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Old 01-14-2012, 10:05 AM   #1
Brad Pearson
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Can I gain weight on the Zone Diet?

I've been following a Zone diet for about a month. I do 4 WODs a week and practice Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) 4 days a week. My body fat percentage is around 7%. Since following the Zone diet I have lost about 10 pounds, but I need to put about 5 pounds on to be closer to my BJJ competition weight. Since following the Zone diet, I feel absolutely great and love it. I eat about 27 blocks of carbs and protein a day and 32 blocks of fat. Should I simply just add more blocks of everything to try to put weight on or just add more fat? Any other suggestions?
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Old 01-14-2012, 10:28 AM   #2
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Re: Can I gain weight on the Zone Diet?

if your body can process and utilize more energy than it uses, then you can gain weight on any diet. however, based on the amount of food you are already eating and the level of activity you have, i don't see the need for you to zone at all.
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Old 01-14-2012, 11:00 AM   #3
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Re: Can I gain weight on the Zone Diet?

If you're trying to gain weight while staying very active the correct amount to eat is "a lot." Obsessing over weighing and measuring stuff is not a productive use of your time. Just eat lots of good protein and fats and add in dense carbs (sweet potatoes, fruit, oats, rice, etc.) as you need them.
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Re: Can I gain weight on the Zone Diet?

Thanks for the responses. I want to stick with the Zone diet considering the benefits I have experienced since being on the diet, including better WOD results, increased stamina in BJJ, more mental focus, and reduced anxiety. I know a lot of CFers that follow the Zone diet increase their fat blocks by up to 5x. I am curious if I should increase my protein and carb blocks greater than the 25 blocks that are prescribed for my body profile. Or should my only increase be in my fat intake?
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Old 01-14-2012, 11:42 PM   #5
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Re: Can I gain weight on the Zone Diet?

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I am curious if I should increase my protein and carb blocks greater than the 25 blocks that are prescribed for my body profile.
Yes, increase it all. You're trying to gain weight, so you want to eat more than what is prescribed from a diet designed to make you lose weight.
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Old 01-14-2012, 11:47 PM   #6
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Re: Can I gain weight on the Zone Diet?

When I started up "Starting Strength" I just added another 6 blocks to my diet. I have gained weight while losing some chub around the middle. You can gain on any diet, you just have to eat more.
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