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Running or Ephedra?

Running or Ephedra?

Since months now I am trying to answer this question: what is best to burn this stubborn belly fat, hiding my abs? Running or ephedra? I have tried many things:

I have joined a running team.
I have tried hard runs and didn’t lose one pound.
I have added a smart diet but no results on the scale.
And I can’t do High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT, the best way to burn fat) because of a joint pain in the hip.

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

OK, let’s be positive.

If something is not working, it’s high time to vary and to test a different approach.

That’s what I did with this new training program.

First, Intensity

I can’t run “fast” anymore because of the burden put on my joints.
I already had an ankle, a knee and hip injured by this pace, without any weight loss, so it would be stupid to stick to that.
So I have no other choice than “slow runs”. You know, the ones that keep you under 65-70% of your MHR (maximum heart rate).

Second, Duration

I had to limit it to 30 minutes because of the joint pain: I am OK when I start running but unfortunately this pain always appear after a few minutes and increases progressively, so half an hour is the maximum I can endure.

Third, Frequency

How many runs per week? Well, it was not really my decision. I just realized that more than twice a week didn’t give enough time to recover between two painful runs.
All in all, here is what I’ve been doing since one month now: 2 “slow runs”, twice a week, for about 30 minutes.

Results so far

So disappointing. I didn’t lose one pound πŸ™
And I didn’t build lean muscle either. In a nutshell: since the beginning of all these tests around “running or ephedra”, I can’t see any benefits so far. This last approach seems to be useless pain with no results. You know that my “success criteria” is more how my jeans fit rather than a number of pounds on the scale. Well, my jeans have seen no particular change recently πŸ™

Why this Lack of Results?

There are two main explanations for me:

1 – Lipolysis
If you don’t exercise more than 40, 45 minutes, your body doesn’t start lipolysis (burning fat) because it has enough “energy” (glycogen) stored for these 30 minutes. It doesn’t mean that running 30 minutes twice a week is not good for your health, it means in my case that it’s not enough to lose weight.

2 – Diet

I thought initially that my “smart diet” would be enough:

  • No calorie counting
  • No hunger, even increasing my meal size between running days
  • In compensation, focus on good healthy foods
  • No more bread during lunch, no refined sugar, no sauces/dressings
  • No alcohol except during the weekend

I realize that it’s far from enough. I am now convinced that a calorie deficit is needed in my case to start burning fat, especially in the midsection. With this increased activity I tend to eat a lot more, healthy food but still. The number of “calories in” is too high, compared to the number of “calories out”. I am sure to have other overall health benefits (heart etc)Β  but not the “visible” kind.

Now I have to make a choice: for the sake of completeness I should now try slow runs three times a week, one hour each, without ephedrine or ephedra.

But honestly I’m tired. Running or ephedra? I’d prefer ephedra πŸ™‚ Because this is really exhausting, compared to the energy boost and appetite suppression you get with an EC stack.

I don’t know yet… but in all cases I will let you know.

Keep in touch,
Mike

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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 πŸ˜‰

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 πŸ˜‰
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 πŸ˜‰

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 πŸ™‚

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 πŸ™

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 πŸ™

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 β€” such as behind a desk at work or behind the wheel β€” 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 πŸ™‚ 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 πŸ™‚

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 πŸ™‚

Mike Budd

 

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

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

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

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Running Fast, My Weight Loss Results

I decided some months ago to lose weight the hard way, by running fast and without ephedrine.Β  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 πŸ™

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 πŸ™ Plus the fact that we are running faster! These young guys will kill me πŸ˜‰ 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 πŸ˜‰

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 πŸ˜‰ 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 πŸ™
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 πŸ™‚ Probably from the face, because I essentially got feedback from colleagues who don’t see much of my body except the face πŸ˜‰ 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 πŸ˜‰

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 πŸ™ 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 πŸ™‚

Keep in touch,
Mike Budd

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Losing Weight The Hard Way, Without Ephedrine

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

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 πŸ™‚ 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 πŸ™‚

More energy for your to-do listEven my wife did notice it and suddenly my to-do list started to increase πŸ™‚ and honestly I was happy to do it. β€œGo here”, β€œdo that”, I guess most married guys with children will understand πŸ˜‰ 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:Β  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 πŸ™‚ You feel less comfortable for instance in restaurants when you have to unbutton or it will explode πŸ˜‰ 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 πŸ˜‰

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

Cool, isn’t it?

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

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

Conclusion

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

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

Mike Budd

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Two Amazing Findings From A Running Study

I KNEW IT!

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 πŸ˜‰

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 πŸ˜‰
Maybe the next part, right below?

Second Finding

Here is the best part for most of us who are not *exactly* 4-minute milers πŸ˜‰
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 πŸ˜‰

 
Joints hurt, the typical fake excuse not to runYou Say You Can’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,
Mike

References:

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

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12 Tips For A Happy Running

12 Tips for a Happy Running at EphedrineWhereToBuy.comIn a previous post, You Say You Can’t Run, I told you why running was so important in your weight loss plan: except ephedrine, I see no better way to get fit again, so if you combine both ephedrine and running, you can turn your body into aΒ fat-burning machine. Most people say that they can’t run when in fact they just don’t like or don’t want to run. So I thought that a bit of motivation could perhaps decide the hesitating guys out there, hence these 12 tips mostly built on my own experience.

1. Buy Running Clothes

Even before starting, you can raise your motivation for the coming running sessions:
do yourself a favor and buy some real running clothes! We are very lucky today to find clothes that are very technical for every type of effort and weather and still cheap, due to the hard competition among manufacturers. Don’t get me wrong, you don’t need to spend a fortune on that, remember that the first mandatory purchase is for running shoes. The second purchase could be for synthetic socks, shorts, T-shirts etc… Feels good to start with a brand new equipment πŸ™‚

2. Run at Work

Running at lunchtime has many benefitsJust refer to my last post, listing 10 benefits of running at lunchtime: in terms of time management you will transfer private time to your working day because in most cases you are stuck at work for lunch from Monday to Friday, so taking this opportunity to run at work will save you a lot of time and will come with substantial benefits, especially if your company has a wellness program. It is typically the kind of decision that people postpone when in fact it would improve so many things for them. So don’t be a loser and do it if you can. After a while, your only question will be: for Heaven’s Sake, why didn’t I start earlier ?!

3. Run with a Friend

Never too old to runRunning with co-workers is the first step, then try to find a friend who wants to lose weight like you and run together! Many benefits: it will push you to go running because you have a commitment (it’s amazing how people who run together stick to their plan compared to people who decide to go or not at the last minute). You will share tips and motivation. Chances are high that your running buddy will soon become your weight loss buddy and from experience I know what great success factor it is.

 

4. Find a Running Club

Look for any running club or association close to your home: don’t be shy, they won’t bite or laugh at you πŸ˜‰ The membership is not expensive (they have very low costs as you run outside) and you will have new friends, a coach and a lot of support, empathy, progress and results! What else?? Possibly a romance πŸ˜‰ I am not kidding, many people have met in this way, you would be surprised. Anyway, the important goal is to hit the pavement and to lose weight, so again if you have any opportunity in your neighborhood, do it!

5. Run with Your Dog

Run with your dog!Speaking about biting: do you have a dog? If yes, congratulations, you have the best running mate you could dream of: never tired, always happy, protecting you eventually. Your dog will probably do five to ten times your running distance, with all the sniffing and marking of territory, checking all strategic points where other dogs might have left a message πŸ˜‰ just like you when you check your emails and your Facebook πŸ™‚ From my own experience I can tell you that running regularly with your dog will create amazing bonding moments. If I have five minutes I will try to find some nice pictures of such running mates, I am sure that people who love dogs are good people and that they will not sue me if I post a picture of them with their dog already available online πŸ˜‰

6. Get Outdoors.

With co-workers, with a friend or with club mates, always prefer to exercise outside compared to running on a treadmill. There are lots of reason for that: you will be in the fresh air, in the nature, you will see more things and people, you have more variety thus you will less bored compared to the treadmill where you feel like a guinea pig after five minutes. Last point: if you run with your dog for all the good reasons that I just mentioned, it might be hard for you and your dog to run on the same treadmill πŸ˜‰

7. Run First in the Morning

Run first in the morningThis is an important point in terms of results so I will detail a bit. If you have any chance to start your day with a jogging, take it! If you can even run on an empty stomach, you will increase the number of burned calories after 40 to 45 minutes. Let me explain in two words: if you stay below 70 percent of your maximum heart rate, you will not burn glycogen but start instead the so-called lipolysis mechanism that burns fat to get energy (to say it in the easiest way). After 45 minutes your body realizes that you have not eaten for many hours and you have a regular energy demand that doesn’t justify to burn some glycogen stored in your muscles, so your brain will make a choice affecting fat cells’Β  readiness to release and break down fat through the activation of hormones and neurotransmitters such as norepinephrine. Of course this lipolytic response (or fat breakdown if you prefer) works best for people who are able to run 45 minutes straight and if possible on an empty stomach. If it’s not yet your case, don’t worry: it will come, just keep the idea to run first in the morning each time you can and follow our exercise plans that will take you progressively to that level. On a personal note, this tip of running first in the morning on an empty stomach is probably the one that got me the best weight loss results and I am still practicing it regularly when I have a few pounds to shred. For instance during the festive season I’m not in the mood of counting calories or not drinking alcohol. So after a few weeks in the new Year I can feel a bit of burden around the hips, not to speak of a flat tire πŸ™‚ No problem, I can get rid of this fat excess quite easily: I just do what I recommend to all of you here πŸ™‚ I just do it with experience and years of practice so I go directly to the points that bring me the best results. And this tip is one of them: first in morning, empty stomach, patience, below 70 percent of your max heart rate or it’s totally useless because lipolysis won’t start! And running like that for 2 hours non stop πŸ™‚ I have a beautiful running route in the countryside that suits that program very well, it helps for motivation, avoiding boredom coming from repetition. As you can see, this method is easy and very cheap — you even skip breakfast! πŸ˜‰ I am just kidding, skipping breakfast is a very poor idea, except for the special case of running on an empty stomach.

8. Leave Your Car at Home

Leave Your Car at Home When RunningAvoid driving by all means when you go running. If you have the chance to run as soon as you leave home without having to drive, you will have a huge advantage for these days where your motivation is low and your brain is looking for any fake excuse not to run. The decision process is much shorter because you have less things to plan if you don’t take your car, the time between decision to run and running itselfΒ  is dramatically reduced if you don’t have to drive. Even if you live in town, run from home to a better jogging route, for instance a nice park or close suburb with more trees and oxygen and less carbon monoxide and dioxide. If you have to chose between exercising in polluted air versus canceling your running entirely, several medical studies have proved that the better option is to go for the run and to find ways to reduce your exposure to car pollution. If you have the option of hopping on a treadmill on bad-air days, do it but don’t take your car, just run to the gym, it will be a good warm-up and you will reduce the air pollution of your city.

9. Lace Up!

Even if you don’t feel like going out, don’t think twice and just lace up your running shoes! Trust me: as all runners, you never regret the decision you made to go running, most of the time you regret when you decided not to go.

10. Get re-energized

Depending on how long you will run and if fresh water will be available on your route, bring a bottle of water and some fuel with you.

11. Build A Playlist

Running guys fall in two categories: those who can’t run without their Ipod, Iphone or any mp3 player. And those who can’t stand running with headphones πŸ™‚ If you are the first type, prepare your best “high energy running playlist”. Check out here for some ideas. Careful though: listening to music can be very distracting and wearing headphones makes you less aware of your surroundings, your are in your bubble, you can’t hear what is going on around you and this can be a serious risk factor for instance when your running route is crossing a busy road.

12. Patience and Regularity

Last advice: be patient, remember to start slow with walking and running intervals and then increase progressively the running part. Just stick to one of our three programs based on your physical condition. As we say frequently, all this fat didn’t appear overnight, don’t expect it to go away within days.

Conclusion

Seriously, you were not expecting a point 13, were you? πŸ˜‰
I hope that 12 tips are enough to decide you to go running with the best chances to get the maximum benefit for your weight loss and your global health. Honestly, if you consider my previous posts plus this one, what else could I do to convince you to run??
HellFire Eph150 is one of the strongest ephedra products sold onlineMaybe the last point is that you have a special bonus that makes things easier for you by boosting your energy level: if you get ephedrine, and ideally the HCL type from Kaizen, you will raise your metabolism and energy level, you will burn more fat, you won’t experience this huge fatigue that beginners all know when they “hit the wall” and as a consequence you will have better and quicker weight loss results. Ephedrine will be your key success factor as it has been for me and for all people I have helped. Just make sure that you read our pages about the potential adverse effects and also about the legal and safety aspects: you can purchase ephedrine legally in the USA, in Canada and many other countries but you have to respect some rules such as giving your ID and buying ephedrine under a legal quantity per month, depending on your state. Anyway all serious sellers will check these points for you if you live in the USA, just stick to our new recommendation. Have also a look at our page about EC stacks: I don’t recommend to start with E+C if you are not experienced yet but you can follow the safe dosage of ephedrine on this page and ignore caffeine at start. It’s okay, there is no rush, later you will be able to combine cardio training sessions with an EC stack and you will then be close to what I consider as the most effective method to get fit for the long run in a safe and legal way. Hmm, fit for the long run, how cool is that? πŸ˜‰

That’s all for now, stay tuned for the next post!

Mike Budd.

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You Say You Can’t Run?

You know what? Our page about Eat Less, the first Pillar of Weight Loss had quite a nice success πŸ™‚ Thanks for that! I don’t remember on which website I always see this sentence: “It’s good to feel love!”. Well, it’s the way I feel today πŸ™‚

Regarding Move More, The Second Pillar of Weight Loss, this new page is taking the same direction: we have already received many feedbacks and questions that we will try to answer here. But before that, congratulations to all of you who have achieved to eat less and who have already started exercising!

You remember that we did three exercising programs for three groups, based on your previous exercising and your current physical activity.
Today we would like to reply to people from Group 1 and 2 who say that they can’t run.

Why can’t you run?
Apparently you have many reasons to stay at home:

  • You are too fat
  • You are too old
  • Your knee hurts, your foot hurts, your ankle hurts, your shin hurts, your hip hurts, your back hurts, what else?
  • Bodybuilders don’t run
  • It’s bad for your joints
  • It’s just too hard.

To be fair it’s not the first time that people tell me that they can’t run or that running is bad for them, if I had a dollar for every time I heard it, well… I’d be rich now but I would still be doing the same thing, writing this post πŸ™‚

This topic is frequently launched and commented in running forums — yes, there are forums about running πŸ™‚ some guys are so happy running that they need to talk about it in specialized forums to other guys like them πŸ˜‰ Of course you have many threads about “I can’t run” and hundreds of replies from members who remember what they used to reply to this question. Some of these replies were very funny, some made me laugh to tears, I have kept two of them:

  • My dad always says that runners look so haggard. If by “haggard,” he means “super hot,” I totally get it.
  • My mother in law told me it would make my uterus fall out. I told her I was done having kids so I didn’t need it anymore anyway.

πŸ™‚

OK, seriously now.

You say you can’t run? I don’t believe you. You can’t run or you don’t want to?
Let me answer point by point.

You are too fat to run

Never too fat to runI don’t buy this one. It’s precisely because you are fat that you should run. Running is like walking, except quicker.
You can walk can’t you? So you can run too. There are no morphological reasons why you would not run. I don’t mean running a marathon in the first month, but starting with walking and running intervals can be done at any weight, whatever your Body Mass Index.

You are too old to run

Never too old to runCome on πŸ˜‰ You are never too old to run if your body accepts it. Check with your doctor and you will know. I have so many seniors around me who started running in their 50’s and who are performing very well now (it’s amazing the endurance at this age). Too old to run, really? Tell that to Fauja Singh, who is at 101 the world’s oldest marathon runner!

Bodybuilders Don’t Run

Bodybuilders don't runI heard it so many times: most bodybuilders run when someone says the word cardio! πŸ˜‰Β  I will not develop here because a detailed post will come soon: anabolic versus catabolic training, bodybuilders who avoid cardio because they fear they would end up looking like skinny long distance runners πŸ˜‰ It makes no sense to build a global rule out of an exception. Life is balance, you need strength but endurance also, you should definitely include some cardio training with running sessions.

Joints, The Typical Fake Excuse

Joints hurt, the typical fake excuse not to runIf you are overweight, of course pounding out the pavement will be demanding for your hips and knees! Make sure to buy real running shoes, not Converse All Stars
For instance cushioning shoes will provide a high level of shock attenuation if you are running on the pavement more than on grass or off-road in general. The way your foot hit the road tells if you are pronator, over-pronator or supinator. Most people are pronators, probably your case too. With cushioning shoes your body’s connective tissue will absorb the shock, without cushioning your bones and joints will take the brunt of the shock. I can’t stand seeing people (overweight or not) running without appropriate shoes. Sometimes I can’t resist, I stop and tell them: for God’s sake, buy *real* running shoes!!

Running is too hard

Running is just too hard when you are overweightIf the real reason you won’t run is more in your head than in your body, you have a mental block on running and you think it’s too hard. I can’t run, it’s just not possible, it’s too hard, boohoo πŸ™ Running is hard, sure, but only at the beginning! If you are strong enough to start and then to resist for a few weeks, believe me, there is no better way for losing weight and getting fit than running. Running burns more calories than almost every other exercise, it’s worth the effort. Did you try our first program with walking and jogging intervals? Really? If not, how do you know you can’t run until you try? Was it to hard? Did you have cushioning shoes? If not, try again. Did you respect all rest and recovery days between sessions? It’s not easy but it’s feasible for anyone: start by walking and after a while, running, and so on. I remember I could not run for 5 minutes straight the first time I tried, having so many extra pounds after all these years of excess (junk food, alcohol, no physical activity). So I took the advice of experts around me, including my brother in law, and after a few weeks I was able to run for short distances, progressively for 10 minutes, then 15, then 20 and so on until 30, 45, 1 hour! and more. I did it, thousands of people did it, you can do it. It’s in your head.

Running Causes Pain and Injury

Running causes pain and injuryI prefer to address this issue immediately: yes it’s true, depending on your overweight you might have small inconveniences like problems with your knees or hips. First, refer to my previous words regarding cushioning shoes. If you have real running shoes and still issues, they have to be considered of course. It has been the case for me also in the beginning: I had an inflammation behind the knee and one at the hip and both have been treated by a doctor with a few anti-inflammatory injections.
Don’t worry too much, these things happen: running comes with the stress of little or medium shocks, your body breaks down your muscles during training and rebuilds them after training, that’s why rest days are important. It might happen that you have some aches and pains in the beginning, don’t worry, slow down, take more rest, get it treated by a doctor, after a few weeks you’ll be definitely over it and you will be on the right track for your new body πŸ™‚ Be strong.

Conclusion

Except buying ephedrine for its famous fat burning effects, I see no better chance for your weight loss program than running, again and again and again!
Why do you think I insist so much? Because I know.
Running is also a terrific stress reliever. You have no idea how much it could change your life, not only your body. From all people I have helped to get fit and healthy again, most of them don’t need to run anymore for weight management, because their lifestyle and food habits are fine, but they kept running for all the benefits. Ask any runner about the biggest risk with running: doing too much until you’ve injured yourself and you need to stop running for a while… Be honest, don’t hide behind fake excuses and just face the truth: you can run. You know that nothing compares to running when it come to lose weight.
You really want to lose weight. You should run. You will run.

Mike Budd.

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