Too many Protein Blocks?? Last Post 11 Feb 2012 11:02 AM by cranberrycat. 4 Replies.
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Joe

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 10 Feb 2012 01:23 PM I am new to the Zone and I am excited to make this a new and healthier part of my life. I have already read "Enter the Zone" and I am currently going through "Mastering the Zone." Based on the calculations for protein blocks, I want to make sure that I have calculated them correctly. As it stands it would appear that I would need to eat a large number of protein blocks per meal. Per Dr. Sears, Page 9 of "Mastering the Zone" he writes that the maximum amount of protein that the body can absorb in one meal is 35 grams. However from my calculation work sheets I am coming up with a personal number of 49 grams per meal. This is what I have: Height: 6' 3" (75 inches) Weight: 214 lbs. Body fat percentage: 14% Lean Muscle mass: 184 lbs. Activity Factor (Very Active): 0.9 I am a competitive Triathlete (16 yrs experience) . I train 6 days per week. Sessions range from 60-120 minutes per session. I swim, cycle, run and strength train. I am returning after a one year hiatus working on my PhD. Lean mass (184 lbs) multiplied by activity level (.9) = 166 grams of lean protein. 166 grams of protein divided by 7 grams of protein (block) = 23.7 or 24 blocks of protein per day. To divide the 24 blocks over three meals and two snacks for the day, that would break down to: • 7 blocks for breakfast • 7 blocks for lunch • 1 block for snack one • 7 blocks for dinner • 1 block for snack two With one block of protein equaling 7 grams of protein, I would need to eat 49 grams of protein per meal to meet my 7 blocks per meal requirement. Which brings me back to Dr. Sears point of not exceeding 35 grams per meal, which would be 5 blocks. My first thought is to increase the protein blocks for my snacks to balance the total protein requirement for that day. So my snacks would actually be sized as a meal, and I would be eating 5 blocks of protein, 5 times per day. This way I do not exceed Dr. Sears' recommendations and stay in the Zone. Suggestions and Recommendations would be great. Am I making the correct modifications? Thanks
cranberrycat

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 10 Feb 2012 09:46 PM I didn't check your math, so assuming you are correct, I would take the 24 blocks and divide them up a bit differently. Instead of eating meals that size (might be impossible in one sitting), I would divide things up and spread over the day. Make your meals 5 blocks. Increase your snacks to 2 blocks. You can also have a pre and post workout snack, so add those in, so you would be eating more frequently during the day. I don't know your meal timing or the timing of your workouts, but I am sure you can figure out what works best. CranberrycatWe don't own the earth; we borrow it from our children.
John

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 10 Feb 2012 10:12 PM I agree with Cran. And according to Dr. Sears, any more than 5 blocks of protein (4 blocks for females), and the remainder is not used as Protein but converted and stored. I can't recall though if it is turned into either fat or carbs. Either way, one does not want more than 5 blocks (4 blocks) in any one meal. ~john --> Happily married 26 years --> 07 Feb 1986 <>< <>< <>< <>< PTL Col 3:23-24 ><> ><> ><> ><> Live the healthiest life you can enjoy, not the healthiest life you can tolerate.
Sue
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