Here is a guide on Zone Food Blocks to help you choose the right amount of foods to keep you In the Zone. This list contains portioned amounts of proteins, carbohydrates, and fats that will keep you In the Zone. From this list, most women should choose 3 blocks of protein, 3 blocks of carbohydrate, and 3 blocks of fat for each meal. Each selection in the Food Block list is one block. For example, one ounce of chicken equals one block, a woman should have 3 ounces of chicken. Most men should choose 4 blocks of protein, 4 blocks of carbohydrate, and 4 blocks of fat for each meal. Then choose 1 block of each for mid-afternoon and pre-bedtime snacks. See examples below.
To find out how many blocks you need per day you will need to be measured so we can determine your lean body mass.
Sample Lunch for Women:
3 protein blocks = 3oz. chicken
3carbohydrate blocks = 3 cups asparagus
3 fat blocks = 1 tsp. olive oil
1 protein block = 1oz. canned tuna in water
1 carbohydrate block = 2 cups celery
1 fat block = 1/3 tsp. olive oil
Use ZoneBlocks1.pdf list as a reference, but realize that these numbers are not set in concrete. There is more information on Food Blocks in the books A Week in the Zone and Zone Meals in Seconds by Dr. Barry Sears.
December 14, 2012
by CF Reston