We’re all searching for the best diet product. Plan Z by Zola has made some positive waves in the dieting world, so we did an in-depth review of the system, examining the ingredients, side effects clinical research and customer service quality. We then explored hundreds of comments and forum posts from around the web. Finally, we condensed and refined to give you the bottom line.
What You Need to Know
To start, Plan Z is a diet system that limits calories and provides ideas for make-at-home meals. It restricts users to 800, cuts out sugary and processed foods and supplements with a homeopathic spray applied beneath the tongue four times per day. Included in the $647 plan are six bottles of ZR50, a binder full of recipes and printed material and regular coaching emails.
Plan Z, which was launched in 2009, is available from planzdiet.com. We like the focus on creating a large calorie deficit while maintaining the guise of eating normal meals, but read on . . .
Price – “Too High”
First off, we have an issue with the cost of Plan Z. “While $647 isn’t more than many diet plans, you have to look at what you get for the money,” says our Research Editor. “You get a binder full of material that you can likely find online, recipes for cooking low-calorie meals and access to a user-only website with a blog and forum designed for support. Is that really worth nearly $700?”
“It is VERY expensive! They say that it is so you can be connected to the “Zola Blog, forums” etc. There is NOT much on the blog or forums to really justify the cost,” says one review.
“It should be half the price and then it might be worth it for most people,” said comment.
Extreme Calorie Count– “Another Concern”
While creating a severe energy deficit will obviously lead to weight-loss, there are other options. When a user finishes after about three months, he or she may choose to repeat it or move on, but how sustainable is an 800 calorie per day diet? Is depriving your body of food a safe choice? The plan recommends avoidance of exercise for the duration of the program – a red flag to us.
“In the long-run, very low-calorie diets aren’t more effective than more modest diets. Once you go off a diet, you need to change your lifestyle, committing to healthy eating and regular physical activity,” says an article on WebMD.
“Absolutely these diets must be done under the care of a doctor. These things are not without risk,” says nutrition expert Dr. Melina Jampolis on CNN.com.
Our research has shown if there is some particular part of a diet program that is especially troublesome (unrealistic changes, too expensive), then the likelihood of long-term success is slim. If Plan Z does in fact cut calories too drastically and costs too much, this could be a problem.
The Science – “Any Proof?”
One issue we have is this plan relies on the ZR50 reduction formula. It is a homeopathic spray containing calcarea carbonica, nux vomica, taraxacum and magnesium phosphorica used to relieve the negative effects of an extreme low-calorie diet. These remedies are not clinically verified nor is homeopathy recognized by the medical community. Plan Z’s promise to alter, or “reboot,” your metabolism is also unsubstantiated.
The Bottom Line – Does Plan Z by Zola Work?
So, let’s finish this one up, shall we? We were initially interested in the drastic results Plan Z by Zola seemed to offer, but that quickly turned to skepticism. You don’t need to purchase an expensive plan to limit yourself to a severe calorie deficit and the homeopathic spray is not scientifically verified, so we have reservations about suggesting this one to any dieter. We highly recommend eating healthy foods in the right amounts and exercising.
If you want to drop some unwanted pounds, we suggest using a product with scientifically proven ingredients that work as part of a complete healthy lifestyle. It’s best if you don’t have to cut calories to the extreme or lose your wallet on the deal.
Among the best products we’ve seen in 2016 is one called Leptigen. Its formula has four ingredients that are clinically proven and shown to help boost metabolism and burn fat. The online reviews don’t mention anything about negative side effects, which is always good. We did find talk of dieters seeing great results.
The makers behind Leptigen are even offering a Special Trial Offer, quite an amazing gesture of confidence.