Figure 4. The zig zag diet prevents changes in metabolic rate by “confusing” your body. TDEE = total daily energy expenditure, BMR = base metabolic rate.
2. Maintains or Builds Lean Muscle
One reason the zig zag diet maintains metabolism is that it prevents the breakdown of muscle tissue. More muscle means a faster metabolism and more calories burned. Which helps you get lean and look your best.
In addition, zig zag dieting can help you build muscle without gaining excess fat. By adding more high days, you create a calorie surplus. While the low and medium days help you stay lean.
3. Adjusts to Your Activity Level
With constant calorie diets, you eat the same amount regardless of your activity level. But the more calories you burn, the more calories you need.
It’s like our lazy football coach running the ball on 3rd and 20. In this situation, he’d have better odds passing the ball.
The zig zag diet is like having more plays in your playbook. Giving you the ability to adjust your calorie intake to meet your calorie needs.