Just a quick Question, Will i loose any strength if i do this V-Diet, this will be my second time?
I am probably lifting the heaviest i have done in my life,
Also on the weekends i do a bit of Rickshawing in london, is that not recomende?[/quote]
Strength: It’s never really a good time to go for PR’s while on any fat loss plan, but most people do not lose strength on the V-Diet.
In fact, many report gains, and some have even set PRs while on it, though that’s not really something I’d expect. And remember, if you do “lose strength” you’ll get it back once you return to a maintenance level of calories.
And one more thing to remember, you may not be losing strength at all; you just may lose some energy in the gym due to the extreme diet: again, temporary. But if you’re following the diet plan closely, then you won’t be testing PRs anyway on the diet; you’ll be doing the training program that’s included.
One more thing to think about: Sometimes strength is measured in tricky ways. For example, you can “increase” your strength by shortening your range of motion on the bench press. Well, being fat shortens the ROM because the bar doesn’t have to move as far. So you’ll bench more with a nice layer of fat around your chest and back. Are you “stronger?” Well, kinda, but not really.
And what do you want anyway, a lean, muscular torso or a fat torso so you can bench 10 more pounds? Are you getting paid a lot to stay fat and lift more? Getting laid for your PR? Then what’s the point? Lose fat, increase the ROM, lose a little on your bench press, live longer, look better, have more sex with higher quality women.
Most V-Dieters also report a great increase in the ability to do push-ups, pull-ups, dips, and sprints. This is due mostly to the loss of excess body fat - the ultimate performance enhancer. So again, the question becomes, what’s more important to you: the number of plates you bench or being better and “stronger” at all that other stuff like chins and dips?
Finally, all that above is assuming that lifting numbers temporarily go down. Given the increase in protein (for most people) and other nutritional improvements, the fresh new training style etc. many people gain real strength on the V-Diet. There are a few threads about this on the main V-Diet forum.
Rickshawing: Probably too much cardio.