GET IN THE ZONE
By Jane Sandwood
To get the results that you want, you have to exercise right, but you also have to eat right. Therefore, you need to have the perfect balance of nutrition and exercise.
According to Greg Glassman, the founder of Crossfit, this perfect balance comes from taking up Crossfit and mixing it with the Zone Diet. The two work in sync to provide you with maximum physical performance, and a healthy outlook.
WHAT IS THE ZONE DIET?
The Zone Diet was developed over 30 years ago by Dr. Barry Sears to reduce diet-induced inflammation. Through his research, Dr. Sears found that chronic inflammation in our bodies lead to weight gain, diseases, and faster aging.
Therefore, he concocted the perfect diet to help us stay in the “Zone”, or a physiological state that optimizes control over inflammation. When you are on the Zone diet, you lose excess body fat at the fastest rate possible, perform better, think faster, improve your immune system, and slow down your rate of aging. (https://athleticmuscle.net/zone-diet/)
WHAT CAN YOU EAT?
Every meal on the Zone Diet is made up of 30 percent protein, 30 percent fat, and 40 percent carbs to create the perfect hormonal balance of insulin, glucagon, and eicosanoids.
Some foods that Dr. Sears encourages you to eat include:
- Protein: Egg whites, fish, poultry, lean beef, tofu, low-fat dairy
- Monounsaturated Fat: Olive oil, avocados, almonds, cashews
- Carbohydrates: Bananas, carrots, grapes, raisins, potatoes, corn, couscous, spinach, cauliflower.
To obtain the perfect balance of hormones, some people also substitute supplements into their diet. Some of these supplements include protein powder and micronutrients such as Vitamin D and Calcium to ensure that they are keeping your body healthy.
WHAT SHOULD YOU DRINK?
You should also drink at least eight glasses of water a day and avoid carbonated or sugary soft drinks. Although the Zone Diet requires limitations on caffeine, you can enjoy one or two cups of coffee or tea daily. However, if you need that extra caffeine boost at the start of the day, try supplements that work as alternatives to caffeine such as Vitamin B-6 or B-12, or protein and energy tablets. These can help to increase your energy levels, without disrupting your hormonal balance.
ZONE DIET AND CROSSFIT
The Zone Diet and Crossfit go hand in hand. Since the diet maximizes physical performance, it can amplify and accelerate the effects of a Crossfit regimen.
Some of the top Crossfit performers are usually Zone eaters, and people can actually boost their performance from a second-tier athlete to the top-tier by incorporating the Zone Diet into their nutritional plan.
ZONE DIET AND TIMING
Another great thing about the similarities between the two is that you have to keep a journal to document both activities. Therefore, you can plan your workout around your meals.
If you take up Crossfit, you should have your first meal within an hour after waking up and then plan to eat again every 3-4 hours.
In total, your day should consist of three meals and two snacks. Your Crossfit workouts should then be conducted either in the morning or in the afternoon, an hour or two after your second meal of the day.
If you want to make the best gains and boost your performance, all you have to do is balance your hormones through your nutritional diet. By combining a Zone Diet to your Crossfit regimen, you can start to see results faster than ever.
Jane Sandwood is a professional freelance writer and content manager with over 10 years’ experience across many fields.
Jane has a particular interest in issues relating to fitness and nutrition.
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