First of all, I am not a medical professional and the information below is for entertainment purposes only. It requires you to take ephedrine and caffeine for at least 2 weeks ramping up the dosage. These ingredients were the backbone for the original hydroxycut formulas, the ones that actually worked…
What is it?
Ephedrine and Caffiene act in synergy to supercharge your metabolism, burning more calories at any given time in any given state of exertion. This means that you can carry on your regular routine, consuming the same number of calories and still lose some weight. That said, combining the “stack” with a reduced calorie/carb diet will lead to a much more remarkable results. This isn’t too hard to do while your taking these compounds because they are pretty powerful appetite suppressants. You should be careful to make sure your eating lots of small, protein rich snacks and meals throughout the day so that you don’t waste away too much solid muscle mass or become malnourished. Traditionally, the combination contains asprin to help reduce blood pressure (hence the A in ECA) but usage of the drug for extended periods of time has recently been linked to stomach ulcers so we recommend against using it. If you’re very concerned about your blood pressure, taking half a tab (162.5 mgs) per day probably won’t put you at too much risk.
Where do you get it?
In Canada you can get the two ingredients at any Popeye’s supplement store or online at livepurehealth.com, which is by far the cheapest option. Ephedrine almost always comes in 8mg tablet and Caffiene usually 200mgs, sometimes 100mgs.
How do I use it?
Ephedrine is a pretty powerful stimulant so when combined with caffeine it can lead to anxiety and “jitters.” In order to curb these side effects we work up to the most effective dose of 25mg of ephedrine and 200mgs of caffeine 3 times a day. Do not exceed 6 weeks of use without at least a 12 week break.
- Don’t take this if you are younger than 18 years of age.
- Do not use EC with SSRIs, SNRIs, MAOI or any other anti-depressants.
- Do not use EC if you have any sort of heart condition WHATSOEVER, seriously!
- If you’re having trouble sleeping, reduce to only 2 dosages of the stack so 24mgs of ephedrine and 200mgs caffiene twice a day. This is still effective for fatloss and appetite supression.
- The stimulating effects will wear off after about the 14th day but don’t worry the positive impacts on your metabolism are still there.
- Never go over the recomended doseage!
What is the diet’s objective?
- Burn fat fast without losing muscle
- Give your body few enough calories that it will need to feed off its own fat stores, but eat enough protein to keep your nitrogen balance highly positive so that your body does not consume its muscles (to any significant degree)
Who is this diet for?
- This diet was developed for people who are looking to lose a little body fat (drop from 16% to 13%).
How long does the diet last?
- The diet should be maintained for 7 to 14 days
What foods are part of the diet?
Obviously there is more to this thing than JUST protein shakes and cottage cheese
- Protein Shakes (Whey powder + Milk or Water)
- Cottage Cheese – 1% or 2% MF
- Eggs – Fried (in oil or low fat margarine) or hard-boiled
- Tuna (no mayo though – yogurt/tziki/non-fat sour cream)
- Yogurt (low or non fat)
- Apples, bananas, orages, grapefruit, etc – only in the morning or well in advance of bed
- Vegetables (lettuce, tomatoes, peppers, carrots etc – no overly high fat veggies like avocadoes)
- Water – lots! But at least 1 hour before easting or 2 hours after as it slows digestion
- Milk (white 1% or skim, chocolate milk is allowed after a workout or run)
- Coffee – no cream or sugar, only milk (don’t add coffee to your diet, but don’t feel like you have to give it up)
- Beans (kidney/black/lima/chick peas ect.)
What level of exercise is required by the diet?
- Obviously, the more the better
- The purpose of the exercise is to assist in burning more calories than you consume
- This can be achieved through diet alone, but if you cut your calorie intake too significantly, your body will go into “starvation mode” and you wont be able to lose weight
- Exercise with weights (or pushups/chinups) 3-7 times a week
- Jog/Bike/Walk (light cardio) 2 – 4 times a week
Is this diet healthy?
- Not really, it’s pretty hard on your system, but it lasts for such a short time (7 – 15 days) that it’s not an issue
Putting it together:
Stick to these pointers and you’ll be set
- You don’t need to focus on cutting calories too hard – that will happen on its own
- You cannot eat carbs anytime close to going to bed (within 3.5 hours of bed time)
- Try to fill up (not stuff yourself, just get to a point where you are not hungry) on high protein, low fat foods – avoids carbs (especially those from sugar) at all times other than breakfast (eat oatmeal at breakfast)
- Going to bed starving is the worst! If you are hungry at bed time (to the point where it is going to make it tough to fall asleep) eat an egg and some cottage cheese – both of these foods contain lots of slow release protein that will feed your muscles through the night.
- Protein is the best, carbs are MUCH worse than fat – stick to high protein, medium fat, low carbs
- Remember you are creating a calorie deficit while preventing your body form going into starvation mode