I've been considering going on the zigzag diet, but I have a few lingering questions that I can't find much info on.
My suggested calorie intake to maintain my current weight is about 2411 calories. I'm 5'8", ~145 lbs.
I'm relatively sure that for atleast the past year, maybe two, my body has been in 'starvation' mode due to the fact I often eat very little (1000 calories per day, if that, and I'm prone to just not eating at all some days). Even taking an hour walk every week day for a few months, I lost no weight at all. So I'm a bit worried my body is in sort of an extreme starvation mode.
If I start up the zigzag diet, will my body be able to quickly adjust to my increased calorie intake, or will it need a long time for my metabolism to get used to it? I don't really want to try if I'm going to gain a huge amount of weight at the start.
I don't think a zigzag diet is a great idea. Your metabolism will be confused and you will probably gain weight on higher calorie days. I think that type of diet is good for someone who wants to gain weight. I think you would do better at a calorie level that is right for you, and being consistent with it. As long as you exercise and stay at the right calorie level, you will burn fat and lose the weight.
I am currently on the zig zag diet and I love it so far. mon wed and fri I consume 1678 calories and sun,tues,thurs and sat I consume 1564 calories. Tomorrow I will begin week three of the zig zag diet and i've lost 6.5 lbs that's 3.25 lbs a week with no exercise.
If you want to give your metabolism a boost it might be a good idea to start lifting weights. See, if you increased your calories when you started walking you probably won't lose weight unless you walk a lot more than an hour or do a little bit more vigorous exercise too, since your body is used to running on less energy. Your best option is to get more physical activity since that's something that your body isn't used to it'll definitely help you burn some calories. Otherwise it's gunna be hard to lose weight since you've been restricting your calories so much already. The focus for you should be getting your metabolism going again and the only sure way to do that is to build muscle and get cardio exercise.
I have done the diet before and lost 30 pounds in 4-5 months and I loved it! I was never hungry.
I'm getting ready to start it again, I had fell of the wagon but I'm jumping back on! And I did very little exercise. but the more I exercised the better it helped me. and I hate exercising! But I loved that I ate pretty much what I wanted, just in moderation.
It sounds like bouncing between 1600ish calories and 1500ish calories isn't much of a zigzag and still less than you need to maintain, therefore losing. That's just from the example above. There are 3500 calories in a pound. Eat that much less than your body burns in a week, and you will lose a pound that week. Sure there's some accounting for muscle/fat ratio, since muscle burns more calories than fat but also weighs more, but math is math. I use the cookbook and tips from the Svelte Gourmet and I'm easily able to stick to 1200 calories a day, losing 1-2 pounds a week (consistently!!!) For the first time ever, something has worked.
i have to agree with "codee23" a great way to boost your metabolism and always burn calories is to get some muscle mass. Muscle is great because it burns calories even while you're sitting still. The zig zag diet is a great diet too. it was designed by fredrick c. hatzfield platz or "dr squat". your metabolism is probably pretty messed up right now because of your low caloric intake. remember, the less you eat on a constant scale, the more carbs your body stores when you do eat. Your body thinks its starving and stores everything you eat in long term storage. also when you don't eat for over three hours, your body your body starts digesting fat, muscle, and bone marrow. those starvation diets is the stuff that broken hips and ankles is made of when you get older.
the zig zag is a great diet. i would deffinately give it a try, maybe along with a pilates, exercise ball routine, kickboxing, or something along those lines.
You must try Burn the Fat and Starve the Muscle, you eat loads of healthy food and just hit the weights 3 times a week and cardio 4 times. Calorie deficiet from execise rather cutting back calories, then your body is never in starvation mode. If your maintenance level is 2600 calories only cut 200 calories back if you must, thats it mild cutting, let your body become fat burning machine. Eat more calories for your activity for the next 3 hrs, if your hitting the weights bump it up, if your going to watch a movie then a lite snack. My cheat days are on days i do lots of leg exercises(squats, leg Presses)eat smaller meals or lower carbs mildly for low activitiy days. Just lost 50 lbs doing this and eat more now than i ever did. Ladies don't be afraid of weights they are your friend when it comes to tighting up that booty and legs, you won't get large nuscles, just a set of hot legs and tight buns! Plus its a huge metabolism booster.