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
The 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
This 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 . 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 😉
- Cardio training alone during 4 weeks, starting slow and increasing progressively
- Ephedrine alone for 8 weeks along with a smart diet
- Two weeks break
- Cardio training plus EC stack for 8 weeks
- Two weeks break again
- Grand Final with High Intensity Interval Training for 2 weeks, without ephedrine
This 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.
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.
Taking ephedrine in an EC stack is a serious decision that should be envisaged only under strict conditions:
- Buying ephedrine must be legal in your country. It goes without saying, but it is better said. This is generally the case, even sales in the USA: companies cannot promote ephedrine for weight loss but individuals can buy ephedrine under a limited quantity per month. Check our blog in this category: “Legality of Ephedrine“.
- The power of an EC stack comes with a serious risk of adverse effects if the dose is not respected, it deserves double-checked information and guidance: make sure to read and understand our two special pages of that topic, “EC stack safe dosage” and “EC stack standard dosage“.
- There are several types of ephedrine, several products including fake ephedra-free diet pills and all websites selling EC stacks don’t necessarily deserve your trust: here is our recommendation of websites having real ephedrine for sale and who got so many positive feedbacks from people we trust that we can recommend them to you without any doubt.
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