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Old 11-11-2004, 07:45 PM   #1
Ben Jackson
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Can someone help me with this?
I recall reading in a former post that with the zone diet a person could eat fewer calories, than a typical diet (50% carbs, 30%fat, 20% protein) and see the same results as far as muscle gain is concerned. Is this correct? Can someone explain this?
I recently figured out how many calories I should be eating according to a formula that takes height, weight, age, and activity level into consideration (6'5", 215 lbs., 9% body fat). It said that I should be consuming at least 3,700 calories. I have seen some posts of people as big or bigger than I am, but they are eating fewer calories, (just over 2,000 calories). How many calories or blocks should I be consuming throughout my 5 feedings? I have been eating 5 times and geting roughly 220 g protein, 500 g carbs, 50 g fat (2,300 calories).

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Old 11-12-2004, 07:19 AM   #2
Ben Kaminski
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If the rough amounts of protein, carbs, and fat you say you eat in a day are close, and since 1g of carbs is 4 Calories, 1g protein is 4, and 1g fat is 9, by my calculations you are eating about 3330 Calories in a day. By adjusting to Zone parameters (40/30/30) you should be able to thrive on less amounts of food.
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Old 11-13-2004, 12:37 PM   #3
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Ben, I may be too tired here, but isn't that 3 cals/gram for carbs and protein?
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Old 11-14-2004, 06:54 AM   #4
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Just over 4 Kcals per gram carbs/protein
Just over 9 Kcals per gram fat
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