How Zigzag Dieting Can Break Your Weight Loss Plateau

zig-zag-dietZigzagging is the most powerful tool in your nutrition arsenal for adjusting your diet as your fitness or your goals change. Whether you want to lose weight, gain weight, or just eat so that you perform at your best, the most effective tool to figure out how much you should be eating is known as zigzag dieting. Also referred to as “refeeding” in bodybuilding circles, it’s a technique I’ve been using for years.

Here’s how to zigzag diet: On 2-3 days of the week, eat the same number of calories you usually would. On the remaining 4-5 days, eat more (or less) calories. The general practice is 4 days of change and 3 days of remaining the same, but some prefer 5 and 2, or even changing daily as shown in the graph below. No matter which plan you follow, your body will tell you if it was a good idea by responding better (or worse) to your workouts. While it’s generally used to add calories (hence, “refeeding”), it works the same in both directions. Continue zigzagging up and/or down until you feel like you’re performing at your best.

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21 Day Fix Containers!

Hey 21_Day_Fix_Containers_long21 Day Fixers! Beachbody has announced the availability of stand-alone 21 Day Fix containers.  You can order yours in my Teambeachbody Store. Personally, I have been waiting a long time for this. I wanted to be able to pack my food ahead of time–with all of the containers filled with what I would eat for the day. Getting a couple of extra sets would work for most people, depending on the calorie target they select.

What you get:

7 color-coded containers

  • Green—Vegetables
  • Purple—Fruit
  • Red—Protein
  • Yellow—Carbohydrates
  • Blue—Healthy Fats and Cheese
  • 2 Orange—Seeds and Oils

Special Features:

  • Available in a variety of color-coded sizes, from extra-small to extra-large
  • Specially designed to nest inside each other for convenient, space-saving storage
  • BPA-free, DEHP-free, top-rack dishwasher safe, and microwavable
  • Unique customized designs look beautiful on their own or as a set

Now this does not come with the meal plan itself, nor the work out DVDs–you have to order the 21 Day Fix Essential pack first.

What are you waiting for? Order your extra set today!

 

Success Story: Amanda G.

August13-AmandaGMeet Amanda G.! She participated in The Beachbody Challenge and won the $500 Daily Prize for August 13!

Tell us about your life before you started the program.
There are no words to express how poorly I felt about myself prior to starting my new lifestyle. I had always struggled with my weight but by August 2013, it had most definitely spiraled out of control. I had tried many “diets” but after a small weight loss, I would just put the weight back on, usually plus some extra pounds. I was the classic example of a woman with no self-esteem, and thought there was nothing that I could do about my weight, except weight loss surgery, and I was not ready to go down that road. I hated the way that my clothing fit, and would try to squeeze into clothing that was too tight just so that I could say that I didn’t go up another size, and let me tell you putting on a bathing suit and going out in public was pure torture. If it wasn’t for my two little boys who love to go to our community pool, I would have never been seen in a bathing suit. Continue reading

August Sale! Focus T25 and 10 Minute Trainer!

august_saleBeachbody is running a promotion for August:

Shaun T’s Focus T25 Challenge Pack is on sale for $180, regularly $205. You save $95 on the separate components over buying them separately! Go to the online store to get your T25 Challenge Pack today!

Tony Horton’s 10 Minute Trainer Challenge Pack is on sale for $160, regularly $180. You save $70 off of the retail prices of the separate items! Go to the online store to get your 10 Minute Trainer Challenge Pack today!

Any questions? Hit me up on Facebook at http://facebook.com/coachdougb or add me as your coach at teambeachbody.com.