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Zone Perfect Eatingmainiac
Aug 31, 2002 7:27 AM
I have been trying to eat better for obvious reasons, curious to know if any of you out ther have tried the Zone Perfect way of eating, 40%protien 30%carb 30%fat. what are your opinions and has your bike riding suffered/improved?

re: Zone Perfect EatingBigburlymtnman
Aug 31, 2002 9:35 AM
My mother and sister used to do that Zone thing (I'm not sure if they still do), and they had great results with it. I use the Zone drinks for part of my post-ride recovery. They have everything you need for a recovery drink. I haven't had any problems with the drinks and my mom and sister haven't had any problems with the whole 40% protien 30% carb and 30% fat thing. I think it's one of the best diet/eating plans out there. I haven't tried it, because I don't really have to worry about what I eat (I'm only 16 years old) because of all the exercise I get daily. But I'm sure the day will come.

re: Zone Perfect EatingSpunout
Aug 31, 2002 9:39 AM
If you don't have a weight problem, it looks like too much protein and fat.

If you are a cyclist, you'll need more carbs, higher quality protein(not so much) and high quality fats(not so much).

Is this similar to the 'no white food' diet?
Not so perfectKerry
Sep 1, 2002 3:59 PM
The problem with these diets is that they are designed for people who are not eating much to encourage them to eat less (try choking down all those hard boiled eggs!). As an active cyclist, you need lots of calories, and if you go with a high protein diet, that means WAY too much protein. For an active athlete, 1 gm of protein per lb. of body mass is MORE than adequate (0.75 gm/lb. is more reasonable). At the higher number, a 160 lb. person would have to be completely sedentary (1600 calorie daily expenditure) to not exceed any reasonable protein requirement. In short, these diets are for people who are dieting, not for people who are exercising. Nearly every reputable sports nutritionist would call a high protein diet a quack diet. Full stop.
you are just wrongthatsmybush
Sep 7, 2002 5:08 AM
In fact much of the spread of the 40/30/30 system was by Ironman triathletes. The first time I had heard about the diet was in Triathalete Magazine. Have you spoken with nearly every reputable sports nutritionist lately?
Kerry isn't wrong at allpeloton
Sep 13, 2002 1:08 AM
A sports nutritionist isn't going to recommend the zone diet to anyone. Your body doesn't need that much protein, and there is an insufficient amount of carbs for sustained energy with the zone. The ratio of 55-65% carbs, 15% protein, and 20-30% fat is what reputable sports science is showing works through studies done with empirical evidence. Anything written on the zone working for athletes is only ancedotal, and incorrect. Check out the Medline or SPORTDiscus if you don't believe me. Fad diets come and go, but research and facts don't lie.