Defeating the Weight Loss Ping-Pong

Robynn and Bill are long-distance diet buddies. They live in two different states. Plan Z was actually a Christmas gift, from Robynn to Bill. A gift of a healthier and more consistent future. Robynn’s goal was to lose the post-surgery weight of 15 pounds. Bill wanted to get his weight below 200 pounds. They both achieved their goals and valued different parts of the program. Bill loved the steady drip of education. Robynn loved the recipes. During their interview, she told us, “There was a simplicity in the recipes and they were absolutely delicious.” Now they both have more agency over their health and the tools to maintain control over their weight.


Making healthy lifestyle changes doesn’t mean saying goodbye to treats forever. Just take it from Dieter Bill who said, “If you’re an epicurean like I am, there is no need to be deprived on Plan Z at all. You’re going to find stuff that you love and it’s really good.”

Weight Loss after 40

Dieter Claire from Hattiesburg, MS challenged the population notion that there’s no chance of losing weight once you become middle-aged. Claire’s mother told her, “If you don’t get that weight off from the four kids by the time you’re 40, you’ll never lose it.” Claire proved this assumption is false when she lost 50 pounds with Plan Z. She also transformed her relationship with food.  She used to think of food as an enemy because she could never lose weight no matter how much she reduced her portions. The Plan Z protocol shifted Claire’s focus to macronutrients and wholesome food choices and she was surprised at how satiated she felt. In her interview, she said, “How can I be so full at lunch, be so full at dinner and wake up in the morning and lose weight?” Her mom would call this “Voodoo!”

Claire's 50-pound transformation shocked her friends, her doctor, and even her grandchildren. If you've been thinking about improving your health or shrinking your waist, take Dieter Claire's advice and, "Don't ever let anyone tell you it's too late to try."

Does your metabolism slow with age?

Dieter Clara from Price, Utah, is a cherished mother, grandmother, and wife. Her commitment to her family shines through her voice during her interview. Along the path of raising her six children, Clara maintained her petite figure. She hadn't need to pay much attention to how or what she ate.  When her youngest son reached his teenage years, Clara's free ride on the thin-waist train had come to an end. She started to slowly gain weight. The typical outlook in this situation is that Clara's metabolism had slowed with age. She should just accept that there isn't much she can do to change her weight; it was out of her control. With Plan Z, she learned that growing older in years doesn't have to mean growing larger in size.

Clara lost 27 pounds with Plan Z. She loved that Plan Z wasn't a temporary fix. This program provides an education that lasts a lifetime. She found Plan Z to be a versatile program that can fit many different lifestyles and routines. She recounts numerous resources that helped her along the way, a comprehensive index in the manual, little hints that come in the form of daily emails, and support from Zola and the ZTeam whenever she needed it. Now Clara has the know-how to maintain her weight and still enjoy her favorite homemade peanut butter fudge.

A New Lease on Life

Dieter Jay is an educator from Franklin, Tennessee, and a father of a teenage son.  He started Plan Z two months into the pandemic weighing in at 373 pounds.  He knew that being overweight could have disastrous implications if he were to contract COVID-19.  So he ditched the drive-throughs and made the leap to Plan Z. Jay lost 120 pounds and has a goal to lose even more. Beyond the numerous health benefits he experienced from his incredible weight loss, Jay gained a shift in perspective.  He learned that cooking can be fun and that it wasn't as terribly inconvenient as he had once thought. During his interview he told Chris, "I found a new relationship with food: cooking, experimenting, and playing."

Pictured above is Dieter Jay during his Zoom interview with our VP of Anger Management, Chris Lytle.

After losing what Jay jokes was the weight of his son off his back, he's seeing the impact his choices have on his role as a father and mentor. Jay's commitment to his health brought about a sense of accomplishment and liberation. This might be one of our favorite interviews. It is heartfelt and poignant.  Jay reminds us that truly taking care of ourselves requires prioritizing prevention. Before Plan Z, Dieter Jay was heading in the wrong direction fast. Now at 253 pounds, he is feeling better both physically and emotionally and has experienced a lasting shift in his mindset. Plan Z may have provided him with the tools, but it was Jay's dedication and motivation that steered this journey towards success. Jay shared with us his keys to success when he said,

"The marriage of the behavior and the education and the support is what really made the difference for me.  You guys saved my life, so thank you."

"I wish I didn't wait so long."

Dieter Gina is a charming and cheerful mother from Henderson, Tennessee. She has done a lot of diets and she calls Plan Z “the diet to end all diets.” After losing 25 pounds in just 50 days, Gina feels more positive. She has less joint pain and she feels better in her clothes. She was amazed by “how fast and easily the weight came off.” During her interview in August 2020, she told us, “I’m in love. This is it!”

Gina loved the recipes, the daily coaching emails, and the results. Plan Z provides a steady drip of education backed by science. Once she got the education, she realized she’d been “doing it wrong [her] whole life!” Plan Z has more than 900 recipes and for Gina, they were the key to her success. The recipes were her favorite part of the diet. She loved them enough to fill a three-inch binder! She didn’t have to cook a different meal for the rest of the family. They could have larger portions. She said, “My husband loves them and my son is trying new things and that is incredible.” Gina made the switch from processed foods to cooking real food. And her food budget didn’t budge.

The cost of Plan Z gets your attention. It may even deter you at first. Here's Gina's thought on the topic, “The cost may have been the thing that hindered my decision at first. Looking back, I wish I didn’t wait so long. Just do it because it is life-changing.”

Listening to her interview is sure to put a smile on your face. 😉 We sure enjoyed interviewing this tenacious woman!

Husband and Wife Lose 130 Pounds Together

James and Peggy are husband and wife educators from Owensboro, KY. They're intelligent, health-minded, and very active. Unfortunately, they were also overweight -- and couldn't seem to combat the pounds that gradually crept on over the years.

Something wasn't right. James owned a lawn care business and played basketball once a week. He was on his feet all day long. Peggy was clocking in over 20,000 steps a day. She did cardio 5 days a week. They were constantly exercising and reducing their caloric intake, but they couldn't lose that extra weight no matter what they tried. Peggy was beyond frustrated. In a moment of frustration, she stood up and said to her husband, "I don't care what it costs, we've GOT to do something!!!"

James and Peggy joined Plan Z together. Even with very different dietary needs (Peggy is a vegetarian and James is a carnivore), they successfully lost 130 pounds between them. James, who was used to waking up at 5 am to exercise before he went to work, says:

"It was probably the easiest weight that I've lost...the only effort I had to put into it was the cooking."

Peggy spent the last 20 years following the food pyramid, eating low-fat foods, consuming diet sodas, dousing her tea with SweetN’ low, and obsessing over cardio-based exercise thinking these efforts would help her manage her weight. These strategies never helped her lose weight. In fact, she was steadily gaining each year. It only took her nine months to lose 50 pounds on Plan Z.

Besides the incredible weight loss, Peggy experienced numerous health benefits. James told us that before Plan Z, his wife would wake up five, six, or even seven days a week with a migraine. Incredibly, Peggy hasn’t woken to a single migraine since she started Plan Z in April of 2020. She told us in her interview:

“Just my energy level, my mind clarity, my no headaches…I just feel so much healthier, and it’s what I’m putting in my body.”

After returning to work from shutdowns and school closures during the pandemic, James and Peggy’s coworkers were blown away by their transformation. Everyone wanted to know their secret. They both looked fantastic. And when curious friends heard what the costs for Plan Z were, they were shocked again. James said, "They thought I was [going to] say $2000.”

When you sign up as Buddies, you each get $100 off the price of Plan Z. Peggy will tell you that, “The money is no object for your health.” And Plan Z is the diet to end all diets. Just take it from James. One of the things he loves about Plan Z is that it's not designed to keep you coming back forever. “When you’re done, you’re done.”

There are even more reasons to try Plan Z today. Listen to the full interview below to hear them for yourself!


I've Eaten Naked, Boring Food for Years

Dieter Mackenzie is from Myrtle Beach, SC. The photos above depict her total weight loss of 50 pounds. She was on another diet before Plan Z and when asked to compare her experience on both diet plans she said, “[There is] a lot more food on Plan Z. I can eat a lot more variety of food as well. And I’m not hungry...the big thing is, I get a lot more information and support. When something not going perfectly, I can ask someone...and I don’t feel lost.”

After receiving education on healthy eating from Plan Z, Mackenzie is eating more food each day than she did when she was pregnant. She is replacing fast food, simple carbohydrates, and chemical laden processed foods with quality meats, omega-3 rich nuts, and fresh produce. In fact, during her interview, she mentions, “When I get my rib-eye steak from the store, I don’t get the little lady steak, I get the big man steak now.”

She cannot say enough good things about the recipes she gets access to with Plan Z. She has been inspired to invest more in upgrading her kitchen.

Our VP of Anger Management, Chris Lytle, asked her, “How does it feel to be 50 pounds lighter?"
Dieter Mackenzie provided an impressive list of health benefits:

  • Better sleep and no more need for daytime naps
  • Reduced thyroid medication. Mackenzie was able to cut the dose of one medication in half and eliminate the other one entirely.
  • Improved cognitive thinking
  • More dreams!
  • Less body pain in her knees, lower back, and feet
  • “I feel much younger!”

Have a listen to her interview below.

Sitting is the new smoking

Tired of feeling sick, fed up with feet swelling, and body pain just from walking, Dieter Darryl was ready to go on a diet. He lost 36.5 pounds with Plan Z and managed to get off medication for high blood sugar and high cholesterol. Now, at 203 pounds, he is no longer considered diabetic and proclaims himself a lover of salads. Darryl praises Plan Z because he actually learned how to eat and what to avoid. Plan Z taught him how to break his old habits.

Now, when he eats something high in sugar he starts feeling sick. Darryl told us, “That addiction to sugar is completely gone. In fact, now if I eat something with sugar in it by mistake, I actually pay for it. I feel lousy. I start feeling sick or my stomach hurts. My body is totally rejecting it.”

He’s tried to diet many times before. His take: “You’re really not the one who fails [on a] diet. The diet fails you.” Plan Z gives you the information and long-term plan for keeping the weight off.

At the time of his interview, Darryl was on the air for Plan Z in West Lebanon, New Hampshire. Something that Darryl told his listeners frequently was, “If you’re in a situation where I was, that you’re 50-60 pounds overweight and you get up and you walk and it hurts and all you want to do is sit down? Ladies and gentlemen, sitting is the new smoking.”

Having tried other diets and failed to keep the weight off, his results from Plan Z made his son so proud. During a FaceTime chat with his son, Darryl was told, “Oh my god, You’re so skinny! What happened to your three chins… In six months you kept that off.  I’m so proud of you. You look so good.” And that means everything to Darryl.  It means a lot to the ZTeam, too.

Have a listen below.

My self-esteem has returned

When Dieter Jim found Plan Z, he weighed in at 235 pounds.  Jim lost 35 pounds with Plan Z and came back for another round for a total loss of 67 pounds. His strongest motivator? The arrival of a new grandchild.  Below is his story written in his words.

By September of 2012, I had gained a new granddaughter and, unfortunately, enough extra weight to put me at 230 lbs. The fact that I couldn’t exercise during the first phase of Plan Z was attractive to me. I jumped up to 235 pounds after my Binge days. In my first reduction phase, I lost 35 pounds. My 2nd reduction phase resulted in another 32 pound loss. At one point a couple weeks into Zlife, I was down a total of 69 pounds from the 235 in November of 2012 to 166 in September 2013.

Today, almost 4½ years later, I fluctuate within 5 lbs of the 175 lbs when I ended my 2nd reduction phase. If I gain a little, I know what to do to lose it again. I’ve had continued contact with Zola for her advice and opinions. She is GREAT!!! Pay attention to the Tuesday calls as well. For the first two years, I was working and couldn’t attend live, but the recordings are always there for you to go back and listen to. The coaching is excellent and Damian & Jen were always there to keep me on track.

The ZR50 spray helped me to accomplish my goal as I was never hungry while on the diet. I also increased my water intake to a minimum of 96 ounces per day. I still use many of the delicious recipes available from Plan Z. And the manual is so helpful, even to this day.

My wife and daughter have gained residual benefits from my new way of eating. One of these is the fact that I no longer snore to keep her awake at night. My self-esteem has returned, I’m now wearing the same size jeans that I wore in high school, and I can run after my grandkids without losing my breath!! Can’t believe it was like carrying a 35 lb bag in each hand for all these years.

Thanks for sharing your journey with us, Jim!

"I never felt like I was deprived or hungry at all.”

Dieter Mary Anne had tried every diet imaginable. She considers herself someone who eats healthy and leads an active lifestyle but at 46 years old, she still struggled with her weight. Mary Anne found Plan Z from a friend's recommendation. “I had a friend who shared Zola [Plan Z] with me and it was life-changing.”

In 50 days, she lost 30 lbs and continued to lose weight living ZLife in the year that followed. Using the education she received on Plan Z, Mary Anne got down to 148 lbs (from 192 lbs) and she kept the weight off for 9 years! Now, she tells us, “I [feel] SO MUCH better... And I never felt like I was deprived or hungry at all.”

Before Plan Z, Mary Anne struggled with plantar fasciitis and regular pain in her knees. But losing the first 30 lbs alleviated these physical ailments for her almost right away.

“I slept better, I looked better, I felt better, and it was very noticeable. I got comments and compliments from so many people.”

Listen to her interview here: