This is my first post, so I would like to start by thanking everyone involved with T-Nation for helping to share all their knowledge and information, Chris, Chad and the others involved with the V-Diet.
OK, so I started the V-Diet last Monday and have just finished day 6 (well, just about to enjoy another dinner shake!). I am using mostly Biotest products - All recommended except 5kg of protein as I had to pick it all up during a recent trip to the USA (UK prices would require a small mortgage!).
I am 178cm, 180lbs, probably 12-15% body fat. I tend to eat mostly Paleo style foods, though I travel a lot with work (1 week in 4) where I tend to overeat. I have also been drinking 1-2 beers twice per week and my general dietary intake has slowly crept up! So I thought it was time for a ‘re-boot’ and the V-diet was a way to do it!
My meal timings are generally (+/- an hour or so)
0700 Get up, water + HR Extreme. Then go to work
1000 Breakfast Shake at work
1300 Lunch Shake
1600 Snack shake
2000 Dinner Shake
1030 Bedtime shake
I work an office job and a secondary physically active job most weekends but would describe my cardio fitness as good; and my weight training as Intermediate level.
With that information, I have some queries:
Are the meal timings OK? I find myself better able to deal with the hunger if I wait until mid-morning to have my first shake.
NEPA - I have struggled to fit this in. With a newborn baby, and two jobs the 60-90 minutes to myself in the evening is pretty much the only time I get. Am I seriously limiting myself by not doing NEPA every day?
Stock/Bouillon cubes: I have massive cravings for salty food (Chicken Saag mmmm). I checked the caloric content of stock cubes (1.3g of Carbs, 1.2g fat, 0.9g of salt and lots of other crap). I appreciate that one of the v-diet principals is a change in food tasts - therefore can I drink these? my mouth is watering just thinking about it!
Flax seed - how much? I have been using about 20g in the breakfast/dinner shakes. Is that about the right amount?
I am following the intermediate training programme. I am finding it difficult to do the ‘walk out’ exercise as I cannot figure out where it is supposed to work (abs or chest/shoulders?). Is there a substitute that I can do which works the same areas?
The V-Burn challenge. This was pretty hard, but I felt uncomfortable with some of the movements (walkouts), single leg deadlifts etc. I almost felt as though I was finding a way to do the movements more efficiently (and incorrectly). With this in mind, is it worth substituting with a crossfit style metcon? I am familiar with these movements and know when my form is slipping.
I don’t seem to be having any stomach cramps, bad wind or any of the other complaints people are mentioning … Is this normal too?
L-Leucine - I have seen this as one of the principals of the diet, but it didn’t come up on the list of things to buy. I have been adding 5-10g of BCAAs each day - do I need to go get some L-Leucine or am I OK with BCAAs?
I hate marzipan! Who thought it was a good idea to make Surge marzipan flavoured and why call it original? This is mostly a joke Question!
Sorry for the long post and thanks in advance for any replies. I will aim to post before/after pictures.