I would like to come back to what I’ve called the “Weight Loss Ratched Effect“:
- sometimes you can’t lose weight even if you eat less and exercise more
- or you gain weight with the same nutrition and energy expenditure!
Many of us have already experienced it: you seem to be stuck with this fat especially around your midsection. Obviously your age must play a role, but not only: I’m not so old and and I went through this plateau several times 😉
Let me illustrate this with one of the emails I get on this topic.
I’m sorry to confess that I didn’t ask this nice lady for permission to quote her 🙁 so I will change her first name and, to be forgiven, I will tell her later that she has probably helped many people with her story 🙂
Here is a copy/paste of our emails, with 2 changes only: I have cut parts that are out of topic and changed her first name to Rachel, instead of C.. oops! just kidding 😉
Hi Mike –
just found your website and subscribed to your newsletter this afternoon. It’s great content that you’ve provided and I’m finding it extremely helpful. (…) I’m 42 and it great health but with a demanding desk job and the fight against age and an increasingly slower metabolism, I’ve noticed that I seem to be working out the same but not losing the fat I’m trying to lose. So I’ve been researching the responsible use of E and (…)
Would love your opinion, as well as whether or not it’s possible to order E online from other countries.
Nice to meet you 🙂
Thanks for your kind words!
I fully understand this plateau effect because I’ve been through this several times!
My advice in a nutshell:
– Try to vary: nutrition and workout – you want to break your “physiological routines”. What has worked for me was to focus on different muscle groups and intensity.
– Did you try pre & post workout supplements? They help a lot.
So give it a try and let me know 🙂
HI Mike –
Thanks for the response. I know it’s been a while but I’ve been traveling for work the past two weeks and this is the first chance I’ve had to revisit this! As for your questions, I do try to mix up my workouts, but I don’t see the same results that I used to – honestly! And I feel like I’m truly fighting my age and slower metabolism because I’ve only felt this way and noticed changes in my body over the past year yet my routines have not changed.
I don’t use pre or post workout supplements – I’m not looking to get big, just tone and lose some fat.
Also, I LOVE reading the content on your site!
Thanks Mike –
OK, what does it tell us?
“Rachel” is exactly experiencing what I said in introduction: sometimes your metabolism seems to be on slow motion.
You know I’m not a physician so I wanted an expert view on this case by the MDs in our team, namely Mary, my wife, and my dear friend Laurence, who is endocrinologist.
To be honest I understood only half of what they said 😉
So I took a lot of notes and here is a kind of summary.
If you are like Rachel, if you gain weight without changes in your lifestyle (probably due to age) or if you have tried really hard to lose weight without noticeable results, then this is for you.
And when I say “really hard”, with all respect, I don’t mean eating an apple in the afternoon and I will never consider shopping as exercise 😉
I mean serious workouts as in the case of Rachel.
From what Mary and Laurence told me, you first have to rule out hormonal imbalance. The words that came again and again were: stress, adrenal fatigue, potential undiagnosed thyroid problems and for women who have reached their 40s or 50s, perimenopause.
And if I got it right, in many cases it it a mix of all these causes.
Here is the 3 steps recommendation from our MDs.
1 – Medical Support
The first step is to see your doctor who will ask for routine testing of your hormonal levels — be prepared to give some blood 😉
2 – Lifestyle and Prevention
When serious conditions have been ruled out, it’s time to make sure that you have a healthy lifestyle.
I won’t detail here because you already know it, and if not here are some pillar articles on this topic: eat less and move more.
What I would like to add to the basics is that in your case, compared to younger people, you should consider natural products which are known to prevent hormonal imbalance. Do a quick search in reputable sites like WebMD or Mayo Clinic and avoid all crap sites that have no medical knowledge and just try to sell you snake oil and fake natural remedies (“This Little Known Chinese Herb Kills 24,000 Cancer Cells in 16 Hours!”)
3 – New Balance
Like it or not, your equation has changed 🙁
Your metabolic rate has decreased so that what enters your mouth stays longer in your fat cells 😉
It’s life! Due to age, you have a chronic excess of energy input compared to your energy consumption: if we were speaking of your bank account, you would be rich 😉 but here we speak of adipocytes and health risks so “saving” more and more, year after year, is not a safe option. You have to find a new balance, either by decreasing your calories or by increasing your energy output. Good luck…
In my opinion, taking ephedrine before step 1 would not be a good idea. Its physiological effects would only mask the underlying symptoms and you would not build on a safe basis.
However, starting an EC stack during step 2 and 3 is a brilliant idea: you will benefit from appetite suppression, increased metabolism and higher energy level. All in all, the best way to break your current routine is to put another one in place, you don’t necessarily have to suffer during the process! So get all the support you need from the right ephedra alkaloids and just tell your friends and family later on how hard it was and that you did it on pure willpower 😉