Hi all. I’ve been reading T-National religiously for a couple months now, first time poster.
I’ve been lifting on and off for 4-5 months but have only started taking my fitness seriously 2 months ago. I’m 20 years old and am 6"1 and 203, was 218 when I started. I have not been lifting long but I would consider myself somewhat experienced as I have built up muscle quickly from hard work proper diet and good genetics (my father is huge). I also have a lot of cardio in my routine, biking 30-75 mins 4-6 days a week.
My supplementation has involved HOT-ROX and a couple different protein powders that are basically the same as Metabolic Drive low carb, muscle milk after a workout (perhaps I should switch to Surge), and a standard multivitamin (megaman).
My actual diet has more solid food than liquid, lots of eggs, chicken, fish, steak/some beef, and less frequently fruit, salad, protein bars, sushi.I just read Christian Thibaudeau’s excellent article on supplementation and decided to buy some fish oil, BCAA, and Beta-7.
As a part of my job I travel overseas for over a week at a time every month or two. I haven’t travelled since I started my new health regime but I’m going to be in a hotel in Australia for 15 days starting January 9. I’m worried about my diet and was thinking about all of the supplements I’m going to have to bring when it occurred to me that the most effective solution might be to switch to the V-Diet, or a modified form with more solid meals mixed in. However I also don’t want to be low energy and slow mentally because I need to be very sharp for at least 4-5 days during this trip.
My main questions are:
(1) Would the V-Diet be a reasonable thing to do in this situation?
(2) what types of modifications re: supplementation would be necessary to go with any whole meals I mix in? and should I even bother mixing in whole meals?
(3) Weight loss is important but so is muscle. After eating healthy, mostly solid food and working out with such dedication while consuming 2000-2500 calories a day, could v-diet be a negative shock on my system that will cause me to regress in terms of muscular strength and endurance?
(4) I enjoy my biking. Is this going to be a problem if I actually go through with the V-Diet?
thanks for input, be easy on a newb