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:

She Said Goodbye to 40 Pounds

Dieter Betty heard about Plan Z on her local radio station in Central Illinois. She waited 6 months before she decided to give it a try. What inspired her to quit researching and get with the Plan? It was her daughter’s impending wedding. She wanted to lose weight so she could look back on those wedding photos with pride.

Betty suffered from osteoarthritis in her hands, hip and knee and would need to ice and heat these joints every day before she lost weight on Plan Z.

“There’s hardly any pain at all from my arthritis after losing the weight.” She says now.

Betty lost 18 inches and 40 lbs in two rounds of Plan Z. Her husband, Fred, lost 32 lbs in just 35 days.

Betty told us, “When you lose that amount of weight you feel more self-confident about yourself…and I think clearly more.”

You can listen to their interview here:

Having her husband join her on the diet for the second round made it much easier. As diet buddies, they could eat all the same food together and support each other through the process. Now, they’re celebrating their success.

We call it the Buddy System and we offer a discount for those who diet together. Call the office at 800-255-9853 for more information!

Her Doctors Were Blown Away

Dieter Cyndi's journey to a new, healthier life started with a scary event: she was hospitalized from blood pressure complications that were brought on by her weight. Cyndi weighed 335 lbs and decided she needed to make some changes. She tried Nutrisystem first because pre-packaged foods worked well for her 12-hour workday. In the five months she was on Nutrisystem, she lost 18 lbs but found herself socially isolated. It was difficult to entertain company or eat out.

“On Nutrisystem, If I had company, I was kind of restricted to what I was eating but I had to fix this whole other meal for everybody else. And if you wanted to go out, it was a real challenge. It kinda isolated me socially.”

After hearing about Plan Z on the radio, Cyndi decided to give it a try because it sounded a lot more exciting than another month of Nutrisystem. She lost 12.5 lbs in the first week and just kept going.

“I found that the Z diet was very easy. I never felt hungry. It was easy to follow, it tasted good and I was losing weight.”

Cyndi saw other numbers changing, too.  After a recent doctor’s visit, she noticed huge improvements in her lab results:

  • BMI was down 3.9%
  • A1C went from 6.7% to 5.5%
  • Cholesterol from 260 mg/dL to 164 mg/dL
  • Triglycerides went from 239 mg/dL to 147 mg/dL
  • LDL (low density lipoprotein) went from 141 mg/dL to 85 mg/dL

Her doctors were blown away. Listen to her talk about her experience below:

Some of Cyndi’s favorite recipes from ZReduction include cooked cabbage salad, mustard crusted pork chops, chicken scallopini, roasted onion strings, and sweet onion casserole.

“The most important thing I learned: that fact that everything I knew is bogus, all my concepts of dieting and what’s good to eat and what’s not good to eat is just blown out of the water. It’s a whole new re-learning process. It’s working and it’s easy to do. I don’t feel deprived at all.”

Thank you for sharing your story, Cyndi.

“I feel like a shiny new nickel!”


“I thought I was stuck. I was 52 years old, 300lbs, I was a heart attack waiting to happen. And you’re never too far gone to come back.”

Dieter Kris is a radio spokesperson for Plan Z in Bellefontaine, OH and an umpire for high school softball. Before he started Plan Z, Kris weighed 290lbs and was diagnosed with GERD (Gastroesophageal reflux disease) which he describes as acid reflux on steroids.  When asked what events lead to his weight gain, he credits a sedentary lifestyle, a metabolism that slowed with age and a hectic schedule with three kids in after school sports programs.

Fast forward to the time of this interview and Kris is down to 241lbs! “I feel like a shiny new nickel!” His symptoms of acid reflux have cleared up and he no longer needs to use frozen vegetables to soothe his knees after softball games. He found the most powerful motivator was watching the number on the scale getting smaller and smaller.  The Crave Control spray helped a lot too; it made reducing sugar in his diet a lot easier for him.

“Honestly, it’s probably more difficult for me to think of an area of my life that hasn’t improved!”

Listen to his experience firsthand below.

Kris continues to share accolades for Plan Z on air with WPKO in Bellefontaine. He gives this advice to new dieters, "Follow the plan. Follow it to the letter and you will lose weight...Trust the plan. Let it work.”

Definite Life Improvement

Renee started Plan Z at the age of 58.  She didn’t start gaining weight until her mid-40s and gained 40 pounds in just 4 years.  Renee was tired, napping constantly, feeling sluggish and hiding her body beneath big, baggy flannel T-shirts.  She had tried other diets and would see great results at first but eventually, all the weight would come right back.  On Renee’s first round of ZReduction, she lost 23 pounds, which was more than half of her goal.

Things are different with Plan Z. “Zola is so honest…the education is what will keep me from going back [to my old weight].”

Click below to hear Renee discuss her experience with our VP of Anger Management Chris.

She says the ZR50 Crave Control spray was amazing for her and that it helped her stave off cravings from day one.  It even allowed a self-proclaimed potato lover to watch her husband eat French fries without any difficulty.  “It’s like magic spray,” she says.

Renee is now in ZLife and comments how everything has improved, “Oh my goodness, everything! My energy level, my confidence, my mood… my clarity, my memory…it changed the way I dressed.”  She gets compliments from friends and family and find some people don’t even recognize her at first.

When asked for advice to provide new and future dieters, Renee said, “Listen to everything Chris and Zola say… Take it day by day and at the end of ZReduction, you will be so happy.”

Thanks for sharing your story Renee!

Stuck No More

“I was stuck at 300 pounds,” says Kris Allen. He’s our radio spokesperson in Bellefontaine, OH. He watched as one of his co-workers lost 250 pounds on Plan Z, but still couldn’t imagine it would work for him. You can see that it did. Listen to his story about how fast he dropped 74 pounds and how much better he feels.

Kris umpires women’s softball. His knees would ache after a game or two. Not anymore.  He’s sleeping better. And the GERD is gone. No more drinking two bottles of Milk of Magnesia per week. He hesitated starting on Plan Z, but now he has no hesitation telling his listeners and friends to get on it.

This interview took place when Kris was down 49 pounds:

Take care of yourself. We only get one shot. Our bodies get used to what we feed them. There's an old computer programming lingo phrase that says, garbage in, garbage out. If you don't take care of your body and feed it stuff that it's not supposed to have, then sooner or later it's going to start breaking down. I look at it like this, I was given a second chance. I've lost the weight and I'll do what I can to help people see that they don't have to live this way.

I thought I was stuck. I was 52 years old, 300 pounds, I was a heart attack waiting to happen...[but] you're never too far gone to come back.

The Hidden "Danger" of Losing 40 Pounds on Plan Z

Some Plan Z dieters send us before and after pictures.

Some send us emails telling their story.

But Plan Z Dieter Margaret sent us this picture of the inside of her closet.

She wrote:

"THIS is what happens when you lose 40 pounds and go from a size 18 to a size 10. The folks at Goodwill thanked me for my donation. I’m on ZReboot, loving it and maintaining my weight loss nicely."

Listen to her motivating interview:

The Best Decision I Ever Made

Sam Tyler, a former radio DJ in Bellefontaine, Ohio, is now living a whole new life after losing over 206 lbs on Plan Z. His manager encouraged him to try Plan Z, and although he was skeptical at first, he followed the program and lost 62 pounds in his first 50 days on ZReduction. After such astounding results, he was so motivated he continued with the diet and has lost 206 pounds to date.

"It sounds a little cliche, but I feel like a totally different person...I feel great, and not only physically I feel better but I'm emotionally more's like I'm a whole new man....

"I was up over 500 pounds and you get used to [thoughts like] Oh, I can't sit in that type of chair because the armrests are too narrow, or My knees hurt every day...I didn't have diabetes or anything like that but I felt just, kind of sluggish all the time. Now that I'm eating healthier, I'm lighter and my body is able to take care of itself a little bit better I just don't feel so slogged down....

"I think for me, the biggest thing was the diet doesn't focus on what you can't eat. You know, you do a lot of diets and it's like, You can't eat this, you can't eat that, where with Plan Z it's like, hey here are the things you're allowed to eat. Let's give you some recipes. Teach you to cook. Learning what I'm able to eat and learning how to prepare food for myself instead of just getting things, that's the biggest thing because now I'm able to take those ideas and take those recipes with me to be able to maintain my weight now...Education is a huge part of this."

And with the education provided by Plan Z, he's sticking to that new life with ease.

Hear him in his own words below:

I feel flattered a lot of the time. Everybody in my family and my friends have been so supportive of's humbling - a very big deal.