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Jason Berger 09-16-2005 04:16 PM

can someone post the Zone's caloric intake formula for me? I just bought A WEEK IN THE ZONE and they never tell you how much to eat, just how to proportion your food (in several different chapters). This is what I get for buying the cheapest Zone book they had.

Neal Winkler 09-16-2005 04:53 PM

I am not a Zone dieter but I believe that you should eat 3 meals a day and 2 snacks. The meals should never be more than 500 calories and the snacks never more than 100. That's only a total of 1700 calories tops. However, wait for some confirmation from an actual zone dieter.

Jesse Woody 09-16-2005 05:13 PM

If you check Barry Sears' website they have a bodyfat calculator that also calculates your total calories and needed blocks for the program.

Beth Moscov 09-16-2005 07:14 PM

Neal - that is exactly what the zone recommends. It gets more specific when you break up your meals into blocks. Each block is aproximately 100 calories. You shouldn't eat more than 5 blocks per meal.

Carl Herzog 09-16-2005 07:42 PM


Chris Longley 09-17-2005 05:29 AM

each gram of protein = 4 calories
each gram of carb = 4 calories
each gram of fat = 9 calories

1 block is 7g for PRO, 9g for CHO, 1.5g for FAT

So, if you're on 16 blocks per day, to work out your total calories:

PRO = 16(blocks) x 7(grams) x 4(calories)= 448
CHO = 16 x 9 x 4 = 576
FAT = 16 x 1.5 x 9 = 216
FAT (hidden in protein blocks) = 16 x 1.5 x 9 = 216

Therefore total calories = 448 + 576 + 216 + 216 = 1456

Bear in mind though that by using the block method your calories will actually be a little higher due to the uncounted "hidden" macronutrient grams such as carbs in protein sources/protein in carb sources.

Simple eh?

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