Alright, so I'm starting a diet log. Firstly though, in the spirit of full-disclosure, I must confess to the following:
- This is my second attempt at the V-Diet. I started the V-Diet for the first time back in early November with my wife. We both had great results in the first week, but a couple of days later we found out we were expecting our first baby.
As several of the supplements are not to be consumed by pregnant women (actually pretty much everything) my wife could not continue the diet. At the time, we were just trying to get our head around life as expecting parents and I didn't want her to feel guilty about eating while I was suffering, so I decided to abandon ship and try again once things had settled down a bit.
- I am not doing the V-Diet as explicitly written. Cue flaming. The moderations I have made are fairly simple. Firstly, I'm using MusclePharm Combat Powder instead of the MD simply because sourcing the MD here in Australia was going to cost me a fortune whereas I got a good deal on importing the CP. For whatever reason, customs will allow CP through from a certain retailer, but usually won't allow most other whey products. The nutritional panels are very similar - I just have to reduce my number of scoops by 2 each day to hit my target calories.
The second modification is to the exercise routine. I know the routine was designed for the diet, and I know it was a good workout last time I did it, but I must confess that I have other goals that I'm keeping an eye on during this diet. Over the past few months I've worked very hard to get my squat, deadlift, bench and overhead press numbers up.
As I'm also planning to start training for Strongman events at the conclusion of the V-Diet, I really wanted to keep doing these lifts. I also like a high workload. As such, I'm going to be attempting Dan John's 40 Day Easy Strength program (taking Surge after the harder session each week) and I will chart my progress. If I don't feel like I'm recovering well enough between workouts, or that I'm over-training, I will switch to the V-Diet plan as suggested.
Other than those things, it's a V-Diet. HOT-ROX, Flameout, Surge, Superfood, Combat Powder in place of Metabolic Drive and Dan John's program instead of Waterbury's.
I'm not expecting the first week to be quite as dramatic was it was last time; I lost 6kg (13.4lbs) in the first 6 days on the first attempt. This time however I have gone a different path as I wanted to clear up some eating habits BEFORE diving into the V-Diet. I did this by completing the Whole30 paleo challenge. Since I haven't eaten sugar, grains or anything processed in over a month now, I don't expect the same results from last time when I went from eating crap to V-Diet overnight. I did manage to lose 7kg (14.6lbs) on the Whole30.
Clearly though, having played with the program, if my results are not up to par I only have myself to blame.
Now that's out of the way, here is my starting position:
Height: 191cm / 6'3"
Weight: 131kg / 288lbs
BF%: 34.9% (according to electronic scale)
So far, now at the end of Day 2, I'm finding things a lot easier than the first time around. I'm not sure if it's because I have less distractions around me now to stop me thinking about food, or if it's because I've already been through the "detox" as such with the Whole30. Either way, I'm excited for the results I can hopefully achieve this month.
Goal Loss: 12kg / 26.4lbs without a loss in lifting strength.
Looking forward to updating as a I move forward.