First, finish out your half-Velocity Diet. Let’s see what you have left to lose after that. The pics will help us judge that along with the tape measurements, so I’m glad to see you taking care of those.
We’re currently working on a new protocol that you may be interested in. We’ve had a few T Nation users already adopt this plan and they, along with our staffers using it, are reporting great results. Even better than the V-Diet plan.
There are a few options here, but here’s the gist of it.
- Instead of protein shakes, you “pulse” with <a href="http://www.t-nation.com/store/products/mag-10"target=“new”>MAG-10 every two hours throughout the day.
This gives you the effects of a fast, but with no chance of muscle loss and no energy drain or cravings. Plus, the di- and tripeptide complex in Mag-10 has biological activities beyond regular amino acids. For example, only 20 grams of protein from Mag-10 stimulates protein synthesis, as well as other muscle building and recovery effects, to a far greater degree than what you would get from 100s of grams of conventional protein. In short, you’ll keep your hard-earned muscle and probably build more of it, while at the same time losing body fat.
Additionally, Mag-10 also contains a special carbohydrate mixture that increases metabolic rate.
Like the V-Diet, pulsing with Mag-10 instead of eating solid meals during the day is convenient, with no need to count calories or get obsessive about macros.
Have one solid healthy meal per day, ideally in the evening. This meal is much like the V-Diet’s HSM: protein, some good fats, veggies, a little starchy carb like rice or sweet potato, but avoid wheat-based of carbs.
Around your workout, choose a good workout nutrition drink, such as <a href="http://www.t-nation.com/store/products/plazma"target=“new”>Plazma. Some are also adding a Finibar pre-workout for extra tough or longer training sessions. This is fine.
Because you’re having the solid meal at night, this plan can be used for as long as you need to use it. And if workout nutrition is taken care of, you can use any training program that appeals to you. With your focus on fat loss and your deadline, a workout that uses complexes may suit your needs. Or you can use your favorite strength-focused plan and add in some targeted conditioning work after lifting and on off days. My guidelines for that are at the bottom of this <a href="http://tnation.t-nation.com/free_online_forum/diet_blog_hammer_velocity_shugart/running_makes_you_fat"target=“new”>blog.
Let us know how that sounds, and if you like it we can help you customize this for your schedule and get the most affordable stack together to fit your plan.