Zig Zag is a fairly new concept of dieting which emerged within the last decade. The idea is to alternate between high calorie and low calorie days so that you can create serious calorie deficits without damaging your metabolism.
You will find many different methods of doing this, each with its own benefits and drawbacks. Being a huge fan of Zig Zag diets, I have devised a zig zag diet of my own and it is very easy to design and follow by anyone. Here are the three steps of the fatless zig zag diet formula. (Please note that step 1 is to be done only once, when the diet starts).
Step 1: So, you might have tried lots of different diets, might not have been taking care of yourself or just weren’t bother about weight control. Your metabolism would be out of WHACK by now, so the first step is to fix that. First of all you need to calculate your calorie requirement. If you haven’t already subscribed to the Fatless Formula e-mail feed, I suggest you do so now and you can claim a FREE calorie requirements calculator. Let’s say your calorie requirement is 1800 calories per day. So you need to create a diet plan for yourself which is 1800 – 2000 calories. The idea is for your body to get used to taking in approximately 1800 calories. If you feel like you are gaining weight at this point, don’t worry. You will lose it in the weeks to come. Try to keep the macro nutrient ratio to 50/30/20 i.e. 50% carbs (avoid them at night), 30% protein and 20% unsaturated fats. Here is the fun part. If you are committed and feel like you can lose the weight when on the actual zig zag diet, you can eat anything. Just try to keep the calories less than 2000 per day (this is in case your calorie requirements are 1800 per day). Now stay on this diet for 2 weeks. In two weeks, your body would have gotten used to eating the amount of calories that your were eating, if not then it would be quite close.
Step 2: Now comes the real part. Your body is now used to taking 1800 to 2000 calories per day, so you will create a calorie deficit of about 800 calories i.e. taking 1000 – 1200 calories in that day (try for a ratio of 30/30/40. You can take nuts to get to the 40% fat target). Do you have any idea how long it would take you to burn 800 calories on a treadmill? Brisk walk would be about 4 hours and jogging would be about 2 – 3hours, so this is a pretty easy method in comparison. However make sure that you eat something ever 2 - 3 hours so that you keep on giving you body the message that you are not starving and it should not store more energy as fat.
Step 3: Come back to the 1800 calorie diet, only this time, it needs to be the healthy one. You know the option I gave you about eating anything you want, you can’t do that here. 50/30/20 ratio should be good enough. So what we’re doing here is ensuring that we do not damage out metabolism. If we stay on the 1000 – 1200 calorie diet for more than a few days, our overall calorie requirement will fall and we will hit a plateau therefore stopping further fat loss.
Repeat step 2 and 3 for about a month. After the month is over, treat yourself to an entire day of eating anything and everything. This completes the Fatless Zig Zag Diet Concept. I will shortly post an exercise routine to go with this sort of a diet.
Try this diet and tell me what you think. Tell your friends and family who want to be FATLESS.