Definition of "Fat" and Common Terminology
on: 08/05/2003 at: 08:36 PM
As per Jim's idea, a number of seasoned veterans (White Light, Scott, Sue, Jim and myself) have come up with this generic definition of what is a block and how much fat is in a block.
A balanced Zone block contains:
1C + 1P + 1F
If using the gram method a Zone block contains:
9g C + 7g P + 3g F
If using the block method and eating a low fat protein source it is assumed that 1.5 grams of fat is hidden in each block (7 grams) of protein.
A balanced Zone block is 1C + 1P + 1 mini block F
This is broken down as:
1C = 9g carb
1P = 7g protein + (1.5g fat hidden fat)
1F = 1.5g fat
In both cases the full fat quantity in the balanced block is always 3g (the hidden 1.5g fat in protein) and the added 1.5 g fat.
Confusion is created when people use the term fat block in that it can be either 3g or 1.5g.
To alleviate this confusion there are 2 methods:
First, always list the grams in brackets so the intention is clear; and
Second, always use the correct terminology.
A full fat block = 3g
A mini fat block = 1.5g
If eating a non-fat protein source ie egg whites, protein powder, non-fat yogurt etc., one must add 1 full fat block or 2 mini fat blocks.
If eating a high fat source of protein ie steak, bacon, salmon etc., no added fat is required.
However, it should be noted that irregardless of the protein source, a standard 3-block meal should always contain 9g of fat, while a standard 4-block meal should always contain 12g of fat. Accordingly, please read labels.