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Here we discuss the well known effects of ephedrine for weight loss.

My Preferred HIIT Workouts

The previous post explained why High Intensity Interval Training was the quickest way to burn fat, so now you probably want to hear about my preferred HIIT workouts… OK ๐Ÿ™‚

Examples of HIIT workouts

You know your HIIT workouts are working when you're sore, tired and sweatyThere are hundreds of HIIT workouts; every personal trainer has his preferred one. I will only mention my preferred ones here, with emphasis on intensity if you aim at HIIT: many persons think that they are exercising with high intensity because they are running a bit faster than usual ๐Ÿ™‚
Sorry… Below your max… is not your max! Being slightly out of breath doesn’t mean that you are anaerobic. It’s still Interval Training, but not High Intensity Interval Training ๐Ÿ™‚
 
 

Build Your Own Workout Plan

If you want to build your own plan, keep in mind that the usual ratio between full intensity and low intensity is 2:1, for example, 30 seconds of sprint followed by 15 seconds of slow running.
We mention running here, but any classical aerobic workout can be adapted to Interval Training: running has my preference but rowing, cycling, weight-training or CrossFit are fine too. The high intensity parts should be at your maximum exertion, for instance short sprints at full speed that you try to maintain during a fixed time and which leave you *totally* exhausted.

My Preferred HIIT Workout for Beginners

We all have to start somewhere, don’t we? ๐Ÿ™‚
Here is my recommendation.
1) Warm-up: 5 minutes – don’t skip it!
2) Max intensity exercise: the core part obviously. Sprint for 30 seconds, then walk or run slowly for 60 to 90 seconds. It’s far from the 2:1 ratio, even from 1:1, but believe me, this could be the “shortest” seconds of your life ๐Ÿ™‚ In the beginning, even jogging instead of walking during the recovery phase is a challenge… if you did it right!
Start with 4 repetitions and increase step by step, up to 8 or 10.
3) Cool-down (at the end of your exercise, not between sprints!): jogging at low pace, 4 to 5 minutes – don’t skip it either!
Based on your physical condition, try to do 2 or 3 (max!) HIIT workouts per weeks for 8 weeks, and then give your body a break for one or two weeks.

Next Level: The HIIT Pyramid

You will love it ๐Ÿ™‚
1) Warm-up: 3 to 5 minutes.
2) Climbing up the pyramid: high intensity runs lasting longer with each repetition: 30 seconds, then 45, 60 and finally 90 seconds.
3) Recovery time: always 1 minute at low intensity, but don’t exceed 1 minute even if you’re exhausted. Remember that the goal is to maximize your total anaerobic time. Your heart rate will decrease a bit, just enough to allow another run at max heart rate, without oxygen supply to your cells.
4) Going down the pyramid: High intensity runs that decrease with each repetition: 60 seconds, 45 and the last one, 30 seconds.
5) Cool-down: the best part ๐Ÿ™‚ 5 minutes.

Any Alternatives to HIIT Workouts?

Yes, a famous one is called Fartlek which comes from Sweden and means ยซ speed play ยป.
Fartlek sessions last 45 minutes to one hour and the difference with HIIT is that there is no fixed time for maximal intensity and recovery. How come? Well, imagine that you want to surprise your body so that it will be stressed and burn fat as never before! I remember that we had such torture sessions at school and we all hated it ๐Ÿ™‚ย  Our teacher was using a whistle to let us know when to sprint, when to recover, and for what period of time. Honestly, a few years later (!) I have to admit that this is probably the best way to use Fartlek: if you follow the instructions of a teacher or friend, your brain doesn’t know what will happen next and believe me, when your brain starts panicking, your body is ready to burn anything for energy ๐Ÿ™‚

Similar to Ephedrine

By the way, Fartlek makes me think of ephedrine: in both cases your body has a “fight-or-flight” response where adrenaline, noradrenaline and cortisol are released into your bloodstream. In fact, in many sports you can go Fartlek without knowing it. Take football or soccer for instance: you don’t know when and how long you will have to sprint. So if you want to brake the routine in your HIIT workouts, find a weight loss buddy and try Fartlek together! It’s fun and *really* effective at fat burn.

Safety First

As you know now, HIIT is a killer when it comes to fat loss.
But clearly it is not recommended to people having a poor physical condition or diseases, especially heart diseases of course. The risk of injuries is higher, and workouts of this nature (high intensity leaving you exhausted again and again) require strong physical and psychological resources.
If you think that the bar is too high, no worry: start with low or moderate aerobic exercises. You will have huge health benefits, as confirmed by this medical study. You will lose weight, especially if you add an EC stack to your cardio training, and later you might consider trying a short HIIT session (no more ephedrine in that case!). That’s exactly what I did, years ago ๐Ÿ™‚

Remember, the name of the game here is not “just” losing weight, it is to lose fat (not weight) and to keep it off definitely.

Keep in touch,
-Mike Budd

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HIIT Benefits for Fat Burn, Lose More in Less Time

I get many questions about HIIT benefits for fat burn, with or without ephedrine, so let’s detail a bit.

HIIT benefits for fat burn

Just in case: HIIT stands for High Intensity Interval Training.
In terms of weight loss, HIIT seems ยซ too good to be true ยป. Bodybuilders and other athletes love it because they can spend less time with cardio sessions ๐Ÿ™‚

 

What Is HIIT Exactly?

As the name suggests, it’s a physical training made of short intervals of high intensity exercise followed by longer intervals of moderate or even low intensity exercise.

Is HIIT Really Effective for Fat Burn?

Yes, Interval Training and especially High Intensity Interval Training is probably the most efficient physical activity for fat burn, as proven by several medical studies since years. The most famous one has been conducted in 1994 by Angelo Tremblay et al.: ยซ Impact of Exercise Intensity on Body Fatness and Skeletal Muscle Metabolism ยป which stated than ยซ the decrease in the sum of six subcutaneous skinfolds induced by the HIIT program was ninefold greater than by the Endurance-Training program ยป. Another research made by Gibala et al. concluded that 2.5 hours of sprint interval training resulted in the same biochemical changes in muscle than 10.5 hours of endurance training. See what I mean?

Why Is It So Effective?

I won’t to go into details, here it is in 2 words: it has to do with your metabolism and energy consumption during and after your session.
When stressed by maximal effort, your muscle will start a chain reaction: it will use glycogen as fuel and will break it down to produce glucose, glucose produces pyruvate, and pyruvate associated with oxygen will produce water and carbon dioxide and release energy โ€“ this is known as the Krebs cycle.
Now a refresher about aerobic and anaerobic exercises: aerobic means with the use of oxygen for energy needs during your exercise and anaerobic means that your oxygen demand is higher than your oxygen supply during a short period of time.
To come back to our point (chain reaction initiated by your muscle at highest intensity) you see that oxygen is used by pyruvate, but in case of shortage of oxygen (thus anaerobic) carbohydrate turns short rapidly (because pyruvate ferments into lactate, you know, this burning sensation in your muscle) and then the interesting part: the last available energy resource now is fat cells! Your body has to increase the fat metabolism in order to destock your fat and use it for energy.

HIIT Benefits for Fat Burn: #1

How does that link to HIIT? well, HIIT is the best possible way to maximize the total time spent in the anaerobic mode. In fact, when you alternate high-intensity muscle effort with recovery periods, your total anaerobic time is much higher than compared to a one-time period at maximal effort (remember this lactate “burning feeling” that stops you very rapidly โ€“ try to sprint at your max speed and you will see how much distance you cover, compared to a succession of short sprints followed by short recovery periods).

HIIT Benefits for Fat Burn: #2

This one is a blessing: anaerobic exercise builds additional muscle mass. Cool ๐Ÿ™‚ This is very important in case of diets for weight loss, where usually people lose essentially their muscle mass, which is key to burning calories even at rest. Which leads us directly to the next point.

HIIT Benefits for Fat Burn: #3

It has to do with something called EPOC: excess post-exercise oxygen consumption. Medical studies have shown that HIIT increases the Resting Metabolic Rate (RMR) for the next 24 hours, way longer than with a steady-state aerobic two-hours run. In other words: your HIIT session is shorter than your run but the fat burning effect will last longer.

HIIT Benefits for Fat Burn: #4

HIIT will improve your VO2max, which is so famous by runners and represents your maximal oxygen consumption.

HIIT Benefits for Fat Burn: #5

Again based on medical research, HIIT has been shown to suppress appetite more than low intensity exercises.

HIIT Benefits for Fat Burn: #6

And we stop here: the effects of HIIT on metabolism result in a significant reduction of insulin resistance and a better glucose tolerance, thus preventing type-2 diabetes.

Conclusion

Let’s sum up these HIIT benefits for fat burn:
with High Intensity Interval Training you build muscle, you stay longer in the anaerobic mode which in total burns more fat than long aerobic exercises, due to a higher Resting Metabolic Rate in the next 24 hours. Other positive effects: VO2max improvement, appetite reduction and various improvements on metabolism.

The only drawback I see is that it is very demanding: if you’re not exhausted after your session, it was not high intensity. Most overweight people would be wise to start with low intensity cardio sessions and see how it goes after a few months, before thinking of HIIT.

Last point: do not mix HIIT and ephedrine, it would be risky for your heart, especially if you train in excessive heat.

-Mike Budd
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My Weight Loss Experience

As you can guess from the title, “My Weight Loss Experience”, this is going to be a very personal post… Maybe a bit of nostalgia, looking back at all these years ๐Ÿ™‚

I have received emails about my last post, saying that many people lack of patience when they try to lose weight, compared to all these years of poor diet food and no exercise.
Hmm, apparently it was a bit rude…
No offense though. I had one example in mind when writing that, and as always, it’s a poor idea to generalize.

What can I say?
Well, I could say that if at some point you realize that, regarding your overweight, enough is enough, I totally understand, because I’ve experienced it years ago. I had something like 50 pounds to lose. I was happy in every aspect of my life, with my family first, my friends, my job.
Except that I had been gaining weight for years and years.

My weight loss experienceAnd it was not a problem. It came so progressively that it was not something we talked about. Easy life, busy life, good food, alcohol, nothing to worry about. No exercise by the way.
Until that day where I almost died due to this overweight.
Suddenly I realized the high price I had to pay now ๐Ÿ™
And I’ve been very angry because I had been surrounded by doctors during all this time and nobody told me about the health risks. And remember, my wife is a doctor.

Now with the distance, frankly I don’t blame them.
Nobody forced me to have this lifestyle. Again, I was really happy with my life.
As you can guess, this new perception has started tough discussions with my wife and with friends ๐Ÿ™‚
My conclusion was clear: it’s my life, sure, but it also affects my family, so I have to take real control of my health. I decided to get healthy as quick as possible.
And of course, I also wanted quick results…
So as you can see, if you’re currently trying to lose weight and you want quick results, I can fully understand…

My Weight Loss Experience

What I want to say now is that, with this mindset, I did all possible mistakes.
I decided to try by myself, without support, because I was angry. This was a real mistake.
I have tried all possible “magic diets”. When I think about it today, honestly it makes me laugh ๐Ÿ™‚ Do you want an example? OK. I found somewhere a “miracle diet”: The Ultimate Fat Burning Soup! It was supposed to burn fat like crazy, but you had to eat this soup only, nothing else, for a whole week!
I did it… One weekend before vacation, I tried to convince my wife that we had to cook a huge quantity of this “miracle soup”! She refused and we didn’t talk for one week ๐Ÿ™‚ But her reaction didn’t stop me: “you’re a big boy, go buy these veggies and cook it yourself”!
So during that week I’ve been eating this soup 3 times a day, from breakfast to dinner! And after a few days, even the smell in the kitchen was making me nauseous…
But I did it.
And guess what? No results of course.
I could go on with all other mistakes, but you get it.
I’m a stubborn guy.

I could also tell you how wrong I’ve been when starting the “exercise” part of my weight loss experience. I think I mentioned it already in my previous posts about running. All these efforts, for nothing! A pity.

OK, what I want to say with these embarrassing memories is that I can fully understand you.

But please, don’t do the same mistakes.
Be smarter.
Be patient.

Because in the end, I finally managed to lose these extra pounds. Not by accident.
By doing the right things.
By asking for support.
By *really* applying the weight loss pillars, eat less and move more. In the right way, step by step.

And fortunately, one day, I came across one post about ephedrine and it changed my life.
I spent months learning everything about it and finally I decided to try, hesitating between hope and the memory of the past stupid attempts (magic pills, miracle diet and so on).

I’m happy I did it finally. Because it helped me a lot with my weight loss, but most importantly, because it gave me the opportunity to create this blog and to help many people.
And fortunately, to help you too.

Keep in touch,
-Mike Budd

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Weight Loss Coaching, My Lessons Learned

Weight Loss Coaching

Do you know my biggest problem in my weight loss coaching experience so far?
The lack of patience I see with most people asking me for support.

Demotivated after Two Weeks!

Weight Loss Coaching, my lessons learned at EphedrineWhereToBuy.comI can understand that if you do some efforts, you want results. Sure. But how come that we want results quite immediately nowadays?
I know that especially young people live in the “micro-wave generation”. You know, when even waiting for one minute until the beep is too much ๐Ÿ™‚

I’m always surprised when after 2 weeks coaching I hear the first signs of demotivation!
Come on! Apparently it’s not a problem if you had a poor lifestyle for years (having a poor diet and no exercise). And now you complain because these last 2 weeks you finally reduced slightly your calorie input and you managed to run twice a week?ย  Seriously…

Think of all these progressive changes that happened in your body, usually during years, leading to your current overweight. Do you really think that all these changes can be reversed by a 2 weeks diet and 4 running sessions??

How to Overcome this Demotivation

You know me, I’m telling you that, but I will never say it to the people I coach ๐Ÿ™‚
Instead I just try to be friendly and supportive, I try to bring them back to reason and to work on their motivation.
In fact if they quit here, my weight loss coaching would have been a failure and it will be worse for them later. I can’t stand it, honestly ๐Ÿ™

So during that phase, we talk a lot ๐Ÿ™‚

And most of the time we find a agreement: keep up the good job and you will see the result.
Then depending on their physical condition, usually I vary the intensity in order to break the routine and the monotony. But the most important point is to *finally* have these expected results! A few pounds off are enough. Just something to celebrate, with new clothes for instance — not drinks ๐Ÿ™‚
This is my preferred part, the one that rewards you for all the efforts: it’s when these men and women realize that regular, progressive efforts lead to solid, stable weight loss for the long run. So easy to say and so hard to do.

What About Ephedrine?

In most cases I do not include ephedrine in my weight loss coaching, especially with people I don’t really know.
I prefer to test their patience ๐Ÿ™‚
And usually I use it later on, to boost the results when we have reached a plateau.

But sometimes I have no other choice than introducing it sooner, during the demotivation phase, because I feel that the person is really close to quit. It’s a kind of deal: after in-depth explanations, especially regarding the legal aspects (trust me!), I ask them to make an informed decision. Most of the time, they accept because they expect less efforts and more results.

So Why Not Starting with Ephedrine Directly?

Yes, I always get this question ๐Ÿ™‚ Why did you ask me to spend weeks dieting and running for no results when I could have been taking ephedrine from the beginning?!

The answer is easy: you don’t necessarily need ephedra or ephedrine to lose weight. You can reach your desired weight by adapting your lifestyle. Eating less and moving more.
But it takes time and the risk is to quit because it’s so hard. Your metabolism goes on vacation and you don’t have the needed willpower and physical energy to exercise. Your body enters in the “starving mode” and does its best to keep this overweight! But still, it’s feasible. And you don’t have to pay for the pills. You could buy new clothes ๐Ÿ™‚

So again it’s their informed decision: if they want buy ephedra or ephedrine for less efforts and quicker results, for sure I can understand. I just insist on the fact that their weight loss will mean nothing if not sustainable: it has to come with real adjustments to their lifestyle.

Keep in touch,
-Mike Budd

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Weight Loss Thoughts From Vacation

Before sharing my weight loss thoughts from vacation, first a few words about these summer holidays: it was great ๐Ÿ™‚

Not like last year when we visited Japan and South Korea. This year we had totally different kind of vacation: one place only, but a beautiful one, where all you have to do is to relax, exercise and have fun ๐Ÿ™‚ Here is a photo, I mean a real one, not a stock photo, straight from my Nikon! If you guess the place, I give you my camera ๐Ÿ™‚

My family holidays 2016

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It was specifically the request of our kids who wanted a break after all these “exhausting” trips abroad, where we typically walk for miles every day.
And also the big benefit for them is that they get to know other young people who become friends after 5 minutes ๐Ÿ™‚ I find it amazing, how quickly they connect, at this age…

So to be honest, I was not expecting to see them around us, parents, but to my big surprise, they really enjoyed spending time with us!

This is by far the most important point, the first thing I will remember for years to come: we had a truly wonderful family time.

Family, Health, Time

Do you remember the post I wrote about New Year’s resolutions? And the beautiful handmade picture I did for that matter? ๐Ÿ™‚
Here it is again:

Weight Loss Thoughts From Vacation

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It was my first resolution for 2016 and this summer has been the perfect opportunity to combine all three goals. Do you see how consistent I am? ๐Ÿ™‚

OK, seriously now. Here is the key message: if you want to achieve something, you have to think about it, to plan it, to do it, to measure progress and to adapt because deviations always occur. Things do rarely happen by accident!

Weight Loss Thoughts From Vacation

You probably see already where I’m heading here ๐Ÿ™‚
How does that translate to weight loss? What is the link between having a great family time and and these “weight loss thoughts”?
Easy answer: these goals or resolutions share the same method. I have experienced it again and again, and still today while coaching a young lady who has tried losing weight in vain for several months. Five easy steps… easy in theory because most people fail at step 3 and 4.

1) Think About It

Remember The Strangest Secret Article by Earl Nightingale? You become what you think about.

2) Plan It

Be reasonable when setting goals.
Plan for midterm results: you might have some quick wins but the real challenge is not to lose weight, it’s to stay at this new weight!
Do not set goals in terms of results (“lose X pounds”), instead set goals in terms of efforts around the pillars (eat less and move more).

3) Do It!

The first two steps were just happening in your mind, no real action to this point: now is the time for action! Do what you have planned and be accountable for it.

4) Measure Progress

Year after year I’m still amazed: so many people miss this point.
You can only improve what you measure.
It is well known that people underestimate their calories and overestimate their physical activity. But to that extend, it’s huge!
This has been the main part of my coaching with this young lady. She had no idea of her BMR (Basal Metabolic Rate), of her calorie intake and expenditure!
How come that smart people who have access to so many information (internet, apps etc..) can be so wrong about themselves?
That was her Aha moment: by tracking these data (seriously, no guess work and without cheating) she realized the real cause of her overweight and how to solve it.

5) Adapt When Deviations Occur

That’s life. You may have to change your goals and it’s OK. Sometimes you have no choice, for instance in case of injuries. But even if you keep your initial goals, most of the time you will have to adapt your efforts.

Conclusion

For people who reach step 5, I could add a sixth one: celebrate! ๐Ÿ™‚
I know that these weight loss thoughts may sound familiar and you are probably thinking: “I know it already… Tell me something I don’t know!”.
Well, if you know it and you’re still struggling with your weight loss… Think twice ๐Ÿ™‚
That’s the huge difference between knowing and doing things.

Bottom line: these steps can take you to your desired weight, no doubt. It’s a hard way and that’s the reason why so many people fail: at some step, they give up. Too hard.

In my case, I have tried to lose weight with hard runs and without ephedrine. Believe me, I did my best but I had to stop due to repeated injuries.

The good news is that you are not obliged to do it the hard way. If you want easier and quicker results (burning more fat with less efforts), then ephedra or ephedrine are your friends (here is why).
If you don’t know the difference between ephedra & ephedrine, please read this page.
If you live in the US, check if ephedrine is legal in your state.
Based on that, you can choose between my top 3 ephedra products.

Keep in touch,

-Mike Budd
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Running or Ephedra?

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.

Running or ephedra? I'd prefer ephedra :)It’s a pity: all these efforts for nothing ๐Ÿ™

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.

First, Intensity

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).

Second, Duration

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.

Third, Frequency

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 ๐Ÿ™
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 ๐Ÿ™

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)ย  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 ๐Ÿ™‚ 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,
Mike

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Ephedra Products, My Top 3

Let’s be honest, I wrote this “Top 3 Ephedra Products” for you, but also for me ๐Ÿ™‚

In fact I get many emails about ephedra products, asking which ones are recommended.
I do my best to reply to most of them, except when I’m on vacation or when my wife says she’s going to throw my laptop out of the window ๐Ÿ™‚
So I decided to save time by listing a selection of ephedra products here: in that way I will just reply by linking to this pageย  \o/

OK, let’s do it seriously:

  • First, my selection has to be beyond any doubt.
  • Second, the selected products must have different strengths: I know beginners who have a high tolerance to ephedra and experienced people who have a high sensitivity.
  • Third, the list has to be up-to-date, taking your feedback into account.

OK, here are 3 products: the Good, the Bad and the Ugly.

3 Ephedra Products: the Good, the Bad and the Ugly

 

 

 

 

#1 Ephedra Product: The Good

#1 Ephedra Recommendation, Green StingerProbably the most famous fat burner in the USA, produced by Schwartz Labs in Cincinnati.
Green Stinger is a star, a best seller since years.
Its success is probably due to the fact that you lose weight without jitters or crash, it’s the right compromise.
Quick refresher about the ingredients:

  • 27 mg of ephedra
  • Synephrine
  • Phenylethylamine HCL
  • Green tea
  • Yohimbe
  • 200 mg of caffeine (avoid other sources of caffeine: coffee, tea, soda, energy drinks etc..)

#2 Ephedra Product: The Bad

#2 Ephedra Recommendation, Yellow DevilsYellow Devils! Old guys here will shed a tear ๐Ÿ˜‰

Famous, time-tested and great results: 25 mg of ephedra and 300 mg of caffeine for the synergistic effects (EC stack).

Only one pill in the morning will get you going for the day with more energy, more focus and less appetite.

Add a smart diet, avoid your couch and you’ll probably buy new jeans in a few weeks ๐Ÿ™‚

 

 

 

#3 Ephedra Product: The Ugly

#3 Ephedra Recommendation, HellFire EPH 150This one is brutal. If you never had ephedrine or ephedra, don’t start with HellFire, you could be sick or at least shaky all day.
But if you’re sure you have no sensitivity, HellFire is probably the best way to burn fat as fast as humanly possible ๐Ÿ™‚
You will find many reviews online: most are fake. Some say they it’s dangerous, others say it has no effect, some reviewers tell you they’ve lost 50 pounds, well, for me it’s pure BS. Be smart and make your own mind. If it’s a “review site”, be sure it’s for commissions only. Check the site, how old is it, do they have quality content? You can tell for sure.
OK, back to HellFire: my recommendation is to start with one pill per day, see how it goes after one week and if your body can stand it, take twice daily but no more! Stick to your plan for 6 weeks because fat burn doesn’t come overnight, but believe me, you will see the difference.

That’s it, pick up the right one for you, take your “before” photo and get ready for a nice “after” one in 6 weeks ๐Ÿ™‚

Mike Budd

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Hard Runs And No Results

I got emails telling me that running fast was dangerous because of the risk of heart attack and that hard runs without enough time for recovery was stupid.

Thank you ๐Ÿ™‚

I agree with “stupid”, it is. But regarding a heart attack, I don’t think so: I have my great running watch telling me exactly at what heart rate I am currently running and I know my max heart rate. So no risk, even with hard runs. In fact there is a basic function which shows you in which of the 5 training zones you are, based on your heart rate, and I have also set alarms (audio and vibrating) that tell me when I push it too far.

In fact, this running watch is great, but for some reason I feel a bit depressed right now, writing these lines. Maybe not exactly depressed, but.. disappointed, I don’t find the right word.

I’ll try to explain but I have to detail the training zones first. Here it is, directly from the Garmin manual:

Max Heart Rate

The traditional way to calculate MHR is to use this formula: 220 minus your age for men, or 226 minus your age for women. For example, if you are a man of 40 then your estimated MHR is 180. You can then calculate training heart rates from this by using a formula such as 70% MHR, which in this case is 126. This formula is simple and convenient but unfortunately it is not accurate for up to 30% of runners, so your training could be set at completely the wrong HR level.
There are other ways to find your true MHR. For example, you can undergo a physiological test at a sports science lab which combines treadmill run results with blood lactate samples to establish your MHR and HR zones.
An alternative way of self-assessing your MHR is to run as fast as you can on the level for three minutes, take 2โ€”3 minutes recovery with gentle running, then repeat your three-minute max run. During the second run you should reach your MHR. Use your HR monitor to record your heart rate as you may peak just after you finish the effort.

Zone% of MHRPerceived ExertionBenefits
Warm Up
(Gray)
50โ€“60%Relaxed, easy pace, rhythmic breathingBeginning-level aerobic training, reduces stress
Easy
(Blue)
60โ€“70%Comfortable pace, slightly deeper breathing, conversation possibleBasic cardiovascular training, good recovery pace
Aerobic
(Green)
70โ€“80%Moderate pace, more difficult to hold conversationImproved aerobic capacity, optimal cardiovascular training
Threshold
(Orange)
80โ€“90%Fast pace and a bit uncomfortable, breathing forcefulImproved anaerobic capacity and threshold, improved speed
Maximum
(Red)
90โ€“100%Sprinting pace, unsustainable for long period of time, labored breathingAnaerobic and muscular endurance, increased power

Garmin Hard Runs

 

My Garmin Experience

So here is what I did: as the training zones are based on the Maximum Heart Rate, the first and crucial point is to find your real one. You know me, I can’t be satisfied with a formula that is not accurate for up to 30% of runners ๐Ÿ™‚
So I decided to challenge the result of this formula. But no way to go to a “sports science lab” for a blood test! A bit excessive…
So I decided to go for the second option, much easier ๐Ÿ˜‰
“Run as fast as you can for three minutes, take 2โ€”3 minutes recovery with gentle running, then repeat your three-minute max run”.
That, I can do ๐Ÿ™‚
To be honest, I was so tired after my first run that the 2-3 minutes recovery seemed like seconds to me and then, the second “three-minute max run” has been a shame: after 50 meters you could see no difference with the “recovery with gentle running” ๐Ÿ˜‰
No way to increase my speed. Burned out.

Good News First

You remember that I did a charity run some months ago? Well, it proves that good deeds pay off ๐Ÿ˜‰ In fact, during that run my watch saved a max heart rate which was much higher than the one I got with this lame test, “three-minute max, three-minute recovery and again three-minute max”. Very cool, great for the ego ๐Ÿ˜‰

Bad News Now

The cool feeling didn’t last long. In fact, the problem is that after setting this MHR, it then dictates your training pace ๐Ÿ™
And let’s be honest: I have the feeling that this watch is pushing me to the limits.

When my watch shows that I am in the warm up zone, honestly I feel more than warm ๐Ÿ™‚ What did they say? Relaxed, easy pace, rhythmic breathing? I wouldn’t describe it like that ๐Ÿ™‚ Maybe during the first minute…

The “blue zone”? I don’t know it.
And the “green zone”? I can’t remember.
I feel like I always jump directly to the orange one: threshold!
I call it the “pain zone”: not enough to let down because you are not in the red zone, but more than you can really stand for the long run. Pure pain. Hard runs.
Your mind (“you can do it“) is fighting against your body (“please, stop it“).
Most of my training is in this zone. Exhausting. Counterproductive. Stupid…

The result is that I have 3 running injuries now. Right hip, left ankle and right knee. Great ๐Ÿ™

And you know the best part? I didn’t even lose 1 pound!

Hard Runs in Vain?

This running watch is great. I’m not. Now I know it, based on high tech measurements.

Why not stopping these hard runs? Because it would be a failure. And because I thought that this magic weight loss would come finally, overnight.
If I stop now, all these efforts would have been for nothing. Which is kind of stupid, I agree. Unless you still hope that your efforts will pay off someday ๐Ÿ™‚

Mike Budd

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No Ephedrine but a Smart Diet to Boost Fat Burn

I told you in my last post that I was a bit disappointed to see that my weight didn’t change after all these efforts to run fast, at least twice a week, and without taking ephedrine! So I decided to start a smart diet to boost my fat burn, hopefully in the midsection… OK, but what kind of diet?

Choosing a Diet with the Pros

I have the chance to have diet specialists around me so I use it ๐Ÿ˜‰

Running Fast with a Smart DietI had a long discussion with my two preferred experts, my wife first, and our friend Laurence who is endocrinologist. I told them about the fact that running more didn’t have any effect on losing fat and that I wanted to go to the next level. Their answer surprised me: according to them, a diet was not really necessary, it was just a question of time, I had to be patient! They told me also that reducing my number of calories during this demanding period would only lower my metabolism, my energy level and it would make things so hard that I would be at risk of injury when running or losing motivation in the best case.

Do What You Want!

So here is what I decided: do what you want, don’t listen to the experts ๐Ÿ˜‰
I know it’s stupid but I can’t help it: I had decided to go on a smart diet and instead of recommending something helpful they just ask me to change my mind! No way ๐Ÿ˜‰

To be hoEat Less for Weight Loss and Know Your Caloriesnest I was a bit afraid of this slow metabolism thing and I knew I wouldn’t have the support of ephedrine during that period, I know from experience how hard it can be to go running when your energy level is just enough to move you from bed, to bathroom, to kitchen ๐Ÿ™‚

So here is what I decided to change:

  • No calorie counting in the beginning, I will see later
  • No hunger, so ok to increase my meal size between running days
  • Focus on good healthy foods
  • A few strict rules, no cheating
  • No more bread during lunch
  • No more refined sugar, for example in coffee
  • No more sauces/dressings because most are industrial and full of bad calories
  • No more alcohol except during the weekend – this one hurts ๐Ÿ™

Conclusion

I have started this “smart” diet two weeks ago so it’s not enough to have solid results yet, I will give you a feedback later on. My impressions so far is that it’s much harder than I thought. Changing your habits (eating habits or any others) is definitely a challenge.

EphedrineWhereToBuy.com Recommends Green StingerI really miss ephedrine ๐Ÿ™

Considering the health benefits, I will keep on running, even if it’s hard. Hopefully I will see more progress in the coming months.

There is also something I have in mind since Japan but don’t know how to “implement” it: I know that sitting for long periods of time is very bad for your health – we have medical evidence about it, see this study for instance [1]. Now with my activity tracker I clearly see I don’t walk enough during the week, sitting at a desk for hours. I would like to sit less and to increase my energy expenditure all week long, and not only when running. What scared me was this article from Mayo Clinic:

Any extended sitting โ€” such as behind a desk at work or behind the wheel โ€” can be harmful. What’s more, spending a few hours a week at the gym or otherwise engaged in moderate or vigorous activity doesn’t seem to significantly offset the risk.”

So this is definitely to be explored: how to sit less and move more outside of proper exercises (running). This would result in progressive efforts, so probably regular results also, all week long and not only during running days, I have to figure that out.

It was like a revelation for me: thanks to the activity tracker built in my running watch, I realized by facts that my “number of steps per day” was quite low, far from the official recommendations [2].

I really love my running watch ๐Ÿ™‚ I say it in each post now because I’d like to convince you: activity trackers are awesome, they really are a game changer if you are serious about your weight and health. My wife has bought one ๐Ÿ™‚

Last thoughts

Considering all the efforts and the lack of results, I see two possible ways in the coming months:

1) I could reduce my calorie intake while keeping the same energy expenditure – making this experience even harder!

2) Or I may finally introduce ephedrine or ephedra again to have more energy, less appetite, a higher metabolism and much quicker fat burn. The only point is that it is not compatible with HIIT sessions…

We will see.. In all cases, I will keep you informed ๐Ÿ™‚

Mike Budd

 

[1] From Biswas A et al, in Annals of Internal Medicine, 2015;162(2):123-132:
“Sedentary Time and Its Association With Risk for Disease Incidence, Mortality, and Hospitalization in Adults: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis”
Conclusion: Prolonged sedentary time was independently associated with deleterious health outcomes regardless of physical activity.

[2] From Tudor-Locke C, Bassett DR Jr. in Sports Med. 2004:
“How many steps/day are enough? Preliminary pedometer indices for public health.”
Based on currently available evidence, we propose the following preliminary indices be used to classify pedometer-determined physical activity in healthy adults:

  • <5000 steps/day may be used as a ‘sedentary lifestyle index’;
  • 5000-7499 steps/day is typical of daily activity excluding sports/exercise and might be considered ‘low active’;
  • 7500-9999 likely includes some volitional activities (and/or elevated occupational activity demands) and might be considered ‘somewhat active’;
  • >or=10000 steps/day indicates the point that should be used to classify individuals as ‘active’.
  • Individuals who take >12500 steps/day are likely to be classified as ‘highly active’.

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Running Fast, My Weight Loss Results

I decided some months ago to lose weight the hard way, by running fast and without ephedrine.ย  Now it’s time to give you a feedback.

Running Plan: Faster, Harder

Losing weight by running fasterI don’t know where to start…
OK, let’s see the running plan first. Each running session is approximately 1 hour at moderate pace when the goal is cardio training, and 45 to 50 minutes when we train in the so-called “threshold” zone to increase our speed. Yes, we are running even faster now… This is due to two new colleagues, young, trained and running really fast, who push us to raise the bar and honestly I am reaching my limits ๐Ÿ™

Our running route is always the same so it’s getting a bit boring but on the other hand it’s good the have the same reference each time (to see immediately how we performed on this session) and also it’s good to exercise outdoors instead of running on a treadmill.

Quick Impressions

Of course I stopped the running sessions when I was on vacation with my family in Japan and South Korea and I started again the first week back in the office.

Running fast without ephedrineLesson learned: when you start again, you have the feeling to start from zero… It has been as hard as the first time, months ago. I don’t know why but it seems that your body doesn’t remember all the efforts you’ve done before and you have the feeling you’ve lost all the benefits ๐Ÿ™ Plus the fact that we are running faster! These young guys will kill me ๐Ÿ˜‰ I know it’s a stupid ego thing but I can’t help it, I have to show them that I can do it. And my secret dream would be to beat them! To wait for them after the finish line, me relaxed and them exhausted, I would ask them “Is it ok? Should I reduce the pace and wait for you next time?” Hmm, stupid but so good ๐Ÿ˜‰

OK, seriously now. The good news is that you “recover” quickly: after a few running sessions only you reach again the level you had before the break. I had the same body/muscle aches as in the beginning, but only during the first two sessions, then it went fine. So my recommendation: either don’t stop running during your vacation ๐Ÿ˜‰ or if you have a break (something like one month), don’t be surprised or discouraged when starting again, don’t let down, just stick to your running plan and it will be fine after a few sessions.

Weight Loss Results: Mixed Feelings

To be honest my bathroom scale didn’t show much difference until now ๐Ÿ™
I have probably increased my muscle mass (legs) but frankly I have no impression of fat loss. Especially in the midsection… I know from experience that you can’t target a specific body part for weight loss: when you really burn fat, you lose it throughout your entire body. I’m not really disappointed but still. All these efforts and this stupid scale can’t see it?

OK, let’s be positive now.

  • I know that increasing my muscle mass is the good direction for future weight loss: it will increase my metabolism and I will burn more throughout the day, with or without exercise.
  • Another positive aspect is that I got several feedback from people around who saw a difference ๐Ÿ™‚ Probably from the face, because I essentially got feedback from colleagues who don’t see much of my body except the face ๐Ÿ˜‰ I have kept the same clothes so I guess the global appearance didn’t change, it has to be a slimmer face, maybe less roundness from the cheeks and jawline?

Next Step: HIIT

HIIT instead of cardio to burn fatOur next step in this running plan is to introduce some HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training). The rest of the running team wants to increase speed as a primary goal, well, for me it is fat burn! I know all the weight loss benefits that come with HIIT so I agreed with the plan, even if I didn’t tell them about my true motivation! Regarding speed, it’s always good for the ego to know that your stats have improved but I have no special ambition to win races so I don’t care ๐Ÿ˜‰

What I appreciate with the coming HIIT sessions is that it will boost my fat loss results with less time running: I already experienced it successfully years ago, your metabolism gets a serious boost not only during the running session but 24 hours after, you still burn fat at high rate. The last good point is that it’s the right moment to do it, as I don’t take ephedrine currently: no ephedra, no EC stack, nothing ๐Ÿ™ Believe me, the temptation is high… I resist because I want to go to the end of this experience (first time for me) to see if I can get the same results as I got years ago with ephedrine and running at (very) low pace. The good point of doing it without ephedra is that it allows me to take part to the coming HIIT sessions. Knowing the risk of side effects when you combine ephedrine and HIIT I would never take such risk and that would mean running at my own pace, far behind the rest of our team, it would be hard to explain…

Conclusion So Far

No change at this point, losing weight that way is really hard. If you compare it to the fat burn you get with ephedra and cardio, it’s a no-brainer. Wait and see…

That’s it for the moment! Next time I will tell you about my new plan regarding diet: I really want to boost this fat burn and the quickest way is to combine a smart diet to these exhausting running sessions.

And I also have to do a special post on my running watch because I love it ๐Ÿ™‚

Keep in touch,
Mike Budd

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