I don’t have much time to post, but just thought I’d l;et you all know that I’m 23 days into the V-Diet, with great results and feeling fantastic, both physically and mentally.
I’ve had LOTS of energy this month, laying off alcohol has been amazing for my work (I’m self-employed and have never felt more productive) and I’m starting to look great in the mirror - I’ve always been in good shape, but never QUITE had the six pack look; I’ve now got a respectable 4 pack! I’ve lost 6 kilograms, almost all fat and water.
I’d like to thank Chris and Chad for a REALLY well-designed programme, and to many of you who’ve posted and shared your experiences, they’ve really helped to motivate me.
I thought that a brief summary of what I’ve learnt might be useful to people who are thinking of starting, or are in the early stages of the V-Diet. In no particular order, these are the things that I’ve found most useful:
PREPARE…If there’s ANY chance you’ll be out all day, dependent on trains, other people etc, then prepare ALL of your shakes and supps and take them everywhere. I nearly fell off the diet twice because of unexpected problems in getting back home.
The first week is BY FAR the worst. I had horrible cravings from days 2-6, together with cramps and headaches. By day 6, I was fine and it’s been uphill ever since.
Take photos - I’ve taken photos every day, they’ve been really encouraging and it’s great to look at them now, so close to the end of the ‘strict’ phase.
Weigh frequently. Here I disagree with the thinking behind the ‘weekly weigh-in’. Personally, I think that four data points over 28 days are highly unlikely to be accurate or useful. I have weighed myself every day, at about the same time. This enables me to see a much mroe accurate picture of the RATE of fat loss, and the MEDIAN weight at any moment. I’ve used an app for the iPhone called weighbot which has a graphical interface which is very encouraging.
Don’t kill yourself over details. Again, contrary to the diet, I added a SMALL savoury drink (this was a TINY amount of vegetarian herb stock) about twice a week in the afternoon when the savoury cravings became painful. This got me through the first week. My results have been great despite that, and I wouldn’t have made it through the first week without it!
Read the ‘toxic people’ article. I have been astonished at how much negative reaction being on the V-diet has thrown up from ‘friends’. I was invited to a dinner on Saturday,and didn’t want to use that as my HSM, since I felt it rude to insist on certain types of food; I felt it was more polite to say ‘I’ll come for the company, but I won’t eat as I’m following a strict regime at the moment’. I spent the WHOLE night defending/explaining my decision!
I’m sure there’s more, but hopefully those ideas are useful for others.