The Formula: A Personalized 40-30-30 Fat-Burning Nutrition Program [NOOK Book]


Are you frustrated by low-fat/high-carbohydrate or all-protein diets that don't work? Tired of white-knuckle restrictions or doing math at every meal? Fed up with a constant craving for sugars and carbohydrates? Do you wish you had a magic formula for losing weight and keeping it off? Well, now you do. . . .

From 40-30-30 zone nutrition pioneers and authors of 40-30-30 Fat Burning Nutrition comes a weight-loss program so easy and effective ...
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Are you frustrated by low-fat/high-carbohydrate or all-protein diets that don't work? Tired of white-knuckle restrictions or doing math at every meal? Fed up with a constant craving for sugars and carbohydrates? Do you wish you had a magic formula for losing weight and keeping it off? Well, now you do. . . .

From 40-30-30 zone nutrition pioneers and authors of 40-30-30 Fat Burning Nutrition comes a weight-loss program so easy and effective anyone can do it. The Formula actually helps your body to maximize its natural fat burning potential, making it much more than a diet: it's a dietary prescription for living well, feeling great, and performing better.

Here's how it works. When you eat the right proportions of carbohydrates, proteins, and fats, you can help your body to automatically unleash its own natural fat-burning hormone--glucagon--the key to getting rid of unwanted body fat while keeping blood sugar steady and energy high. The result? You can learn how to burn fat faster while eating foods you enjoy! Featuring menu plans, shopping lists, and progress charts, The Formula provides a personalized program for each person's specific needs and body type. So whether you're a couch potato, a professional athlete, or somewhere in between, you'll discover:

¸  Five different versions of The Formula--and how to find the right one for your weight and activity level
¸  The 21-Day Fat Flush Formula for accelerated weight loss
¸  More than 200 delicious recipes, including perfectly balanced 40-30-30 fajitas, chili, grilled cheese sandwiches, pork tenderloin, and New York cheesecake
¸  Special Kids' Favorites and Family Style meals
¸  Healthy advice on prepared foods, fast foods, and vegetarian meals

With The Formula, you don't have to give up the foods you love, follow complicated meal plans, count calories or food blocks, or bring a calculator to the dinner table. And forget about feeling constantly hungry or dissatisfied. Here is a dieter's dream--the lifetime secret to losing weight, staying slim, and feeling great!

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Once you understand the subtitle, you've mastered this zone nutrition program: "40-30-30" refers to the proportion of 40 percent high fiber, mostly low glycemic carbohydrate, 30 percent protein, and 30 percent fat that the Daousts believe will keep your body's fat-burning hormones activated. This natural follow-up to The Formula, Formula 101 is a digestible and diverting companion to the history-making original.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780307417046
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 12/18/2007
  • Sold by: Random House
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 469,445
  • File size: 13 MB
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Meet the Author

Gene and Joyce Daoust are two of the original nutritionists who helped develop and test the 40-30-30 zone nutrition program.  In 1992, the Daousts opened the Bio Syn Human Performance Center, a cutting-edge weight-loss and sports-nutrition facility and the world's first 40-30-30 zone nutrition clinic.  The Daousts frequently appear as featured speakers and conduct programs for corporations nationwide.

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Your body requires six essential nutrient classes for growth,
maintenance, and repair of its tissues. Essential nutrients are those that the body cannot make and must obtain from an outside source. To provide a well-balanced diet, the foods you eat must contain all of the essential nutrients in the amounts appropriate for good health. The challenge is to eat a balanced diet that provides these nutrients without overeating. A
closer look at the nutrients helps you understand their importance as part of a balanced diet. The six classes of essential nutrients are carbohydrates, protein, fats, vitamins, minerals, and water.

The Six Classes of Essential Nutrients







Carbohydrates, proteins, and fats are classified as macronutrients and must be consumed in large amounts throughout the day. These energy-producing nutrients break down to supply calories (the measure of energy in food). One gram of carbohydrate equals four calories, one gram of protein also equals four calories, and one gram of fat equals nine calories.

Vitamins and minerals are classified as micronutrients. These essential organic and inorganic nutrients are found in the foods you eat and are vital to life. They act as cofactors and are critical for proper body function. Many foods today lack vitamins and minerals, having been grown in depleted soils or overprocessed. For this reason, we recommend supplementing your diet with a well-balanced vitamin and mineral capsule.
Think of it as nutritional insurance.

Water, of course, is indispensable for life. This essential nutrient flows through every cell in your body, bringing in nourishment and taking wastes away. However, most people don’t drink enough water. If you don’t get enough water daily, you may experience heartburn, stomach cramps, low back pain, headache, and fatigue. But if you drink adequate amounts of water,
your body runs more smoothly, your circulation is improved, your digestion enhanced, and your complexion brightened.

How much water you drink depends on your size and activity level. Rather than the standard eight 8-ounce glasses per day, try this method: Divide your weight by two and drink that many ounces of water per day. Thus for a woman weighing 130 pounds (130 4 2 5 65) the eight 8-ounce glasses of water per day is right on target. However, a 200-pound man needs approximately 100 ounces per day, or about eight 12-ounce glasses per day.

Burning fat is also a very dehydrating process. Toxins are stored in fat cells, and as excess body fat is being burned for energy, these stored toxins enter the bloodstream. Water becomes the vehicle for transporting toxins from your body. Because of this process, water becomes even more important when you are burning fat and losing weight.

Determine your water requirements and challenge yourself to drink that amount of water daily. You will be amazed at how good you feel when you simply drink adequate amounts of pure water.

Years of experience working with thousands of people taught us that most people don’t know which foods are classified as carbohydrates, proteins,
or fats. That makes it difficult when you attempt to eat 40% of calories from carbohydrates, 30% from protein, and 30% from fat. The following is a simple review of the three groups of macronutrients. It can help you understand the unique characteristics of each of these essential nutrients and why it is important to include all of them in every meal you eat.

Although most foods contain a mixture of carbohydrates, proteins, and fats, we classify foods according to their predominant nutrient.


Carbohydrates are found in virtually all plant foods. Fruits, vegetables,
grains, legumes (beans), and starchy foods such as potatoes, rice, pasta,
and bread consist primarily of carbohydrates. Add to that list sugary foods such as ice cream, cookies, cakes, candies, and pies, plus chips,
pretzels, popcorn, soda pop, and juice, and

Body Weight/ Water Requirement Calculator

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you can see that you are bombarded with carbohydrate foods. In fact, there are very few people suffering from carbohydrate deficiency, unless, of course, they are in ketosis—but we’ll discuss that later.

The primary role of carbohydrates is to supply energy to the body, or more important, to provide energy to the brain. No matter what form of carbohydrate, simple or complex, all carbohydrates convert into the same thing—blood sugar, more properly termed glucose. So, whether you eat a candy bar or pure sugar, an apple or whole wheat pasta, they all break down into the same thing: glucose.

If you eat a meal that is primarily carbohydrate, such as a bowl of cereal, juice, and toast, the level of glucose in your body will rise.
When large amounts of glucose enter the bloodstream at one time, your blood sugar level rises and insulin is released to lower it. Elevated insulin levels force your body to burn glucose for energy instead of stored body fat. Even worse, elevated insulin levels convert excess carbohydrates into fat.

Problems also occur when carbohydrates are avoided (for example, eggs and bacon without toast or juice for breakfast). High protein, high fat, low carbohydrate diets can promote a sluggish feeling because the brain requires large amounts of glucose to maintain proper mental function. If you don’t eat enough carbohydrates, blood sugar levels drop too low and the brain suffers.

The best sources of carbohydrates are foods that are high in fiber, low in starch, and low in sugar (low glycemic). We use low to medium glycemic carbohydrates in the 21-Day Fat Flush Formula meals. These high fiber carbohydrates are nutrient dense, which means they are naturally low in calories and high in vitamins and minerals. They should be your primary source of carbohydrates and will produce the best and fastest results.

Best High Quality Carbohydrate Sources

Fruits: Apples, oranges, grapefruit, strawberries, pears, peaches, and plums

Vegetables: Broccoli, asparagus, green beans, cauliflower, zucchini, and spinach

Grains: Barley, oatmeal, rye, brown and wild rice, and whole wheat pasta

Legumes: Black beans, white beans, garbanzo beans, kidney beans, and lentils

what are your carbohydrate requirements?

In the Formula, we use the revolutionary 40-30-30 nutrition ratio. Forty percent of your calories should come from carbohydrates. To determine your carbohydrate requirements, you must know that you will need one-third more carbohydrates than protein. We know most people don’t like to work on math problems when they are hungry, so we have done this for you in the
Macronutrient Chart (page 65).


Protein foods are primarily foods that come from an animal source. The quality of a protein food is determined by two factors: the amino acid balance it contains and its digestibility. A complete protein contains all of the essential amino acids in relatively the same amount as humans require. High quality protein sources should also be easy to digest and low in fat, making some of the best protein sources eggs (less some yolks), lowfat dairy products, skinless chicken and turkey, fish, and lean cuts of red meat. Lowfat soy products may also be included.

As protein is digested, long peptide chains begin to break down into amino acids, enter the bloodstream, and are rearranged into more than 50,000 new body proteins. Just as the letters of the alphabet can be arranged to create thousands of different words, the 22 commonly known amino acids are precisely arranged in the bloodstream to build thousands of necessary body proteins that make up, build, and repair the human body on a continuous basis. These body proteins include hair, skin, nails, blood, hormones,
digestive and regulatory enzymes, muscle tissue, brain neurotransmitters,
your immune system, and much more. Remember that only amino acids rebuild these vital body proteins.

If you consume adequate amounts of quality protein at every meal, a continuous supply of amino acids is available to build and repair your body. Protein in a meal also stimulates the release of glucagon, a fat burning hormone that maintains stable blood glucose levels and releases stored fat so it can be burned for energy.

Many people have heard that beans and rice are a good source of protein for vegetarians. When two plant foods, each containing the amino acids that the other lacks, are eaten at the same meal, they can
Best High Quality Protein Sources

*Cottage cheese (lowfat and nonfat)

*Chicken and turkey (skinless)

*Eggs and egg whites


*Lean meats

*Lowfat tofu and tempeh (soy products)

*Whey protein powder (90% pure)

make a complete protein. However, a high quality protein must be not only complete but also digestible. The fibers found in plant foods wrap around the protein chains, making it difficult to digest and utilize the amino acids they contain. Besides, beans are 75% carbohydrates, and rice is 90%.
So we consider beans and rice carbohydrate foods and recommend adding additional easy-to-digest high quality protein with these foods.

A low protein diet can cause amino acid imbalance, muscle loss, and decreased metabolism, and prevents the release of glucagon necessary for burning body fat.

But too much protein can also cause problems. A high protein diet can set you up for the abnormal metabolic state known as ketosis. Sure, the first week may bring your weight down, but be aware that at best a pound or two of what you lose is fat and the rest can be lean muscle, water weight, and mineral loss. Once the dieter goes off the diet, the weight can zoom back up, quite often to a point higher than before.

what are your protein requirements?

The Formula uses the revolutionary 40-30-30 nutrition ratio. Thirty percent of your calories come from protein. Your gender, size, and activity level determine how much protein you require. You need between .5
and 1 gram of protein per pound of lean muscle weight per day. We know most people don’t like to work on math problems when they are hungry, so we have done this for you in the Macronutrient Chart (page 65).


The last of the three macronutrients is fat, certainly the most confusing of all. In the past you were told that fat is bad and to avoid it. Now you hear that there are good fats and bad fats. The most important point to remember is that fat is an essential nutrient and that we need it every day from an outside source. I often hear people say they don’t need to eat any fat, since they already have plenty of it. The truth is, you need fat to burn fat.

To maintain good health and to burn fat, your diet must contain adequate amounts of fat sources that supply essential fatty acids. Essential fatty acids play a critical role in energy production, balancing hormones,
controlling hunger, and stabilizing blood sugar. It is important to remember that fat in a meal slows the digestion of the meal so that it trickles into the bloodstream, keeping blood glucose levels normal.

The right kind of fat provides omega 3 and 6 fatty acids. These “good”
fats are unprocessed and occur naturally in foods. Good sources are raw nuts and seeds, olives and avocados, and vegetable oils such as safflower,
canola, and olive. Although fish is primarily thought of as a protein source, it also provides valuable EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) fatty acids.
Coldwater fish such as salmon, tuna, sardines, and mackerel are some of your best sources of fat.

A healthy diet should contains 30% of Best High Quality Fat Sources

•Olives and olive oil


•Almonds, walnuts, macadamia nuts, and pecans

•All types of raw nuts and seeds

•Fish and fish oils

•Vegetable oils

its total calories from fat, with 10% of the total calories from saturated fat, 10% from unsaturated fat, and 10% from monounsaturated fat. Animal proteins contain saturated fats, vegetables and vegetable oils contain unsaturated fats, and avocados, olives, olive oil, nuts, and seeds contain monounsaturated fats.

The fats to avoid are called trans fats and are found in hydrogenated vegetable oils.

what are your fat requirements?

The Formula uses the revolutionary 40-30-30 nutrition ratio. Thirty percent of your calories come from fat. We know most people don’t like to work on math problems when they are hungry, so we have done this for you in the Macronutrient Chart (page 65).


The key thing to remember about nutrition is balance. Balanced nutrition is the magic bullet to good nutrition. It always has been and it always will be, and the Formula is simply balanced nutrition made easy. The
Formula is a balanced nutrition program personalized for your specific requirements. Each meal and snack contains the 40-30-30 ratio of carbohydrates, protein, and fat to fuel your body correctly. Every time you eat, the carbohydrates in the meal provide glucose for your brain and prevent ketosis. The protein provides amino acids needed to build and repair body proteins and releases glucagon, your fat burning hormone. And fat supplies the fatty acids critical for blood sugar control, appetite suppression, and hormone production.

The Formula

40% Carbohydrates

* To provide fuel for your brain

* To prevent ketosis

30% Protein

* To provide amino acids to build and repair your body

* To release your fat burning hormones

30% Fat

* To stabilize blood sugar and control hunger

* To provide essential fatty acids for hormone production

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 10, 2011

    Great book for weight lose

    Great book on what someone should be eating to loose weight. Had trouble reading the fine print on the charts. Print was written very small and not dark characters.

    Otherwise would give 5 stars

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 16, 2008

    FAT Flush the easy and permanent way

    This is a great book and very easy to use -- I did the 21 day fat flush '3 weeks' and lost 18 pounds. I walked about 1 1/2 miles a day while on the program. Over time I did go back to some of my old ways -- but now I am back with the regeime .. Only thing I would like is more menues .. and a some consistant way of changing out foods to get same result 'in case I don't have something'. I have tried many different ways of eating over the years and this one is the easiest to stay with and I am not hungry... in fact I sometimes have to force myself to eat all the food -- and this is in the fat flush stage!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2008


    I love this book. I have lost a total of 75lbs. by following the program and I'm never hunger, have lots of energy and never get bored. When ever I do 'fall off' it makes it so easy to get right back on. The recipes are easy and the food is great. You must try this book!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2003

    All you need to lose weight and feel great

    I found this book to be helpful not only in explaining to me why it works, but giving me the recipes to fix and lose the weight. I've found a breakfast and lunch that are easy to take to work. If I eat out there are suggestions at popular fast food places of what to eat, and even deli items. Excercise is optional, and recipes are easy to fix. Try it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2003

    Oh my God this is so much food!

    I started this book because one of my customers recommended it to me, I started on Monday Jan.6 and today just for fun I weighed myself and I have lost 5 lbs. I did not expect to lose anything because everytime I sit down to eat a meal it seems as though it is just to much food. I don't feel it because I was 206, and there is a lot of hidding places for the fat to come from. I recommend this book, because I get to eat some carbs., fat and protein and feel so full. I LOVE IT. I can not wait for a couple more months to see the results and get my mom hooked. Oh by the way the only exercise I have done is, I have my own cleaning service and thats it for me no extra, but i'm actually feeling a little motivated for exercise. Much Success

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 16, 2011

    Great starting place

    This book is a great place to start if you want to understand the Zone diet and how it works. The authors give a great explanation on why other diets fail and why the Zone system works. There are menus to choose from, but not a good enough variety to actually plan meals for a longer length of time.
    I like that the book breaks down food choice by source (carbohydrate, protein, fat). Once you know this basic concept, you can pretty much plan out your meals on your own. The authors also give good instruction on how to read food labels and convert them into the 40-30-30 ratio of carbs, proteins, and fats. By knowing this simple formula, you can balance any meal and hit the 40-30-30 mark.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 25, 2007

    Excellent 21 Day program

    This is a win-win weight loss program. The 21 day fat flush is the best way I have ever launched a diet. I was never hungry and I had more energy. Many of the meals and snacks are still a part of my meal planning regimen. I highly recommend the program/book.

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