OK, I am wrapping up Day 4 of V-Diet, and already learning a lot about how it works for me. Log starts here.
(stats before breakfast of day 1)
Waist: 35" snug
I’ve tracked meals and exercise in exacting detail on a spreadsheet (well, it’s pretty easy on this diet, isn’t it?). I will only take body measurement once per week.
I am fairly lean, except for midsection, so I am not expecting massive changes from this diet. I just want to lose an inch or two from the waist without losing muscle. I normally eat pretty clean, have good self-control, and am relatively active, so am not too worried about being able to stick to the diet.
Notes so far:
Workouts: OUCH! When I studied the workout instructions and watched the videos, it seemed like the workouts on V-Diet would be easier than my normal workouts. I was wrong, and am paying the price. I started with a V-Burn challenge on day 0 (Sunday), and worked out the next day, which was probably stupid. Right now, I feel like I got kicked by a pack of mules. I will ease back on the weights next time, and should recover soon.
HOT-ROX Extreme: Holy crap this stuff is STRONG! I never consume caffeine, so my body wasn’t ready for this. People who don’t ever drink tea or coffee should be prepared for some shock. Extremely hard to sleep. I don’t have any sweating or flushing as I’ve seen described; just freekin’ wired. I think I’m starting to adapt; hopefully…
Flonase: Since I was concerned about potential cortisol impact of long-term Flonase use, I started tapering off of Flonase 3 weeks before starting (I didn’t need it; just had remained on since allergy season last year). Now completely off Flonase. Has lots of sinus congestion before starting HOT-ROX, but that cleared up almost immediately when I started the HOT-ROX. This implies to me that HOT-ROX boosts cortisol enough to compensate for lack of Flonase, but I am most speculating. Anyway, switching off of a corticosteroid before starting the diet seems potentially relevant, so I’m tracking it here.
Superfood: My Superfood doesn’t arrive for 2 more days, so I’m taking multivitamin in the meantime.
Supplements: ZMA (to help sleep), Rez-V, Fiber Choice, L-Carnitine, and EPA/DHA. 3-4g GABA on workout days (this is so I can pretend to sleep; let me know if GABA is bad for V-Diet)
PWO Surge: I am not using Surge PWO, but instead add some raw oatmeal (or banana in a pinch) to a PWO drink to match the exact carb amounts in Surge. And of course protein/BCAA to match the surge nutrition. This is because I don’t eat high GI carbs. The macros add up exact on my spreadsheet, so I hope it’s OK.
General impressions: Cashew nut butter in the final shake of the day is a nice touch. Coarse-ground organic flax also makes for nice taste. I find that I’m not really too hungry on this diet; probably due in part to the fiber and EPA/DHA. I put the metabolic shake mix in ziploc baggies and take with a mixer bottle to work, so it’s extremely easy to time the meals perfectly. Sometimes I warm up my water and make “hot chocolate”, for variety.
So far, the diet seems very well-designed. The HSM per week restrictions seems psychologically very clever – it prevents a “slippery slope” that could be caused by allowing “little cheats” during the day, and makes a clean diet consisting wholly of HSMs seem very desirable.
I’ll update the log here in 3-4 more days with body measurement checkpoint. Hopefully I’ll adjust better to HOT-ROX by then.