I am on Day 5 of the Velocity Diet and wanted to share my experience of what its like at the moment. Put yourself in this position: it is about 3:45pm and I am waiting until 4pm to have my “Mid-Day Shake.” The last shake I had was at 11:30am, thats 200 calories 4 hours and 15 minutes ago, and I am hungry… I went to “lunch” with my colleague and watched him order the most beautiful meal I have ever seen in my life (objectively speaking, it was an average looking meal, but when you’re V-Diet-hungry, average looking food looks very, very good). If I haven’t been clear, allow me to clarify: adhering to this diet is tough. It takes a level of will power that I haven’t had to exert towards anything for quite some time (I quit drinking about 2 years ago and that was tough but this is a close second). Apart from lifting in the Iron Paradise, which is my #1 favorite part of my day, food is my vice, its my comfort, its where I seek solace throughout the day. Not to mention, the V-Diet only lets you get your hands on the iron three days a week and I’m going through #gainz withdrawals! Therefore, giving it up food for most of my day and lifting for most of my week is very difficult and I’m lucky to have a place to share my experience!
I am a healthy, 25 year old male and I started this diet at 211lbs. Here are my measurements:
Waist*: 37.5 /39/38in
Upper Arm: 14.75in
Upper Leg: 25.25in
*Take 3 waist measurements: one a few inches above the navel, one across the navel, and one a couple of inches below the navel.
I don’t know what my body fat percentage is but lets put it this way: I’m a big, muscly guy but I’m covered in a layer (or two) of fat + baby fat from being a very fat adolescent (until I was about 13 / 14 years old) and therefore am not defined…all I want in the world is to be ripped and that’s why I made the extreme decision to take on the Velocity Diet. I really hope it works - I will sure as hell do whatever it takes to make it work and to follow it EXACTLY as prescribed. At the moment, I haven’t weighed or re-measured myself (I will weigh myself again on the 7 day mark and will post my progress) but I definitely feel that I have lost a few pounds - the mirror doesn’t lie. I have always loved protein powder and Biotest supplements so I don’t mind the shakes (mixing it up between Vanilla, Chocolate, and Banana). Its all psychological I suppose: of course hunger is a real thing but thats not what gets me; what gets me is seeing delicious food all around me - I live in New York City and the amount of food glorious food constantly around me is just out of control - and I am so tempted by it all the time. That’s the struggle. So hopefully as my body gets used to the diet (its only been 4.5 days) this will get easier and I will get used to not eating solid food until around 7:30pm (when my girlfriend and I sit down to our home-cooked dinner).
I am following the workouts exactly as prescribed - I am on the intermediate plan - and I’m enjoying them: they are tough but no too tough (I’m a pretty serious lifter in general - in the gym lifting heavy 4 times per week). The walking is easy for me: NYC is a walking city so I pretty much get my NEPA in naturally by just being a New Yorker.
Socially, this diet is very difficult to navigate: I work in sales which means a lot of lunches and breakfasts and dinners and “getting coffees” - obviously showing up to these with a protein shake isn’t exactly the most lubricating social experience. I’ve been having caffeine-free herbal tea so that I can order something. I haven’t been having any coffee or nicotine since starting this diet (I generally take Nicorette mints but I’ve used this diet as a motivator to get rid of substantive vices in my life and being nicotine-free and caffeine-free for 5 days is a major accomplishment for me - very happy about that). I am also enjoying cooking my meals at the moment: going to a restaurant with all those delicious fatty / salty / sweet options on the menu just seems like torture at the moment. Last night, I cooked an ostrich steak (purchased at a butcher specializing in meat of all varieties) with grilled tomatoes, 3 tbs of quinoa and a few mouthfuls of kale salad. I’m not using any dressings or condiments apart from a teaspoon of olive oil and a few pinches of salt and pepper here and there.
I plan on keeping this updated in the coming days and weeks. Honestly, just the act of writing all this out has felt very therapeutic and I feel much better - which also may be attributed to the fact that I had my mid-day shake in the middle of writing this out: chocolate/banana blended with a bunch of ice and eaten with a spoon so it was more like a slushy than a drink - excellent.
Thanks for reading and I’ll be back with more on my experience soon.