The Zone Diet is a diet where it is established that each meal must be composed by a right ratio among Carbohydrates, Proteins and Fats (also called Diet 40-30-30). To implement this ratio the Zone Diet introduces the concept of Block.
Each Block is composed by 1 mini-block of Proteins, 1 mini-block of Carbohydrates and 1 mini-block of Fats.
Let's take another step forward:
- 1 mini-block of Carbohydrates contains 9 grams of Carbohydrates
- 1 mini-block of Protein contains 7 grams of Protein
- 1 mini-block of Fats contains 3 grams of Fats
Furthermore, we remind you that:
- 1 gram of Carbohydrates develops 4Kcal
- 1 gram of Protein develops 4Kcal
- 1 gram of Fats develops 9Kcal
Therefore, each mini-block of Carbohydrate is equivalent to 9 grams of Carbohydrates, each gram of Carbohydrate develops 4Kcal, so each mini-block of Carbohydrate develops a total of 36Kcal (4 Kcal for each of the 9 grams of carbohydrates contained in a mini block of Carbohydrates).
Furthermore, each mini-block of Protein is equivalent to 7 grams of Proteins, each gram of Proteins develops 4Kcal, so each mini-block of Protein develops a total of 28Kcal (4 Kcal for each of the 7 grams of protein contained in a mini block of Proteins).
Finally, each mini-block of Fat is equivalent to 3 grams of Fats, each gram of Fats develops 9Kcal, so each mini-block of Fat develops a total of 27Kcal (9 Kcal for each of the 3 grams of fat contained in a mini-block of fats).
Summarizing in tabular form:
|Tot. Kcal||% on the Meal|
|Carbohydrate||9 gr.||4 Kcal per gr.||36 Kcal||40%|
|Protein||7 gr.||4 Kcal per gr.||28 Kcal||30%|
|Fat||3 gr.||9 Kcal per gr.||27 Kcal||30%|
An example to go in depth: the first column shows the detail of a block:
|Meal||Mini-block Protein||Mini-block Carbohydrate||Mini-block Fat|
|Meal Total Block||1||1||1,1|
Perfectly in the ZONE!!