I've recently stopped doing the v-diet (actually, two rounds of V-Diet). Overall, I was pleased with the results and strength gains, even though I was in a serious caloric deficit for nearly 60 days! But, I've realized I'm probably shedding some muscle mass now, since my carb intake has been sub-50grams per day for so long. So I need to switch it up and go back to a "regular" diet.
I'd appreciate any input on my switch from the V-Diet to a more natural, higher-carb diet.
Some notes on my progress:
* Started at 205 @ 19% BF.
* Did a V-Diet for 28 days, took a week off, then did another V-Diet.
* Macro breakdown was about 20gm fat, 50gm carb, 350 gm protein / day.
* Heavy training ~5-6 days a week.
* Fasted incline walking ~6 days a week for 90 minutes.
* Ended at 179 @ 13% BF.
* Managed to increase my squat to 495, flyes to 70lb, DB tri-press to 105, etc.
* Also managed to get tendinitis.
Now, my goals are to keep increasing my compound lifts while packing on as much lean mass as possible, while minimizing fat gains. (Hey, we can all dream, right?)
My new diet plan is:
60-80gm fats, 180-200gm carbs, 250 - 300gm protein.
To say I'm scared to bloat up and lose my newly-defined abs is an understatement. I'm freaking terrified! But, I know I need to get that starchy carb fuel into my system ASAP to build up the muscle again.
I've been on this plan for about a week, and I'm already starting to feel a bit bloated and have shot back up to 191lbs. My nutrition is awesome (I work from home so I can snack on the "right stuff" on schedule), but I'm starting to worry that I'm making the wrong move here.
Please, someone stroke my ego and tell me that it's a good plan!
Love you all,