Zone Diet and Exercise
doesn’t emphasize on any exercises or workouts as the most important aspect of
this diet is the timing of
your food consumption. However,
an 80/20 rule (i.e. 80% diet and 20% exercise) is suggested.
Since people are
not fatigued in the Zone, many
are inclined to start an exercise program for the first time in
years. While not as important as your diet, exercise does play
an important role in helping you control insulin. The best form
of exercise is any routine you will perform on a regular basis.
If you haven't exercised for a long time, building up to a brisk
30-minute walk is a great way to get started again.
As your endurance builds, you may even wish to increase the
intensity and even add some form of weight training as part of
your regular workout schedule. However, one must still follow
the 80/20 rule as it will help maximizing your time spent
in the Zone.
Whether you are training with weights or training aerobically,
you must eat a Zone snack 30 minutes prior to exercise. This will set the hormonal stage to
preferential burning of stored body fat as soon as your workout
begins. For weight training, the maximum training
time is 45 minutes and preferably take
place in the morning. Have another Zone snack within 30 minutes
after the training session ends and a Zone meal no more than 2