Enough feasting, it’s time to prepare for the Zone: the effective diet that produces weight loss, enhances performance and gets your body “right.”
Kate and I have gone strict Zone strict from the 1st of January 2011, and thought it would helpful if we posted up our preparations and ideas. Elsewhere on this site you will find a Journal article about Crossfit’s recommendations of the Zone diet to get you started.
Our first observation was that neither of us were happy with using the crude Zone method of dealing with carb items. We don’t understand the concept of 1 block being equal to ” 1/3 of a banana” or ” half an apple”, as they come in wildly differing sizes. Equally we were none too keen with the cup system for measuring “lumpy” things like grapes and broccoli. Frankly we are happy to weigh stuff with a scale like our mums did.
So keeping the Zone tables in mind, we hunted out a carb counting site. Check this one out:
Which is a a low carb informational website, featuring articles on low carb foods, diets, recipes and weight loss. Includes carb counter.
Here are some basic carb foods converted into blocks and giving their weight in grammes.
Each item= 1 block carb
rice raw 11g
rice cooked 31g
All Bran 19g
Animal proteins are a lot more consistent: 28g of beef, chicken, lamb, pork or salmon equals 1 block. We leave you to look up the various fat blocks yourself.
So in the next few days , we’ll be analysing what we eat, where its easy to go wrong (sugar in tea, invisible biscuits)