Today marks the last official day of the Velocity Diet. For the past two weeks, I’ve been eating 2 solid meals a day and three protein shakes a day. I continued to stick to about 1500 calories for non workout days and 1800 on workout days (the extra 300 was from a post-workout drink).
As expected, I gained a few pounds after coming off the strict diet. However, I’ve now started back down again and this morning, I was below my final Velocity Diet weight by a pound.
Supplementing meals with protein shakes is actually pretty handy so I’ll be continuing that, at least for breakfast. On workout days, it’s nice to get up in the morning and only have to spend a few seconds shaking some protein powder in water on the way out the door. Consider my love/hate relationship with mornings (I love to hate them) the more time I can stay in bed, the better.
I’m also finding it a lot easier to stick to a low-carb meal plan. Choosing meals for their nutrition content and taking my current activity level into consideration is becoming much easier. Scheduling a workout for a Saturday morning so I can have a bagel afterwards is a great way to reward myself with something I like and yet keep it reasonably healthy by consuming the carbs after a workout.
I’m also exploring quite a few new recipes. I had a salad last night that had Salmon, asparagus, blueberries, spinach and a few other veggie’s. The dressing was a tablespoon of honey mustard that was thrown into the veggies as they finished the saute process.
I’m not a big fan of honey mustard so I’ll probably change that part of the meal the next time I eat it but other than that, it was great.
Now that I’m out of the transition phase, I’m moving into a strength building workout phase. I’ll be doing low-rep/high weight workouts for a while to pack on some extra muscle mass. Kind of a tricky process. On the one hand, I want to get below 200 pounds (I’m at 205 now) but on the other, I want to add muscle. Adding muscle means adding weight. It also means increasing my metabolism, which leads to more fat loss. I’m not going to go into a “bulking” phase like a typical body builder or power lifter. I’m not going to start consuming large amounts of calories to try to pack on the pounds. I’ll keep the calories under control and try to add muscle without gaining fat at the same time. Probably a tricky proposition, we’ll see.