In my opinion the V-Diet is no different from a whole food low carb/high protein diet. Except the V-Diet is not solid. Due to the high protein in-take you will be able to sustain your muscle mass, might even gain a little, while losing nothing but pure fat. With a whole food version I lost 0.7kg a week with 0.5kg pure fat and some muscle loss. With the V-Diet I managed to lose 1kg a week PURE FAT and also gained a few grams of muscle.
The real difference in my eyes is the detox effect. A lot of people walk around with dead weight in their gut. Stuff that hasn’t been digested fully and stuck to the walls of your stomach and in between those little hairs of your intestines. This often gives you a bloated look even though you’re low fat, which sucks.
So after the V-Diet you lost that dead weight, removed the clutter so that the solid food moves faster through your body which actually improved/repaired my f’ed up metabolism.
Now you could do a detox with a whole food diet, but why do both when you get all in one package?
The change in taste never happened to me. I even have more cravings for junk food afterwards so it takes a lot of discipline not to buy it. So I always eat up healthy before doing groceries and not get tempted to buy M&M’s or chocolate hehe.
Also when it comes to T-Nation I always stay skeptical. Like you I also think that most products, especially the Physical Clinics, is nothing more then easy publicity to hype up their products. But hey…they just trying to make a living. However you’re not confined to using just their products for the V-Diet. I didn’t buy anything, except for some HOT-ROX which I’m gonna try during my second run through the V-diet.
Still the PC is very motivational and you can learn a lot from it such as the usage of BCAA’s which works a hell of a lot better when you use 4times the max dosage prescribed on the bottle hehe.
Still you need to look carefully to find suitable replacements not any Weight Gainer will suffice so look at the ingredients. Same goes for proteine/casseine shakes. Fish Oil, Flaxseed, Limeseeds and stuff are the same everywheren basically so no hustle there. For fatburner I used Venom Hyperdrive. This time I’m also going to add esther based creatine this time around. I need to lose 8cm’s which is half of what I lost last time…
Now if Shugart would find a way to get the loose skin back in place then you’d have a perfect Xtrem-Cut Regime which beats any other cutting diet in my opinion. But then again I used V-Diet by “accident”. Was busy losing fat for 6-7 months and was lower in fat% then ever in my life. But at one point it wouldn’t move and got desperate. Desperate enough to use the sledgehammer called V-Diet.
Normally I wouldn’t try such theoretically insane diets, but it worked. So I’ll be using this V-Diet in the future whenever cutting is required :D[/quote]
Thanks for your thoughts. I wasnt trying to post to get everyone defensive like most of the people in the thread. It just seemed insane to me, and it also seemed like they were trying to push their Biotest products. I am glad to get everyones feedback on the Vdiet and I am recovering from a shoulder impingement and havent been able to work out for the last 5 weeks. I have gained a little bit of fat, up to about 16-17% BF from around 10-12% and was reading about the Vdiet and was just trying to understand how it made sense. I have refused to go into the gym because it drives me crazy to go in there and not be able to lift whatever I want. Thanks again.