Running or Ephedra?
Since months now I am trying to answer this question: what is best to burn this stubborn belly fat, hiding my abs? Running or ephedra? I have tried many things:
I have joined a running team.
I have tried hard runs and didn’t lose one pound.
I have added a smart diet but no results on the scale.
And I can’t do High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT, the best way to burn fat) because of a joint pain in the hip.
OK, let’s be positive.
If something is not working, it’s high time to vary and to test a different approach.
That’s what I did with this new training program.
I can’t run “fast” anymore because of the burden put on my joints.
I already had an ankle, a knee and hip injured by this pace, without any weight loss, so it would be stupid to stick to that.
So I have no other choice than “slow runs”. You know, the ones that keep you under 65-70% of your MHR (maximum heart rate).
I had to limit it to 30 minutes because of the joint pain: I am OK when I start running but unfortunately this pain always appear after a few minutes and increases progressively, so half an hour is the maximum I can endure.
How many runs per week? Well, it was not really my decision. I just realized that more than twice a week didn’t give enough time to recover between two painful runs.
All in all, here is what I’ve been doing since one month now: 2 “slow runs”, twice a week, for about 30 minutes.
Results so far
So disappointing. I didn’t lose one pound 🙁
And I didn’t build lean muscle either. In a nutshell: since the beginning of all these tests around “running or ephedra”, I can’t see any benefits so far. This last approach seems to be useless pain with no results. You know that my “success criteria” is more how my jeans fit rather than a number of pounds on the scale. Well, my jeans have seen no particular change recently 🙁
Why this Lack of Results?
There are two main explanations for me:
1 – Lipolysis
If you don’t exercise more than 40, 45 minutes, your body doesn’t start lipolysis (burning fat) because it has enough “energy” (glycogen) stored for these 30 minutes. It doesn’t mean that running 30 minutes twice a week is not good for your health, it means in my case that it’s not enough to lose weight.
2 – Diet
I thought initially that my “smart diet” would be enough:
- No calorie counting
- No hunger, even increasing my meal size between running days
- In compensation, focus on good healthy foods
- No more bread during lunch, no refined sugar, no sauces/dressings
- No alcohol except during the weekend
I realize that it’s far from enough. I am now convinced that a calorie deficit is needed in my case to start burning fat, especially in the midsection. With this increased activity I tend to eat a lot more, healthy food but still. The number of “calories in” is too high, compared to the number of “calories out”. I am sure to have other overall health benefits (heart etc) but not the “visible” kind.
Now I have to make a choice: for the sake of completeness I should now try slow runs three times a week, one hour each, without ephedrine or ephedra.
But honestly I’m tired. Running or ephedra? I’d prefer ephedra 🙂 Because this is really exhausting, compared to the energy boost and appetite suppression you get with an EC stack.
I don’t know yet… but in all cases I will let you know.
Keep in touch,