Ephedra Products, My Top 3

Let’s be honest, I wrote this “Top 3 Ephedra Products” for you, but also for me :)

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 :)
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 page  \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 😉

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 :)

 

 

 

#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 :)
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 :)

Mike Budd

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Resolutions, I Think I Get It Now

I’m so glad I started this blog. Really. I have to thank you. Why? Because it changed so many things for me: I am helping people here, so each time I am confronted to a “problem”, I see things differently. If I’m supposed to help people, how come I can’t help myself? That’s why I decided to analyze my own resolutions in a different way this year.

Old Approach

Here is what I do typically every year:

What is most important to me?
My family.

How can I give them the best of me?
By being available, by taking care of them, by keeping all of us in good health, as long as possible.

How can I take care of my health?
First by losing weight.

How can I increase quality time with my wife and children?
By being more productive in order to free up time for them while doing all I have to do.

So I end up with lame New Year’s resolutions such as:

  • Lose weight…
  • Be kind…
  • Be more productive…

Guess how long these resolutions will last :(
Usually 2 weeks, until reality strikes back.

My New Approach to Resolutions

Each time I talk to people met through my blog, I give them my best advice because most of the time it’s about ephedrine and weight loss, and I always suggest to consider the third pillar that most people underestimate: support!
For the first two pillars, Eat Less and Move More, I have a lot of things to tell, because I’m on these topics since years. But for support you need something personal, starting with your family and friends, then a coach or a weight loss buddy, and of course I can’t play that role.

So my “Aha!” moment this year has been: “why not applying this “get support” advice to yourself regarding New Year’s resolutions?

That’s what I did. I went to close friends who are psychologists and asked them for support:

  • What do they think about New Year’s resolutions?
  • Why don’t we stick at them more than 2 weeks?
  • What could I do to have more success this year and at least achieve *one* goal

Talking To The Pros

After long (boring) discussions, I had the feeling I was at the same point: blah blah “volition”, blah blah “willpower”, blah blah blah…
Finally they told me something I could understand: you need a basic knowledge if you want to change. Good things do not happen magically because you did a list 😉
You need a “toolbox”. A mental toolbox. First you learn what are these tools, what they are for, when to use them. Then you need some basic training with these tools, in real situations. Then more advanced training. And after a while, you master them and finally you fix your problems “naturally”, where other people get stuck over and over, just as you were.. before!

So I asked them where to start and they recommended that I learn some academic knowledge from real experts. And now I am happy to share it with you: here is a great video from Dr. Mike Evans, from the University of Toronto. I like it a lot:

You will see a study showing that you have way more “chance” to be successful if you do your resolutions at New Year’s: 41% of us do New Year’s resolutions (mainly weight loss) but those who initiate their change at another time than New Year’s have only a 4% success rate after 6 months, compared to 46% for those who made their commitment at New Year’s!

Later in the video you will learn key knowledge about goal setting. Don’t miss it.

Lessons Learned

I went back to my New Year’s resolutions with different angles.

  • “Zoom out” to have the global picture: in my case, Family, Health and Time
  • “Zoom in” to focus on each one: that’s what I was missing until now and it has to do with goal setting

How can I translate ideal goals into practical changes?
Well, first by acknowledging the difference, by putting them down in writing, and by choosing the first 3 steps (actions) to start with. By doing so I accept that it’s not perfect but better than nothing, a first step in the right direction.

Finally I did this nice picture to keep it in mind: see how serious I am now? I can already feel a change 😉

Changing New Year's Resolutions To Change Myself

That’s all for now. I will test some tips about changing habits for the next post :)
Meanwhile, feel free to share your own experience below!

Keep in touch,
Mike

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Happy New Year 2016!

Happy New Year!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Happy New Year 2016!

A few hours before the New Year, I’d like to share a few things with you :)

First, congrats to all of you who tried to lose weight and improve their health in 2015. From our exchanges, I see a lot of success and I’m really, truly happy for you :)

For those of you who have tried but did not reach their goal, well, I know exactly how you feel 😉
because I am in the same group…

I know how hard it is. Don’t believe these people who try to sell you miracle products online. You know, the type of ad you click that sends you to a selling page: “eat what you want and be a 24/7 fat burning machine!”. I try to stay polite 😉

I’ve been in touch with many of you and I see again and again that each “case” is different. Some of you have tried to lose weight through nutrition, or through exercising, or both.
Many have tried ephedrine or ephedra alkaloids for the first time with good results.
And I think I have been the only one to try to burn fat through hard runs and a smart diet 😉 and without the support of ephedrine!
In 2 words: it didn’t work :(

Anyway, I really wanted to test it and now it’s done.
I had no results and now I’m stuck with a hip pain. I can’t run for the moment but anyway it’s the festive season so it’s ok.
The problem will be in a few weeks: I will probably end up with some more pounds than before my brilliant idea…
I have planned to see a doctor in January to try to fix this issue, at least the pain!

Amazing results, as you can see 😉
But I don’t regret it. I remember that I had some results in the beginning: the same weight but more muscles and less fat, as explained in this post. It’s really bad luck: it would have been a different story without these injuries.

So, it’s not time yet for New Year Resolutions but I know for sure that I can’t keep this running program in 2016.
As soon as the hip issue is fixed, I will start an EC stack. As many of you did this year :)

That’s it for the last post of the year.

I wish you a very good time with your family and friends, a great New Year’s Eve and a wonderful 2016 :)

Take care,
Mike

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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 :)

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 2—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)
50–60%Relaxed, easy pace, rhythmic breathingBeginning-level aerobic training, reduces stress
Easy
(Blue)
60–70%Comfortable pace, slightly deeper breathing, conversation possibleBasic cardiovascular training, good recovery pace
Aerobic
(Green)
70–80%Moderate pace, more difficult to hold conversationImproved aerobic capacity, optimal cardiovascular training
Threshold
(Orange)
80–90%Fast pace and a bit uncomfortable, breathing forcefulImproved anaerobic capacity and threshold, improved speed
Maximum
(Red)
90–100%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 :)
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 😉
“Run as fast as you can for three minutes, take 2—3 minutes recovery with gentle running, then repeat your three-minute max run”.
That, I can do :)
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” 😉
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 😉 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 😉

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 :(
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 :) What did they say? Relaxed, easy pace, rhythmic breathing? I wouldn’t describe it like that :) 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 :(

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 :)

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 😉

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 😉
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 😉

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 :)

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 :(

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 :(

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 — such as behind a desk at work or behind the wheel — 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 :) 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 :)

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 :)

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.  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 :(

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 :( Plus the fact that we are running faster! These young guys will kill me 😉 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 😉

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 😉 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 :(
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 :) Probably from the face, because I essentially got feedback from colleagues who don’t see much of my body except the face 😉 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 😉

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 :( 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 :)

Keep in touch,
Mike Budd

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Trip to Japan and South Korea

This summer I had the opportunity to travel to Japan and South Korea.
When I told friends about this project, I usually got 2 kinds of comments:

  • Why Japan and SK??
  • With the whole family, it must be awfully expensive??

As you can see, I have very supportive friends 😉 Actually I do my best to get rid of them but after a while I miss them so what can I do? I’m stuck 😉 Just kidding, I like them as they are (stupid).

I told them that I had to be in Seoul mid of August anyway, so I decided to join the business with pleasure by having our family holiday there. And regarding the second point (“awfully expensive”), I told them it was not of their business but if they were worrying about the cost, their financial contribution was welcome 😉

Preparation is Key

As you can guess, this is not the kind of vacation that you decide on the last minute so it took months to organize and believe it or not, I like it a lot. I don’t see it as a burden but as an exciting period where you gather all information, you learn a lot about so many aspects of the country you’ll visit soon. OK, Japan, 4 main islands, what were the names by the way, where is Tokyo, where to stay, how to travel, what about the people and the cultural differences, do they speak English, what will we eat, what cities will we visit? Etc… I like it a lot. Books, movies, websites, all the things that you learn about your future destination multiply the pleasure of your experience once there.
We also decided to organize everything on our own, instead of relying on tour operators: on one hand it can be risky because you have no real experience of the country and it comes automatically with some improvisation when things don’t happen as they should, but on the other hand it brings a kind of freedom and adventure that I appreciate a lot. It’s a kind of balance between risk and interest. Going to countries where balance (yin/yang) is a way of life, we had a good feeling about it 😉

Like A Dream

Now that we are back home, after traveling so far away in so many places, I’m happy to say that we have been very lucky:

  • Great weather: the rainy season was behind us (June/July) so we had the typical weather for August, hot and humid, with beautiful sunny days, we had rain only once for 10 minutes when visiting a temple.
  • People have been very kind and helpful. I never saw that: even if communication was not always easy in English, the persons we asked for directions were amazingly helpful. Many times they asked us to follow them directly to the desired place. One day a young man did run minutes after we left him to tell us that meanwhile he had found a better way to go there! I never saw that elsewhere. Another day we were in a train station and we asked a young lady at the Information Center how to go the ferry terminal, well she left her desk and spent at least 20 minutes with us, going to a travel agency to print our final tickets and to the taxi station to make sure that the driver would understand where to go! These are just examples about directions but the same is true everywhere, in shops, in the street, in hotels or restaurants, you wouldn’t believe it.
  • If you never traveled to Japan, you have no idea how safe, clean, polite, respectful, dedicated and helpful a country can be.
  • When I say that we’ve been lucky, I mean it: shortly after our ferry trip from Fukuoka to Busan in SK, a typhoon has hit Fukuoka! Right timing…
  • I will not detail our experience of South Korea, from Busan to Seoul, because this post is getting too long and now I’d like to switch to our main topic of interest, weight management.

Japanese Are So Slim!

When you visit Tokyo, if you come from the USA something strikes you immediately: most Japanese are skinny! You barely see overweight or obese people! Compared to the US, the difference is striking, really. I knew it already but honestly I did not expect such a difference. Young people, old people, men and women, they all look slim and full of energy. You know that I’m a serious (married) guy but I must say that I had a hard time keeping my eyes off the girls there 😉 They are thin and beautiful! And not only the young ones but also their moms!
And it’s not only me noticing it because of my interest in weight problems, my family also saw it and after a few days we even started a game where the winner was the first one to see an overweight person — sumos not included 😉 Depending on the city, it took us some time to find the first one but some days we had no winner for hours. Guess what it would be in your own town if you live in the US! You would win based on speed, not observation…

Why Are Japanese So Thin?

When it comes to weight management, you know that all existing literature can be boiled down to 2 words: nutrition and exercise. I prefer the 4 words formula: Eat Less, Move More. And in complex cases I like to add these 2 words: Get Support!

Regarding Japan, which factor plays the big role here, nutrition or exercise? We all have in mind the funny exercises that they do in the morning, at work or in schools: it’s good to stretch a bit but the energy expenditure is probably not the main explanation of their tight body. It has to come from nutrition: they all can’t be exercising every day, but they all eat everyday 😉 And what they eat is so different from the typical US processed foods!
It’s not a secret, their food habits are very healthy compared to ours: during our trip we have been eating fish and vegetables every day! Yes, even the kids because they had no other choice 😉 You can see many fast food “restaurants” in big cities, especially the famous yellow M but also the gray-haired colonel from Kentucky 😉 but these restaurants have been present since years and apparently it had no major influence on the average Japanese obesity rate.

OK, I realize now that I have to refrain from developing this Japanese weight loss topic: I will do so in a separate post, not only my personal impression but also more academic studies about the Japanese lifestyle and its effects on weight.

Conclusion

I often heard that Japanese people living in their home country stay thin and those coming to the US are gaining 15 to 20 pounds within a year. I don’t know if it’s true but after my trip from Tokyo to Fukuoka I tend to believe it! Their healthy lifestyle is a cultural defense against overweight, obesity and related diseases. What you consider as a challenge when dieting (eating fish and veggies…) is not perceived as an effort for them but just the way it is…

There is another point that I’d like to mention, aside Japanese weight considerations: my new activity trainer, mentioned in a previous post. I love it. Honestly for me it’s a real game changer that you should definitely consider if you are serious about losing weight. I’ll come back to that. The last point that I have to postpone is about ephedrine in Japan — even if they don’t need it as much as we do 😉

Update!

Here is a selection of photos I took in Japan. The ones from South Korea will follow shortly. Aren’t they beautiful?! Please be kind and share your comments below 😉

Asakusa Senso-ji temple:

Tokyo, Asakusa Senso-ji temple

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tokyo Skytree:

Tokyo Skytree

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tokyo, Ueno park, Toshogu temple:

Tokyo, Ueno park, Toshogu temple

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tokyo, Shibuya streets:

Tokyo, Shibuya streets

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tokyo, Takeshita street:

Tokyo, Takeshita street

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kyoto, Kinkaku-ji aka Golden Pavilion:

Kyoto, Kinkaku-ji aka Golden Pavilion

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kyoto, Kiyomizu-dera Temple:

Kyoto, Kiyomizu-dera Temple

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nara, Todai-ji temple, world’s largest bronze statue of the Buddha:

Nara, Todai-ji temple, world's largest bronze statue of the Buddha

 

 

 

 

 

 

Miyajima Island, Itsukushima Shrine (Torii):

Miyajima Island, Itsukushima Shrine (Torii)


 

 

 

 

 

Mike Budd

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Losing Weight The Hard Way, Without Ephedrine

Life can be hard sometimes… Based on your choices 😉

Months ago I decided to take ephedrine again to overcome a kind of plateau or ratchet effect. I have lost something like 10 pounds without much effort, thanks to the higher metabolism, energy, reduced appetite, all the well-known benefits of ephedrine for weight loss.

By the way it was great to go on an EC stack again after all this time :) During a few weeks I was able to do much more things with a lot of energy, both in the professional and personal life. Feeling younger :)

More energy for your to-do listEven my wife did notice it and suddenly my to-do list started to increase :) and honestly I was happy to do it. “Go here”, “do that”, I guess most married guys with children will understand 😉 I don’t know how to measure that but to use business words, I would say that my “productivity” has doubled. I have a long history with ephedrine and caffeine so I went rapidly to the standard dosage of EC stacks and again, it was a pleasure.

But.. there is a but

I don’t remember exactly when it was, let me check in the posts… OK, it was one year ago, end of June 2014. Losing weight with an EC stack is quite easy, but keeping it off is another story. I was feeling so good, so confident that I skipped what you are supposed to do to stay at your new weight.

One last beerI had again a lot of business trips, a lot of long dinners and evenings with colleagues, drinking cocktails at the bar, after longs days sitting in meeting rooms with quite no physical activity, so again the same story. And as you can guess, with a normal appetite that had nothing to do with my body needs: eating bread at lunch, starters and desserts even if I was not so hungry, going for cookies instead of fruits during the meeting breaks…

For a while I saw no difference as I don’t use the bathroom scale very often:  for me the real test is if your jeans fit. One day it seems like your jeans have shrunk but you know it’s not the case :) You feel less comfortable for instance in restaurants when you have to unbutton or it will explode 😉 Then you decide to buy other jeans, you don’t remember your size so you just try a few ones until you feel comfortable and that’s it!

So if you can relate to that: don’t buy clothes when you are gaining weight! It’s the best way to accept your failure! Stay with your current clothes and do what it takes to go back to your previous weight!

What I did next

Running Reduces All-Cause and Cardiovascular Mortality RiskDo you remember that my first advice to people who want to lose weight is to run slow with a heart rate monitor? First because you get the same health benefits as someone running four times a week and three times faster than you, as found out by this study. And second, because running below 70 percent of your maximum heart rate (MHR) is the best way to start lipolysis (burning fat by emptying adipocytes) instead of burning glycogen from your muscles.

So the logical choice would have been to do what I recommend all the time and guess what? I did run, sure, but much faster than 70 percent of my MHR. Let me explain why 😉

It happened by accident. I have the chance to work in a company which really cares for employees’ health: running at lunch time is accepted and even supported, we take part to three or four running events per year, for instance we recently had a 10K charity run.

Cool, isn’t it?

The problem is that I had to start training regularly with young colleagues who run quite fast 😉 and to be honest I felt a bit ashamed to run so slow in order to lose weight. A kind of ego thing if you see what I mean 😉

Where I Am So Far

Running at lunchtime has many benefitsWe started with 2 sessions per week, typically on Tuesday and Thursday, for one hour at normal speed for them which is very high speed for me 😉 They all saw that I couldn’t talk much while running but I told them that I had to get back in shape and it was OK. In fact it was not OK at all.
I was so tired, my muscles were aching, I didn’t have time to recover, my joints started to hurt. Far from what I say here: You Say You Can’t Run?. I decided to react, in a way that most women will understand easily: buy some stuff! I’m just kidding: we know that women don’t need a special reason to buy stuff 😉
So I bought great running shoes (if you’re interested: Hoka One One Conquest 2 for their amazing cushion) and then something that I was expecting since a long time: a GPS running watch that has a wrist-based heart rate monitor! Which means that you don’t have to wear this %§#! chest strap anymore! I love it :)
This watch alone gave me the extra motivation to run faster and to track my progress with cool features such as badges, activity tracking (steps, calories, distance, etc..).

Conclusion

What I wanted to say from the beginning is that running fast is *really* hard if you have some overweight. So don’t do it. And for what benefits? To be honest I don’t see them yet. Our group is now running three times a week (Monday, Wednesday and Friday) and I am always tired, my knee hurts and I didn’t lose weight yet. But I know that I have burned some fat and built some muscles: I know it because my old jeans fit again!!

EphedrineWhereToBuy.com Recommends Green StingerIt will probably take some time but I’m sure that when I will start losing serious weight it will be worth it. I know it from experience. The difference is that I was running at low pace at that time. I am now testing a different way and I hope that the weight loss results will be the same. But I wouldn’t recommend it: it’s really hard and you can have the same weight loss benefits without all that pain and suffering. You can get the same results in less time and efforts with ephedrine or ephedra alkaloids, as long as you don’t mess it up later with a crappy lifestyle 😉

Mike Budd

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Ephedrine Figures Don’t Lie, But Liars Do Figure

I am so happy I found it finally!

Cops and ephedrine, opinion versus facts
For years I have been saying that prescription laws for ephedrine and pseudoephedrine were not a solution to the meth scourge, based on what I call “intuition and a sharp mind” and what my wife calls “common sense with a bit of arrogance” :)

I have many reasons to be opposed to the classification of pseudoephedrine as prescription only, as explained in my last post, but in short here are the main ones:

  1. The most important point for me is that such laws would be ineffective and unfair:
    Do you really believe that laws can stop drugs? Seriously? It is quite funny to think that people who already break the law by selling or buying illicit substances would suddenly stop because of a new law…
  2. Of course I understand that local cops would like to get rid of the dirty part of their job, cleaning up meth labs, but in that case why don’t they just support meth-proof pseudoephedrine? You can be sure of one thing on this planet: if there is market and money to be made, there will be somebody somewhere willing to sell to these people. So be sure that drug addicts will get their stuff anyway, probably from Mexico. The good news for local cops is that less meth will be cooked in the country and thus it will lower the risk for them.
  3. I have been discussing this matter with so many people, healthcare providers, journalists, patients, it’s amazing how unpopular this prescription law would be. People are not stupid.

So to come back to the point, why am I so happy? Because I had the feeling since years that we were lacking figures in that raging debate. Did you notice that opponents and proponents were usually trying to convince people by using high emotional triggers such as family, kids, home, life, sometimes even religious arguments?

I Prefer Facts and Figures

It’s finally the case today: a team of independent, distinguished and reputable professors of economics have conducted a study in Indiana about the costs and benefits of classifying OTC cold medications based on pseudoephedrine as prescription drugs only. Here is a link to this study published by Michael Hicks and his colleagues.
By the way, Michael Hicks is the George and Frances Ball distinguished professor of economics and the director of the Center for Business and Economic Research at Ball State University. I guess nobody, even cops, will question his expertise :)

What Are The Major Points?

1) Prescription laws don’t solve the meth problem. Studies of the experience of Oregon where pseudoephedrine became Rx in 2006 and Mississippi (Rx law in 2010) both have very clear results: “These laws had no impact on meth use in either state”.

2) The annual cost of such law in Indiana would be more than $90 million, mainly supported by law abiding citizen and businesses — quite expensive for a law that proved to be totally ineffective!

Conclusion

Knowing the figures, who would still argue that Rx prescription laws are a good idea and should be voted? Probably the same people not very happy to see these figures finally made public 😉
It’s hard to convince millions of people that they will lose millions of dollars because of a stupid law that solves nothing. Local cops will probably argue back, saying that these figures are not reliable and they will accentuate their lobbying :)
And you know what? Many politicians don’t care about figures, as they don’t really care about your health and the financial burden they put on you. As long as they keep their job! And the best way for that is typically to hide evidence (based on hard facts and figures) and to manipulate people (through emotions and values).

OK, I recognize that I am generalizing here, all politicians are not like that. But to be fair, and with all respect to our politicians, I prefer Michael Hicks’ figures to any persuasive speech. Because figures don’t lie.

Mike Budd

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Offering Labs to Make Friends with Local Cops

Do you remember that Westport Pharmaceuticals had been hit by the DEA?

From Michael Ramirez, politicians like your pocketsIf you have no idea what I am talking about, no problem 😉
I’ll do a quick refresher to show you how they are playing with your health and money, it’s amazing! And if you want more details, have a look a this post: Ephedrine Sold Over the Counter, A Political Fiction

Credit: cartoon by Michael Ramirez from Investors.com

Pseudoephedrine? Not Game of Thrones, But Close

So, why this crazy debate about pseudoephedrine?

  • Because it’s the best and cheapest allergy med, used by over 18 million American families.
  • But unfortunately drug addicts use it to cook meth.
  • Local cops ask for a new status for pseudoephedrine, from OTC to Rx. They are pushing hard on politicians to get this prescription law.
  • Yet Big Pharma would lose a fortune if pseudoephedrine becomes prescription only.
  • Politicians know that such law would be very unpopular among allergy sufferers who would have to spend time and money to get their medication.
  • Doctors know that a prescription mandate would be unfair and ineffective.

Quite tricky isn’t it?
It’s a kind of vicious triangle: Cops, Big Pharma and Politicians, with patients stuck in the middle.

A Game Changer

Here is where Westport enters the game.
This small US company has found a way to produce Pseudoephedrine that can’t be converted to meth!
For a normal (disinterested) mind, this product looks like a true win-win for patients and cops. But things are not so simple 😉
Let me explain.
Westport has asked for an exemption to be able to sell OTC and they were hoping for support from the DEA. What did they get? A slap in the face.
Why? I’m not sure. Apparently law enforcement wants a solution, but not THIS solution. Something else is apparently pushing cops and politicians harder than Westport. We are missing information here to be able to understand what happened, so all we can do is a guess work – and I love it 😉

Guess Motives

Let’s play the “guess motives” game: what do they have and what do they want?

  • Patients: they have allergies and they want their cheap pseudoephedrine OTC
  • Cops: they have to clean up meth labs. They know that meth won’t be stopped by laws but they don’t care, they just want to get rid of this dirty, dangerous part of their job.
  • Big Pharma: they make over $600 million in annual sales of pseudoephedrine and they want to keep it.
  • Politicians: they have their job and they want to keep it.
  • Westport: they have a solution and they want to sell it.

You’re The Boss Now

And now let’s play another game: what would you do if you were the Boss at Westport?
Let’s face it: competition is coming and you are still caught in this vicious triangle (Big Pharma, Cops and Politicians).
You have nothing to expect from your competitors who are probably trying to influence the other 2 players to kick you out.
A possible move would be to “influence” politicians directly but you have less power than the other pharma giants who have “connexions” everywhere since years. They even have an official lobby organization: no, not the FDA 😉 I’m speaking of the Consumer Products Healthcare Association.
As you can see, you don’t have many options and R&D alone will not help 😉 So what can you do?
Here is the trick: if you can’t influence the politicians directly , maybe you could try to influence them indirectly through the cops?

Good Guess!

Congrats! You made the right choice, you could be CEO at Westport 😉
That’s exactly what they did recently: they have announced a new partnership to provide K9s to police departments!

How to make friends with copsHere is an extract from the press release:
“We’re proud to partner with K9s4COPs to help connect local law enforcement with trained narcotic detecting hero dogs. As an industry leader in ‘good pharma’ solutions such as meth-resistant medications, we have the technology and solution to help put the vast majority of domestic meth-labs out of business, save taxpayer dollars, and make our communities safer places to live in,” said Paul Hemings, Westport’s U.S. General Manager. “We’re committed to healing individuals and communities any way we can. The only labs we support are those with four legs and a tail.”

They even uploaded a video to Youtube:

How smart is that!
If I were you, I would immediately buy some stocks from Westport! Seriously.
For the moment they try to make friends with cops by offering dogs 😉 but when politicians will finally give them exemption to sell their meth-proof pseudoephedrine over the counter when all others will need a prescription, their stocks will skyrocket. You  will thank me later. And no, I have no stocks from Westport 😉

Just as for Game of Thrones, I can’t wait until the next episode 😉

Mike Budd

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