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Old 10-10-2009, 08:39 AM   #1
Charlie Gray
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Zone Help!

Hello everyone! This is my first post, I've been doing Crossfit for about 2 years now: M/6'3"/230

A week ago I decided I wanted to step up to the Zone diet, I really love CF workouts, but my problem right now is my sugar addiction (hence the weight). Since my fitness gains haven't been as much as they used to be, I decided to go all out and sincerely try to transform myself into a CF athlete (which I've heard is as much as 85% diet).

So I picked up a PDF I found online here...
library.crossfit.com/free/pdf/cfjissue21_May04.pdf

I've been following the blocks to the letter, and since my goal is to keep my current strength and lose the excess weight I'm eating 17 blocks a day (actually more food than I'm used to). My question is this: It feels like I'm eating a LOT of fruit to keep up with the carbs required. If I try a salad I end up with WAY too much food and only 2 blocks or so...so I'll add in an apple / orange / grapes. This seems to contradict the "meat, veggies, nuts & seeds, SOME fruit, little starch no sugar" mantra, because in the end half of my meal seems to be fruit. Am I doing it wrong? Does it matter if I eat 3 apples and 2 oranges a day, as long as they fit within my blocks? Is there some kind of "super carb" that isn't bad for me but doesn't leave me staring at 30 cups of salad for lunch?
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Old 10-10-2009, 08:52 AM   #2
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Re: Zone Help!

Meh. I wouldn't worry about it. You might want to reconsider this if your weightloss seems to plateu and by then, you'll probably want to lover your carb intake anyway - so you can probably just drop the fruit and replace it with fats by then.

But right now, just keep doing what you're doing while it works.
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Old 10-10-2009, 09:48 AM   #3
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Re: Zone Help!

Yeah, I tend to agree w/ Julius. I wouldn't sweat the fruit. If you are sticking to favorable carb choices, it's tough to get the required carb blocks w/o using fruit. You can eventually look into swapping out carb blocks for fat, but it's recommended to do zone at base levels to establish a baseline first.

17 blocks doesn't seem like that much food for a guy your size, so I'd have to assume you will be at a caloric deficit which will allow you to lose weight.

I personally, don't really follow zone anymore. I'm more focused on food quality. But, I've done zone enough to know that the first few days may SEEM like you are eating a lot, but it could just be because you are eating like 5 times a day. By the end of the first week, I'm barely hanging on between meals.

Just hang in there. It takes a while for the body to adjust. Good luck.
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Old 10-10-2009, 10:52 AM   #4
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