img_1373The zone diet is a high protein, low fat diet and is based on the idea of eating a balanced portion of carbohydrates, proteins and fats during each meal. The zone diet requires each meal to be measured and weighed out to maintain a proper balanced diet. The zone diet is high performance nutrition that helps improve physical and mental performance. Many athletes partake in this diet to optimize their performance and help them surpass their goals. This diet can also help aid in weight loss up to 1.5lb a week and promotes long term weight loss. It achieves proper hormone balance and stabilizes blood pressure to assist in weight loss. The zone diet is accommodating to all types of restrictive eaters including paleo, vegan, and organic.

This diet is measured into blocks. A block is a unit of measurement used to simplify the process of making balanced meals.  The meals can range from two blocks all the way to five blocks depending on your sex, active level, height, and weight. Athletes should consume a higher amount of blocks because they have intense workouts and are burning calories and increasing muscle mass. Below is the traditional block measurement. If you are on the 3 block meal plan, you would multiply the below grams of protein, carbohydrates, and fats by 3.

One Block Meal

  • 7 grams of protein
  • 9 grams of carbohydrates
  • 1.5 grams of fat

    Source: Crossfit Journal

In general, women should be eating a total of 10-14 blocks a day depending on their active level as well as height and weight. Men should consume a total of 16-25 blocks a day also depending on size and workout intensity. The zone diet consists of breakfast, lunch, dinner, and two snacks. The two snacks are eaten in between lunch and dinner as well as between dinner and going to sleep. The proteins consumed are lean meats such as egg whites, turkey meat, and chicken. The main source of carbohydrates are mainly vegetables with a little bit of fruit low in sugar. The fats recommended consuming are olive oil, almonds, and avocado.

Source: Crossfit Impulse

The Crossfit community partakes in the zone diet so they can progress in their training, beat personal records, and compete in high intensity competitions. The zone diet helps athletes optimize their physical performance through nutrition. The zone diet is a competitive advantage for athletes because it gives them the edge to out-compete their competitor when physical strength and endurance is equal. The top Crossfit competitors train and diet with the zone diet because it keeps them in optimal shape.

Level Up Meals offers the low-fat meal option for athletes who want to optimize their physical and mental performance and achieve their goals. It is also a great option for people who are looking to lose weight consistently and for the long term. The low-fat meal option comes in blocks of 2, 3, and 5. Level Up Meals makes the diet achievable by providing lean hormone-free proteins, organic fruits and vegetables, and measuring out the meals precisely for you. This saves you time and makes eating healthy convenient. Give the low-fat meal option a try and enhance your training and most importantly Level Up!

 

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Sources:

Meal Plans. (2004, May). The Crossfit Journal, (21).

Nutrition. (2003, November). The Crossfit Journal, (15).

 

 


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