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Old 06-15-2006, 05:28 PM   #1
Ryan Kirk
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When I started CF 3 months ago I weighed in at 175 lbs. with 17% body fat. The Zone perfect site suggested 14 blocks so that is what I have been doing since that time.

I am now at 172 lbs. and 12% BF. I am starting to see my abs now which is a first and very motivating.

The problem is that I am always hungry. I eat strict paleo/zone and use a multiplier of x2 for fat blocks. I run out of gas alot when doing the WOD and when mountain biking.

My question is should I increase my total blocks or just increase my fat multiplier. I would like to gain some mass now that I am getting stronger but I really just want more energy to support my activities and physically demanding job.
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Old 06-15-2006, 05:33 PM   #2
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This site says I am at 11% bf, 172 lbs, and need 18 blocks.
http://www.he.net/~zone/prothd2.html

Your Recommended Blocks
Your weight is: 172 pounds
Your sex is: Male
Your Body Fat percentage is: 11
Your Lean Body Mass is: 153 pounds
Your 'Ideal' weight is: 176 pounds
Your activity factor is: 0.87
Your recommend blocks per day are: 18 (135 grams of protein)
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Old 06-15-2006, 06:56 PM   #3
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The 18 blocks sounds much more reasonable. 14 is a bit low if you have ANY activity level at all! I would either keep the fat blocks at 3x or drop them back to 1 or 2x while you start to increase total blocks while keeping track of performance/body-comp. Once you get your blocks up and have a good base level to go from, try ramping up the fat again and see how you do.
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Old 06-15-2006, 07:49 PM   #4
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Thanks for the fast reply. No wonder I have been hungry all the time. 4 blocks is a huge difference.
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Old 06-16-2006, 07:36 AM   #5
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Ryan,
I don't know about that site. Their calculations seem a bit off:

18 blocks x 7g PRO/block = 126g PRO (not 135)

I think 18 blocks is much more reasonable. I'm at 178#, ~7% BF, activity 0.7, and 3x fat. Seems similar enough to me that you increasing your blocks is very warranted.
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