I’ve been doing a slightly modified version of the V-Diet for the past 2 weeks and I’m impressed with the results thus far. I’ve been doing paleo/low-carb for 3 years and lifting for ~10 years, so I’m pretty lean already (5’9, 170lb, I haven’t been above 10% BF in years). I recently spent a few weeks in Europe eating more gluten than I wanted to (i.e., any) and it took its toll on my digestion. Every food in europe is some incarnation of bread and sugar, so I just ended up not eating much food at all (I lost about 5-6 pounds that month), but at times it was unavoidable. I frequently do 24 hour fasts, but I usually break the fast with lots of meat, butter, veggies, and berries, not sugary garbage.
To “reset” myself, I ate well above maintenance calories for a week after returning (a friend’s wedding feast helped!) and then embarked on a version of Dr. Eades’ intenstinal repair protocol: liquid protein diet + glutamine and probiotic supplementation to repair damage done by gluten. I have coupled this approach with the V-Diet before with great results. All I do is the regular V-Diet with a few changes (below) and supplement with lots of glutamine (20-30g/day) and a stronger-than-usual probiotic.
I changed a few things from the prescribed V-Diet. Here they are:
-No HOT-ROX. I absolutely cannot stand strong stimulants. I cannot even finish a medium starbucks coffee without considering checking myself into the ER, so anything more than 100mg of caffeine in a day is completely out of the question for me.
-3 shakes a day, not 6. I’ve done intermittent fasting for years (I only eat for 8 hours a day) and I hate eating in the morning. The “eat 6 meals a day” thing has little scientific evidence behind it and provides me with no psychological benefit, so I have a shake at noon, a shake at 4, and a shake at 8. Each shake is 3 and 1/3 scoops of Metabolic Drive, giving me 220g protein/day.
-I use unsweetened dried coconut flakes in rotation with almond butter and flax. The have a ton of fiber, are low in carbs, and taste AMAZING with MD banana (tastes like some type of tropical treat).
-Only recently began using Surge Recovery or any carbs around my workouts. It still feels weird to me not to work out fasted (I usually work out at 10am after a 14 hour fast) and to have carbs around the time of my workouts, but I’m trying to give it a fair shot. So far, a scoop of Surge Recovery and 20g of Optimum nutrition pro-complex natural (no artificial sweetners!) is my pre-workout shake. PWO I have one of my V-Diet shakes with an additional scoop of Surge Recovery thrown in.
I’ve lost a couple of pounds and I’ve noticed that I look more ripped (as has my gf and a few friends) though I think the artificial sweetener in the MD is keeping me bloated. I’m actually leaner after my HSM because of this. I would love to see a version of Metabolic Drive that is both less sweet and sweetened without splenda and fillers (or not at all) but it does the trick in the mean time. I was already below 10% BF before starting, so I probably won’t keep going for more than a week or so (~3 weeks total).
Many thanks to Chris and others for putting together a great diet plan. I’ve recommended the V-Diet to a few people (my mom lost almost 30 pounds in 40 days on the V-Diet without training at all!) and they’ve had great results. I’ve tweaked the plan a bit for my specific purposes, but the V-Diet is a solid diet when you want results. To everyone on the diet: keep up the great work!