BLUF: Overall, I’d say this temporary program is something to consider if you are stuck in a hard plateau and need a boost to get going again.
After 7 days of more veggies than I have ever eaten, here are the results from today’s weigh-in (including two weeks back for comparison):
|Week 16: 110423||208.0||26.2||54.5|
|Week 17: 110430||205.8||25.8||53.0|
|Week 18: 110508||211.3||26.6||56.8|
|Δ from last||+5.5||+1.1
|Δ from start||-17.2||-2.8||-11.1|
In one week of all the veggies I can stand, I was up 5.5 pounds and 1.1% BF. Something is strange here.
There are two huge caveats to my results:
#1 — I had a Free Meal Friday night. Not smart, but I’m not going to flagellate myself overly much for it. It is what it is.
#2 — My numbers are probably juuuuust a bit off. When I went in last Sunday morning to get my pre-VFHD numbers, I recorded the results:
- Weight: 213.4
- BF %: 27.4
- BF #: 58.2
These numbers were + 8 pounds, +1.5% BF, and +5 pounds BF higher than just one day before (the Week 17 numbers above). While April 30 was a Free Day, I didn’t overdo it that much.
My guess is that either my numbers for Week 17 are incorrect or my numbers for the next day, my pre-VFHD numbers, are wrong.
Unfortunately, I don’t know which.*
If you go by my Sunday numbers, then the VFHD was at least partly successful.
Using that scale, I am down 2.1 pounds, 0.5% BF, and 1.4 pounds BF in just 7 days. Down two pounds is something to report, even if it is not shocking and amazing.
Still, I can’t help but wonder if I could have done this on a normal SCD program instead.
Evaluating the diet itself, and not just the numbers, I can say that it has taught me that cauliflower won’t kill me. Nor did I reach the estimated lethal dose of carrots, try as I might.
- My energy levels were pretty good.
- I was rarely too hungry, though when I was unable to eat in a proper schedule, it did make a few of those evenings a bit troublesome.
- I worked out fine and saw no decrease in effectiveness.
- My mental states were fine.
- My attitude was no problem.
In other words, I think the Veggies From Hell Diet can be effective for some people and it will certainly help you learn to enjoy vegetables more . . . or at least hate them less.
But I don’t think it is the panacea the testimonials on the site claim it is.
My suggestions, if you plan to try this diet:
- I know that Chad says you should eat raw or steamed veggies. If you can, more power to you. If not, try the steam-in-the-bag “side dishes” available in most grocery store freezer sections.
- They are easy and convenient.
- They have a decent mix of veggies when you try more than one version.
- They have low calories (the ones I tried had less than 150 calories per bag).
- They can help you for times when preparation would be a problem (e.g. at work).
- Keep up your exercise routines. No need to skip for fear you won’t do well or you’ll be too tired.
- Go ahead and take the week off from your normal supplements. It’ll give your body a chance to rest from them and (hopefully) help them remain effective when you go back to your normal diet.
I am not sure it was worth the effort. I often struggled with eating the veggies, even using the bagged ones which were convenient and at least a bit tasty.
So . . . I didn’t die. I felt fine. I lost a bit of weight and BF (if you look at it the right way).
I give it a provisional “Check it Out!” If the mood moves you, go for it!
Today is a planned Free Day. No meals tracked but I will eat meals and not snack (too much).
Also, full supplements and Damage Control will be in effect.
Cheers and have a great Mother’s Day! =)