I don't speak much about training in the nutrition forum. But here we go.
I'm doing another stint on the Rapid Fat Loss Diet because I want to be lean for summer and also because my training regimen has changed drastically. It involves a large amount of running. Currently, I'm building back up to a cardio base of being capable of running (OUTDOORS - NOT pussy treadmill shit) 4 times per week minimum for 40 minutes at a shot. Prior to changing my training, I couldn't locomote faster than a walk because of my weight and LONG time lifting for nothing but size and strength - bodybuilding and powerlifting training. By the summer time, I want to be in shape for SERIOUS interval training - 100 to 400 meter sprints.
To build this base up, I had to scale back on weight training to two full-body sessions per week. I still have weight to lose for sprinting and medium-distance tempo runs. So I'm back on the RFL diet for another round.
As we know, this diet is a HIGHLY restrictive, sometimes miserable endeavor. I have NO problem during the day on this diet. Several times per week, it's late at night and in the middle of the night that my appetite goes bonkers. It doesn't bother me so much, but has me wired and fidgety. We know nicotine is a short-term appetite suppressant. Despite the fact that I am an absolute fitness and health nut and a dietitian by profession, I've experienced smoking ONE cigarette on those hungry nights (totals 2 to 3 stogies PER WEEK) completely alleviates my hunger pangs and I go to sleep peacefully. I don't feel ANY addiction to nicotine at all, have no desire for cigarettes during the day or even when I use them sparsely as mentioned here, and will not smoke one right when this diet ends. When I smoke one, I have no desire to have another one at all.
What tricks have you employed to not go stir crazy on this diet? I KNOW full-well that this approach isn't optimal, but I don't see 8 to 12 cigarettes over a month span being particularly harmful. I also know full-well that cigarettes have a detrimental effect on metabolism and insulin sensitivity over the long term. But this isn't long term.
Here's training (All running is done outdoors):
Day 1: Run for half hour, static stretching
Day 2: Mobility drills, full body session, 15 to 20 minute walk
Day 3: Run for half hour, static stretching
Day 4: Run for half hour, static stretching
Day 5: Mobility drills, full body session, 15 to 20 minute walk
Day 6: Run for half hour, static stretching
Day 7: Off or half to one hour walk
Daily cardio helps with keeping appetite under control too.