I suppose this could have been put in the Bodybuilding forum. But I’m not a bodybuilder. I’m a man who trains for powerlifting. So, I decided to post this here, where my success or failure may help other people interested in the strength sports.
I’m posting here to lock myself in–I’ve already bought the supps, but let’s face it: there are a lot of things you could use that protein for. And besides, I hate dieting. Don’t confuse this with hating to eat healthy: I love spinach, I love fruit, and I love lean meat and eggs. I like eating healthy. But I don’t like doing prolonged dieting below maintenance. So, I’ve decided to try an experiment. I’m going to do a flash diet, and attempt to lean down quickly, so that I can go back to eating maintenance or more, and not feel tired at the gym for a long time.
I decided on the V-Diet because it is known for quick results, and also because it is known for restructuring psychological cravings. I’ve started to crave foods that I normally don’t, and I don’t like that. I’ve only ever really had 3 dietary weaknesses–Chipotle (my bulking friend), Pizza, and a local dish at one of the restaurants here called the “Resist Temptation”.
Needless to say, it is ironically named. I get it with buffalo meat…mmm tasty. However, I’m starting to crave these and other foods that won’t do anything for me and that I haven’t typically craved. I don’t want to let that go on any longer, so I’m going to nip this in the bud.
I’m about 221, somewhere around 12% bf. Usual weight varies between 225-228–started cutting down carbs for the past few weeks in a (probably vain) attempt to make the transition easier. I’ve been as high as 238–soft, but not fat (however, I felt it was too fat for my personal taste). This was at the end of my last bulk, somewhere around November. I put on some good muscle with it, so it was productive.
Diet specifics–modified V-Diet base. I’m increasing calories over the original recommendations to help with my training. Everything else will be identical–only 1 solid meal a week, flax seed/fish oil/Met. Drive shakes, Surge peri-workout. I’m dieting only for 2 weeks. The 3rd week will be a transition off, with me (hopefully) hitting the 4th week on a normal diet with slightly lower carbs, and all my muscle mass.