I just finished week 4 and thought I would share my thoughts and progress. I didn’t measure and I didn’t take pictures. I was more concerned with doing this diet for health reasons as opposed to looks. Here is how the progress went:
- White male, age 37, muscular (but carrying a lot more
fat than I thought!)
- Day 1 - Starting weight - 230.0
- End of week 1 - 222.0
- End of week 2 - 219.0
- End of week 3 - 215.5
- End of week 4 - 213.0
- Total lost to date - 17 lbs.
The weight for the final week might be skewed. I had tacos for dinner last night and the sodium content was pretty high. We use reduced sodium seasoning, but still… We used low-carb, high-fiber shells and 96% lean ground beef.
Throw in some toppings (fat free sour cream, avocado, lettuce, onion, tomato, sprinkle of shredded cheese, salsa, etc.) and I’m sure I exceeded my 300 calorie allotment after eating 2. What can you do? I’ve struggled keeping my portions down with the HSMs.
I don’t worry about it too much, though, as it mostly involves some type of lean meat and lots of veggies and salad.
I must say that I’m happy with the results. I also monitored body fat, but I used a hand-held Omron and I don’t think it was overly accurate, so I’ll not post those stats. According to the monitor, I finished the end of week 4 at 15.8%. All that mattered to me was that the body fat percentage was going down each week.
My goal for this diet cycle is to get to 12% or less. I’m starting the transition period, so I have two weeks left on the V-Diet. After that, I have 6 weeks allocated for an additional diet. What would be the best diet to use at this point to continue the weight loss? After that (total of 12 weeks), I plan to maintain for a couple months and then ultimately get my body fat percentage down to the 8-10% range.
Here is what I liked about the diet:
- This diet is dirt simple. Meals are simple. Planning is simple.
- I love the walks. I do 2 mi. before breakfast and 2 more after dinner.
- I have no desire to eat sweets.
Here is what I didn’t like:
- It’s tough. I’m not gonna lie.
- Psyllium husks are nasty tasting.
Here are some random thoughts about it:
Get a good pair of shoes. Before this diet I refused to pay more than $30 for a pair of shoes. Well, I spent the whole first week with blisters on my feet. The following weekend I went shoe-shopping and got a $60 pair of Adidas. What a difference!
I used IronTek protein as I don’t use protein powders that are made with artificial sweetener.
I don’t do caffeine due to health issues, so I didn’t take any additional fat burners.
I did take CLA.
I also got a high-quality multivitamin because I was worried about getting proper nourishment.
My dog is going to be glad when all the walking is over.
In order to keep the walks going, I’m going to continue having shakes for breakfast during the two weeks of transitions. This week I’m eating dinners. Next week I’ll be eating lunch too. I can have a tuna salad sandwich for lunch that is 300 calories:
- 1 can tuna
- 2 tbs lite mayo
- 1/2 tsp yellow mustard
- 1/8 cup copped onion
- Some garlic powder
- Some dill
- Lettuce (or spinach) and tomato piled on top
- 2 slices Nature’s Own Whole Wheat bread (50 cals / slice)
I hope this information helps out some folks who have just started or are on the fence with this diet. Based on my experience I would recommend it.