Chris, our VP of Anger Management talks with Dieter Insider Christie

Our dieters are real people (not celebrities with personal chefs and personal trainers). Christie reached her goal in two rounds of Plan Z and is maintaining her perfect weight.



Dear Zola,

I just wanted to share a success story with you and your Team. I went through my first reduction in September-October 2011 and did a second reduction Jan-Feb 2012. I went from 205 to 180 after my first reduction and 180 to 165 on my second. I have successfully maintained my weight at around 168 since last February with Z Life. I just listened to the 2nd Tuesday call from Jan 2013 and felt compelled to let you know how much I appreciate the ongoing education and continued access to the online information. Thank you! I feel a huge difference in my day to day life since starting plan Z. I really look forward to the 2nd Tuesday calls each month even though I can never seem to make them LIVE. I am trying to spread the word out here in the Pittsburgh area among my friends who are still asking from time to time how I did it.

I may even be ready to take my weight down even further now that I have made the life changes that give me confidence that I won’t gain it back.

Again Thank You,


Meet Paul, our 100 pound loser

Paul Rehm, a veteran radio salesperson in Fort Dodge, IA, began Plan Z last November.  Less than a year later, he is 100 pounds lighter.  Congratulations Paul!

Paul writes,


“My motivation for starting Plan Z was seeing the results a co-worker had achieved. After viewing the video on the website, I knew from previous diet failures that THIS plan made sense and it was time to take the plunge. That was November 1, 2011.

Since that time, three Plan Z reductions have resulted in 100+ pounds of weight loss. I feel SO much better and have the energy to go up and down the hills of Iowa on my bicycle or take long walks with my wife. This summer I consistently swam for a half-hour at a time without stopping. I can work in the garden without coming up for air, and personal relationships have improved because I’m not depressed about my overweight appearance.

With Plan Z’s OUTSTANDING support program I’m not only learning why I gained weight, but how to eat healthy forever and keep the weight OFF! Even though I’ve maintained the weightloss for four months, my friends continue to tell me they think I’m losing more weight. It is a MAJOR plus to hear all the “attaboys.”


In his hometown, Paul has been extremely public about his weight loss.

Click here to listen to Paul talk about his incredible weight loss on Plan Z (recorded when Paul lost 70 pounds):

There are no magic shakes or prepackaged meals on Plan Z.  You eat real food from the grocery store.

Here is one of Paul’s favorite ZReduction recipes:

Paul's White Fish with Sauteed Vegetables

Tasty white fish and vegetables have been a regular part of my ZReduction regimen. My favorite is starting with a 6-8 ounce mahi-mahi fillet AND a 6-8 ounce hake fillet (hake has a more pronounced flavor and the mahi-mahi helps to tone it down a bit) purchased frozen in big bags at Costco. This results in a “double batch” meal with the second half going in the fridge to bring into the menu flow a day or two later.

Servings: Serves 2


  • 6-8 oz mahi-mahi fillet
  • 6-8 oz hake fillet
  • 1 cup of onions, chopped
  • ¼ cup bell peppers, sliced
  • ¼ cup cucumber, chopped
  • ¼ cup tomato, diced
  • ¼ cup celery, diced
  • Cookies Flavor Enhancer (or your favorite fish seasoning)
  • Olive oil spray
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • Salad greens (Paul prefers a spring mix combined with fresh kale)


Lightly spray a large nonstick pan with olive oil spray.  Add the onions and sauté on medium heat for about a minute.  Add the peppers, cucumber, tomato and celery and cook until the vegetables begin to soften (about 3-5 minutes). Near the end of the sauté process, add both fillets and piece them up with a spatula as they cook. Mix it all together and season to taste with Cookies Flavor Enhancer

With a generous salad helping of spring mix and Kale, it’s a quick, easy and DELICIOUS meal!



Ron Lost 69.1 Pounds

Dieter Ron wrote Zola this letter after doing two rounds of Plan Z. He lost 69.1 pounds and reached his goal weight of 157.4 pounds.

Dear Chris & Zola,

I hardly know where to begin–but here goes.

My weight problems began a couple of years after returning Stateside from Vietnam in May 1970, weighing in at 148 lbs & 5’8” tall, and in great shape. I started putting the weight on after switching from farm work to factory work. I have always been very active throughout life but still began to pack on the lbs.

When I asked my doctor about a good dietician at 168 lbs all he said was that it looked like I was handling it pretty well!! Not what I wanted to hear.

That was in 1972 or thereabout, but I didn’t know who to talk to or trust at that point, so I just forgot about it. Tried to reduce intake and get more exercise on my own but always felt like I was starving & tired all the time – so I just gave up.

Fast forward 36 years to 2008 and another 52 lbs gained. Still at the same GM factory. Working 3rd shift maintenance with 2 of my brothers, all 3 of us in different areas of the plant. One is a slim 6’1” and 1.5 years older than me, the other 5’ 9” and 6 years older than me, but another 25 lbs heavier than me.

I received word from a close friend of ours, shortly after our 2AM lunch break, that my oldest brother was at the plant nurses’ station–and that I should get up there immediately. I had one of the worst rides of my life as we transported my unconscious brother, by ambulance, to Mercy Hospital that morning. He never regained consciousness due to a massive stroke. God, how I miss that guy and his cheery personality – he was always up to some kind of trickery.

He had confided in me that he had been fighting high blood pressure, an irregular heartbeat and borderline diabetes. Two years prior he had open heart surgery (5 by-passes).

He had tried & struggled over the years to lower his weight, also.

It still took me another 3 years after my brothers passing to finally get involved with a plan to get it right, because I feared I was heading down that same highway–a picture of him burned in my memory, lying there so motionless, with the paramedics struggling to keep him breathing.

After listening to 1030AM talk-radio host, Mitch, talk about his success with Plan Z by Zola, on “Outside the Box”, I felt, just maybe – and at last, I had found an answer. Yes indeed I had. A big “Thanks”, to Mitch, for using & promoting your Plan Z!

Beginning my first binge on our 42nd wedding anniversary my wife, Jean & I celebrated in style, with me weighing in at 223.5 (portly) lbs before the binge. Two days later I was an even more portly 227.5 lbs on Z Reduction Day 1! Little did I realize that two days prior to Thanksgiving Day I would be down 41.9 net lbs & on my 1st day of ZReboot. My goal was to crack the 200 lb barrier—and here I was at 181.6 lbs. These numbers just amazed me! From a starting weight of 223.5 down a whopping 41.9 lbs—all I can say is WOW!! My wife & I had all of our children over for Thanksgiving Dinner as usual. We put together a wonderful healthy meal for me. It didn’t bother me a bit to see others eat things I used to partake of, but can’t or won’t, unless or until approved of by Plan Z. After 42 days in ZReboot and many, many delicious 3 meals a day using ZRecipes I weighed in down another 2 lbs at 179.6 lbs, or 43.9 lbs down from 84 days earlier on Oct. 11th. My new set point was between 2800-3000 calories per day to maintain my new weight.

Early on in ZReduction, within less than a week from Day 1, I’d say, things began happening which were surprising to me. From what I had read and studied in the Z Plan notebook I figured some of this would happen but didn’t know for sure if, how soon or how much. Such as—heartburn, which I struggled with for years, GONE! My right ear ached (very painfully) nearly daily, GONE! Knees ached daily, GONE! Huffing & puffing climbing stairs or even tying my shoes, GONE! Headaches & neck aches that came on occasions, GONE! Other things that have disappeared for me are: Pain pills (Acetaminophen-Extra Strength) 6-8 tablets a day some days, anti-acid tablets daily.

Now, I have finished my 2nd ZReduction (and my last) as of today, Feb. 14, 2012. My Dr. had taken me off of 3 prescriptions (as of last Mon. Feb. 6th). All 3 were for high blood pressure and are now permanently taken away. On my previous August 2011 Dr. visit, my Dr. told me I would probably be on another prescription for controlling my sugar count if I didn’t do something about my diet/weight. So in actuality I have eliminated 4 prescriptions (really Plan Z by Zola made it possible).

Not only is all of this great for me health wise & psychologically but financially, too. Prescriptions alone cost me $212 last year, (I got an annual printout from my pharmacist), let alone any other over the counter meds mentioned above. Minimum saved for me alone is easily $250 per year and then fewer Dr. office visits, for more savings. What a major bonus!

I just can’t thank Zola & her team enough for helping me get my health back.

Your strong support was and is critical and much appreciated,

Sincerely yours,

Ron M.