips you can incorporate into your routine as soon as you’re done reading this article that will get you on your way toward improved health and wellness.

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.

plate-protein-carbsSimply 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.

small-frequent-meals-3Eat 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.

omegarx-maquirxThese are the two most powerful ways to enhance the anti-inflammatory benefits of the Zone Diet.

5. Drink water.

glass-of-waterAim for at least eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day.

6. Keep it Up.

keep-it-upIf you can keep this up, you can expect to improve your overall wellness, lose excess body fat and slow down the aging process.


  1. Barbara Kovacs

    I figure I need 11 blocks per day, how do I beak that up for each meal and snack time? I. Did this successfully many years ago and want to make sure I am doing it right. Do I get 3 protein blocks and 3 carb blocks, plus fat each mean and one each per snack or one block each at each meal for a total of blocks for the day? I can’t seem to find the breakdown on the website.


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