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Old 04-16-2008, 09:48 AM   #1
Sean Kane
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Optimizing My Fat Loss

Per CFJ#21 I decided that I was a 17 block kind of guy. After eating as such for about 4 weeks I have definately lost some fat, but am really aiming to truly cut this fat off. I have a beach trip planned for the first of June and would like to be as lean as possible, vain I know . I was wondering what I should do to obtimize my results on the Zone Diet. I usually eat as Paleo as possible, but am not super strict on it. I eat grain/starch at most 1 meal out of 5, but usually more like 1-2 meals out of a whole week. Here is a sample of my diet from yesterday:

Meal 1
3 Whole Eggs
2 oz 2% cheese
15 Cashews
1 Apple
1/2 Cup Grapes

Meal 2
5 oz chicken
1 tbs olive oil
1.75 cups diced bell peppers (red, green, yellow)
1 cup chopped red onion
6 Walnuts

Meal 3
6 oz baby spinache
1 oz chicken
1/3 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp caesar dressing

Meal 4
5 oz lean ground beef
5 corn tortillas (4") <-- A rarity for me
15 Cashews

Meal 5 (pre-bed)
8 oz 2% milk
1 macademia nut

I was thinking about cutting back my blocks, maybe having five 3 block meals instead of three 5 block meals and two 1 block snacks. What are your thoughts/suggestions?
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Old 04-16-2008, 10:07 AM   #2
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Re: Optimizing My Fat Loss

I learned early on (thanks to the fine folks here at CF.com) that cutting blocks means you're not "fueling the fire". If you're doing the WODs regularly, you want to fuel the fire. I've learned the best way to drop fat is strict zoning. For me anyway....

...there's always that Breyers Ice Cream dealio....
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Old 04-16-2008, 10:08 AM   #3
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Re: Optimizing My Fat Loss

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I usually eat as Paleo as possible, but am not super strict on it. I eat grain/starch at most 1 meal out of 5, but usually more like 1-2 meals out of a whole week.
While I am not a Zoner, I think you answered your own question in those 2 sentences. Rather than looking at total calorie/block intake, I would convert from being "not super strict" to "super strict" and eliminate grain/starch/dairy altogether.
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Old 04-16-2008, 10:16 AM   #4
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Re: Optimizing My Fat Loss

you may also want to expiriment with cutting your carbs and replacing them with extra fat blocks.
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Old 04-16-2008, 08:02 PM   #5
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Re: Optimizing My Fat Loss

O.K., guess I will just keep plugging away with what I've got and try and be a little more Paleo-ish.

Does 17 blocks sound right for me?:
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BF %: ~12-15%
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Old 04-16-2008, 08:54 PM   #6
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Re: Optimizing My Fat Loss

Your blocks should be based on how many grams of protein you need per pound of lean body mass; nothing more, really.

say about 0.7-0.8 g protein per pound of LBM. Whatever your LBM is, multiply it by 0.7, then divide the result by 7 (7g protein per block) to get your recommended # of blocks).

If you need more calories than that to perform the WODs and whatnot, then you should get them from fat rather than increasing your blocks.
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Old 04-16-2008, 11:30 PM   #7
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That puts me at 15 blocks a day. Dr. Sears's website put me at 18 blocks, and CFJ 21 put me at 17 blocks. Might give it another week or so as I am and then try maybe five 3 block meals.
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Old 04-17-2008, 02:34 AM   #8
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Re: Optimizing My Fat Loss

If you're going for the truly "vanity" here, then you should cut out the grains and starches as Dennis mentioned above. Whenever I cut that stuff out completely, I see effects pretty quick.

Granted for me, if I'm not strict zone, I feel like my performance takes a hit, so I would also say you should increase the vegetable and fruit consumption to compensate.
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Old 04-17-2008, 12:13 PM   #9
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Re: Optimizing My Fat Loss

I know that my wife and I saw a new jump start on our Zone diets when we dropped the dairy completely. Everyone is different also . I am very strict on the Zone but I use fruit as my main carb source. the only meal I eat veggies at is my last one of the day. If I start replacing the fruit with veggies I don't feel, perform or look as good. My wife is the exact opposite, if she replaces the veggies with fruit she notices negative changes. I think everyone has to see what works for them. My suggestion though would be try dropping the dairy for a few weeks and see what happens.
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Old 04-17-2008, 01:39 PM   #10
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Thanks Joe, will definitely give that consideration. You have made a truly impressive transformation and I really value your input. Do my blocks seem to be in about the right number, etc?
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