Theres no reason why the damn thing should fail though which is pretty annoying - the only thing that could really be picked upon are the days where protein falls below 1g/lb. I wonder if this could be altered?
The concept of the diet as a whole is actually pretty sound with that exception... I do suspect my training choices weren't the best option. I did email thibs and message him in his thread a few times over the last year (or however long the article had been out) but unfortunatly he was always too busy to give a response.
To london runner... the NEPA walks and the such wouldnt even really count as cardio... its just about upping ones generic daily activity. I went for a few walks in the evening here and there... maybe did an extra trip down to the shops for food, offered to carry my friends bags, etc.
Interesting that calories werent SUPER low on this diet like they were when I did the v-diet twice... weight loss did start to slow dramatically half way through week 3 and came to an almost standstill in week 4... I would perhaps wonder about doing a recalculation at the end of week 2 for another calorie drop?
The fact calories werent as low as the v-diet made me also wonder about performing thibs metabolic pairings or something during this diet:
tue: metabolic pairings
fri: metabolic pairings
This was the outline laid out by thibs in another article for the metabolic pairings... but not connected to this diet. He said oen of his clients dropped close to 5% bodyfat in a month using this approach. The lack of leg work is due to the fact that the metabolic pairings feature a lot of leg work. I do not know what diet this client had at the time however. Can this work with low carbs?
Perhaps to get around the low protein days... start the diet on a friday? Just an idea.
But the low protein days could definatly be sidestepped....
for a 220lb @20% bf male the calorific intake is 2420
(220lbs)*(1g protein per lb)= 220g protein, 880 calories
20g of trace carbs = 80 calories
2420-960 = 1460 calories to spend on fat = 162g
rough calorific macro split:
There would still be a domninance of fat... shrugs I guess this approach isnt so good as a cookie cut approach (which is what thibs was forced to do) - maybe a different combo of weight and bodyfat would yield a protein dominant macro split.