For those carrying a lot of muscle, as you may be as a competitive powerlifter, I’d suggest the addition of L-Leucine, 4 times per day with shakes. Think of it as extra “muscle insurance.”
In fact, that may just be a new standard rec for all future V-Dieters. The effects and benefits are just that good.
Also, remember that Coach Dan John set the state record in the snatch right after his V-Diet. This was possible because he lost fat, not muscle.
I’ve always maintained that extra fat doesn’t = strength, but sometimes it can appear that way. For example, if an overweight guy loses the inch or two of “moobs” and upper body fat, then the bar has to travel further in the bench press. He may seem weaker, but actually he’s just increased his ROM and may have to re-learn to bench competitively given his newer (but healthier!) body style.
Whatever you decide, keep us posted!