Lost 8lbs first week of V-Diet Super Lite without any cravings or pain, after losing 10lbs previously on the Paleo diet (see below). Went from 221 lbs to 213 lbs during week one on this modified V-Diet.
I really wanted to do the V-Diet but I often have to attend business lunches or dinners so following a pure V-Diet plan and pulling out a shake wasn't an option for me at these meals. I read as many T-Nation articles as I could and started the following plan.
My Daily Plan
Metabolic Drive Complete (1 in a.m.)+ 5-7 frozen berries, 30-60 min before workout
A.M. weight workout 30 min
Low-Carb Metabolic Drive (3 throughout the day)
Lunch ~6-8oz of lean meat lots of veggies especially green ones if avaialbe sometimes a piece of fruit.
Lots of water throughout day
HOT-ROX (2pills 2xday)
Flameout (2pills 2xday) Much more convenient than 21 fish caps.
Dinner w Family- ~2-3 oz meat and about 1 cup of veggies mostly green, if I had a business dinner I would flip flop lunch/dinner portions. In general followed paleo recomendations for my veggie choices (i.e. no potatoes etc) and focused on green veggies also no beans or grains. Could of substituted a shake for dinner but nice to eat w/ family, also teaches you to eat very slow which is more filling.
Tabata Row In Evening-(5x week) I know aerobic activity is generally not recommended on any V-Diet but after reading T-Nations "Hierarchy of Fat Loss" article as well as info on Tabata I decided to add this 160 seconds of aerobic work. All out every round no pacing. Also did weigh ins every am, probably coincidence but the only days I didn't have significant weight loss was when I skipped the tabata the night before. (Yes i hydrated significantly b4 and after tabata)
Also I picked one day during the week when I have no business meals and I rely completely on the metabolic shakes.
One week doesn't mean much but I am happy with the 8 pounds in the first week and I feel stronger and the rowing machine shows that my tabata distances are improving as well.
So far this diet has been incredibly easy. Although I think I did have a huge advantage in going with the Paleo diet for 5 weeks before starting this modified V-Diet. If you already eat healthy probably no advantage to going with a paleo diet first, but I didn't eat healthy so the first 2.5 weeks of paleo was absolute hell for me. Although I was getting a ton of carbs through the fruits and veggies I was craving the unhealthy carbs like crazy and was just miserable mentally.
Basically I was addicted to the insulin rush the heavily refined grains and potatoes give you and it took 2.5 weeks to break it. I suspect the people who fail on the regular V-Diet have a similar issue except its even worse since they don't get to eat the fruits and veggies that you do on paleo. I would suspect people who already eat healthy have a much easier time starting the standard V-Diet as they are not addicted to the insulin spikes.
Anyway by the end of that first 2.5 weeks on paleo almost all veggies started tasting good to me. Lost 10lbs the first 2.5 weeks of paleo then nothing for 2.5 weeks then started my modified V-Diet.
Favorite treats besides any meat is sprinkling green beans, brussel sprouts, or asparagus with olive oil and a little sea salt and baking in oven until tops are brown/black. Nearest thing to candy you can get on this modified plan.
I will post my results for future weeks as they occur.