Originally Posted by Mike ODonnell
Those were amazing results. Aside from the fat loss I have to think health is most important. I imagine you did gain back some water weight after it was over due to glycogen and water replenishment? What kind of eating plan do you follow now to keep those results? More like a Zone approach?
I deal mostly with the "American Public"...aka fat, overweight, high BP, arthritis, etc..etc..You know the ones that will no way in hell follow a 5-6x a day eating plan...and may not be strong enough to do something like a V-Diet. I wish I dealt with higher end people who would tought it out....but alas the majority of people are really not wanting to do Frans and "suck it up" on the diet....although I can always tell them too. I have learned over the years however not to become too much of a friend and get more tough with them...but not so tough I scare them off and they dont get healthy.
Anyways....where I was going with that is, do you or anyone think there is some sort of middle ground for the average person where they do say 1-2 real meals and 3-4 liquid ones? Real meals being only protein, veg, and healthy fat? Can a person do shakes all day and have a dinner of food at night and still get those results? Dunno...just trying to figure out something that my clients would realistically follow....and esp the fasting part and health benefits are of interest due to the amount of people with autoimmune disorders and inflammation issues....that's a grey area considering all the meds some people could be on too......Hmmmmm.....lots to think about....
Mike. I think if you look back through Dan's log and the experience of others you'll see that a "middle ground" is pertty tough to Mintain. Shaf hit it on the ehad. With IF and V-diet there is a clear line between On and Off. When you are a 1000 kcal in the red, it makes sense tro simplify your choices.
Realize that I had success with a modified version. My "breakdown" on the diet was to add one tuna salad each day instead of a shake. This felt like an enormous cheat at the time. In reality, it's probabaly even less calories than a shake.
I think the spartan psychology of the diet is the most important thing. Moderation in these matters doesn't work. if you are 50 pounds overfat, you don't need moderation, you need radical change. Change stems from imbalance, not a moderate appraoch.
Like I said, the cahnges were profound enough for me to insprie three other people to try. My wife has stuck it out, one friend bailed right off the bat and another started a different program.