A recap of what last two days were like:
On day 3 had a lot of doubts on keeping up with the diet. These were due to an increase (yes, increase) in body fat by 2.5% and a similar decrease in lean muscle, as measured by the Omron weighting scale + body fat analyzer.
It’s not a good idea, but I have been checking body fat almost daily, and it isn’t decreasing, while lean muscle is, increasing my anxiety about this diet plan. But so far I am sticking to my resolve.
Didn’t think my workout was great on day 3. My energies were low due to the frustration over the issues above, and some other personal things. Still did 30 minutes of elliptical walking. The calories burnt and distance covered were (0.75 miles) lower than my average HIIT. Weight training component tough as usual, but okay.
But on day 4 (no weights day), couldn’t get the NEPA in. Was too tired after long day at work, and napped for a bit in the evening. I plan to compensate for this later today by twice long NEPA.
Sleeping is still an issue. Yesterday night couldn’t get to sleep before 3 am (had napped for 90 minutes in the evening, is that why?). And am consistently getting up around 6 or 6.30 am. Need to get more sleep somehow.
I am not sure if others have had same issue on this diet, my stomach makes very loud noise during sleep, and just before and after waking up. Still getting used to this.
I am thinking about experimenting with adding psyllium husk to the last shake of the day to reduce these peristaltic sounds from the digestive tract.
I prepare some meals for my family, and haven’t been tempted by any of their food. They are still very skeptical of this diet. But I am stubborn and won’t give up on it.
Feeling pretty good about almost halfway done with Day 5.
Shakes are too sweet to handle most times. Lime juice helps. Ice chips help too.
But still have the following doubts/concerns:
a) What if I lose lean muscle and increase body fat instead of the reverse after this 6 week experiment on my body? I am going to be very disappointed if this happens.
I really don’t want to go to a mainstream nutritionist again.
b) How am I going to keep up with 200 gm of protein or more after the 6 week period? Even on a low carb and high protein diet, I barely go beyond 80-90 grams protein in my diet. (vegetarian)
c) What happens to the body composition if I can’t take in 200 grams of protein daily after the V-diet is over?
d) Should I start eating chicken to up my protein? Anxious about doing this and the logistics since my family is vegetarian, and I have never prepared chicken. Plus the last time I ate meat was ~24 years ago. I am worried about how it will taste and if my body will be able to digest it.
e) What are the effects of so much sucralose consumption? Apparently, some of it can be metabolized by the body, contrary to what was previously believed.
If someone at Biotest is reading, please reduce the sweetness for your next iteration of Metabolic Drive.
That’s a lot of rambling for now. Will log back in tomorrow or after the workout later tonight.
Good luck to all other V-dieters out there!