The Zone

28 Nov

At Crossfit London, we sort of endorse two types of eating, Paeleo, and the Zone.  Steven is very much a paeleo boy, I’m  a Zone Guy. I just noticed Steve is always sneaking off  and posting up delicious recipies with photos of massive steaks: the bastard!

Well to day the Zone fights back, with a bit of down to earth, honest to goodness Common Sense (Ooooooh I love that phrase, it’s so intimidating, yet so meaningless)

I always start these thoughts by writing a long rambling critique of what’s wrong. You don’t get to see these thought in posts, because about half way through I come to my senses and realise that what’s so great about Crossfit is that it has all the answers. Therefore I don’t really need to dwell on boring problems, merely offer the solution.

The solution for all your diet based problems is the Zone, especially one that has been athletically tapered and includes a higher level of fat (good fat of course), than the normal Zone suggests.

So, what’s so good about the Zone? Apart from the fact that Top Crossfit performers use it?

It demands  measurement, restriction, combination and thought and planning. Actually that’s whats wrong with most NHS backed diet schemes which emphasise “healthy eating” without demonising bad food!  “All foods are good” it cries.


The hallmarks of a good diet are measurement, restriction, combination, thought and planning. Don’t believe me? Ok, don’t think about diet, think about your working life and your life as a parent

Imagine you are a bank cashier.  “just cashier sensibly” don’t  count your money, just guesstimate, perhaps a palm full of cash  to each customer!

Nonsense isn’t it!

Now as a parent, you are told not to demonise the muck that the food companies want to  shovel into your kids.

Ok, think non- diet. As a parent,  don’t demonise running out into the road,  or eating dog poo or  striking matches in your bed: presumably we shouldn’t demonise unsafe sex  or sharing drug needles either?

Get the idea?

Yes it’s a very bad one.

So if you want to know the secrets behind the successful weight losers, it’s that they measure, they restrict (also a good idea for marriage, restrict who you sleep with!), they combine types of food ( normally a  sensible protein/carb/fat balance)   they also plan  and  spend time thinking about the issues that effect them  and the food they eat.

Above all they get on with it: this is perhaps the biggest secret.

We will discuss the Zone in great detail in the future, but for now I leave you with those thoughts.
Why the Zone?

Greg Glassman, the founder of Crossfit recommends it.

The best feeding  plan is one that balances macronutrients, or,  the big 3 different types of food (protein, carbs and fat)  in a way that promotes all-around health, keeps your hormones at beneficial levels ( for both boys and girls), fuels athletic performance, and supports healthy body fat levels.

The best guidelines Crossfit found for balancing it all out are those described in the Zone “diet.” Think of food in terms of  blocks, or combinations of protein, fat and carb. Feasting on one without the other two screws you up.

read the fantastic Crossfit Journal article that introduces the Zone cfjissue21_e48-1

But, here are a few ideas.
A “block” is a unit of measure used to simplify the process of making balanced meals.

7 grams of protein = 1 block of protein
9 grams of carbohydrate = 1 block of carbohydrate
1.5 grams of fat = 1 block of fat

Each meal or snack should be composed of equal blocks of protein, carbohydrate, and fat. (40 % of its calories come from carbohydrate, 30% from protein, and 30% from fat – always aim for this balance.)

How many blocks you should eat per day?  Well it’s different for men and women (bloody sexism) and  based on your current size (bloody sizeism)

The Official Zone Site can be found here

Here is a useful site to visit, to explain the Zone further

In the meantime here is the fantastic nicole talking about diet


We at Crossfit London are not sure where we stand on supplaments, but  there is growing evidence to support the use of fish oils

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