Q & A: What dieting method works best with Visual Impact?

By May 4, 2011 6 Comments

This week I received an email from Idris in regards to what dieting method works best when coupled with Visual Impact.

He writes…

“Hi Clint, firstly congrats with the results on the program. I have just bought the Visual Impact program and also Eat Stop Eat.
My question is during phase 1 did you follow Eat Stop Eat or Lean Gains? Or were you just eating at maintenance? As I am under the impression that during this phase it is more about volume therefore you would need too consume more food/protein to add in repairing the muscles.

Also, did you follow the program to a t? or did you increase HIIT or an extra day or weights?

Anyway, congrats again and I hope you can help me with the above questions.”

Thanks for the kudos Idris.

Too be honest, I was mixing my diet up inadvertently when I first started Visual Impact.
The problem was, I didn’t know the full extent of how lean gains operates.
I was doing an Eat Stop Eat fast once per week (22-24hour period), then trying the lean gains approach of a smaller fasting window of 16hours with the 8hr re-feed at least twice per week.

My schedule went something like this…

Monday: Normal eating patterns
Tuesday: Lean gains (16/8)
Wednesday: Eat Stop Eat (24hr fast)
Thursday : Normal eating patterns
Friday: Lean Gains (16/8)
Saturday: Normal eating patterns
Sunday: Normal eating patterns
Obviously, I had it completely wrong, but there was at least noticeable fatloss using this method.

Normal eating patterns?

By this I mean, I ate 3 times a day with slightly above maintenance calories. Of course, I HATE counting calories, but having done so for a long period of time, (in a previous life) I know due to my own experience when I’ve eaten over my quota for the day.


I used this sparingly in Phase 1, then increased it to EVERY day I trained (all 4) during the second and third phases.

If you plan on doing fasted training coupled with Visual Impact, I’d limit your HIIT to once per week at the most due to muscle loss issues. (and even then, don’t forget your BCAA’s).

Additional weight days

None were required at all. I did 4 days of weights (repeating the first workout of the program on the 4th Day).

If I was to do the program again…

I’d probably follow a more strict fasting regimen (at least 5 days a week), keep my calories at slightly above maintenance through the first and second phases (for muscle gains) whilst going BELOW maintenance during the third + bonus phases for maximum fat loss.

I hope that answers your questions.

For more about lean gains, check out this link here >
To checkout my own experiences with Visual Impact, check out the male version here > and the female version here >

Clint’s Note: Got any questions you’d like answered? Ask them below, or drop me an email.

Clint Nielsen

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