I eat very cleanly - lean meat, a lot of fresh non-starchy vegetables, no processed food, except a very limited amount of whole grain stuff, Greens+, fish oil - basically John Berardi’s Precision Nutrition.
I’m about a week into the V-diet, and have been very strictly following it. The shakes aren’t awful, but they don’t taste like good real food, that’s for sure, and I really dislike artificial sweeteners. Also, the Flameout caps are pretty fishy compared to the Nordic Naturals fish oil caps I’ve been taking the last couple of years. I feel like my tongue is coated with a layer of nasty sucralose, my stomach feels a little weird like it does if I eat something that has sugar alcohols in it (not that the shakes do, but my stomach feels the same), I’m having chocolate-banana-fish burps. I’m hoping I’m bottoming out here psychologically and I’ll start getting used to it and soon will be more psyched up to push through. I guess I need to kick into Army mode and get through the mental challenge of this the way I got through basic training, airborne school, and air assault school 20+ years ago.
On the upside, I’ve lost 4 or 5 pounds, and I am happy with the HOT-ROX - a good boost, but not too much. I like the workouts too. I’ve already seen a fairly significant improvement in the dips from the first Monday to the second Monday.