The Zone Blog Series :Part 3

CrossFit Zone, Victoria BC athlete Andrew getting his pullup

Congratulations to Andrew for getting his first kipping pullup last night followed by doing 7!

The Zone Blog Series : Part 3 – Why is Protein, Fat and Carbohydrate required at every meal?


According to the, With the right balance of protein, carbohydrates and fats, you can control three major hormones generated by your eating habits – insulin, glucagon and eicosanoids.

Why are these hormones and why do we need to control their levels?

Insulin is a storage hormone. Excess insulin makes you fat and keeps you fat. Yikes! It also accelerates silent inflammation.

Glucagon is a mobilization hormone that tells the body to release stored carbohydrates at a steady rate, leading to stabilized blood sugar levels. Sounds handy, doesn’t it?  This is key for optimal mental and physical performance.

Eicosanoids are the hormones that ultimately control silent inflammation.  They are also master hormones that indirectly orchestrate a vast array of other hormonal systems in your body.

The Zone Diet is about balancing your hormones within a specific range to control hunger on fewer calories, while still getting the proper nutrients your body needs for long-term health. The Zone Diet can best be described as a moderate-carbohydrate, moderate-protein, moderate fat diet.

While on the Zone Diet, your goal is to control the amounts of insulin, glucagon and eicosanoids in your body throughout the duration of the day. If you are following the Zone proportions at all meals, those hormone levels will never get too high or too low.  In short, the protein, fat and carbohydrate content of a meal has a dramatic impact on hormone production and determines how well you control these hormones in your body for the next 4-5 hours.  Therefore, if you follow the Zone prescription and stick to the allotted amounts, you’ll keep your body in The Zone and give yourself optimal mental and physical performance, all while preventing your body from storing extra fat!

Today’s Workout:


AMRAP in 20 minutes:

  • 400 M run
  • Max pullups


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