Weight Loss, Go for the Low-Hanging Fruit

You know that fruits help in weight loss but here I mean low-hanging fruit in terms of prioritization of your efforts: you definitely should eat fruits but it’s not my focus here πŸ™‚
It’s been a while without a post centered on weight loss and this is also the right period of the year to get rid of some pounds. So here are a few words specifically on this topic, including what I currently discuss with people I help in-person.

Weight Loss, Go for the Low-Hanging Fruit

Hormonal Imbalance

If you can’t lose weight even if you try hard, it could be linked to hormonal imbalance, especially for women who have reached their 40s or 50s.

I wouldn’t be able to explain that in detail because I am not a physician and this medical topic is *really* complex. Apparently doctors rely too much on lab tests that only show part of the global picture and many people who suffer from hypothyroidism are misdiagnosed.

From my discussions with the doctors in our team, several factors can lead to hormone imbalance: stress putting pressure on the adrenals, poor diet leading to a leaky gut or autoimmune diseases such as Hashimoto’s disease.

Could It Be Insulin Resistance?

The result is usually that your blood sugar level go wild and you become resistant to insulin. In other words, this sugar is brought to your cells that refuse to let it in. Thus blood sugar is directly stored into fat cells, you know, these infamous adipocytes πŸ™‚ As a result of insulin resistance, you have no energy (because sugar is not transformed into energy inside your cells, as it should) and your fat storage increases with each meal! Great… πŸ™

As you can see, it is crucial to rule out this problem before considering any weight loss program: you have not the slightest chance to lose weight if you have insulin resistance or undiagnosed hypothyroidism.

Here is a link to a Youtube video made by a doctor that will tell you more about it:

Nutrition: Know Your Classics

Insulin resistance or not, you know that nutrition is key to your health and weight. I know it, you know it, we all know it. Still I see so many people doing the same mistakes again and again. So I thought it might be a good idea to recap the best practices I’ve been giving in my previous posts.

  1. No alcohol. No beer and no strong alcohols either, like gin, whiskey or vodka. From time to time a glass of red wine
  2. Avoid industrial/processed foods
  3. Exclude beef and pork from your choices; eat fish, tuna, salmon, egg whites, chicken or turkey instead – by the way, never fried!
  4. Prefer (poly) unsaturated fats (seeds, fish, nuts, algae, leafy greens) to saturated fats (butter, coconut oil, palm oil, dairy products)
  5. Avoid bread and sauces! Use spices instead.
  6. Avoid β€œquick sugars” passed directly to blood and stored as fat when not used immediately. Prefer complex carbohydrates – starches – such as grains (wheat, rice, barley, oats), beans, corn and potatoes.
  7. Eat plenty of vegetables! Go for lettuce, broccoli, spinach, mushrooms, onions, cucumbers, peppers and tomatoes. Fruits are recommended too, preferably with low glycemic index, because they are tasty and will help your mood, and because their antioxidants have a positive effect on free radicals and toxins.
  8. It’s better if your carbohydrate could go decreasing during the day, ideally carbs only at the four first meals and nothing for the two last ones.
  9. Eat the right fruits
  10. In order to keep a constant metabolism, it is better to have 5 or 6 meals daily, the last one before 7 pm.
  11. Drink a lot of water. Now the easiest and cheapest tip I know for weight loss: drink lots of water! I do it consistently since years and it works wonders. Pure water, when you feel hungry. Before lunch. It’s amazing how it regulates your metabolism and your appetite. It helps detoxing your body.

Go for the Low-Hanging Fruit!

OK, that was for nutrition only and we didn’t mention exercise yet. There’s a good chance that you agree on most nutrition points here, yet they seem unrealistic or there’s too many of them or you can’t figure out how to apply them.. It just doesn’t fit with your life: your food habits, where you eat, what real control you have on your nutrition, in your family, at work, etc. I hear that all the time πŸ™‚

This brings us back to the title of this post: go for the low-hanging fruit!
Take it from the Pareto principle, and believe me this applies to most things in your life: 80% of your results come from 20% of your efforts.

Start with One Point Only

Honestly it helped me a lot when I was struggling. Try to do it also: take a step back and think of possible ways to apply it too. Years ago, my first “low-hanging fruit” decision has been the following: in order to lose weight, let’s start with nutrition first, before any exercising plan. It’s hard to change your food habits but it is also hard to exercise, so let’s start with what produces the quickest results.

So the good question is: what are the 20% of your foods habits that you should change first, in order to have 80% of your weight loss? Referring to the previous list, most probably you could come up with a short list of 3 to 5 points — be realistic!

Now select one point from this list, yes, only one point! Pick up the easiest one. The one that you will be able to apply in your daily routine without any problem. It will be your first step to success.

I know, I know…

If you think “Come on! If it was that easy, it would have done it already“, well, that’s fine, I hear that all the time… I call it “people who know everything but are stuck with their problems” πŸ™‚ Or if you prefer the “politically correct” answer: there’s a huge difference between Knowing and Doing!

That’s why I always start with this “low-hanging fruit” approach with people I help with their weight management. And most of the time it works. My goal is to identify quick wins to start with, and for me it’s crucial for these 2 reasons:
– if they fail immediately, the whole process is compromised.
– if it’s a small change in their habits, they will be able to do it repeatedly during one month. From my experience, it’s what it takes to replace a bad habit by a good one. Keep it in mind: if you do the new thing every day for 30 days, you will “break” the former habit and replace it with the new one!

So please, if you are this kind of person who always thinks “Tell me something I don’t know!” please, don’t think twice, just pick up one easy point and do it!

My Own Experience

For the same reason, years ago I spent a considerable amount of time trying to find that “magic pill” that would make it easier for me to lose serious weight. Back then I really had no idea it would change my life. And that ephedrine would become my central point of interest πŸ™‚ up to the point that I would create a website for that! and that I would be on the same topic for years!! Well it’s life, and I’m happy with it, considering all the people I got to know and that I’ve helped with my posts and recommendations πŸ™‚

OK I digress here — I feel it when I become nostalgic πŸ™‚ what I want to say is that ephedrine is totally consistent with this “low-hanging fruit” approach: you don’t have to suffer! If something can suppress your appetite to such extend and also boost your metabolism and energy, why would you do without it?? I’m happy I’ve made that choice and I’m also happy for all the people I’ve helped with my experience, mainly by recommending what I consider as the best products (meaning legal and safe) and the best ephedrine webshops.

Buy Ephedrine

If you are starting your weight loss journey, please take your time and read my previous posts, it will give you what you need to make an informed decision (why ephedrine has been banned by the FDA, associated health risks, effectiveness shown in medical studies, etc). If you prefer to go directly to the bottom line, here are my 3 preferred products that you can legally buy in the US and in most other countries: I call them The Good, The Bad and The Ugly.

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In the next post, we will apply this same method (low-hanging fruit = quick wins) to the second pillar of weight loss: Move More!

Keep in touch,
-Mike Budd

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Another Women’s Day

Today is the International Women’s Day and I saw it because Google decided to honor women with a Doodle on the homepage. They do it every year, but honestly this time I find it very smart. Let me explain.

Knowing the Past to Shape the Future

They decided to celebrate 13 remarkable women from history, but through a grandmother reading a bedtime story to a little girl: it’s about transmission, each of these 13 women has a voice that comes from the past to help this little girl build a better future.

International Women's Day Google Doodle

I also liked the fact that many of these women are not so famous: it gives us a chance to know more about their contribution and to understand that diversity is a strength, not a threat.
This is of special importance for me, considering my core values: it is our moral responsibility to help people who need it most, day after day, and especially at Women’s Day. Some women suffer more than others. Don’t get me wrong, I have a profound respect for all women in all countries who fight for their rights. I just want to underline the fact that in many countries, women fight for their basic needs, basic as in Maslow’s hierarchy: physiological needs and safety needs come first.

Women’s Day, How Could I help?

The big question that always comes after such statement is: OK, how do you do that? How could you help women who live in countries you don’t even know the name of!

Well, good question…

If you are Google, you can reach millions of people with your Doodle.

If you are Mike Budd, it’s harder πŸ™‚ Let’s try anyway.

  • You can write a blog post πŸ™‚
  • You can link to a heart touching video:

  • You can be humble and try to change small things around you, taking any opportunity to make things better for all women in your life, in your family, in your job, in your community. Every little bit helps!
  • You can also try to support in a different way. That’s what I did a few years ago, I decided to do something very personal, and frankly, even a bit embarrassing: a poem! Yes, it might sound weird or ridiculous, but at that moment, I felt that it was the right thing to do. I remember I posted it on another blog I had at that time, meant for personal stuff like that, but finally I had no time to maintain 2 blogs. But I have kept the poem in my archives πŸ™‚

So here it is — and please don’t laugh, because it came from the bottom of my heart πŸ™‚


It’s sad but true,
I never wrote a poem in my life.
Today, my love, my dear wife,
I will do it for you.

And for all Sisters,
Daughters, Mothers and Wives,
Women happy with their lives,
Women who suffer.

Today is Women’s day,
Would make me laugh if I wasn’t crying,
I wish it could be every day,
Be strong, for the times they are a-changin’.


To my wife and to all women πŸ™‚
With love,
Mike Budd

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My Preferred HIIT Workouts

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

Examples of HIIT workouts

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

Build Your Own Workout Plan

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

My Preferred HIIT Workout for Beginners

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

Next Level: The HIIT Pyramid

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

Any Alternatives to HIIT Workouts?

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

Similar to Ephedrine

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

Safety First

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

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

Keep in touch,
-Mike Budd

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HIIT Benefits for Fat Burn, Lose More in Less Time

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

HIIT benefits for fat burn

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

 

What Is HIIT Exactly?

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

Is HIIT Really Effective for Fat Burn?

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

Why Is It So Effective?

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

HIIT Benefits for Fat Burn: #1

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

HIIT Benefits for Fat Burn: #2

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

HIIT Benefits for Fat Burn: #3

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

HIIT Benefits for Fat Burn: #4

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

HIIT Benefits for Fat Burn: #5

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

HIIT Benefits for Fat Burn: #6

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

Conclusion

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

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

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

-Mike Budd
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10 Tips to Stay Fit during the Festive Season

For the last post of the year, not 8, not 9 but 10 tips to stay fit during the festive season!

Because I don’t know about you but I tend to fall in each and every trap when it comes to stay fit πŸ™‚ If you don’t believe me, read this and that.

In the most part of the year I use several lame excuses (I have a long list), but between Christmas and New Year’s Eve, I don’t even need an excuse πŸ™‚

How Could You Stay Fit at this Time of the Year?

Honestly, why would you say no to all these treats offered to you during the holiday season? Especially if you did enough efforts to get in shape and stay fit during the year?

It’s part of the tradition. We spend hours eating and sharing with our loved ones. Some cakes take weeks to be prepared, how could you say no to your mother-in-law? πŸ˜‰
It’s a warm spirit. It’s about sharing presents, good time and good food. Period.

So you end up overindulging in sweets and you compromise months of efforts πŸ™

So here is what I do: 10 tips to stay fit during the festive season. For me it’s a good compromise: I get the most of the festive season and I am not falling too far off track.

Resist the Treats!

Resist the Christmas treats to stay fit!1) Be selective. Eat only your top favorite treats when you have the choice, and politely say no when they are offered, even by your mother-in-law πŸ™‚
Or say yes, but give them discreetly to the dog πŸ™‚ Think of how many times you said yes just to be polite! Remember: it’s your body, your health, your efforts to lose the extra weight that will come with these treats, so you don’t have to have them all πŸ™‚

2) Always prefer homemade treats . Many recipes are delicious and healthy. Find a good book (another great Christmas gift idea).

Weight loss or Brownie?3) If you didn’t have the willpower to resist once, it doesn’t mean that from that point on, you lost *definitely* and you can now indulge anything. I hear that so many times: one slip up in the morning becomes a day off… and with one day off, you might as well skip the whole week! You see what I mean: it’s not “all or nothing”.

4) Now the easiest and cheapest tip I know for weight loss: drink lots of water! I do it consistently since years and it works wonders. Pure water, when you feel hungry, instead of grabbing a piece of cake. After a glass of good wine, instead of a second one, drink the same amount of water. Before lunch. It’s amazing how it regulates your metabolism and your appetite. It helps detoxing your body. Especially during this season where we typically drink more alcohol.

Keep Moving!

Running alone in the cold5) Adapt your training routine if necessary (because it’s getting cold and dark) but keep up with your plan. Switch to evenings to lunchtime if you want but don’t get too far off track. You would have to pay the high price later.

6) You know I love running. Well, I love the fat burn results you get from running πŸ˜‰ During the festive season, you have less opportunities: usually your training buddies are not there, again it’s cold and dark so you would a superhero willpower to lace up and hit the road alone. What I do is switching to short, intensive workouts at home. I say at home but in fact I mean inside, it can be in a hotel room or when traveling to relatives. My preferred workout is an intensive leg training because it’s the most effective (due to the big muscle groups like the quads).

7) My preferred timing for these intensive workouts is before the heavy meals, you know, these special days where you already know that your weight will suffer πŸ™‚ I know that 10 minutes of high intensity training will be followed by muscle recovery that will compensate the extra calories. And come on, 10 minutes only! Definitely worth it πŸ™‚

8) The next trap in this period is that we sit for hours, day after day. So my next tip is not spectacular but quite effective: I take any opportunity to keep moving. I get up when we need something in the cellar, I go upstairs and downstairs as soon as something is missing, I go and grab things in the kitchen, well, you get the point: move more!

Family Fun Outside9) Play outside with kids. They have more energy in one day than us in one week πŸ™‚ It’s getting harder to get them outside in our connected world but if you manage to start any old-fashioned activity that requires more than their thumbs, for instance playing with a ball or “catch me if you can”, you will see how many calories you will burn, just by trying to follow them πŸ™‚

10) If you’re not the “running type”, you could go for a walk every day, in the fresh air. Even if brown fat in winter is known to burn calories, don’t expect the same results as with other classical cardio sessions (rowing, biking, swimming and the top one, running) but walking has several health benefits that I really enjoy with my family. We have more time, we talk a lot, and frankly I can’t think of a better way of getting your energy back after a long lunch or dinner. It’s not so demanding, compared to a workout (preparation, clothes etc), anybody can do it. If you have a goal in mind (visiting something or somebody) it becomes a healthy side benefit of a real activity. Plus it has an excellent effect on your stress and well-being. You see, no excuse πŸ™‚

Conclusion

I remember that my first post this year was about motivation and goal setting. In all modesty, it was a “high-level” contribution πŸ˜‰ It’s not what you think, I’m not being pretentious here, I said “high-level” because it is supposed to set the frame for the whole year. You have to see the big picture before thinking of details.

Now the tricky part: it took me years to apply it and to get results.
Why is it so easy to set goals and so hard to achieve them?
Because it’s about change.
And change comes only with action.
You can have all needed information, you won’t change until you do it.
Change is about doing, not knowing. You may “know it all” and still be stuck, year after year.

You can change and stay fit only when you know what to do, how to do it and when you start to apply it consistently. Day after day.

That’s it for the last post of 2016.

Time to wish you Health, Peace, Love and Happiness in 2017 πŸ™‚

Happy New Year!

 

 

 

 

 

-Mike Budd
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My Weight Loss Story, Episode 2

The last post was about my weight loss experience and I got many emails from people who went through the same issues. And apparently my “magic soup” experience made some people laugh πŸ™‚ well, years later, this is the first positive thing about it! I’ve been asked for what I did after that, so here it is: My Weight Loss Story, Episode 2 πŸ™‚

Dieting again

I’m a stubborn guy. When the “magic soup” experience appeared to be useless, I thought that it was my fault because I had been naive and I just didn’t find the right information online. Next time I’ll find the magic one! Stubborn and a bit stupid too πŸ™‚

So I went to Google again and this time I placed my hopes in another method, a famous diet, widely promoted as very efficient: the high-protein, low-carb diet, you know, the Atkins kind of diet. The idea was to drastically cut carbs which are used first by your body for energy, so that fat is used instead, in a metabolic state that doctors call “ketosis”. Honestly I liked it immediately! I found the idea brilliant, the name “ketosis” sounded like the end of my problems, I was truly sure that this scientific approach with such a name was a winner πŸ™‚ I was already picturing my new body quickly running short of fat πŸ™‚

So I started this approach with great enthusiasm and I even decided to push it to the next step: high protein foods and veggies only, nothing else! I wanted the best possible ketosis, not the average one πŸ™‚

Then, back to reality. I remember that it was quite embarrassing in the office because we used to have lunch all together and of course I got many question from my co-workers who immediately noticed that I was dieting…
One day, we have been invited in a very expensive restaurant to celebrate the end of a big project and I had to say no to a very old red wine. Apparently our business partners wanted to show their gratitude and really, nobody could understand my reaction. They told me that this wine was so famous, so rare, so expensive that it was a dream for many wine lovers around the globe! And I was drinking water because of a stupid diet! In my head, I was silently repeating my mantra: Ketosis, Ketosis, Ketosis! πŸ™‚

Embarrassing Side Effect

At least the good point about this high-protein diet is that I was not hungry. The bad point is that ketosis has an embarrassing side effect: bad breath πŸ™ I will never forget this glimpse of surprise followed by disgust from people I was talking to. First they take a step back, and they avoid you completely πŸ™‚ Or they increase the “social distance” when they *really* have to be in front of you. I’m not sure but I think I got more emails than usual during my ketosis period πŸ™‚

The result of this diet in terms of weight loss has been modest, real but modest. But these few pounds off came with a very high price: my cholesterol levels did skyrocket. They were already high but after this diet they went wild. It took me years to bring them back to normal levels.

My Weight Loss Story, Episode 2

Run Till You Fall

Now a few words about the second part of my plan: running.
I was feeling very confident because I used to exercise a lot when I was young. So I started running with high hopes, even thinking of future competitions πŸ™‚ My typical session was the following: after a quick warm-up, I was running around half an hour at my maximum speed, sweating like in hell. My main problem was about time management: I had long days in the office and I didn’t want to sacrifice dinner with my wife and kids. So I ended up running at night, after dinner. Stupid again. My running route never varied. In the beginning people were surprised to see me running at night. They probably thought I was crazy, running in the dark, in the cold, in the rain… Same route, same houses, same people, same dogs barking at me… Finally after a few weeks people and dogs got used to my late runs and nobody paid attention anymore. I was the “poor fat guy running at night”…

So, what about the weight loss results?
The sad truth is that I lost.. almost nothing. The main result was injuries: it was too much stress for my heavy body. The most painful points were the knees and hips. Painkillers didn’t help much. I knew that I needed some rest, but guess what? I can do it πŸ™‚
I went to friends doctors who helped me with anti-inflammatory injections. A few days later I was on the road again. But not for long. The real end of the story came from the mental side. I realized that all these efforts were for nothing, that it was a failure, that I was a failure.
It was like a breakthrough. During the last night run, I was exhausted, beyond acceptable fatigue and yet trying to keep on running. At one moment I thought: what’s wrong with me? Does it have to be so hard? It’s not working. I have to accept this weight, this age. I have been unhealthy for years and I will never be healthy and fit again. It’s too late. So I stopped running and I walked my way back home πŸ™

Believe me, this second failure has been much more devastating than the first one.

OK, that’s it for the embarrassing memories.

The good point is… the happy end πŸ™‚

It was not “too late”. I was my learning curve. It took me time to do the right things, in the right order: get support, eat less, move more — but not the way I did it!

Keep in touch,
-Mike Budd

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My Weight Loss Experience

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

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

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

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

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

My Weight Loss Experience

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Keep in touch,
-Mike Budd

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Weight Loss Coaching, My Lessons Learned

Weight Loss Coaching

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

Demotivated after Two Weeks!

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

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

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

How to Overcome this Demotivation

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

So during that phase, we talk a lot πŸ™‚

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

What About Ephedrine?

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

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

So Why Not Starting with Ephedrine Directly?

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

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

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

Keep in touch,
-Mike Budd

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Weight Loss Thoughts From Vacation

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

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

My family holidays 2016

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

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

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

Family, Health, Time

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

Weight Loss Thoughts From Vacation

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

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

Weight Loss Thoughts From Vacation

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

1) Think About It

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

2) Plan It

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

3) Do It!

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

4) Measure Progress

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

5) Adapt When Deviations Occur

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

Conclusion

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

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

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

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

Keep in touch,

-Mike Budd
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Ephedra Sale Until Sunday

Ephedra for Sale Until Sunday at i-Supplements

May is coming at the end of the week, Game of Thrones Season 6 has started, days are longer and skirts are shorter, love is in the air πŸ™‚

It’s high time to step out of your comfort zone and to lose some serious pounds before summer.

You have approximately eight weeks to get the perfect beach body (this is for the truly motivated guys here) or just to shape up and to have more energy before the summer break (you’re so reasonable…).

Female Bodybuilder Lifting WeightsIn all cases, i-Supplements is ready to help you: they have a Special Offer that will run through Sunday, May 1st, offering 20 percent off on all ephedra products!

 

 

 

Knowing that they already have the cheapest prices (as usual, you know it depends on many things, I’m speaking on average here), 20% off is really a good deal.

Ephedra sale at i-Supplements

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Top 3 Ephedra Products

It’s the right time for you to try one of my top 3 ephedra products: you know, the Good, the Bad and the Ugly πŸ™‚

  • Green Stinger: a true 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.
  • Yellow Devils Ephedra Diet Pills: Famous, time-tested and great results: 25 mg of ephedra and 300 mg of caffeine. Only one pill in the morning will get you going for the day with more energy, more focus and less appetite.
  • Hellfire EPH 150 Ephedra Diet Pills: This one is brutal. If you never had ephedrine or ephedra, don’t start with it, you could be sick or at least shaky all day. But if you’re sure you have no sensitivity, Hellfire EPH 150 is probably one of the best way to lose fat as fast as humanly possible πŸ™‚

 

Top 4 Ephedra Products from EphedrineWhereToBuy.com: Green StingerTop 4 Ephedra Products from EphedrineWhereToBuy.com: Yellow DevilsTop 4 Ephedra Products from EphedrineWhereToBuy.com: Hellfire EPH 150Top 4 Ephedra Products from EphedrineWhereToBuy.com: ECA Xtreme

 

 

 

 

 

Start now your bikini-ready diet that will make you hot on the beach. The good news is that you don’t have to go through a crash diet or starve yourself to look good in your new swimsuit: nothing beats an EC stack when it comes to burn fat quickly. You’ll get less appetite and more energy and you will lose weight with minimal effort.

Bottom line: pick up your preferred ephedra product from i-Supplements and don’t forget the EPH20 coupon code at checkout!

-Mike

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