Chris and others,
I am on my last week of v-diet v3.5, had some time today to sit with my internet, pen and paper and start planning out how I will eat post-vdiet. I have to say I’m a bit lost.
Little background: I train using a 5/3/1 template, strength is my focus and has been for some time. Like many that lift, regardless of current goals, “looking good” creeps in now and again. I began the v-diet as a last ditch effort as my bodyweight had increased recently with no corresponding strength increases, and although it’s “cool” to be bloated and fat as a powerlifter…if ‘bad’ weight gain isn’t coming with corresponding good strength gains, NO THANKS! So it was time for me to hit the reset button, get things under control a bit, lose some chub so I can slowly build back up…
So, that’s my plan. Last night I went to Caveman’s “grateful” thread to glean any diet information I could as that guy’s level of muscularity and development has always been awesome to me. In there he mentions a few specific articles to read for diet- Massive Eating by JB (although he readily states it’s too many calories for his preference) Carb Cycling Codex by Thibs, T-Dawg Diet, etc. I’ve read all I could find that he listed.
The Massive Eating is waaaaaaay too many calories for me at this time and is probably just not meant for someone like me. I followed all the steps and at my current size (5’9" 210) it tells me 4450 calories. The Carb Cycling Codex tells me someone my size needs 3780 calories to gain and 2520 to lose.
Now, I compare these numbers with the V Diet, where I am eating ~2000 calories on workout days (3x) and ~1580 on non-workout days (4x)…I aimed for “700” calories for dinner each night, for a weekly average of 1760/day. It is obvious to me that I can not jump from ~1760/day to any of the above numbers. It’s also obvious to me that while I have stuck to the diet 100%, and see no way of me not continuing to do so through Thursday, my last day, I cannot stay on this low level of calories. There have been many days lately where I just feel tired all damn day. I have gotten through my workouts, hit all the reps I needed to hit, etc, but the workouts are definitely harder to get through- at this point I feel I am willing myself through them.
Results of the diet so far, I have lost 9.5lbs and 2.25" off my waist (where my pants sit. 2" at the belly button). I would actually like to get my waist a bit tighter, maybe another 2-3", but at this point I think maybe another 3/4" is about the most I could hope for with only 5 days left.
So, where do I go from here? I suppose I would honestly like that answer applied to two different scenarios- 1) where do I go from here if I want to start putting on some muscle without putting the fat back on (is this even possible right now?) and 2) where do I go from here if I want to take off a couple more inches (seems this isn’t probable without staying at this low calorie level)? I guess being interested in two opposite goals is where the carb cycling becomes attractive.
Also considering grabbing a bottle of HOT-ROX to make the transition possibly easier? Should also be noted, I’m currently on a Blast dose of Test, will be tapering that down to TRT dose in the next month, and then getting off completely for a while (with proper HCG and SERM pct).