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The Zone Diet and Why I Consider It to Be UNHEALTHY

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What do I think about the zone diet– a question that many of you ask.

What is the Zone diet?

First of all, let’s get clear what is the Zone, for those of you that aren’t familiar with this nutrition plan.

The Zone is a nutrition plan, created by Dr. Barry Sears. The goal of the diet is to sustain a hormonal balance in your body. According to him, everything comes up to sustaining the balance between insulin and glucagon. Insulin is the so called “storage” hormone, and glucagon is “the releasing” hormone. In Dr. Sears’ opinion, sustaining the balance between insulin and glucagon has a direct correlation with blood sugar levels, body fat levels and weight balance. By sustaining this hormonal balance, we could stay healthy and be in the Zone… or at least this is what Dr. Sears claims.

Being in the Zone, depend on what we eat. Dr. Sears makes the conclusion that this balance, could be achieved if the food we eat, corresponds to a proportion in the macronutrients as follows: 40% carbs; 30% proteins; 30% fats.

Dr. Sears has a formula, that helps you calculate the quantity of blocks, that you are supposed to eat. The calculation is made by using a coefficient for your present level of physical activity, as well as your present level of fitness- measured by your body fat percentage. This said in a simpler manner, means that the number of food blocks for the particular day is equal to 10% of your active weight (muscles and organs) measured in pounds. For example if you are 185 pounds and you have 10% body fat, then you should eat about 17 blocks a day.

Таблица за определяне на броя блокове Image source:
Таблица за определяне на броя блокове

The total amount of blocks- in this case 17, is being distributed in all your meals. The zone recommends between 5-6 meals a day.

Using our example, this would mean that the meals could be arranged like this:

1 meal: 4 blocks

2 meal: 4 blocks

3 meal : 2 blocks

4 meal: 4 blocks

5 meal: 3 blocks

What do these blocks mean?

Meals that consist of 1 block:

This means that you have to choose one block from every macronutrient. Every block corresponds to a particular amount of food- in grams or pieces.

Two blocks, would mean that you should choose a quantity that is equal to 2 times 1 block protein; 2 times 1 bloack fats; 2 times 1 block carbs.

Three blocks, would mean, that you will choose a quantity, that is equal to 3 times 1 block protein; 3 times 1 block fat; 3 times 1 block carbs.

How much of each macronutrient is in each block?


7 grams of protein = 1 block.

 14 grams = 2 blocks.

21 grams = 3 blocks.


9 grams of carbs    = 1 block.

    18 grams = 2 blocks.

  27 grams = 3 blocks.


1.5 grams of fat  = 1 block.

3 grams = 2 blocks.

4.5 grams = 3 blocks.

Here you can see a table with food quantities and the corresponding blocks.

If a particular meal consists of 4 blocks,  you should eat all blocks in one meal, i.e. you can’t leave a couple blocks of fat or carbs for a later meal. Actually you can do everything, but you are not supposed to do it if you follow the Zone and if your goal is to keep the macronutrient proportions.

The blocks are created with the mere goal to make your calculations easier, while they guarantee you that you will keep the balance between proteins, carbs and fats.

Examples in pictures.

Хранене от 4 блока
Хранене от 4 блока
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Хранене 2 блока
Хранене 2 блока
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Хранене 4 блока Снимка:
Хранене 4 блока
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This is enough as a basic information for the Zone. Now, we will get straight to my conclusions, based on my personal experience with the Zone.

What did I learn from my experience with the Zone diet?

About three-four years ago, when I just got interested in the science of nutrition, I read Barry Sears’ book and I decided to try the Zone. I sticked with it for about 5-6 months. I will save my long explanations and stories and I will try to list my conclusions below: (more…)

Chasing Sick Ambitions While Wasting Life

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And one picture of me from my wonderful weekend in the park :)
And one picture of me from my wonderful weekend in the park 🙂

Pretentions for exceptionality…

The burden that day after day became more and more unbearable. It wedged me in the corner of my own existence and kept me in captivity of my ambitions. The ambitions that would never allow me to devote to the moment and enjoy the peace and wholeness that it offers me.

Every time, when my ambitions felt the peace inside of me, they rushed to overtake me. They found me unprepared and once again forced me to kneel on the threshold of my own life.

Words… thanks God that they exist!

I used to search for salvation in my words. The pages were my shelter, where I had the opportunity to create and arrange the world, just the way I dreamed it.

I used to package the pain, the worries and the disappointments in words, which I poured on the fragile paper- the one, which was capable of bearing the heavy debris of a broken heart.

The fragile pages, which offered me room and freedom, in a world where limitations kept me in prison.

Pages, which silently soaked up my tears and stamped the memory of each of my transient weaknesses.

We spend our life chasing- people, a successful career, hopes, ambitions. We are too busy to direct our energy towards chasing the future and running away from the past, yet we never find time to stop today- here and now and enjoy life in all of its manifestations.

Every time when you chase something or when you try to get rid of it, you are left one step behind. And life is no exception. Every time when we are desperately chasing something, we are falling behind it and the only thing that is left is the thirst for meaning and the hunger to possess it. A thirst and a hunger, which day after day become stronger and exhaust both- our body and our soul. Day after day, they rob us from strength and turn us into hypnotized beings, which wander through the days of their own life, constantly searching for something, yet never finding it.

I remember moments in my life when I used to be exhausted- from (more…)

The MOST Interesting Articles You Will Read This Week

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Ines Subashka-Инес Субашка

How was your week? Mine was wonderful! I had great workouts- both my own workouts and my workouts with my clients. I am surrounded by wonderful people, who give me the freedom to be myself. And trust me this feeling is awesome!

Hope you had a great week. Enjoy your weekend, move more, eat good food and appreciate your health. Meanwhile, find time for my favorite reads of the week.

First, (more…)

82 Things Worth Reading

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Gabriela Subashka
Gabriela Subashka

How was your week? Mine was great! I just finished my Master’s degree in Finances and my exams are over. Now I am free to be completely dedicated to the website, you and training with my awesome clients.

I am trying to keep up with the messages you’ve sent me during the past month! Thank you for existing and for all the wonderful things you share with me.

Find time for my favorite reads of the week and enjoy your weekend through healthy cooking and physical activity! 🙂

First, (more…)

The Mistake I Made!You Might Be Making It Too!

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She was sitting alone in the park. The thoughts were chasing each other in her head, and became more and more deafening… each of them fighting to attract more attention. Expectations, hopes, disappointments… a rush of mixed feelings and a wave of emotions. Her soul was fighting with the demons… the demons from her past, who weren’t allowing her to be herself! The demons, who thought that they were protecting her naked soul from the evil, jealous world, and in reality they were just stripping it more and more…

I was sitting alone in the park and I decided to stand up… to brush off each expectation and desire, that others had for me, brush off what was outweighing in every choice I made, every action I took…

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Katerina Rangelova: Healthy Eating, Life and Sport Through The Eyes of A Culinary Expert

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Прекрасната Катя! :)
The beautiful Katerina! 🙂

Sometimes, there is something special about people. You stare at them and you are trying to figure out exactly what is it. What is it that makes them so magnetic, wonderful, important and significant?  No matter how long you stare, you can never find exactly one specific reason. Just because there isn’t such. What makes these people so special is their whole essence, their whole personality.

The passion, the desire, the drive with which they go though life. The inspiration they have- the key spice that helps them turn every moment into a masterpiece.

My guest today is this kind of person. Her name is Katerina Rangelova and she definitely knows how to turn every moment into a masterpiece and each food into an art and a  tasty meal.

I invited Katerina to share some of her unique, healthy recipes; share more about “the secrets”of healthy cooking and tell us how sport, healthy eating and taking care of her body was welcomed into her life.

IS:Introduce yourself

KR: Hi!  My name is Katerina Rangelova and I’m author of the blog Sugarmouse. In my blog I share all about my favorite hobbies – cooking, painting and DIY projects, but definitely lately the cooking recipes prevail.

I’m very pleased to be your virtual guest, Ines, thank you for the invitation!  When I go visit someone, I like to bring something sweet for the hosts, but as far as I know you’re not a big fan of desserts. So I prepared a little different “cupcakes” for you, I hope you like it (more…)

51 Things Worth Reading

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Ines SUbashka

How was your week? Mine is really busy, because I am finishing my Master’s degree in Finances. I have one more exam and then I am dedicating my life to informal education.

Hope that you are eating healthier, that physical activity is already part of your essential needs and that you are feeling great.

Find time for my favorite reads for this week.

First, (more…)

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I am a ‘something-searcher person” and I have devoted my life to the mission to reveal myself, to improve, to collect the pieces of puzzle in my own nature, so that to give and to receive from life as much as possible. My Life is history, full of broken dreams, falls, disappointments and finally achieved awareness, that it all depends on me and that each opportunity can be a materialized reality. We only have to think and act in a way, which will lead us on the road to its implementation. The most valuable resources we have are our time and health, and our Body is the instrument, through which we use them, to crate the world we live in. I dedicated my life to share myself, the wisdom and experience, which had left after the mistakes I had done. I am doing this in order to help people find their way, which will let them “’reinvent”’ themselves, to restore their health, confidence and trust for life. I wish they could realize their own potential. Training is rehearsal for the life itself; this is the place, where on a few square meters in the IFS you can experience each of the possible sensations- triumph, fall, disappointment, hope, will, weakness, and most of all power. The place, where in “monitoring conditions”” you can remind your body how to move correctly, how to work in your interest. Everything I have tried to achieve through IFS and the trainings is to help people bring back their consciousness, health and freedom to be who they are-without doubting. I have given myself time to re-build and to re-invent myself! Give yourself time as well. Come and train with us in IFS!