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Chris Shugart
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V-Diet Smashes Fat-Loss Plateau
by Chris Shugart

My gym is filled with two types of people: hardcore lifters and softcore wieners.

The hardcore folks lift like maniacs, sweat like beasts, and diet so strictly that they won't even chew a stick of gum if it has an errant calorie.

The softcore wieners lift like ballerinas, never break a sweat, and are just flat-out sissies when it comes to their diets.

Now, ready for the shocker? Most of the hardcore people are women in their 30's and 40's. Most of the softies are men in their 20's.


Maybe all that estrogen in the water has caught up to them, I don't know. All I know is that women are the "new hardcore" in most gyms I visit these days.

Kelli Keyes is one of those women. This 34-year old mother of two (ages 5 and 3) got sick of the way her body looked and took control. She started training, got some initial results, then hit a plateau. Testosterone contributor Craig Weller suggested the V-Diet. Here's what happened.


Chris Shugart: Tell us your story, Kelli.

Kelli Keyes: Well, I lost motivation to exercise and eat healthy when I was pregnant with my first child. Weight loss has been a struggle since then.

I started to work out with Barefoot Fitness two years ago and started seeing results. For quite a while it was just a matter of the right workouts and slowly improving my diet. I broke it down very simply and got into the habit of eating mostly protein, veggies, and quality fat along with my peri-workout drinks.

Shugart: So far, so good. What happened?

Kelli: Diminishing returns! Those gradual improvements started to slow and the tweaks became smaller and smaller. I still wasn't where I wanted to be.

Shugart: Most people who make a successful body transformation experience a breaking point -- an event that makes them get mad, get serious, and get to work. Did you have one of those?

Kelli: One day I looked at myself in a swimsuit and noticed that my thighs were a bit "dimply." Even with training and a better diet, I still wasn't there yet. It was frustrating. I wanted to really do something about it and make it happen fast. Craig had mentioned the V-Diet in the past so I asked him for info on it and made the decision to do it.

Shugart: Why the "crazy" V-Diet?

Kelli: I knew it would be the fastest way to get the results I wanted. Also, I wanted to be able to show people that it's possible. I know that there are a lot of women out there who look and feel like I did in that first picture, and I want them to know that they can also get to where I am in my current picture.


Shugart: Tell us about your V-Diet experience. Did you gnaw your arm off or go postal at a Krispy Kreme?

Kelli: No, the V-Diet has been a great experience for me! I highly recommend it. The easiest part was not worrying about what I was going to eat for meals. It's super convenient and the Velocity Diet site lays it all out there for you. You know exactly how much of everything to have and when.

Shugart: What was the toughest part?

Kelli: I thought the hardest part would be feeling hungry, but I was wrong. I didn't really feel hungry. I was fatigued the first week though. That was a little rough since my work schedule requires me to get up around 4:30 AM. After about the first week and a half that subsided and I felt great!

The really hard part was probably getting others to understand that the V-Diet isn't one of those starvation fad diets. When your husband tells people you're only eating one solid meal a week, that sounds bad, and it can be hard to explain to a layperson who probably thinks Lean Cuisines are health food.

It's nothing like one of those fad diets though. The V-Diet provides more nutrition than most people normally get from their regular daily meals. It just happens to be in mostly liquid form.

Plus, the positive changes it brings about in insulin management, lipid profiles, and more efficient fat metabolism will have long term benefits beyond what a month's nutrient intake will have on your body.

Shugart: So what were your final results?

Kelli: Well, last summer my body fat was 25%. I went to 20.3% with exercising and watching what I ate. Measuring with DEXA scans, the V-Diet brought me down to 14.9%. My waist, always a problem area for me, is now 29 inches. I lost 7 pounds of fat (which is 28.7% of the fat I started with) and gained 4 pounds of muscle. All in just 28 days!

Shugart: The V-Diet is known to help most people break negative food-related habits and sort of "detox" the taste buds: healthier foods taste better while cravings for physique-destructive foods are reduced or even lost. Did you experience any of that?

Kelli: I've definitely gained more mindful, healthier eating habits. My cravings have changed from cheesecake to protein shakes. I want my shakes every day now. I also don't want to give up my spoonful of nut butter for bedtime snack.

It surprised me how during my HSMs (Healthy Solids Meals) I didn't want to shovel my food in. That's how I figured it would be, but it wasn't like that at all. I enjoyed my meals but looked forward to my shakes.

Shugart: Cool. What's next for you?

Kelli: I want to continue helping others achieve their goals with diet and exercise, especially now that I have firsthand experience with using the V-Diet when it's called for. It's awesome to watch other people's bodies transform and know that I'm helping them change their lives.

For myself, nutritionally, I'll continue to have at least two shakes a day and HSMs the rest of the time. I plan to maintain what the V-Diet has done for me and help others do the same.

Note: For more info on the V-Diet, click HERE.

Are you a V-Diet success story? Contact Chris at [email protected]



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MikeManos
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Haha Chris, I was just chatting at length about this yesterday with my primary care physician, lol (and yes it is very much "lol"). Since he is a doctor of internal medicine who has an office in the training facility (that I workout at) overlooking an enormous indoor tennis court, we couldn't help but notice this painfull demographic between the superfit soccer moms and the bloated beer guzzling 20/30 year olds.

As a matter of fact, after completing my annual physical and heading out the building, I had to do a double take at stare at the women on that court. What I saw was an almost frightening display of women with developed glutes, defined legs and bulging little bi's, tri's and delts popping out of that athletic wear. They looked amazingly hot, and some were in their 50's and 60's!

And I'll double down on this bet: Most of them were probably married to guys that look like Tony Soprano; a future glimpse of what those aforementioned 20/30 year old guys can look forward to (the gut and health problems that is).

I rarely curse these days, but what the f**k?

And this display will no doubt repeat itself across the beaches of America very shortly. I'm still blown away by the fact that when I take my shirt off at the beach I look so much better than 90% of the 20 year olds there...and I'm approaching 40.

And for this, I have to voice my hatefull distate for the biggest culprit (IMO, that you also mentioned yourself in previous articles): BEER.

Seriously, f**k BEER.

This beverage has not only heloped destroyed men's bodies and health, it's wrecked their minds and appearance as well. TC once wrote that just looking at the way men are displayed in beer commercials is disgraceful, and that alone diserves our disdain. Right on. It's like watching a bunch of stupid and blubbering idiots acting like epileptic children with Down Syndrome (no disrespect to the sufferes of this disease, obviously)...c'mon, shouldn't we be at all offended by that?

Anyway, that's my rant and observation...

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Chris Shugart
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Mike, I noticed this again yesterday in the gym: lots of fit and strong-looking dudes in there around the age of 40... but all had the beer belly.

And that's exactly what it is: Gym, plus supplements, plus mostly good foods, plus beer. It creates that same physique over time. It's like "fit with gut." And these guys train their asses off... but the beer wins in the end.

I think one problem here is that the 20-somethings can get away with it for a while. But after 30, or even 25, the beer starts winning. By 40 they look pregnant and can't seem to figure out why. They often don't think of beer because the effects didn't present themselves right away.

And FYI, I love beer. But there's no way I'll drink it regularly. I allow myself one per year. Seriously. It's that bad.


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MikeManos
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Chris Shugart wrote:
Mike, I noticed this again yesterday in the gym: lots of fit and strong-looking dudes in there around the age of 40... but all had the beer belly.

And that's exactly what it is: Gym, plus supplements, plus mostly good foods, plus beer. It creates that same physique over time. It's like "fit with gut." And these guys train their asses off... but the beer wins in the end.

I think one problem here is that the 20-somethings can get away with it for a while. But after 30, or even 25, the beer starts winning. By 40 they look pregnant and can't seem to figure out why. They often don't think of beer because the effects didn't present themselves right away.

And FYI, I love beer. But there's no way I'll drink it regularly. I allow myself one per year. Seriously. It's that bad.





Then I recommend skipping that one beer a year also...switch to bourbon. Goes great with a steak dinner and helps you with a killer leg routine. =)

And here is an interesting "historical" tidbit I read a while back that is partly related to this phenonemon: It is rumored that during the 30's & 40's in Germany, the military uniform manufacturers (I believe Ferdinand Hugo Boss was the main one, but I forget) were discretely advised to design & include special belts for their military trousers so that (if I remember the quote exactly) "every beer & sausage loving soldier and SS officer looked liked an athlete".

Contrast that with the weight belts that (as you noted before) many wear today for that same purpose and it's not such a stretch of the truth is it?

And btw, we all know what happened next to the Axis power: The Germans were stopped at Stalingrad, the fronts all began to slowly collapse, and Germany inevitably lost the war. And all because of BEER.

See, even one can be that devasting to your health. :)

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buffnstuff
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Gotta chime in on this one! The faux tuff-guys in the Underarmor and Tap-Out gear...

I go to a fairly hardcore gym. As in, it's one of the only places left in the city that allows the use of chaulk, bumper plates... that sort of thing. And the place's primary use is not as a gym, it's a pool/community centre! However, there is a core group of about a dozen Oly and P-Lifting types. Some of us even compete on the local level.

Anyhow, since the January intake of of the "Resolutionists", I have noticed a high degree of the aforementioned hard training women. Ladies are performing unilateral work, turkish getups, split squats. Ladies are putting up seriously good form on the compound moves, squats and such. And it shows!

Most of the men or should I say, the boys? Half rep heroes, piss poor form, and yet, lots of chest thumping, profanity and other assorted foolishness! Can someone tell me who is teaching these 145 lb wienies to waste time with wrist curls? It's just... sad.

I've had to learn to just tune it out, crank up the MP3s and try to be the better example... I'm old, it's my job! I even get the odd lifter asking me for advice... she's usually hot, firm and just a bit sweaty! So, I guess it ain't all bad!

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Dre the Hatchet
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Maybe it's menopause kicking in? Finally getting some test into their system...

...while at the same time most guys in their 20's do everything in their power to rid their bodies of any trace amounts of testosterone. Weed, opiates, beer, little sleep, very little, nutritionally void food
(maybe some coffee for breakfast, a slice of pizza and a soda for lunch, some ramen in the afternoon, late at night some garlic bread and of course alcohol!11).

Seriously, whenever I'm in the dorm kitchen and someone else is "cooking", it's:

- Garlic bread
- Pizza
- Some pizza variation
- Did I mention pizza?
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-Some ethnic cuisine with lots of curry and hot spices
-The hawt vegetarian chick making some random chick pea/brown-greenish mush

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