Am I Getting Enough Calories??? Last Post 01 Mar 2008 12:01 PM by Sue. 1 Replies. Sort: Oldest First Most Recent First
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Jes

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 01 Mar 2008 07:59 AM So I started the Zone diet today and I calculated how many calories I would be consuming based on the fact that each protein block has 7 grams of Protein, each fat has 1.5 g of Fat and each carb block has 9 g of Carb. The calculator on the website told me I should have 11 blocks of each per day and when I added it all up I came to about 308 Protein Calories 396 Carb Calories 148.5 Fat Calories which adds up to about 900 calories. I understand that the Zone diet is based on the idea of needed less calories to get energy, but 900 calories just striked me as extremely low. I know dieticians would tell you that you need atleast 1200 calories to be healthy and when I calculate my caloric needs online I get anywhere from 1200 - 1650. So my question is, are 900 calories really enough??? Especially since I am not overweight, just trying to lose about 6 or 7 pounds and stay in shape because i gain weight easily. Thanks, Jes
Sue
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 01 Mar 2008 12:01 PM Jes, yes, you're getting enough calories with the Zone diet. You're getting more than 900, probably more like 1200 with 11 blocks. For starters there are 3 grams of fat to every balanced block (1.5 g in the added fat block and another 1.5 g in the low fat protein block). That adds another aprox. 150 calories to your calculation. Then you also need to consider that there is a little P in some of the C cources, and perhaps a little fat, plus some P and C in the added F blocks, etc. Those additional macronutriends add to your estimated result. That said, there's another big consideration. The caloric need statistics you posted most likely apply to a person who’s burning glucose to produce ATP. To quote Barry Sears (pg. 104, The Anti-Inflammation Zone”), “One of the more difficult concepts to get across to athletes, coaches, dieticians, and physicians is the differences between burning calories and producing ATP from calories. ATP is the chemical that is required not only for muscle contraction, but also for virtually all of our metabolism. ATP is made on an as-needed basis from either glucose of fat. Your production of ATP is far greater from a calorie of fat than from a calorie of glucose. In the Anti-Inflammation Zone you are primarily burning fat for ATP production as opposed to glucose. This means you are also making all the ATP you need, even though fewer calories are being expended. This is why diabetics, world-class athletes, or just plain normal people require fat fewer calories on the Zone Diet than calculated from the usual metabolic equations. It is because they are producing more ATP from less calories.” Sue KnorrLost 100 lbs 18 yrs ago, off BP meds, thanks to the Zone diet and Zone fish oil.Consultant of Zone Labs
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