I am not sure how we were able to not lose strength. Notice I did mention we had a slight increase in all lifts. I will elaborate more. The first week of the diet we used the same weight as the week before. We both stayed at those weights for the first two weeks of the diet. The third week I was able to increase the weight on most but not all of my lifts. This was the smallest increase possible for any lift that was increased. The fourth week Catherine was able to increase in all her lifts at the smallest increase available for all lifts.
I was able to increase in the lifts that were not increased in the third week. I do not have the numbers available, but I remember the timeline. As mentioned, they were not huge increases, but we did increase. The first week after the diet was following by working our Monday and Tuesday at the same weight as the fourth week of the diet.
Then we were out of the gym until the following Monday while we enjoyed a trip in which we were extremely careful in how we ate by taking Metabolic Drive with us, only eating lean protein and healthy fats, and limiting our carbs to oatmeal and whole wheat. The following week we stayed at the same weight again before increasing in some lifts the following week.
My point is we were able to see a slight increase in strength levels while on the Velocity Diet. Also, not trying to shill, but I would attribute this to the use of Surge. The one day we forgot to take it with us to the gym was miserable. Both of us had a terrible time that night. We made sure that did not happen again.
I know the diet is not healthy as eating whole foods since it doesn't provide a broad spectrum of healthy intake, macro and micronutrients, and phytonutrients. But I do think it is healthier than other dramatic weight loss diets that cause the dieter to lose more muscle and water weight than actual fat. Most other drastic diets have nowhere near the amount of protein intake and healthy fats provided by the Velocity Diet.
Fortunately I was taking in more calories than you. Here is some of my information from the diet.
2,165 calories - 1320 from shakes, 525 from Surge, and 320 from milled flax seeds
277.5 grams of protein
Non Workout Days
1,750 calories - 1220 from shakes, 210 from fish oil pills, and 320 from milled flax seeds
240 grams of protein