28 day Velocity Diet Log
- 01-22-2009, 12:13 PM
28 day Velocity Diet Log
So, I basically started lifting in high school along with a lot of basketball. I was in pretty good shape then, around 10-12% bf because I never tightened my diet too strict or tried the bodybuilder lifestyle. Now that I'm in my 5th year of college and ready to graduate, I figure its time to take off all this built-up fat from the last 5 years of unhealthy living.
For those of you unfamiliar with the velocity diet you can find it on t-nation.
I started the diet on Sunday, 1/18 and it will run until 2/15.
My stats when I started were:
38" measured around my bellybutton
Here is my calorie breakdown:
274 Pro - 47 Fat - 16 Carb - 22 Fiber
I'm taking 6 whey/micellar casein 50:50 mix shakes a day, 2-3 hours apart
6 CLA ethyl ester caps from Primordial Performance
6 EFA caps with 410 EPA/240 DHA
2 Fiber Choice Tabs, Sugar free
4 Servings Hodgson's Milled Flax
1 Serving Trader Joe's Natural Cashew Butter
On workout days I consume 5g BCAA preworkout, a PWO shake with 50g WMS 10g BCAA and 25g whey about 20min later.
Beta-Alanine - 1.6g 3x/day
ALCAR - 1g 3x/day
Na-RALA - 200mg 3x/day
Coleus 20% - 100mg 3x/day
Gut Health - 1 cap/day
EGCG - 500mg 2x/day
So far, I'm feeling great. I have more energy than I've ever had. I just started a new semester and haven't been sleeping as much as I should but I still don't even yawn throughout the day.
The only thing I've noticed is that I find it harder to actually fall asleep. It could be from school or the diet, not sure which. I'll also be logging my workouts and giving a general mood/energy report each day. I'll log my weight every sunday and pictures at the end of week 2 and 4.
Any comments are appreciated.
Last edited by wearedbleedblue; 01-26-2009 at 07:56 PM. Reason: added pictures
- 01-22-2009, 12:20 PM
- 01-22-2009, 01:23 PM
01-23-2009, 07:12 AM
Good luck, I did a 2 week stint on the v-diet at the beginning of Jan and it was very hard to stick to. Will be following the progress.
01-23-2009, 12:27 PM
Day 5 completed. For the first time since I was 9 or 10 I had to go to the bathroom in the middle of the night. Weird. I go to the bathroom a ton more than usual. However, bowel movements are pretty much nonexistent. Two in the last 5 days versus a usual 1-2 a day. Makes sense from lack of any solid substance in my gut.
Swapped the cashew butter after 5 days for almond butter. Adds a gram of fiber over the cashew butter, 3 grams of fat, 3 grams protein and takes my carbs down to 9-10g. Also dropped the fish oil to 5 caps a day instead of the 6. Thats about the same EPA/DHA as 10 caps from NP bulk omega-3.
Cardio this morning was 25 minutes of 5% incline, 3.5 mph treadmill walking. Nothing interesting here.
Over the last 5 days, I've only had a headache one time during day two and it could have been caused by eye strain instead from driving for 6 hours that day. Other than that, I feel fantastic. Tons of energy. I'm not taking any caffeine or energy booster and I feel wide awake all day.
Tomorrow is solid meal day. I'm going to the store to pick up the ingredients tonight. Its going to be an omelet/skillet with:
Eggs, turkey, ham, broccoli, red peppers, swiss cheese, and black bean dip. MMMMM I'm super excited for this.
Later today comes my third weight session. I've kept it heavy weight, low rest periods (45-60sec), with compound exercises. I'm thinking about 3-4 sets of 4-6 reps of 4 different exercises so I'm in and out of the gym in 30 min or less. I'm going more for keeping my strength than for gaining it or gaining muscle size. I'm not a bodybuilder so I'll never lift like one.
01-23-2009, 01:05 PM
Good luck with the velocity diet! Are you following the instructions from T-nation and using flax seeds and fiber supplements? Because I think these parts of the diet are particularly important from a health standpoint.
01-23-2009, 01:23 PM
01-24-2009, 07:22 PM
Today was my refeed meal and MMMM was it delicious. Even took a picture of it haha. Tomorrow is measurement/weigh in day and I'm pretty excited. Been doing the walks as suggested. Today it was 25 minutes around the track at one of the University facilities.
Tomorrow will also switch to a weight day for me, which will make it Sun, Tues, and Thurs which work better for my class schedule. I also think I'm going to swap the nut butter for actual nuts at night since I don't put them in to my shakes.
01-25-2009, 04:01 PM
After one full week on the diet, I'm down 9.1lbs and to 36.5 inches around my bellybutton down from 38".
01-25-2009, 08:04 PM
01-26-2009, 02:36 PM
Not worried about the extra skin, I don't really have more than 6 inches to lose around my waist.
Other things: I will be starting isometrics tonight with a device i got directions for from rossboxing.com. Will help keep strength up without sacrificing energy.
01-26-2009, 07:57 PM
01-26-2009, 08:46 PM
Cravings are terrible right now. My roommate has a bag of cookies and its taunting me. Also, I'd probably kill for a cheeseburger right now.
01-26-2009, 10:59 PM
Stay in there, you know what you signed up for when you decided to do the velocity insanity.
I'm watching you...
01-26-2009, 11:23 PM
01-26-2009, 11:36 PM
Made it through the night. Doesn't mean I don't want some of them damn cookies! Haha. On a side note, did some shoulder press, row and chest press isometrics today. Worked 3-4 different joint angles for each, we'll see how this pans out in the long run.
01-27-2009, 06:29 AM
Do your cravings not disappear after a day or two on low carb? i had my refeed yesterday and my appetite was shot to pieces i had to force feed everything down.
01-27-2009, 11:38 AM
The only time I have cravings are when I actually see or smell the food around me. Because I have roommates that don't care what they eat, I smell and see all kinds of stuff I shouldn't be eating.
01-27-2009, 12:00 PM
Im planning to do a 4 week run, my lady friend plans to do 2 weeks on.. I'll be watching. Best of luck!
01-27-2009, 01:19 PM
I really think this diet is best done for 4 weeks. The first week is adjusting and losing mostly water and glycogen, the second week is beating the cravings and supposedly the third and fourth week are supposed to be easier. I'll let you know how I do.
Woke up late this morning so no fasted walk. I'll have to make up for it by walking all over campus for my classes. Sucks when one class is a 15 minute walk from the other one, and I walk fast.
01-27-2009, 02:41 PM
01-29-2009, 07:22 PM
So after reading a lot of stuff on CKD i'm thinking about adding in a carb up day. I'm worried that the excessive protein and low fat is putting my glucose too high still. Anyone have any good info on this? I'm worried that I'm going to be burning muscle on this.
Would a refeed/carb-up like they do on CKD help prevent this? I guess I'm just trying to toy with the whole idea and make my own plan.
01-29-2009, 07:23 PM
01-30-2009, 09:58 AM
on the velocity diet your one solid meal a week is your carb-up. For that one meal have oats, berries, and yogurt.. Like Chris suggests in the original write up.
01-30-2009, 11:04 AM
01-30-2009, 11:20 AM
01-30-2009, 04:11 PM
The bananas would have too much fructose which would reload the liver though, kind of defeating the purpose. If I did a carb-up wouldn't it be better to do high GI/simple sugars followed by some complex?
01-30-2009, 04:36 PM
According to Chris - he uses blueberries not bananas.
One serving of fruit a week isn't going to reload the liver, let alone give you negative results on your diet.
I said cheerios and skim milk, not honey nut cheerios :P
01-31-2009, 06:29 PM
Tonight I'm going to be watching Penn vs GSP II and will be eating some enchiladas with rice and corn. I'll be putting up some pics tomorrow.
As a whole, I've felt pretty damn weak lately, well I guess more or less have less endurance. I pretty much expect it to be that way. Going to weigh myself and see how much I put on tonight.
02-01-2009, 07:09 PM
So I had a realization last night while thinking over the whole low carb stuff. I haven't been sore after any of my workouts. And its not that I haven't been pushing myself in my workouts either. I just haven't gotten sore from these. Not really sure if its just a coincidence or if its the protein or what. Anyone else notice reduced muscle soreness when on low carb diets?
As far as weight gain went after the carb up, I was up 6lbs from the meal and all the water I drank with my meal. Down 3.5 of those pounds the next morning.
02-05-2009, 01:39 PM
i just figured id start this and am on day 3 going to run it for two weeks (maybe the full time), to get myself back on track after some crappy eating and super bowl deviations. its not that bad i just need to get some casein to bump up the calories on my shakes cause im a little low.
02-05-2009, 01:43 PM
02-05-2009, 05:58 PM
Been busy with school and my research so I havenít really prioritized this log. But here goes anyways:
For the first two weeks, I felt very uninterested in sex, libido pretty much crashed. So last Friday I decided to switch the macros to include more fat. Well the numbers now are 237 Pro, 65 Fat, 23 Fiber and less than 15 other carbs/day. Puts me around 1600 calories and I have almost 400 on workout days.
Speaking of workouts, I havenít lifted since last Thursday. The past 3 days Iíve been so exhaustedly tired that I just couldnít get my ass to the gym. Besides, its cold in Wisconsin and walking 15 minutes in 10 degree weather while youíre dead tired in order to get more tired just isnít my thing. I would like to attribute the lethargy to crashing from the DCP/LR combo. Before starting LR, I had maybe 100mg of caffeine a month. Now its up to 450 or something like that each day. Iím going to give it another day or two until I drop the LR. As far as weights go, I have actually added weight on some of the exercises. The only problem is, I seem to hit a wall about 2-3 reps short of what I usually am able to do. For example, 7, 8, 9 will be easy and then 10 my muscles just quit. I really miss being able to push through things with more intensity.
That brings me to my next point, although the fat is melting off, I donít think Iím willing to trade that for a lack of a good workout. It just bugs me too much. I might stop the diet this Sunday. The diet itself is easy now. All the cravings are gone. Itís a big routine and I just go through the motions of drinking my shakes. Iíll have my girl take some pics either tomorrow morning or tonight before bed to get an idea of the change so far. My pants are now all loose, even in the butt where theyíve always been tight because I have a huge ass. The belt I wear now has to be used on the third hole, not the first. Quite a change. Also, my waist has dropped to 35.75 from 38Ē in less than 3 weeks. My abs are starting to poke through again which Iím excited about.
Something else Iíve changed is BCAA consumption. I now sip on BCAA water. 32oz water and 10g of BCAA 2xday along with 64 more oz of plain water. Overall Iím happy, but Iíd really like to have the energy to work out like I would like to. So far the concentration hasnít bothered me one bit. My graduate class on intermediary metabolism isnít even giving me any trouble! My mood is back up and so is my libido. I have been feeling pretty anxious/stressed lately though, which might also be a result of the stims. Like I said before, Iím not used to stimulants so its really bothering me sometimes.
And Iíll leave you with a pic of my girl bagging up the protein for me
02-05-2009, 07:31 PM
Nice update! So your three weeks in? What is your total weight loss in addition to the inches? Really good info reps to you sir!
02-05-2009, 07:34 PM
Crap, I retyped that post 3 times due to accidentally hitting back and then again to a crashing computer so I forgot to list that. As of this morning, I was 200.1. I hadn't weighed myself until the day after starting the diet and I was 212-213.
02-05-2009, 07:35 PM
02-05-2009, 07:39 PM
Yeah, I'm lurking the forums now, haha. I really suggest going the 4 full weeks though. If you have trouble, try having one low carb/carb free meal a day and the rest in shakes. I think the first 5lbs are water and glycogen at least. This needs to be an extended thing.
02-05-2009, 07:39 PM
Lack of carbs should theoretically effect strength. Fat oxidation is a richer form of energy for the body, but (type II) forceful contractions are optimally fueled by simple carbs. Currently, you and I are in the same boat. I'm not on Velocity, but all of my carbs are fibrous or exclusively Ezekiel bread. My strength has suffered a bit, but I'm working on it.
Out of curiosity, how many pounds are you anticipating to lose in 28 days?
NSCA - CSCS
02-05-2009, 07:48 PM
I'd like to lose 3-5 more. So that would put me at 195 from 212 or 17lbs because I anticipate I'll gain some back when I reintroduce carbs from glycogen alone. When I'm back on carbs, I'd like to be a leaner 200. From there I'm going to try a slight recomp with some kind of cycle. Don't really want to add much more bulk, I like the lean over swole look. In all honesty, I was just disgusted with how I looked at 212, which was also more than I've ever weighed.
02-05-2009, 08:43 PM
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