I’ll chime in…just because. I went on the V-Diet a couple months ago…here’s what happened. I ordered ON’s casein powder but didn’t wait to get it before starting the diet…I only had whey.
After an hour I was hungry, felt like crap and in general didn’t like the lack of energy I had on those days. 3 days of that and I was stoked to get the casein. Now, I cheated here and there but in the first week I noticed 10 lbs. gone.
Guess why? Around 7-8 lbs. were simple water weight loss, as low carb-diets tend to do that. However, the other weight was all fat.
I did lift around 2-3-4 times per week depending on energy level and schedule. I ended up losing (after 28 days) 15 lbs. overall, but I had lost by fat-pinch test around 30 lbs. of fat.
Now, the first week is the hardest, but the best thing I did was have a pickle every other day (usually on workout days) to give me something solid, some salt and they’re almost no calories if you buy the regular unsweetened kind.
On the days I got to have a solid meal, I made sure it was decent, but it has to make your mouth happy too, so it varied from chef salad with vinagrette or sub sandwich, etc.
I also noticed that if I used ground flax seed (about 1.6 tablespoons per my weight) and Benefiber (about .5 tsp per my weight) along with fish oil caps with the Metabolic Drive shake, it helped me stay fuller and feel better.
I bought the little liquid tight containers from the store (Rubbermaid, whatever) and would prepare the shake powders before work…so all I would take with me is my algae tabs, fish oil caps, glutamine, shaker, protein powder, HOT-ROX in my lunch bag. It was really easy and you can ALWAYS take 2 min. to make a shake every 3 hours.
I work in a power plant with no breaks or meal times…it’s all on your own time when you can do it. I’m doing the V-diet again, to cut what I can, but it’s a little easier with the MD this time as I mix-match the protein powders for a mix of flavors…my fav is the choc. strawberry mix.
Now, you have to modify as you see fit, but cutting corners or not sticking to it WILL NOT HELP! Realize that you’re going to be slightly hungry throughout the day…it’s a crappy feeling but you’re trying to lose weight.
I even took my shakes to the bar with me…kept them in my car with a jug of water and when the 3 hr. mark hit, I went out and made a shake. Now, if you normally have your solid meal on saturday, but friends/family are going out to eat friday night, guess what?!, you can opt to use that night instead or go and drink tea and water.
You have to determine if you can keep up the effort…otherwise, you’re wasting money and time. I have been hitting the gym solidly for about 3 months and I can’t believe the amount of people that go in there and half-ass a workout…why bother? It’s all or nothing.