My wife and I just finished the V-Diet, so I thought I’d post up some results and thoughts. We are in the first transition week right now, so not completely done yet. Here are the results from the 28 days:
Weight before: 207.5
Weight after: 197
BF before (7 site caliper): 14.5%
BF after: 12.8%
Around Shoulders: -2"
Upper Arm: -1"
Overall, I’m happy to have lost over 10 lbs, but I thought it would be more. I used this diet as a plateau-buster, and it worked for that purpose. I started eating clean about 1 1/2 years ago when I realized that at 245, I was just fat. I don’t lose fat easily, so 10 lbs in 28 days is actually pretty good for me. I’m the leanest I’ve ever been, but not quite there yet.
Disappointments: I probably lost some muscle with this plan, judging by the BF drop vs. weight and measurements. I was low carb before the V-Diet, so I probably didn’t have a lot of water weight to lose. Possible reasons, I play hockey once or twice a week in a pretty intense league, and I play tennis twice, and usually surf on the weekends.
So, I probably did too much activity for this plan (but when you pay $300 for hockey league, you tend to show up). I made sure to take BCAA before any of these activities, but it was probably not enough.
Performance: My strength didn’t seem to drop too much. I made it through the progressions in CW’s advanced plan (with much pain). I actually had a Highland Games the weekend of week 2 (pretty much an 8 hour throwing and strength competition). I set a 3’ PR in light hammer, but I’m going to attribute that to a technique adjustment. I bonked big time in the second half of the day, and all my throws suffered.
During this day, I drank my shakes on schedule, and sipped a Surge all day, drinking some prior to the events I needed a “boost” for. Overall, I was just happy to get through the day and get 1 PR.
Taste Changes: I liked avocados before this diet. Now I am completely obsessed with them. Other than that, I have been doing Precision Nutrition for a long time, and have had no trouble sticking to it. The main change for me now is that I don’t feel a “need” for cheats. PN meals taste perfectly good to me.
Last Thoughts: Not eating food was tough, but doable. It really helped that my wife was doing it with me. I’m really excited to be below 200. I used to think my “fighting weight” was around 205, now I know its probably 185 or so. I bought some size 32 pants. The last time I had size 32 pants, my parents paid for them because I was in 5th grade or something. I also noticed that nobody makes pants with waists 32 or below and 34" inseams. I guess the whole world is short and fat!
I’m going to finish up the tranisition, go back to PN, and start ramping up the calories slowly over 4-6 weeks, and then try to make another push to get that 12.8% down below 10%.