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 :)

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 :(


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. 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 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 :) 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’.


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 :(

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 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 :(
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 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 :( 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


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 ๐Ÿ˜‰ Actually I do my best to get rid of them but after a while I miss them so what can I do? Iโ€™m stuck ๐Ÿ˜‰ 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 (โ€œawfully expensiveโ€), I told them it was not of their business but if they were worrying about the cost, their financial contribution was welcome ๐Ÿ˜‰

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 youโ€™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 ๐Ÿ˜‰

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 wouldnโ€™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 Iโ€™m a serious (married) guy but I must say that I had a hard time keeping my eyes off the girls there ๐Ÿ˜‰ They are thin and beautiful! And not only the young ones but also their moms!
And itโ€™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 ๐Ÿ˜‰ 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 observationโ€ฆ

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 ๐Ÿ˜‰ 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 ๐Ÿ˜‰ You can see many fast food “restaurants” in big cities, especially the famous yellow M but also the gray-haired colonel from Kentucky ๐Ÿ˜‰ 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.


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 donโ€™t know if itโ€™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 veggiesโ€ฆ) is not perceived as an effort for them but just the way it isโ€ฆ

There is another point that Iโ€™d like to mention, aside Japanese weight considerations: my new activity trainer, mentioned in a previous post. I love it. Honestly for me itโ€™s a real game changer that you should definitely consider if you are serious about losing weight. Iโ€™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 ๐Ÿ˜‰


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 ๐Ÿ˜‰

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


Losing Weight The Hard Way, Without Ephedrine

Life can be hard sometimes… Based on your choices ๐Ÿ˜‰

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. โ€œGo hereโ€, โ€œdo thatโ€, I guess most married guys with children will understand ๐Ÿ˜‰ 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:ย  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 ๐Ÿ˜‰ 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 ๐Ÿ˜‰

It happened by accident. I have the chance to work in a company which really cares for employeesโ€™ 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, isnโ€™t it?

The problem is that I had to start training regularly with young colleagues who run quite fast ๐Ÿ˜‰ 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 ๐Ÿ˜‰

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 ๐Ÿ˜‰ They all saw that I couldnโ€™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 didnโ€™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 ๐Ÿ˜‰
So I bought great running shoes (if youโ€™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 donโ€™t have to wear this %ยง#! 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..).


What I wanted to say from the beginning is that running fast is *really* hard if you have some overweight. So donโ€™t do it. And for what benefits? To be honest I donโ€™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 didnโ€™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!! Recommends Green StingerIt will probably take some time but Iโ€™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 wouldnโ€™t recommend it: itโ€™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 donโ€™t mess it up later with a crappy lifestyle ๐Ÿ˜‰

Mike Budd


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 byย 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!


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 ๐Ÿ˜‰
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


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 ๐Ÿ˜‰
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

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 ๐Ÿ˜‰
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 ๐Ÿ˜‰

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 ๐Ÿ˜‰ 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 ๐Ÿ˜‰ 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 ๐Ÿ˜‰
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 ๐Ÿ˜‰ 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. Youย  will thank me later. And no, I have no stocks from Westport ๐Ÿ˜‰

Just as for Game of Thrones, I can’t wait until the next episode ๐Ÿ˜‰

Mike Budd


How to Boost Your Slomo Metabolism

I would like to come back to what I’ve called the “Weight Loss Ratched Effect“:

  • sometimes you can’t lose weight even if you eat less and exercise more
  • or you gain weight with the same nutrition and energy expenditure!

Weight Loss Ratchet EffectMany of us have already experienced it: you seem to be stuck with this fat especially around your midsection. Obviously your age must play a role, but not only: I’m not so old and and I went through this plateau several times ๐Ÿ˜‰

Let me illustrate this with one of the emails I get on this topic.
I’m sorry to confess that I didn’t ask this nice lady for permission to quote her :( so I will change her first name and, to be forgiven, I will tell her later that she has probably helped many people with her story :)

Here is a copy/paste of our emails, with 2 changes only: I have cut parts that are out of topic and changed her first name to Rachel, instead of C.. oops! just kidding ๐Ÿ˜‰

Hi Mike –
just found your website and subscribed to your newsletter this afternoon. It’s great content that you’ve provided and I’m finding it extremely helpful. (…) I’m 42 and it great health but with a demanding desk job and the fight against age and an increasingly slower metabolism, I’ve noticed that I seem to be working out the same but not losing the fat I’m trying to lose. So I’ve been researching the responsible use of E and (…)
Would love your opinion, as well as whether or not it’s possible to order E online from other countries.

Hi Rachel,
Nice to meet you :)
Thanks for your kind words!
I fully understand this plateau effect because I’ve been through this several times!
My advice in a nutshell:
– Try to vary: nutrition and workout – you want to break your “physiological routines”. What has worked for me was to focus on different muscle groups and intensity.
– Did you try pre & post workout supplements? They help a lot.
– (…)
So give it a try and let me know :)
Take care,

HI Mike –
Thanks for the response. I know it’s been a while but I’ve been traveling for work the past two weeks and this is the first chance I’ve had to revisit this! As for your questions, I do try to mix up my workouts, but I don’t see the same results that I used to – honestly! And I feel like I’m truly fighting my age and slower metabolism because I’ve only felt this way and noticed changes in my body over the past year yet my routines have not changed.
I don’t use pre or post workout supplements – I’m not looking to get big, just tone and lose some fat.
Also, I LOVE reading the content on your site!
Thanks Mike –

Slomo Metabolism Emails


OK, what does it tell us?

“Rachel” is exactly experiencing what I said in introduction: sometimes your metabolism seems to be on slow motion.

You know I’m not a physician so I wanted an expert view on this case by the MDs in our team, namely Mary, my wife, and my dear friend Laurence, who is endocrinologist.
To be honest I understood only half of what they said ๐Ÿ˜‰
So I took a lot of notes and here is a kind of summary.

If you are like Rachel, if you gain weight without changes in your lifestyle (probably due to age) or if you have tried really hard to lose weight without noticeable results, then this is for you.
And when I say “really hard”, with all respect, I don’t mean eating an apple in the afternoon and I will never consider shopping as exercise ๐Ÿ˜‰
I mean serious workouts as in the case of Rachel.

From what Mary and Laurence told me, you first have to rule out hormonal imbalance. The words that came again and again were: stress, adrenal fatigue, potential undiagnosed thyroid problems and for women who have reached their 40s or 50s, perimenopause.
And if I got it right, in many cases it it a mix of all these causes.

Here is the 3 steps recommendation from our MDs.

1 – Medical Support

The first step is to see your doctor who will ask for routine testing of your hormonal levels — be prepared to give some blood ๐Ÿ˜‰

2 – Lifestyle and Prevention

When serious conditions have been ruled out, it’s time to make sure that you have a healthy lifestyle.
I won’t detail here because you already know it, and if not here are some pillar articles on this topic: eat less and move more.
What I would like to add to the basics is that in your case, compared to younger people, you should consider natural products which are known to prevent hormonal imbalance. Do a quick search in reputable sites like WebMD or Mayo Clinic and avoid all crap sites that have no medical knowledge and just try to sell you snake oil and fake natural remedies (“This Little Known Chinese Herb Kills 24,000 Cancer Cells in 16 Hours!”)

3 – New Balance

Like it or not, your equation has changed :(
Your metabolic rate has decreased so that what enters your mouth stays longer in your fat cells ๐Ÿ˜‰
It’s life! Due to age, you have a chronic excess of energy input compared to your energy consumption: if we were speaking of your bank account, you would be rich ๐Ÿ˜‰ but here we speak of adipocytes and health risks so “saving” more and more, year after year, is not a safe option. You have to find a new balance, either by decreasing your calories or by increasing your energy output. Good luck…


In my opinion, taking ephedrine before step 1 would not be a good idea. Its physiological effects would only mask the underlying symptoms and you would not build on a safe basis.
However, starting an EC stack during step 2 and 3 is a brilliant idea: you will benefit from appetite suppression, increased metabolism and higher energy level. All in all, the best way to break your current routine is to put another one in place, you don’t necessarily have to suffer during the process! So get all the support you need from the right ephedra alkaloids and just tell your friends and family later on how hard it was and that you did it on pure willpower ๐Ÿ˜‰

Mike Budd

Copyright is Going Mobile!

This will be a short post, possibly with more pictures than words ๐Ÿ˜‰

Why? Because it’s about… going mobile! I wouldn’t have thought I would post someday about “mobile-friendly” ๐Ÿ˜‰

In fact a few weeks ago we have received an email from Google saying how important it was to be “mobile-friendly” these days. With a link to a pdf study explaining why it was so important.

To be honest I thought that it was already the case for our website! I have never heard someone complaining about the fact that he or she couldn’t read our posts or navigate through the site ๐Ÿ˜‰

But ok, if Google asks for it… ๐Ÿ˜‰

So I have asked our IT guys: “How come that the site is not “mobile-friendly?! Don’t you have a smartphone? Why didn’t you check that?!” ๐Ÿ˜‰

They gave me the lamest answers I’ve ever heard: “You didn’t ask“, “Do you mean responsive or mobile-friendly?“, “Who cares?“, “Are you serious? Any idea of all the changes?“, “Is it worth it?“, “Do you *really* think people want to read your stuff on their phones?“.

No need to argue or to tell them that our blog has readers in more than 100 countries, it would have been a loss of time ๐Ÿ˜‰ Just do it!

So after some interesting discussions (fights) we finally found a kind of compromise and here we are!

The most important point for me is that all posts are still here.
And that the “look and feel” remained unchanged: easy to read and to jump from one page to another based on your interest :)

This reminds me of a great old movie: The Leopard, by Luchino Visconti with Burt Lancaster, Claudia Cardinale and Alain Delon, with this famous sentence: “If we want things to stay as they are, things will have to change.”

That’s exactly what we did! Changing everything so that nothing changes ๐Ÿ˜‰

Hopefully our site looks now great on many smartphones. Look at that: on an iPhoneOn a Nokia Lumia









On a Google Nexus 7On an iPad mini








On an iPad


I hope you’ll enjoy it on your smartphone :)

If so, please tell us below: I know some IT guys who would be so happy ๐Ÿ˜‰

Mike Budd


Two Amazing Findings From A Running Study


That was my first thought when I saw this medical study about running: the important point is not to run fast, but just to run. Even slow, even less than 50 minutes per week.

This approach has worked wonders for me: my maximum fat loss ever has been when I was running at slow pace.

What I did not expect however was the extend of these benefits for your global health, not only for weight loss results.
Plus a second surprise that I had to read twice to believe it ๐Ÿ˜‰

First Finding

This medical study is a BIG one [1]. Believe it or not, 55,000 people have been included in a 15 years follow-up! The goal was to track the cardiovascular and global health benefits for 13,000 runners compared to 42,000 nonrunners. Well, the difference is huge:
* 30% reduction in all-cause mortality
* 45% reduction in cardiovascular mortality
* Life expectancy increased by 3 years for all-cause mortality and 4.1 years for cardiovascular mortality.

If this doesn’t motivate you to jump in your sneakers, to be honest, I don’t know what else would do it ๐Ÿ˜‰
Maybe the next part, right below?

Second Finding

Here is the best part for most of us who are not *exactly* 4-minute milers ๐Ÿ˜‰
The 13,000 runners have been divided into 5 groups, based on speed and total running time per week. Well, guess what? The first group who was running fewer than 6 miles or less than 52 minutes per week has the same health benefits than the the second, third, and fourth group! Can you believe that? It means that you don’t have to run fast or hours-long to get all the health benefits!
This is a point that I have always “suspected” but it’s so good to see it confirmed by scientific research: you can get maximum benefits from running at very low doses, at slow pace and during small periods of time!

Here is a picture showing the main results of the study:

Running Reduces All-Cause and Cardiovascular Mortality Risk

(Source: JACC Journal of the American College of Cardiology)

So if you want to lose fat, don’t run fast. I know it seams counterintuitive but it’s true: running fast is just counterproductive for most of us.
We have now medical evidence that you will have the same (huge) health benefits than almost all other runners, yes, even those who run 4 times a week and twice your speed!

Find Your Own Pace

Stay far below your maximum heart rate (MHR), ideally 60 to 70 percent. If you don’t know your MHR, it’s easy: 220 minus your age.
Example: if you are 40, your MHR is 220 – 40 = 180 thus the ideal heart rate during cardio training is between 108 (180 x 0.7) and 126 (180 x 0.7).
In that way you have a low and regular energy demand and your brain decides to use energy from fat cells (lipolysis) instead of glycogen stored in your muscles.

Look At These Tips

If you need some extra motivation to start running, here are my previous posts on this topic: in all modesty they are loaded with cool tips that will convince you to hit the road — no chance for fake excuses anymore ๐Ÿ˜‰

Joints hurt, the typical fake excuse not to runYou Say You Canโ€™t Run? I don’t believe you.



Find a new motivation with these 12 tips for a Happy Running12 Tips For A Happy Running: except one, they all come from my own experience since years and trust me, they work!



Running at lunchtime has many benefitsRun at Lunchtime: your boss will thank you, really.



Losing That Stubborn Fat With CardioA last one: why is running so effective at Burning That Stubborn Fat.



What I also appreciate in this finding is that running slow is compatible with Ephedrine, alone or in an EC stack: as long as you avoid High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) you are on the safe side and you get the extra bonus from the physiological effects of ephedrine. If you want to lose weight, I know NOTHING that can beat ephedrine plus cardio training at low heart rate.

That’s it! Please share this information around you! Friends, relatives, co-workers, they all can get the tremendous health benefits shown by this medical study. Reducing health risks by 30 to 45 percent and increasing life expectancy by 3 to 4 years… and all that by running small amounts of time at very slow pace!

Think about it: what could be more important for them in the long run? If you care for them, tell them about this study. Use these nice buttons below to “share the knowledge”.

Take care,


[1] D. Lee et al. “Leisure-Time Running Reduces All-Cause and Cardiovascular Mortality Risk“.ย  JACC. 2014;64(5):472-481.

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New Issue for EphedrineForSale

First things first: Happy New Year! Better late than never ๐Ÿ˜‰

Rob King Surrounded By Cute Female BodybuildersYou know that I keep an eye on the amazing story of Rob King, the owner of EphedrineForSale dot com: gosh, this guy was a star some years ago when his website was on top of Google for any search for ephedrine! He was known by most bodybuilders here and not only because he was shipping Kaizen ephedrine HCL from Canada to the USA ๐Ÿ˜‰ Look at him on this picture, surrounded by cute female bodybuilders… Did you recognize this nice woman grabbing him? Yes, Jamie Eason herself :) If not, have a look at the video at the end of this post.

ย New TV episode

His online business stopped in 2012 when the DEA asked the RMCP to visit his house one morning… The Canadian news network CBC has broadcasted several videos about this case, you can find them in a previous post.
I went back to it recently and I wondered if Rob King had already been charged by the court. After a quick search I discovered a new episode which has been released by CBC a few months ago, and to my surprise it was not about ephedrine but totally focused on a tax issue: apparently Rob King didn’t tell everything to the tax administration!

In fact during their “Project Barbwire” the RCMP have seized many documents that draw the attention of their tax colleagues. Plus something that didn’t help Rob King: he said during the interview that he was making 2 million dollars a year! The kind of good information you want to share on TV when you don’t pay your taxes ๐Ÿ˜‰

Here is the link to this new video:

Are They Putting Their Profit Before Our Health?

OK, seriously now: what does it tell us? Well, for me the most important point here is that as always it all comes down to money :(

Don’t get me wrong: Rob King is surely not clear on all points from a moral point of view but looking again at the videos I have the feeling that he is kind of naive, if you see what I mean. He is probably paying a high price for many others.

In other words: I don’t care for him (sorry) but I care for ephedrine. I was expecting interesting discussions about the controversy of ephedrine, the most powerful fat burner invented by Nature, how lobbies had deprived millions of people of its proven weight loss effects, despite the support of the medical community and despite the total cost of obesity in our western countries. And what happens finally? Same story, again and again: the good questions are not raised and it’s all about money! Come on! All this story is slowly but surely turning into a tax issue :(ย  Seriously…
Well, I’m not really surprised, just disappointed. Apparently when officials and administrations deal with ephedrine, in the USAย  and in Canada as well, Our Health is important but apparently Their Money is more important ๐Ÿ˜‰

Any Site Shipping Ephedrine From Canada To The USA?

Another site that will not sell ephedrine anymoreI did a quick check to be sure: all Canadian supplement shops took the lesson learned from EphedrineForSale and from NiceAndNatural — do you remember this old man and his daughter shipping 3 million tablets of ephedrine to international customers, but mainly to the U.S.? They must have been judged by now, I will have a look, I hope for them that they have paid their taxes ๐Ÿ˜‰ It’s funny to think that both have been caught because of their garbage bags, right in front of their homes ๐Ÿ˜‰ The less funny thing is that now you can’t find a single site shipping ephedrine from Canada to the U.S. :(
At least to my knowledge. If you know more, just let me know ๐Ÿ˜‰

Good Point For GorillaJack

Gorilla Jack does not export ephedrine from Canada anymoreA site that has been quite lucky (until now) is Gorilla Jack!
Seriously, considering all the pills they’ve been shipping during years, the only explanation that comes to my mind is that they have a different way to handle their garbage bags ๐Ÿ˜‰

I have mentioned in a previous post that their shipping policy was a bit fallacious. Take for instance their page selling Kaizen Ephedrine HCL, you have several links on the right: Canada (of course), USA and International. If you click USA as most of us would do, good luck with the explanation… If you click International, they tell you that “INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING IS AVAILABLE TO THE FOLLOWING COUNTRIES: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom”.

Good news for you if you live in one of these countries? Not really. The most important point is below: “Cannot be exported outside of Canada & PayPal can’t be used to pay for this item”. Bad luck! This sentence should be bigger and at the top of the page but at least if you read carefully you know what to expect before ordering…

My Preferred One: Buyephedrinecanada

I’m just kidding but I can’t help it: this site that made me laugh a lot: buyephedrinecanada. The contact email is still, can you believe that?!
With this comment in the About us page: “We love to talk! We’re not afraid to talk to you.” Well, they’re not afraid but honestly I can’t say the same ๐Ÿ˜‰ And the site always has this wonderful design with these lovely banners:

Great banners from a top site




Boy, you must be truly desperate to buy from them ๐Ÿ˜‰


Stay on the safe side: buy your ephedra from trustworthy people such as i-Supplements and AstroNutrition, either Eph100 for the USA or Xtreme Thermoburn for all countries except the US and Australia.

Mike Budd

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