This is turning into an unnecessary to and fro, but here are my responses to your post:
Actually I did the marathon to raise money for charity, not because I’m training to be a serious long distance runner.
Well I didn’t know that. Most runners don’t do just one marathon. My assumptions were based on the fact I thought you were a serious runner who routinely ran marathons. I figured that would be obvious by my comments.[/quote]
It was obvious by your comments, which is why I thought it necessary to clear the situation up. Perhaps I should have left out the fact that I ran a marathon as it seems to have given the wrong impression. I put it in there because people often ask for further information on these threads when someone posts their original question. I thought it might be relevant. I’m actually a rugby player.
I was in better shape before I started training for the marathon
So the idea that you want to continue running is based on what?[/quote]
As I thought was clear on my original post, which I then expressly stated in my first response to your post: because I enjoy running.
Also, I found that training for a marathon put me into bad shape because of the long runs you need to complete each weekend, rather than the relatively short 6 milers, to which I was referring in my original post. Either way, I’m going to take both yours and the other people’s advice and stick to the prescribed cardio of the V-Diet.
I intend to get rid of the fat before adding muscle.
This is a fairly flawed thought process. Spend some time reading articles on this site (and if you’re going to read the Truth About Bulking article, make sure you actually understand CT’s intentions with that one) and you’ll see most people who are successful at this game do it in the opposite order.[/quote]
I think CT makes a number of points in his article. The two in particular to which I am referring is that it is unnecessary to be above 10% body fat and being lean makes it easier to stay lean and to gain muscle through better nutrient partitioning. Getting fatter makes it easier to gain more fat and harder to lose it.
As I said, I’m at 16% body fat right now, so I think it’s pretty reasonable for me to take this approach before trying to make gradual gains over time, as per the article. I realise that a lot of people have success by bulking and then cutting, but my guess is that they tend to start from a leaner point in the first place.
I think the overwhelming message that comes across from the articles on this site is that different things work for different people and each person needs to see what works for them, using this site as a guiding tool and a forum for discussion. This is what I’m planning on doing. If it doesn’t seem to be working out over the course of a year - I’ll try something different.
Words have lots of meanings and uses.[/quote]
Thanks for Vocab 101. You can come down off your pedastal. There’s really no need to patronize me.
Whatever you decide to do- good luck. Just keep in mind that it is a very well known fact that people who make modifications to the V-Diet fail it. They may lose some weight, but not to the degree they could have and they typically lose out on all of the other benefits. Usually the mods are nutrition-wise, but exercise mods are equally fatal. I know. It happened to me the first time around.[/quote]
As I said before, I’m going to follow the diet to the letter. I appreciate your good wishes, and I’ll let you know how it goes.