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No Ephedrine but a Smart Diet to Boost Fat Burn

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

Choosing a Diet with the Pros

I have the chance to have diet specialists around me so I use it 😉

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

Do What You Want!

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

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

So here is what I decided to change:

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

Conclusion

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

EphedrineWhereToBuy.com Recommends Green StingerI really miss ephedrine 🙁

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

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

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

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

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

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

Last thoughts

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

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

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

We will see.. In all cases, I will keep you informed 🙂

Mike Budd

 

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

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

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

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Differences Between Male And Female Bodybuilders

In my previous article, Female Bodybuilders: Fit, Strong And Yet Feminine, I told you about the caricatured image of female bodybuilders years ago and how it changed when the federations understood that muscularity in competition was casting a poor image and when they decided to attract desperate housewives 😉 mainly by showing athletes who were fit and strong without sacrificing their feminity.

You Won’t Look Like Arnold

Beautiful Female BodybuilderHow do you achieve such fitness results without losing your feminity? What are the main differences between men and women in bodybuilding? This is the primary concern of women who hesitate lifting weights: will I get big, will the size of my thighs increase with this training?
The answer is clearly no: depending on your workout routine, you will not increase your muscle size but your muscle’s strength. Even if you train « like a man », you will not gain muscle like men because it is their famous hormone called testosterone which allows this impressive increase in muscle mass. Women have only a small fraction of men’s testosterone levels and their muscle mass will become stronger, not bigger.
So how come that the first female bodybuilders managed to achieve these muscle mass like men? Well, guess what? They probably had hormonal treatments which made them look like men…
But this time is over, now you will gain just a bit of muscle but in a feminine way, toned, dense, nicely shaped.

Physiological Differences

Female Bodybuilder Lifting WeightsDo women need to workout like men by the way? What are the physiological differences?
In fact men and women workout in the same way. Contrary to the popular belief, women do not need to spend their time in cardiovascular exercise while men lift weights, it’s a cliché.
The truth is that women and men have different body composition and metabolism, thus their training will vary a bit and the results will be different.
For instance, men bodybuilders will target 4 or 5% body fat when women having naturally a higher percentage will set a reasonable goal at 10 to 12%.
Body fat distribution is different, women will have more on the thighs, glutes and triceps while men will bear their fat mostly in the abdomen (the famous « beer belly » or « tire »), in the chest also and upper arms. This fat distribution is called gynoid for women and android for men, and commonly named « pear or apple » fat distribution. This is a global approach of course, there is no strict line between gynoid and android fat, for instance men and women have often « love handles » in common 😉
Another big difference is the muscle mass, more developed by men, and as a result men’s Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR) is higher. This will allow them to have greater food intake for the same stable weight or to lose fat easier than women — I know, it’s unfair 😉 Remember that your weight equation is mostly determined by calories in versus calories out!

A Different Diet For Female Bodybuilders

Different Diet For Male And Female BodybuildersWhat about diet? Should it be different between women and men bodybuilders?
Women metabolize more fatty acids but fewer carbohydrates and proteins than men. This is important since fat is so devaluated in women’s eyes, being the first enemy in their diet. In fact, essential fatty acids (EFAs) are more important for women than for men, and EFAs don’t necessarily finish in your fat storage, they even promote the fat burning process and they represent a source of energy which stabilize insulin and blood sugar levels. Men have a different energy profile, they require more carbohydrates and proteins than lipids.
Except the difference in this metabolization of lipids and carbohydrates, men and women should have the same diets, with a recommendation for low carbohydrates cycling diets for better fat burning results for women.

Which Type Of Workout For Women?

Female Bodybuilding, Nice Outdoor WorkoutWhat is a typical exercising program for female bodybuilders?
Let’s start with a very common mistake: most of the time women overestimate cardio exercises and avoid lifting weights, probably due to the fear of gaining too much muscle mass. A typical training plan will run over 12 weeks, 5 days a week, varying repetitions, exercises and intensity for the main muscle groups (legs, chest and back). I know many female bodybuilders who follow these programs quite religiously. No pain, no gain 😉
It’s hard to recommend one of these programs, you have so many of them! It depends on your starting point and your goals. Just do a quick search online and select a serious one, preferably with videos — careful though if you search Youtube, it is often loaded with crap. And these stupid comments…
Here is a good piece of advice by Jamie Eason:

As you will see, many of these fitness programs include High Interval Intensity Training: you know there is no quicker way to lose fat 😉

Last Words

Ladies, if you really want to lose weight, you could learn many lessons from bodybuilders in most key factors: the right mindset, motivation, goal setting, time management, hard work, nutrition, coaching, etc…
Eat less, move more and get support: well, female bodybuilders have it all right 😉
What about ephedrine for female bodybuilders? Nothing special, it works as fine as for male bodybuilders because we all have the same CNS 😉
By the same effects, I mean: energy booster, appetite suppression, lean muscle mass is preserved and lipolysis (fat burn) is increased. But you also have the same risk of side effects if you don’t know the basic rules: make sure to drink a lot of water, avoid heat — this should be easy at this period of the year 😉 and of course no HIIT sessions when having ephedrine, ephedra or EC stacks.
If you live in the USA don’t even think of ephedrine HCL delivered to your place: you know it is no more available from reputable sites. From time to time I see one or two sites that pretend to ship pure ephedrine HCL from Canada to the U.S. but personally I wouldn’t buy from them. Stay on the safe (legal) side and get one of the time-tested ephedra products from our recommended websites.

Mike Budd

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Taking EC Stack Weight Loss to the Highest Level

In our previous post, we have seen that ephedrine and caffeine have synergistic weight loss effects that are highly superior to those obtained by taking only one of the two alkaloids. We finished our article by a kind of teasing sentence, saying that there were other synergies that would take your fat burning results to a much higher level.
Well, it’s time to reveal it now 😉

Weight Loss Synergy of EC stack and Cardio Training

Synergy between EC stack and Cardio TrainingThe fat burn results that we mentioned in the previous article were obtained by the intake of ephedrine and caffeine, without special physical activity during the medical studies. They are already better that those of coffee alone and ephedrine alone, but a bit of motivation can dramatically boost your weight loss program: as explained in a previous post, cardiovascular training during an EC stack will raise your heart rate and thermogenesis and consequently the physiological process of destocking fat called lipolysis will start earlier and last longer, even hours after the end of your physical activity. We insist of the necessity of a low intensity training, always below 70% of your maximum heart rate: first for safety reasons (ephedrine already stress your heart rate, thus no need to add to that) and second, because raising the pace will force your body to burn glycogen instead of fat, which is not what you want. Caffeine and ephedrine join their action to increase your energy level which will allow you to target 3 cardio sessions of 45 minutes per week ideally, without losing too much of your lean muscle mass.
Just as ephedrine and caffeine had synergistic effects, this new achievement in your weight loss program is also based on synergy between the EC stack and your cardio training: ephedrine will provide the needed energy boost that will allow you to run or bike during the cardio sessions without being exhausted. From experience we know that this is the main reason why people can’t stand such physical activity, it’s just too much demanding for them so they stop, usually by finding fake excuses 😉 With the energy bonus that you get from ephedrine you will find the inner strength and willpower to keep the rhythm of your sessions until you see results, thus generating a reward to all the granted efforts and finally entering a virtuous circle.

Best Weight Loss: EC Stack plus Cardio Training plus Diet

Synergy between EC stack and DietThis is the ultimate weight loss program that bodybuilders are using since years to achieve less than 7% body fat during their cutting sessions, usually before a competition.
Again, this is based on synergy: the challenge here is to maintain your physical activity with the same energy expenditure but without starving, despite a lower calorie intake. This is achieved thanks to the appetite reduction induced by ephedrine [1]. Physiologically, dopamine plays a big role in the regulation of appetite and ephedrine acts as an indirect dopamine agonist by increasing its release from the cytoplasmic pool (the cytoplasm is the jelly-like substance consisting of basically everything in the cell except the nucleus and where metabolic pathways occur). As for the synergy between ephedrine and cardio training due to the energy boost, we know from experience that this synergy between ephedrine and diet due to appetite suppression can make the difference between success and failure.

So here is the program that we have set up and fine-tuned in the long run  – please note that the word “run” has not been chosen by accident 😉

  1. Cardio training alone during 4 weeks, starting slow and increasing progressively
  2. Ephedrine alone for 8 weeks along with a smart diet
  3. Two weeks break
  4. Cardio training plus EC stack for 8 weeks
  5. Two weeks break again
  6. Grand Final with High Intensity Interval Training for 2 weeks, without ephedrine

Cardio Training will boost the weight loss effects of an EC StackThis strict cycling period is impressive and will keep you busy during 6 months, but remember: “Time doesn’t respect what has been built without him“. And we don’t know any better way to lose weight. Quick advice: take a picture of yourself before and after this cutting program, you will see two different persons 😉 Then the end of the journey will just the beginning of a harder one. Who said it would be easy? 😉 The challenge is to keep these pounds off your hips or belly, as your starving adipocytes would be so happy to restock within days all the fat that took you months to lose. Only a change of lifestyle with the right balance between nutrition and exercising will put you on the safe side.

Conclusion

We have started this article series with one question: is coffee good for your health and can it help losing weight?
We have analyzed tens of medical studies that show that a moderate coffee consumption has many health benefits which are partially due to caffeine but not only, other antioxidants components play also a positive role. Hence our recommendation to prefer coffee over decaffeinated coffee, unless you have personal reasons to do this choice. In other words, you should not be afraid to drink coffee only because you have been told that it was risky for your health, please refer to our in-depth analysis in case of any doubt.
But if your primary interest in caffeine is weight loss, you will probably be disappointed. Remember our image of a “bell curve” to have a representation of the balance between risks and benefits of coffee: after 4 to 5 cups of Joe per day, the risks for your health (sleep disorder for instance) will exceed the potential positive effects. As a result, you will not solve an overweight problem by drinking too much coffee, you will instead put your health in danger. Then we have seen that you still had 3 better ways to explore: first by adding ephedrine to caffeine (the famous EC stack), then by boosting your results with cardio training sessions and finally by following a light but smart diet: at this ultimate level, you will be using the full range of synergistic effects triggered by ephedrine and caffeine, these two amazing alkaloids.

Last words

Taking ephedrine in an EC stack is a serious decision that should be envisaged only under strict conditions:

References

1. Zarrindast MR, Hosseini-Nia T, Farnoodi F “Anorectic effect of ephedrine“. Gen Pharmacol. 1987;18(5):559-61.

Mike Budd.

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