My last months update showed my weightloss (or fat loss) on the Zone Diet Plan had stalled, which was a stark contrast to previous months. Take June for example where I lost 4% body fat in one month on the Zone Diet.
This month is a bit of a mixed bag. On the one hand I’ve lost a bit of weight, down to 13st 8 (190 lbs / 86kg) although my waist is still 37 inches at the belly button, which maintains my body fat at 18%. The real question though is how my Zone Diet efforts have gone this month, in terms of menu and recipe choices, and how much I’ve cheated!
Actually I’ve not done as well as I’d hoped at recovering my previous zone diet zeal. I continue to make good Zone diet menu choices for breakfast, eat good zone food for lunch, and my repertoire of zone diet recipes for tea (dinner to most people) is expanding nicely. (Did a nice baked Haddock with lime and curry powder, served on a bed of stir fried vegetables the other day.)
No, it’s still the evenings that let me down. I have cut back on the wine some, but not nearly enough. There’s also too many sweets and chocolate sneaking in during the week day evenings too. Not much, but enough to make a difference. The big question is why? Am I messing up and not really in The Zone at all?
I don’t think so, as it’s not really that I’m craving these things. I’m not hungry in the evenings, nor do I have the lust for a sugary snack. No it’s more habit grown from many years having a glass of wine with the evening meal, and/or watching a film. A glass leads to 2, then to 3, and by the time I’ve had 3 glasses of wine, all bets are off. Then, if there are sweets in the house, my ability to resist is sufficiently diminished.
The point is, I know it’s the wine that’s the route cause of the problem, not my Zone Diet food choices. In the last couple of years, I’ve packed in the cigarettes, started exercising regularly, sorted out my diet…. the booze is the next big battle: finding that happy balance. I’m determined that this month will be different, in fact it has to be if I’m going to meet my target of 15% by Feb 2008, especially with Christmas round the corner!