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Zone Paleo - How do I count any cooking oils in terms of blocks?

Answered on August 11, 2013
Created February 14, 2013 at 12:51 PM

So I want to start doing the Zone in addition to my already Paleo life, and I get the blocks and what not, but how does one incorporate cooking oils (butter, EVOO, Coconut oil etc) - if 1 tblsp of coconut oil goes into the pan, that whole tablespoon doesn't end up on the food you're cooking.

Do you need to count the oil as a fat block, or just breeze past as if it's not there.

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on August 11, 2013
at 03:54 AM

My problem with zone also is that it does not mimic evolutionary science one bit. Chances are our ancestors had periods where they ate lots of meat after a kill. Then they ate lots of fish after a catch. Then they ate lots of tubers when they found a bunch of them. Then they ate lots of nuts in season, then fruit. Their diet might have been balanced over the long period, but chances are it was not balanced on a day to day basis.

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on February 14, 2013
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Barry Sears will come down from the mountain top and implore his followers to burn you at the stake. This is heresy, he will say.

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on February 14, 2013
at 04:34 PM

also, zone is awfully anti-sat. fat, pro-EVOO. I mean, EVOO is great, but butter and fatty meat is pretty sweet. I wouldn't want to revert back to the lowfat protein world, IMHO!

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on August 11, 2013
at 05:11 AM

I did Zone paleo for a while too, and had trouble with this.

I was more lenient on fats, since low fat is really difficult after getting used to paleo for some time.

I still kept the oil to about 1 or 2 teaspoons, and still added avocado or almond butter with my meals.

The Zone is really low calorie anyway, like for me, I needed 70 g of protein, and with 100 g of carbs and 15 g of fat, that is only 815 calories! So, the extra fat will do you good.

I only did Zone for a few weeks and I felt good on it. Since then I have been sticking to the "zone friendly" carbs since those make me feel better than starchy/ high GI carbs!

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on August 11, 2013
at 03:40 AM

Don't count calories, don't count macros. Eat a wide variety of wholesome foods, meats, animal and fruit fats, vegetables, fruits and nuts. Eat until full, and don't eat again until truly hungry. If you can't eat something healthy, don't eat until you can.

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on February 14, 2013
at 04:08 PM

the oil is counted. this is why, after 10+ years of Zone i've made the switch to Paleo. Still doing some counting, but Fat>carbs! no more "lowfat" protein with added EVOO or a few almonds.

Zone is all about blocks-per-meal, and not getting more than those required blocks, so cooking fat would be counted with your fat blocks in addition to the fat already in the protein. If you use 2 tablespoons of oil for a 4-serving meal, then you would theoretically be eating 1/2 a tablespoon of oil. I hope this was clear. Good luck!

4610451431ec7155c87a5698be682a95

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on February 14, 2013
at 04:34 PM

also, zone is awfully anti-sat. fat, pro-EVOO. I mean, EVOO is great, but butter and fatty meat is pretty sweet. I wouldn't want to revert back to the lowfat protein world, IMHO!

C45d7e96acd83d3a6f58193dbc140e86

on August 11, 2013
at 03:54 AM

My problem with zone also is that it does not mimic evolutionary science one bit. Chances are our ancestors had periods where they ate lots of meat after a kill. Then they ate lots of fish after a catch. Then they ate lots of tubers when they found a bunch of them. Then they ate lots of nuts in season, then fruit. Their diet might have been balanced over the long period, but chances are it was not balanced on a day to day basis.

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