I am on day five of my third V-diet - with the other two times proving extremely successful.
On my first effort, I started at 198 and lost 23 lbs of fat. On my second effort, probably a bit more than a year later, after a seemingly unsatisfying effort to gain muscle, I started at 191 and lost 13 lb of fat. It is probably worth mentioning that DEXA scans showed that I’d actually gained 10 lb of LBM in between, getting bodyfat under 7%, it just wasn’t obvious to me.
I maintained close to this level of bodycomp for at least a couple of years and then some fundamentals abruptly changed and I did not change well with them.
This time, I am entering the process from a slightly different place. Life has intruded and I have not been reliably exercising, or in control of my diet. At 39, my body needs more discipline around flexibility and I need a reset. For me the V-diet has been a good programmatic way of getting all of those components fixed in a holistic way.
So far, because I don’t have the training base that I’ve previously had, I am more tired and sore than on the previous journeys. Compliance to the diet is easy - because I know I can do it. Sure I’m a bit hungry - I was the other two times too.
Started on Monday at 186. I expect the weight loss to be more modest as my untrained body restocks local glycogen stores. I will exit the diet with my exercise, diet and flexibility habits reprogrammed.
V is for Victory.