Why Paleo? Why Zone?

Why Paleo? Why Zone? 

Trying Paleo and Zone diet can be daunting for anyone who is new to the concept so here you will find a guide to help you get started. To begin with, in a nutshell the concept of Paleo Zone is ‘eating lean meat, vegetables, nuts and seeds, some fruit, little starch, no sugar’.

To help you understand the concept here is an example of the Paleo Zone Pyramid.

 

Paleo Zone Pyramid

Image courtesy of http://crossfitfenrir.com/paleozone-dummies-part-ii-step-step-guide-started/

 

What is Paleo Diet and Why Paleo?

The word “Paleo” is short for “Paleolithic”, the Paleolithic era was a period of about 2.5 million years that ended 10,000 years ago with the development of agriculture and since we began cultivating grains and legumes. These Paleo foods, also known as ‘caveman diet’ or ‘hunter gatherer diet’, are what our bodies are designed to eat. We have not evolved, on a cellular or metabolic level, much in the past 10,000 years, that’s not much time for evolution to catch up with us, meaning our bodies are still most adept at eating the way we used to eat: meat, vegetables, fruits, and some nuts and seeds. Hence, our bodies still need and want the original food put on the earth for us to eat. The idea is that your genes and physiology evolved through the process of natural selection and are most adapted to be nourished with the food in your natural environment. Or in much simpler terms; Eat what a caveman would’ve eaten.

There are two factors to this diet: quantity and quality. It was told that the quantity or the number of calories of food you eat affects your body’s weight, performance and hormones meanwhile the quality of food you eat has a huge impact on your overall health. So combination of both factors will produce optimum performance and health.

Here are a few benefits and reminders you can get in Paleo Diet:

  • Makes you move a lot as it gives you more energy, it supple ample energy throughout the day.
  • It doesn’t make you hungry often, just make sure you eat enough and do not graze. Make sure you have enough protein and higher carbohydrate plant food.
  • Keep the high-calcium plant foods round the clock. Collards, kale, cabbages, and broccoli are great sources of calcium.
  • Rely on high-carbohydrates to fuel your most active days, like a day for running or workout, instead of a bread or grain bar, you may eat bananas or sweet potatoes with almond butter and cashews.
  • Do not use ‘cheat’ or ‘treat’ days. Just eat. Enjoy every bite of cheese or potato.
  • Paleo diet promotes healthy brains and cells.
  • You will have more muscles and less fat.
  • Better gut health and limits fructose.
  • Better digestion and absorption, fewer allergies, reduce inflammation, and weight loss.
  • Increased insulin sensitivity, shrink those fat cells, and reduce risk of disease.

 

What is Zone diet and Why Zone?

The Zone diet was developed by Barry Sears. Sears has a Ph. D. in biochemistry, but no special training in nutrition. After his father died prematurely of a heart attack at age 53, Sears began studying the role of fats in the development of cardiovascular disease. He began working on this diet in the 1970s. In 1995, his book Enter the Zone, became a bestseller.

Zone eating is basically designed to promote fat and weight loss, but its developer, Barry Sears, also claims that the diet brings about substantial health benefits. This diet is highly structured. Participants in the Zone diet are instructed that every meal and every snack should consist of 40% carbohydrates, 30% protein, and 30% fats. Zone eating is creating a balance of macronutrients such as protein, fat, and carbohydrates. Balancing the ratios of these 3 components in your diet is called Zone diet or Getting in the Zone. This can be achieved by simply eating all foods in proportions that balance the body’s hormonal response to food. Hormonal balance affects all important components of your wellness: body composition, energy utilization, blood chemistry, and much more. The Zone diet is quite complex in terms of caloric restriction, ratio of carbohydrates/protein/fat, spacing of meals, preferential intake of certain fats, and avoidance or inclusion of a few specific foods.

 

How My Paleo Zone worked for me.

I first heard about the concept of “zoning” paleo foods when I joined Crossfit. I searched what seemed like everywhere to find an easy meal plan to follow. But I couldn’t find one anywhere. 

So…I created my very own Paleo Zone meal plan combining the two meal plans…thus the name My Paleo Zone. It was easy enough to change the proportions on my meal plan so they could fit just about any Zone requirement. 

I knew there must have been others like me looking specifically for a Paleo Zone combination. If that’s YOU, check out My Paleo Zone meal plan options to see if they’d work for you. I’d love to know what you think!

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