For about the past 6 months, I've been using the zone perfect diet system. Every meal I ate came as close as possible to the 40/30/30 ratio. I ate (or at least I tried to eat) 6 350-calorie meals a day about 3.5 five hours apart. Various information I would read said this would turn up my metabolism. Monay through saturday, I ate no fast food. breakfast conisted of tuna, bran cereal, raisens and 8 oz of milk. Later I would eat a zone perfect bar. Lunch I had 1 serving of broiled chicken, a serving of two vegatables (green leafy ones, no starchy ones) and 1 slice of branola bread. Later, a zone perfect bar. For supper, I would eat an Uncle Ben's pasta dish. Alone, the dish did not fit the 40/30/30 equation, so I added a half of chicken breast to balance it out. Later I would have another bar. I consistently took in 190 -200 grams of protein a day. I was informed that a man my size (203 pounds) that lifted weights needed to take in that much protien. And, I drunk 96 ounces of water a day.
This is pretty much what I did for about six months while using a combination of free weights and "the total Gym" Do you know what of this got me?
So, after being tired of eating like a lab rat, going to the bath room a zillion times a day, and not seeing any results, I simply got fed up.
Now, I still use free weight and "the total gym" But I eat what ever feels natural. Breakfast is pretty much the same; 8oz of milk, raisen bran, and a banana. But instead of eating it at 7:30 AM I wait until about 9 or 9:30. For lunch, now I eat fast food (whatever I feel like eating). I eat enough to hold me until about 5:30 or so(no snacks) For dinner, more fast food after I workout. That's usually it for the day. If I get a tad bit hungry, I'll eat a zone perfect bar. I'm down to 3 maybe 4 meals a day, and I cut my water consumption in half. I couldn't tell you how many calories I take in because I stop counting them.
One would think that reverting back to eating like that would hinder my progress. Guess what, I'm actullly starting to see muscle gains. Imagine that. And, I'm loosing fat (if you can believe that)
Don't get me wrong. I am in no way suggesting that everyone or anyone should try this. But it does bring up and interesting point. Why couldn't I see results when I was "eating right"?