Could You Eat Like Zach For A Week?

After Producer Zach found out that he was a type 2 diabetic, he decided to take matters into his own hands in an attempt to reverse his disease. Over the course of 9 months, he lost an impressive 80 pounds!

He might kill me for using this picture.

His plan obviously worked, so for week #3 of the “Bekah Try-it Diet,” I decided to give it a shot.

Taking the Thought Out of Dieting

The best part of Zach’s plan is that it relies heavily on pre-packaged meals, which excited me after 2 weeks of cooking 95% of my meals at home. One surprising side-effect of this month of dieting has been the amount of extra dishes in the sink. It’s good that healthy eating forces you to cook for yourself, but I haven’t loved running the dishwasher so often. 

Before starting, I received a crash course in how to properly execute the plan from Zach himself. Here are the basics:

  • 5 Pre-packaged meals a day from a service, specially designed to be high in protein and contain what your body needs (services that do these, like Nutrisytem or Medifast, are expensive but work for a lot of people)
  • One homemade meal a day consisting of a lean protein and veggies
  • Eat your meals slowly over the course of 20 minutes (This may be the most impossible of all tasks)
  • Lots of extra water
  • Absolutely NO carbs whatsoever (I think smelling carbs might even be a crime)

I knew that the food was going to be….different….after watching Zach eat it, but I wasn’t sure what exactly to expect. Things started poorly when my very first meal exploded in the microwave.

Looks appetizing, doesn’t it? It wasn’t as bad as it looks, but it definitely wasn’t the fluffy blueberry muffin I was hoping it would be.

Expectations for the Rest of the Week

The best part of this week will be having a coach. So far in this experience, I’ve had a decent amount of guess work. But now, I get to blow Zach’s phone up all day with questions about which vegetables I can eat. I know he’s excited for that.

I don’t know what the most difficult thing about the week will be, but Zach has warned me that things get rough around day #4 before they get better again. Hopefully I can keep my hanger in line when that point comes.

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Deejay Jayne

I love the photos you used. Good luck on this one. I would struggle with this one, especially the no carbs.

Andrea Allen

The funny thing is that each meal or fueling has scarps because our body needs that so we don’t go crazy. They are just already managed for you. It does take a bit for the thought process to get out of your head. Good luck in your future endeavors!


I’m currently 10 weeks into the plan you are describing and it’s changing my life. I’ve lost 37 lbs so far and feel GREAT! I love the convenience of the packaged meals and they really do start to be satisfying after you get more used to them. Good luck and stick with it! You will be glad you did!

Andrea Allen
That’s so amazing Zack! Three years go, I used the same program to reverse a six-year autoimmune disease of debilitating arthritis. In 9 days, I eliminated all the inflammation in my body and went from not being able to sleep longer than an hour at a time without waking up and almost falling asleep driving my kids home from school because I was so tired to playing tennis twice a week and finishing a mini marathon in November. I’m so thankful God brought this into my life. Now my whole family is healthier because of the lifestyle changes I learned… Read more »

Does this diet have a name? And what vegetables are not allowed? Can you have fruit? Thank you!


I utilize TSFL which appears to be what these fueling are from. On program, you don’t have any fresh fruit; there are few fueling that have a small amount of fruit in them. There are a few high carb vegetables you are to avoid as well (Brussels sprouts, butternut squash)

Kinisha B

Do you have a personal health coach? My husband and I have both maintained our healthy weight for a year doing an optimal health program that uses those fuelings, but is centered around community and developing a healthy mindset. It impacted me so much that I became a health coach to serve others and pay it forward! It’s completely changed our family, too!


I follow the same program and in 15 weeks have lost 57 pounds.