So, it’s been a month since I finished the velocity diet, and as promised, here’s a final post detailing how much weight I gained back after returning to a normal diet. As I mentioned, I knew that there was no way that I wouldn’t gain a few kilograms after I started eating again, but I’m still surprised by just how much I put back on.
Velocity diet stats – 1 month later:
Weight – 78.9kg (173.9lb) – down 6kg*
Body Fat – 19.8% – down 3.6%*
Body Muscle – 39.9% – up 1.7%*
Total Body Water – 58.1% – up 2.3%*
* all variations calculated against Day 1 figures
That’s right, only 1.8 kilograms back on since the end of the diet, meaning that overall I still lost 6 kilograms from my start point. Not only that, but since finishing the diet there have been a few healthy changes to my diet that I’ve been sticking to.
1. I’ve given up white flour. The only exception to this is pizza which I eat around once a week (I know, I know, it’s my thing okay?). Otherwise it’s wholemeal all the way and I can honestly say that it’s been really easy to stick to. Wholemeal bread is much more filling, and though it’s a bit drier than white bread, it encourages me to drink more which I feel is a good thing. I haven’t missed white bread once.
2. I eat little and often. This is completely thanks to the velocity diet. After finishing, my stomach had shrunk to the size of a peanut and I just couldn’t eat big meals, nor did I want to really. Instead, just like on the diet where I drank shakes every three hours, I am now in the habit of eating small regular meals. This is a well known metabolism booster and has kept my energy levels nice and constant. I seem to be sleeping better as well.
3. I keep an eye on calories. Not in an obsessive calorie counting type of way, I guess I’m just more aware of how many calories my body needs, so when I see a meal which has 600 calories in it, and I know that I was surviving on just over double that per day, it makes me think twice. Don’t get me wrong, I eat over 2000 calories a day, it’s just good to actually pay a little more attention to what I’m putting in my body.
In fact, the only real negative after finishing the diet is that I’m definitely weaker. I’ve really noticed a drop in fitness or strength or something, compared to before I started the diet. My workouts feel harder, I struggle to push as hard in my classes, and my runs are slower. A month after finishing the diet I’m still trying to get back to where I was strength and fitness wise. This isn’t entirely surprising, I lost over a kilogram of muscle after all. I’m just surprised by what a difference it makes.
When I’d just finished this diet, I was still having a really hard time recommending it. Actually I still do. But I guess that at this point I have to admit that this diet really will take a lot of weight off, and, if you eat sensibly afterwards, keep it off…