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Old 09-26-2007, 12:55 PM   #1
Mike Groth
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Where to start in the Zone?

I have CFJ 21 but Im still not quite sure how many blocks I should start with. Right now Im 6'4" 235 and do CF 5 days a week. I have also been doing some Triathlon training and even my rest days I try to stay active (even though when Im at work its pretty much just sitting on my arse).

Im also wondering if I should start out with 1/2 the carbs and 2x fat if Im still trying to lose fat till Im at my ideal BW/BF %.

Thanks for any advice you can give.
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Old 09-26-2007, 02:13 PM   #2
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Re: Where to start in the Zone?

There is actually a calculation for this, based on your weight, BF%, how much you workout, etc.
My Zone books are at home - I only have CFJ 21 at my office.

At 6'4" and 235 you are pretty big guy, and based on that, I would think you'd be starting with at least a 20 block diet (X-Large male). That is 5 4 block meals, which are good size meals, per day.

If you want the actual calculations, I'll try to write it down tonight and bring it to the office tomorrow.
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Old 09-26-2007, 03:09 PM   #3
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Re: Where to start in the Zone?

I just started the zone also and I am at 14 blocks

Thats 3 - 4 block meals and 2 snacks

The problem I'm having is tring to eat all the Carbs
I had the tossed salade ( 3 cups of lettece and half a cuc and half a bell pepper was alot on its own) and then I had 2 cups of calliflower and Brocolli and now I'm having 1 Cup of grapes to get 4 blocks of carbs

I'm stuffed!

Am I reading this right ? 4 blocks of Protien and then 4 blocks of carb with every meal?
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Old 09-26-2007, 03:11 PM   #4
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Re: Where to start in the Zone?

and fat too... a 4 block meal = 4 blocks each of Carb, Prot and Fat
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Old 09-26-2007, 03:23 PM   #5
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Re: Where to start in the Zone?

Norm-
Yep!
A 4 block meal is 4 blocks from each source: fat, carb and protein.
1 block snack -> same rules apply.
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Old 09-26-2007, 03:34 PM   #6
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Re: Where to start in the Zone?

Thats what I thought. it just seems so much, I can barely get it all down.
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Old 09-26-2007, 03:42 PM   #7
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Re: Where to start in the Zone?

I have found that HUNGER IS NOT A PROBLEM in the Zone.

Seriously, though... instead of 2 cups of broccoli, try 1/2 an apple... same amount of carb blocks, and much less "food" consumption.

Mix it up!
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Re: Where to start in the Zone?

What is the reason behind cutting out carb blocks and adding fat blocks?
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Old 09-27-2007, 03:51 AM   #9
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Re: Where to start in the Zone?

Their is a diuretic effect to lowering your Carbs. You lose muscle Glycogen which is our energy and what helps keep us in a Muscle builing state.

Lowering Carbs usually lowers overal calories which has a positive affect on weight loss.

Moral of the story, Lower your calories and not your Carbs.

30 Percnt Protein 40 Percent Carbs and 30 Percent Good Fats are a great way to start if you are doing an athletic trainin regime.

5 meals a day and divide your total rquired Caloric intake between those 5 meals.

To get an idea of wher your total calories should be. Take your ideal weight in Lean Body Mass only. Divide by 2.2 and then times that number by 35. You can then move it up or down a couple hundred when you see how it works.
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Old 09-27-2007, 09:35 PM   #10
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Re: Where to start in the Zone?

If you go to DrSears.com they provide a body-fat percentage estimator that also approximates the number of blocks you need based on your activity level. I think most people count Crossfit as "Moderate" to the next level up.
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