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V-Diet and Chewing Gum

I’m on Day 3 of the V-Diet - so far, so good. My only complaint is that my teeth and mouth feel kind of gross. I want to brush all the time. Is there anything wrong with chewing sugar-free gum all day on this diet? It may seem like a stupid question, but I ask because I remember reading that certain artificial sweeteners can cause an insulin response. Then again, maybe the enzymes produced by chewing might help with protein utilization? Anyway, I’m sticking to this diet to the letter, and I just don’t want to screw it up at all. Thanks for any input.

you can chew gum. it wont screw up the diet at all.

I’m curious about your gross mouth thing going on, give us more details, its kinda weird!

[quote]barbiegirl wrote:
I’m curious about your gross mouth thing going on, give us more details, its kinda weird!

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just imagine “eating” nothing but 5 or 6 protein shakes everyday. It leaves a film in your mouth.
I am naratoic and brush keep a toothbrush in my truck and brush well I drive (alot.)

Yeah, it feels like there’s a film on my teeth from the shakes - and I’m a little worried about what low carbs, vanilla Metabolic Drive, Flax meal, and Flameout is doing for my breath.

I mean, I’m doing this to impress the ladies… I’m afraid there won’t be any left who’ll come near me when this is done…

Never heard of this “film” before. Take a drink of water after your shake. Brush your teeth. That’s all I can think of.

This…


Or this.

Chris-

Understood. Only 25 more days to go.

Why are you even doing the Velocity Diet?

I read one of your earlier posts, and it basically said you’re new to working out. Chris Shugart is a 1000 year old veteran.

I’d highly suggest putting months of working out AND good, healthy eating before trying out the V-diet. Contrary to belief (or rather, the uninformed), the V-diet is not a quick fix to a leaner body. There’s no such thing. I’m sure others agree with me.

[quote]Hook 'em wrote:
Why are you even doing the Velocity Diet?

I read one of your earlier posts, and it basically said you’re new to working out. Chris Shugart is a 1000 year old veteran.

I’d highly suggest putting months of working out AND good, healthy eating before trying out the V-diet. Contrary to belief (or rather, the uninformed), the V-diet is not a quick fix to a leaner body. There’s no such thing. I’m sure others agree with me.[/quote]

I’m not sure which post you’re referring to. I wouldn’t say I’m new to working out. I just turned 26. I started lifting weights in the 7th grade. I was in good shape my first couple years of college, but I started reading more and more about exercise and nutrition - but actually working out less and less. I left college and had a couple of years of reading about exercise while doing little other than drinking beer. I’ve lurked here for years. I’m a classic case of getting bogged down in the details, and failing to do the basic hard work.

So, over the last couple years, I put on 25-30 pounds of chub and I developed many bad habits. Generally, I have an all or nothing attitude (as you may have surmised from my question about chewing gum). I’ve tried to just eat right and workout many times over the last couple years - and I’ve failed. So, I figured the V-Diet would be a great way to motivate myself by quickly dropping some fat and breaking my bad habits.

That’s my sob story.

[quote]M.L. wrote:
I have not worked out with any real regularity in years.[/quote]

That post.

[quote]M.L. wrote:
So, I figured the V-Diet would be a great way to motivate myself by quickly dropping some fat and breaking my bad habits.[/quote]

I agree to some extent. However, what do you plan on doing afterwards? And what happens if you end up failing? You’re not going to jump into a clean diet. You’ll grab the pizza, the hamburgers, all the junk food.

I’m 19. I’ve been fat all my life. I’ve considered the Velocity Diet, but I realized I’m going to eventually get back to regular eating. Eating clean is the only way. On top of that, without much muscle, what was an extreme diet plan gonna get me?

You and I are very alike. I’ve been reading/lurking on T-Nation for the past 2-3 years. I kept reading and reading, but I never really applied what I learned. And then I went to college and used it as an excuse for not working out.

So what did I do? I did what Goal Setting for Hard Asses by Dan John told me to do: negative reinforcement. I forced myself to buy a $100 nutrition guide from some guy named Jonathan Berardi. I told my sister that I’d buy her an authentic Coach purse if I wasn’t in considerably better shape by next summer. I decided to make a change and I let people know it! And if I pull another excuse out of my ass, there goes $300. (Let me remind you I’m a po’ college kid.)

Do what you want, but I promise you, if you start now, by the time your V-diet would have ended, you’ll be eating nothing but clean food (it takes 21 days to form a habit). Not to mention, you’ll save yourself a LOT of money. 100000 containers of Metabolic Drive + supplements ain’t cheap.

Joe

P.S. When I said a diet program by some guy, I was referring to Precision Nutrition by John Berardi. Great guy, great stuff. And I haven’t even gotten the damn thing yet!

[quote]Hook 'em wrote:
M.L. wrote:
I have not worked out with any real regularity in years.

That post.

M.L. wrote:
So, I figured the V-Diet would be a great way to motivate myself by quickly dropping some fat and breaking my bad habits.

I agree to some extent. However, what do you plan on doing afterwards? And what happens if you end up failing? You’re not going to jump into a clean diet. You’ll grab the pizza, the hamburgers, all the junk food.

I’m 19. I’ve been fat all my life. I’ve considered the Velocity Diet, but I realized I’m going to eventually get back to regular eating. Eating clean is the only way. On top of that, without much muscle, what was an extreme diet plan gonna get me?

You and I are very alike. I’ve been reading/lurking on T-Nation for the past 2-3 years. I kept reading and reading, but I never really applied what I learned. And then I went to college and used it as an excuse for not working out.

So what did I do? I did what Goal Setting for Hard Asses by Dan John told me to do: negative reinforcement. I forced myself to buy a $100 nutrition guide from some guy named Jonathan Berardi. I told my sister that I’d buy her an authentic Coach purse if I wasn’t in considerably better shape by next summer. I decided to make a change and I let people know it! And if I pull another excuse out of my ass, there goes $300. (Let me remind you I’m a po’ college kid.)

Do what you want, but I promise you, if you start now, by the time your V-diet would have ended, you’ll be eating nothing but clean food (it takes 21 days to form a habit). Not to mention, you’ll save yourself a LOT of money. 100000 containers of Metabolic Drive + supplements ain’t cheap.

Joe

P.S. When I said a diet program by some guy, I was referring to Precision Nutrition by John Berardi. Great guy, great stuff. And I haven’t even gotten the damn thing yet![/quote]

Actually the V-Diet is a great jumpstarting diet into a healthy eating plan. In fact the diet is quickly becoming the best intro to T-Dawg or any of JB’s plans. I don’t quite get your attitude that doing the V-diet is wrong just because of the possibility of going back to eating bad foods, or that people are looking for a quick fix. I think it’s unfair of you to automatically assume the worst for the OP.

First- if the diet is done correctly you won’t really want to, second this sounds like just an excuse not to want to try the diet. I don’t know if it’s that you’re afraid you’d fail it, or that it just wouldn’t work for you. Either way I think it’s perfectly fine for the OP to do this diet and wish him the best of luck. Try not to discourage people from trying something just because you don’t think it’s right for you.