The Zone DietA Story by Sara Mercury
I've been reading up on macronutrients and all that jazz and suddenly become aware of what is known as The Zone Diet. This counts blocks instead of points or calories.
7 grams of protein = 1 block
9 grams of carb = 1 block
1.5 grams of fat = 1 block
A 2 block meal would consist of 2 blocks worth of each of the 3 macronutrients, a 3 block meal would consist of 3 of each, and so on. In other words, you don't count calories, you count BLOCKS. If you get pre-packaged foods, you look at the highest macronutrient it contains and that's what you count it as and forget the other two macronutrients. (This makes me know that you can actually get too much of something somewhere.) Furthermore, the Zone Diet explains that you eat 6 meals a day, (I currently am eating 4) according to your size or the amount of muscle mass you have.
Since I am a small woman (I have muscle mass and look very toned on the whole, but I don't count it because I also look anorexic in other places and still flabby in others), The Zone Diet shows that I must have 2 block meals, 6 times per day.
I did the math, Folks. Remember how many calories constitute a gram of fat, carbs or protein ... 4 calories for each gram of protein and carb and 9 calories per gram of fat.
OK. So, for each of my 6 meals, my calorie total would come to 155 calories. Multiply this amount times 6 and I am now allowed to starve myself to death on a whopping 930 calories per day!
To me, this sounds absurd and totally unhealthy. I think I shall not give it a try. I'll stick to driving myself crazy with my macronutrient ratio and calorie counting.
© 2012 Sara Mercury
Added on May 9, 2012
Last Updated on May 9, 2012
Lake City, FL
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