SO, long story short I had a really crappy part of my life just hit me; house caught on fire, job transition, girlfriend and I broke up. Sob story aside, the point of the matter is that I completely de-prioritized my health goals for the aforementioned mixed with a dab of "lack of motivation".
Recovery... I gained an unwanted 20 lbs. or so during the process, and I am WELL aware that I can't work through a shitty diet. I have decided to jump start it with a hybrid V-Diet/Pulse Fast regiment for 3 weeks then follow it up with another. Here is my debacle:
1) It's been over a week on this V-Diet hybrid and I've only lost about 5 lbs. I'm sure some of that is water/glycogen, so I'm not convinced I've lost a whole lot of weight at all. My fear is that I've been so inconsistent with my dieting through this year long mess that I've numbed my body to the effects of strategic nutrition/supplementation; is this possible??
What I mean is that during the "stint" I would try to diet, having calories low, using a workout plan that supported low cals (i.e. heavy lifting, some alactic stuff, and lots of walking) and using HOT-ROX, then I'd fall off the wagon, rinse and repeat. If I did screw the pooch on this one, how would I remedy it?
2) I was really thinking of doing something like the Paleo diet for now. I know I'm too fat for a lot of carbs (5'6'', moderately muscled, 190 lbs., probably 22% body fat), and my friend seems to be having good progress with it... I don't think I can take another one of these V-Diets in the near future! I'm looking more toward a diet I can use for longevity. I know they're out there and I've looked at them, but between carb cycling for fat loss, paleo, and precision nutrition, there are just SO many choices. Any feedback of where I might start from someone who has been in or about my shoes in the past?
I'm just a little thrown; I've never really been UNABLE to lose weight. I know I MAY be gaining muscle at the same rate that I'm losing fat, but that just seems a little improbable. I guess next time I really will heed the warnings that one should measure and take pictures before a major planned body transformation :P.
Thanks and sorry for the long explanation
Edit: I started the diet on Tuesday of last week, so it's been almost a week and a half, and the first 5 lbs. came off in 4 days with no further progress, even following 2 pulse fasts for clarification.