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Old 04-30-2006, 10:10 AM   #1
Nicholas Burgett
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I've been zoning for about a month now. Based on the calculations, I need 20 blocks per day. In the book and on the websites, it recommends that I break down the 20 as follows:
5-breakfast
2-mid-morning snack
5-lunch
2-mid-afternoon snack
5-dinner
1-late-evening snack

I started out doing this, but have found that for me it's easier to break it down as follows:
4-breakfast
2-mid-morning snack
4-lunch
2-early afternoon snack
2-late afternoon snack
4-dinner
2-late evening snack

Granted, I don't necessarily follow this regimen every day. For the most part though, this seems to work better for me.

I have a few questions about this for those who've been zoning for much longer.

1. Am I blunting the effectiveness of the zone by increasing the number of meals/snacks, but keeping the blocks the same?
2. Does anyone else here do the same with their block allotments?
3. If anyone has tried both approaches, which one worked better for you?

Thanks in advance for any responses!
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Old 04-30-2006, 11:43 AM   #2
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I break mine up similarly to your second option, as the way my day works out I usually end up eating 6 or 7 meals. This should actually improve the effects of the Zone as it keeps you on an even hormonal keel throughout the day rather than allowing dips and spikes as you eat then essentially fast.

I have a tendency to tweak my blocks each day as the day progresses and my schedule dictates, but a common day at 18-19 blocks would look like this:
4 (5:30-6:00am breakfast)
2 (9:00am snack)
4 (11:30-12:00 lunch)
2 (2:00-2:30 snack)
2 (4:00-5:00 snack)
4 (6:30-7:00 dinner)
1-2 (9:00 snack, depends on previous intake during the day)
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Old 04-30-2006, 02:30 PM   #3
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Jesse, thanks for the response. Your comment about keeping yourself on an even hormonal keel was kind of what I had been thinking as a rationale for why it might work better than the first plan.

I can't remember where I've seen it, but I'm sure that somewhere along the way I've seen a reference to increasing your metabolism by eating smaller meals more frequently.
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Old 04-30-2006, 03:39 PM   #4
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Can someone point me to the book or article on zoning? I eat relatively well, but I lack structure.
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Old 04-30-2006, 04:02 PM   #5
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You can check out the Crossfit Journal issue #21 for some basic idea behind the program as well as a block chart which comes in handy. The book "Mastering The Zone" seems to have all of the info that you'd need as far as implementation of the Zone, figuring out your protein prescription as well as daily meal plans and recipes, etc.

You might also check out Dr. Sears' website and forum here:
http://www.drsears.com/welcome.page
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Old 05-01-2006, 04:46 AM   #6
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Nicholas, looks good...I tink the only rule regarding getting your blocks in, is not to eat a meal over 5 blocks, going the other way...no problem.
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Old 05-01-2006, 11:15 AM   #7
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Thanks Larry. Quick question on the topic of not eating meals over 5 blocks. Is there any guideline on how much time should pass between eating a 3+ block meal and eating a 1-2 block snack? For me it generally ends up being about 2 hours, but I was wondering if y'all use any kind of generic "don't eat again within 1 hour of a 4 block meal" type rule.

Kind of like when your Mom would tell you to stay out of the water at least 30 minutes after eating...
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Old 05-01-2006, 06:27 PM   #8
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I do my own IF version of the Zone, I'm on 3x fat:

3 blocks after an early AM workout, none if no workout;
19 blocks between 4 pm and bedtime.

I will break this pattern as necessary, such as over this weekend when visiting family in another city. Otherwise, it's working great for me.

I've found the whole snacking thing tends to lead me towards mild hypoglycemic symptoms. I never get these if I start spacing out my meals further. There is the possibility that maintaining that "even hormonal keel" leaves your body wondering what to do when it isn't maintained as it becomes "trained" to expect more constant input...SAID principle in action.
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Old 05-02-2006, 11:00 AM   #9
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I like to mix it up almost everyday.

I'll always make sure I get 16 blocks at bw 143lbs.
I'm usually at 2-3x fat per meal.

Template is usually consistent for:
breakfast: 4blocks x3 fat (7am)
if I workout in the a.m I'll have an apple or some other fruit after workout.
lunch: 4 blocks x2 fat (12:30)

then it will vary:
somedays I'll do (all x 3 fat)
snack 2 block 3-4pm
dinner 4 blocks 7pm
snack 2 blocks 9pm

other days ( my preference) (all x3 fat)
snack 3-4pm: 4 blocks
dinner: 7pm : 4 blocks
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