Today is the last day of my 2-week transition after my V-Diet. I made some modifications to the plan (followed Dan John’s 40-day workout plan, lifted 6 days a week - I actually found the V-Diet because of Dan’s 40 days article) and these were concious decisions and I am aware of the potential drawbacks (ie. possibly not as much fat loss).
In any case, I am very satisfied with my progress and it is the best body recomposition I went through in my life. My scale weight only dropped about 4 lbs but I lost fat and gained muscle at the same time. So, overall I am all praises for the diet. Much thanks Chris.
On to my real question. I workout 6 mornings a week, following Dan John’s 40 days program. I always work out before my breakfast shake, sort of like a replacement for the morning walk. Then after my workout I would take a surge recovery (3x a week) or the vdiet breakfast shake.
I noticed that initially, I felt really shitty working out in the mornings without food. I felt really low on energy and workouts took longer than expected. However, this past few days, my morning-overnight-fasted workouts felt pretty good. I have mental focus and I get really hot and sweat is dripping off my body onto the floor. I feel in the zone and my workouts also complete faster. It’s not due to the HOT-ROX because I’ve always taken it from the start and actually this morning I didn’t take it because it ran out.
I have several guesses but I’d like your opinion:
- body is more efficiently using fat for morning fasted workout
- I am consuming more carbs (diet has been rather strict and clean, however there is a little carb in HSMs eg. potatoes, beans, vegs, fruits…)
- body/mind has simply adapted to working out in the morning/fasted and has nothing to do with fat or carb utilisation.
Let me know what you think?