What is The Zig Zag Diet?
There are so many new fad diets out there, it’s hard to keep up. But we’re helping you stay on to. Today’s diet? The Zig Zag Diet.
So what is it and can the Zig Zag Diet be that ONE diet that is going to get you to your goal?
We’ll give you the details and then you can decide.
The Zig Zag Diet Basics
The Zig Zag Diet, is also referred to as calorie shifting. It requires that you eat high calories on some days and low calories on others. If you can visualize the high and low days on a calendar, you should get the ‘zig zag’ appearance, right?
The theory behind The Zig Zag Diet is that it prevents your body from ‘adapting’ or getting used to a set number of calories, so it can never ‘plateau’ or adjust its BMR in accordance with intake.
Because you surge calories after reducing them, the idea is that the body will increase your metabolism more in response causing you to lose weight.
To follow The Zig Zag Diet, you measure your BMR with your TDEE which you can do right from HERE.
Then, multiply it by 7 to get your weekly caloric needs.
Then, you set your weight loss goal.
We already know a pound of fat = 3,500 calories. Which is about 500 fewer calories per day, or 3,500 per week.
If you want to target 2 pounds per week, subtract 7,000 from your total weekly intake.
So, let’s say your BMR with TDEE is 2,000 calories per day. That’s 14,000 per week.
Subtract your 3,500 from it and you’ve got 110,500 calories to work with. Next, set your low and high days.
Low days can be defined as at least 200 calories less than your total weekly calories divided by 7. High days by at least 200 calories higher than your total weekly calories divided by 7.
So, if you usually eat 2,000 per day, a low day might be 1,300. Your high day might be 2,700.
You can do alternating days or two high and two low. Two high and one low. However you want it to work.
Keep it changing if you want. Just don’t go over your total weekly allotment.
But does it work?
Does The Zig Zag Diet Work?
Here’s why proponents think The Zig Zag Diet works. The body is constantly trying to achieve homeostasis in your body. In EVERYTHING. From your temperature to your fluid—your body wants BALANCE. So, when you eat, it tries to adapt to whatever calories you eat often. That is why a lot of people hit plateaus when dieting—the body lowers its BMR when you eat less so that it needs less energy to operate. But when you throw more calories into the mix, you get The Whoosh Effect, because it causes the body to let go of the stuff it’s holding onto to balance things out. So, if you constantly surprise it, it can’t find balance and ‘should’ give you a faster metabolism.
Does it work? Probably for some. Maybe not for others. That’s how dieting works. It should be customized for YOU. So, with doctor approval, give it a try. What do you have to lose, other than pounds?
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