Day-1 in progress. Still waiting for my HOT-ROX, which are on back order. I’m feeling a little hungrier than expected this morning - not sure if it’s mental b/c I don’t have my Hot-Rox!
I did a 50 minute walk this morning. Problem with doing the V-Diet in March in New England is the weather. It was 35 degrees, with an inch of slush on the ground, a 22 mph wind, with a combo of snow and rain - FUN STUFF! I had to walk in my Timberland boots and I’ve got some good blisters on my heels to prove it.
I’m going old school this season. The folks at Biotest probably won’t be happy to hear that I’m doing it without Superfood, Leucine or Flameout. This being my 4th annual, I’ve tried each time with different combinations of supplements.
The constants for me for all 3 previous V-Diets are:
- Metabolic Drive
- Flax Seed
- Fiber Choice
- Morning walks
I’ve used different oils (Udo’s, Carlson’s, Flameout). Flameout is fine, but this season I’m using Carlon’s again. I like the lemon flavor in my shakes.
SUPERFOOD & LEUCINE:
I’ve done the diet twice without Superfood and Leucine. I added it last year and there were no noticeable differences from the 2 years when I didn’t use them. They’re out this year mainly due to budget.
I’ve also used slightly different training styles. The first was like Chris’s original V-Diet, the second time was similare to the first, and last year I used the Waterbury methods prescribed for V-Diet 3.0. No significant difference.
In Chris’s original V-Diet article his original hypothesis is… “Any non-wussy weight training consisting of compound movements such as squats, deadlifts, dips, bench presses, rows and pull-ups will do the trick”. My experience validates that original statement.
In November 2009, I started doing Wendlers 5/3/1 program and I’m really liking the strenght and size gains, so I’m continuing that through the V-Diet this year. The only change is that I’ll make each day full body by mixing lower body exercises with the assistance lifts on Bench Press and Shoulder press days, and I’ll add upper body exercises with assistance lifts on Squat and Deadlift days.
Having said all that, I’d recommend using the V-Diet3 as prescribed - especially if you’ve never done it before or have any specific or preferred training method. Chris is the expert not me. It’s possible that the V-Diet 3.0, as written, has a better chance of working for a larger variety of people. All I’m doing is sharing my experience.
I’ll be posting at least once per day. It really helps stay focused.
BTW, when I finished the V-Diet last year I was 5’ 8", 162lbs, ~13% BF. Now, I’m at 177 lbs and almost 20% BF. My goal is to get back where I was. I actually had to buy new pants after Xmas. I want to throw them away!