im in. Goodluck.
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
im in. Goodluck.
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.
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.
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.
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.
After one full week on the diet, I'm down 9.1lbs and to 36.5 inches around my bellybutton down from 38".
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.
added in the pictures finally
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.
Stay in there, you know what you signed up for when you decided to do the velocity insanity.
I'm watching you...
best of luck.
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.
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.
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.
Im planning to do a 4 week run, my lady friend plans to do 2 weeks on.. I'll be watching. Best of luck!
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.