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Zone vs fasting

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created February 10, 2012 at 12:42 AM

Has anyone tried both Zone block-style eating AND intermittent fasting (not necessarily at the same time)? Which did you prefer? Is one better than the other for particular goals?

Edit because I'm starting a Zone challenge (with 3x fat) at my Crossfit Monday.

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on February 27, 2012
at 06:34 AM

I tried Zone for about 3 months when I first started Crossfit, and lost 30lbs, until I plateaued at what seems to be a natural bodyweight for me. I found that when I stuck to the same Zone diet my performance plateaued and even suffered, so I did start increasing fat blocks. Finally I kind of abandoned it and just started trying to eat consistently paleo with a decent amount of fat. But I think the Zone has a lot of benefits, especially if weight loss is a goal. If your want performance and maintenance, I think something with a higher fat ration will probably do you well, but YMMV.

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on February 13, 2012
at 12:37 AM

Sounds like they are quoting from "42 ways to skin the Zone" written by Robb Wolf.

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on February 13, 2012
at 12:36 AM

I guess that is true to the original prescription

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on February 11, 2012
at 08:12 PM

Interesting that only one of the methods will work for a particular person. The coaches at my Crossfit are also recommending that we eat 2-3 times the fat blocks.

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on February 11, 2012
at 08:10 PM

I thought part of the point of Zone was to make sure that you were eating very frequently?

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on February 10, 2012
at 12:46 PM

I was on the cusp of starting Zone when I spotted a Paleo link for the first time. Honestly unless I was an elite athlete with very specific goals that I have not reached just eating well, Zone seems an awful lot of trouble which may not provide equal benefit to input.

In my mind IF and Zone are used for quite different purposes. I eat Paleo for the nutrition sake and do IF for autophagy, hormesis and habit breaking sake.

I originally started IF from Leangains.com but recently listened to this great talk which gave be a bigger picture of the benefits: http://gettingstronger.org/2011/05/intermittent-fasting-for-health-and-longevity/

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on November 21, 2012
at 06:54 AM

My diet: What: paleo foods How much: Zone proportions When: IF. Fast min. 10-12 hours daily, usually a 20-24 hours fast 1x wkly.

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on February 10, 2012
at 12:18 PM

The zone diet and IF are not mutually exclusive. The Zone proports always using the same macronutrient ratios and IF uses periods of no food to help with hormones and nutrient partitioning.

You can still eat zone ratios while usin a smaller eating window. Having to eat every three hours is not necessary.

EDIT: sorry I realized I didn't answer your question. I have done both zone and IF. Both times I measured my food but zone was so specific that it made me neurotic. Plus the recommended amounts of blocks are really low in caloric content and I burned out. With IF I get to have a ton of food at a time and just chill out the rest of the time. I like it way better.

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on February 13, 2012
at 12:36 AM

I guess that is true to the original prescription

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on February 11, 2012
at 08:10 PM

I thought part of the point of Zone was to make sure that you were eating very frequently?

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on February 10, 2012
at 04:42 AM

This was just on this week's Robb Wolf podcast. Apparently the results are widely distributed, if one of them works for you, the other probably won't. So you just need to try and see what works for you.

I think the Zone is too low in fat, and too high in carbs. But that's just because of how I'm fat-adapted. There's nothing wrong with giving just about any diet a good honest 30-60 day effort and see how it works for you.

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on February 11, 2012
at 08:12 PM

Interesting that only one of the methods will work for a particular person. The coaches at my Crossfit are also recommending that we eat 2-3 times the fat blocks.

1ec4e7ca085b7f8d5821529653e1e35a

(5506)

on February 13, 2012
at 12:37 AM

Sounds like they are quoting from "42 ways to skin the Zone" written by Robb Wolf.

0efba407f0ff007b270d46b6c310b50a

(40)

on February 27, 2012
at 06:34 AM

I tried Zone for about 3 months when I first started Crossfit, and lost 30lbs, until I plateaued at what seems to be a natural bodyweight for me. I found that when I stuck to the same Zone diet my performance plateaued and even suffered, so I did start increasing fat blocks. Finally I kind of abandoned it and just started trying to eat consistently paleo with a decent amount of fat. But I think the Zone has a lot of benefits, especially if weight loss is a goal. If your want performance and maintenance, I think something with a higher fat ration will probably do you well, but YMMV.

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