I’ve been taking fish oil supplements for a long time. I started at the advice of my physician, who thought it might help with my triglyceride levels, which were excessive at the time. I’ve taken up to 4 gm/day DHA+EHA with no apparent adverse effects.
However, I have recently been rethinking my dosage level, after becoming aware of several studies which show an increased risk of developing atrial fibrillation associated with Omega 3 supplementation, especially at higher dosages. The link below seems to be a pretty good summary of the concern:
The recommended dosing schedule for the Velocity 4 diet involves supplementing at 3+ grams per day, which falls into the range they are concerned about. I’m guessing your in-house experts have probably seen this research. I’m wondering what their thoughts are on the implications of such studies for the typical Flameout user?
Sure, I’ve seen those studies. They suggest (but not prove) that taking doses of 4 or more grams of fish oil a day increases the risk of developing A-fib, at least in those patients with a high-risk of heart disease. However, at smaller doses (1.8 grams a day), there was no such correlation. I don’t think anyone’s figured out why there’s an association, though. However, if you have any risk factors associated with heart disease (aside from high blood fats) or have had A-fib in the past, it might be better to take less than our recommended 3 grams per day.
I had perhaps a different question and that being, could this type of structure be used on a need by need basis? What I mean is, say you have a busy day lined up, or you do meal prep on a Saturday or Sunday and you want an easier eating schedule for the day, would it benefit to use this on these types of day’s?
Much like we used to be able to use Mag-10 pulses in a similar fashion. Could the V-Diet be a suitable replacement?
Very much so. And it’s actually a strategy I use often. Super busy hectic day: V-Day. By the time time things calm down, it’s dinner time: healthy solid meal.
I’ve also used a “pulse” of the V-Diet after a trip when my diet wasn’t on point. A few days of V-Dieting and I’m back on track.
My wife and I started the V-Diet on August 1st… Everything was going good until my wife started having stomach cramps and nausea after the morning shake. Our diet routine matches the routine, with 4 shakes with 2 scoops of Metabolic Drive. She’s also taking Superfood, Flameout, and Micellar Curcumin with the morning shake. My question is this too much for her body to handle all at once? Should she lower her protein intake in the morning, 1 scoop? Could she have a protein intolerance, if so what are her options? Thanks in advance.
Does she use sucralose or artificial sweeteners in other foods besides Metabolic Drive? Sucralose makes me feel unpleasant and it’s a side effect some others have as well (I also do not like the taste at all, and can detect it right away if it’s used in food or drink).
I actually gave Metabolic Drive a try recently (or currently, since it’s still at home) simply because I’ve liked Surge so much. But, right off the bat, the sucralose taste is off putting and left me feeling a bit bloated and off. I hope Biotest makes a naturally sweetened version in the near future, but for now I have to switch back to another brand for protein.
She does use a sweetner in her coffee in the morning. You think it might be possible it’s too much sweetener? She feels better after the evening solid meal.
Well, it’s 8-10 scoops/servings per day. I don’t know if the amount of sucralose in a serving a MB is similar to that in a diet cola that is sweetened with sucralose, but it is probably ballpark. For me, no way I could tolerate that much artificial sweetener in a day but others clearly can handle it no problem.
Much of this is likely related to gut microbiota, and sucralose does change its composition. I’m not trying to say “don’t have sucralose or artificial sweeteners”, but simply that not everyone can (or is willing to) tolerate them.
It’s probably worth a shot to just cut back to the regular two-scoop shake, leaving the Superfood, Flameout, and Curcumin for a later time. Can’t hurt to see if that helps her day start any better.
I’m not Chris, though, so in the end, do whatever Shugart says. Haha
Any issues with 2 cups of coffee in the morning?
Also jog a 5k 3 days a week right now @ a 12.5min/mile for general health. Since I’m already at that level do I really need to stop and walk now?
For a few people (including me), tea or its derivatives can cause nausea first thing in the morning or on an empty stomach. Superfood contains EGCG from green tea, so it might be that. I use Superfood daily, but always have it with food. She may want to try it after the evening meal and just half a serving to start with. Cutting back on the MD scoops could help, too.
No problem with morning coffee. Just avoid the obvious stuff, like adding cream and sugar. (I like a splash of unsweetened vanilla almond milk.)
As for your 3 days of running, what you need to consider is the caloric deficit. Jogging may have been fine at maintenance or above, but it might “hit different” when calories are lower. The V-Diet contains so many protective mechanisms to prevent muscle loss that I think you’ll be fine. But you may also be able to cut back and replace with longer walks and get even better results. Play it by ear.
For fat loss, a light reduction in calories and/or healthier food choices is usually better than piling on more cardio, but as you said, you’re already doing it and have adjusted. I do appreciate your concern for general health, so play with it and just know that there are many ways to skin the cat.
Personally, I’d rather see you add some shorter, more intense metcon at the end of a workout instead of doing three 5Ks per week. Like just 10 minutes or so of harder activity instead of 38 minutes of jogging. 30 minutes weekly of metcon will have a better overall impact on health markers than an hour and 15 minutes of jogging. Give it a shot if you’re feeling it!
I know, lots of options there! But that’s kinda the fun part.
Thanks Chris. We’ve added a lot more water to her shakes and moved her super food to the afternoon. So far so good.
Given the plan doesn’t contain the carb source for workouts (Plazma I think) like it did a couple of years back, what’s the party line with respect to post-workout nutrition? Just a shake, or add a carb source (say, some berries?)? Alternatively (and what I’ve done a little) is to have protein with some oatmeal. Just figured I’d see what y’all suggest. I thought the Plazma was helpful but it did irritate my throat so not something I’m going to opt for.
Like the look of this but one concern will this work for first responders as I never sleep 8-9hrs, I am lucky to get 4-6hrs will this hinder my weight loss on this diet?
Less than 7 or 8 hours never helps… with anything really. Many notice more cravings when they miss sleep, which could make any diet plan harder to stick with. That said, reducing calories below maintenance while keeping protein high never really fails, so I’m betting you could make it work.
Learned I likely have an eating disorder. Great.
How should we be eating after the 4 weeks are over? Can we go right back to eating let’s sY 4 healthy solid meals a day
Whatever works best for you. Keep protein high at roughly a gram per pound of body weight. Nothing with added sugar (or very limited). No obvious junk. The usual “I don’t wanna be fat anymore and I want to fuel muscle gains” stuff.
Remember, this isn’t a plan designed to quickly cut weight then go right back to what caused the weight issue to begin with. Rather, the V-Diet is a launching pad. Kill the bad habits, food addictions, and cravings with this plan, then segue into a lifestyle of healthy eating that supports your goals.