On Wednesday, June 18th I will be starting the Velocity Diet again (Fed-Ex will deliver my stuff on Tuesday so I start Wednesday). A long time ago Dan John said something along the lines of train hard and once every 12-18 months do something like the V-Diet or JB’s Get Shredded diet. So here I am.
I did my first V-Diet in mid-November of 2006 as part of The FitCast challenge and it was challenging (see part of my story in Dan John’s newsletter here: http://danjohn.org/getup.html and read Volume Five, November Edition (!) of “Get Up!”). I had to go through Thanksgiving and Christmas parties at work but I had a goal in mind and I persevered. But there are a few things I will do differently this time.
First, last time there wasn’t a definite workout routine to follow so I just kind of made up my own. And I know that I skipped at least 2 or 3 workouts during the 28 days. Also the NEPA walks went from a daily routine to about 4-5 days/week at most. All that will change this time.
Secondly, the transition period was not defined like it is now and I can tell you that was a problem. My transition period was maybe 2 days long and it wasn’t much of a transition. So I’m looking forward to the 2-week transition this time.
Thirdly, last time I only drank the shakes with flax meal and nothing else. No variation other than different flavors of Metabolic Drive. So I’m looking forward to the addition of spices and non-calorie flavored syrups this time. And tea. Celestial Seasonings makes a great blueberry green tea which I think will help take the edge off at times. And believe me, if you haven’t done this before you might not know, but you’ll need something to take the edge off.
I used the formula to calculate my caloric needs (I weigh 177 lbs) and came up with 1342 on non-lifting days and 1610 on lifting days. So my daily food intake will consists of 8 scoops of Metabolic Drive (over 5 shakes), 4 Tbsp of flax meal, 2 Tbsp of natural peanut butter, 6 Flameout (or substitute if they don’t get back in stock before I run out), and 3 Fiber Choice tablets. That gives me the following:
…non-lifting days…lifting days
Initially I was a little concerned about the protein because I thought it was a little low. But if I made it 9 scoops of Metabolic Drive instead of 8 to raise the protein it put my calories at 1422/1742 so I’m going to leave it as is and supplement with BCAA (12 per day). And with 8 scoops over 5 shakes I’ll have 3 shakes with 2 scoops and 2 shakes with 1 scoop. So I’ll add the flax meal and/or peanut butter to those shakes to make up for the lost calories.
Here are my measurements taken this morning (Saturday, June 14th). Even though I’m not starting until Wednesday my solid meal days will be Saturday so I wanted to take the measurements today. Not sure if it matters since the first week results will actually be 11 days worth of dieting instead of 7 but oh well.
Height: 67 inches (5’7)
BF: 18.8 % * (see note below)
Weight: 177.8 lbs
Largest part of belly/love handles: 37.0 inches
Upper leg: (L) 21.5 ® 21.75
Calf: (L) 14.75 ® 14.5
Chest, nipple line: 40.5
Upper abs: 36.5
Upper arms: (L) 14.125 ® 13.875
- I don’t have any way to measure my bodyfat so I used the Omron BF tester. I know it’s probably not accurate but from everything I’ve read it is close and if nothing else it is at least consistent so you can tell when your BF % is going up or down.