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Old 11-22-2008, 10:29 AM   #1
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Increasing fat blocks on zone

Sorry, I see there have been some questions to this effect, but is there a definitive rule or answer yet as to how much an athlete should increase fat blocks by?

I just stopped doing starting strength and have gotten an olympic lifting coach and am training at a very high volume, three times a week. The zone as prescribed leaves me hungry all the time (and I'm following the low GI carbs).

Should I gear up the fat blocks?

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Old 11-22-2008, 12:37 PM   #2
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Re: Increasing fat blocks on zone

up the fat if performance suffers, in your case I would. How much you up the fat depends on the person and activity level, there's no definitive rule. 2x,3x,4x,5x....you get the point.
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Old 11-22-2008, 02:20 PM   #3
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Re: Increasing fat blocks on zone

Thanks Joe,

I did 1x fat the first day and crashed by dinner time. Now I just kind of go with the flow, usually about 3x fat and I feel great, so it must me okay (?).
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Old 11-22-2008, 03:10 PM   #4
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Yep, if you feel great then you're on the right track. Now you get to count more almonds
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Old 11-22-2008, 05:10 PM   #5
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Re: Increasing fat blocks on zone

quick question regarding upping the fat...would that put a halt to fat loss? when i eat my prescribed block amount i get the always tired feeling.
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Old 11-22-2008, 05:57 PM   #6
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Re: Increasing fat blocks on zone

well if you up it enough to the point where you are in a caloric surplus then yes, it would put a halt to fat loss. You may be feeling tired because of the sources of your carbs. If you only eat fruits and vegetables and still feel tired then I would try upping the fat and see how it goes.
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Old 11-23-2008, 11:13 AM   #7
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yes joe, i have been eating only the favorable carbs. Thats why im suprised i feel that way
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Old 11-23-2008, 12:39 PM   #8
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yea that's weird, I would definitely up the fat then.
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Old 11-23-2008, 02:09 PM   #9
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Re: Increasing fat blocks on zone

The common approach is to black-box it: if you're feeling overly lethargic and/or your performance is suffering at X fat blocks, try 2X. Continue increasing the multiplier as necessary until you feel and perform the way you should; it's all about tweaking (read: fine-tuning) the diet to suit your needs.
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Old 11-23-2008, 02:53 PM   #10
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Re: Increasing fat blocks on zone

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yes joe, i have been eating only the favorable carbs. Thats why im suprised i feel that way
Yeah, I basically felt like I was dying by the end of 7 days, which wasn't at all how being in 'the zone' was described by Barry Sears!
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