Fat Burner V’s Bio Hacking

A healthy cynicism is required today as more and more people vy for your time and your Dollar, this is no more evident anywhere than in my two chosen points of focus currently,

Both the weightloss industry, or fitness industry as it also known and the financial freedom industry are absolutely overrun with what would have been referred to as “snake oil salesmen” back in the wild west.

And it is not difficult to see why as the fitness and weightloss industry is worth and estimated $18 Billion in the US and $5 Billion in the UK (which I personally struggle with because most UK gyms are, shall we say, lacking a little) and that kind of money attracts a lot of people just looking to turn a quick buck.

It isn’t necessarily just the odd cynical individual either big companies and businesses are doing the same thing, most Fat burners on the market today contain the same ingredients in greater or lesser amounts and there are food producers as well as dedicated supplement producers that will, for a price provide you with a white label, protein powder, or fat burner or vitamin supplement as well as all the other plethora of products available to buy.

But, should you use these products? and indeed should I ever advocate them? well the latter is easy to answer, I will never advocate anything that I have not tried and found to be of benefit, and of course the former is what this site / blog is all about.

In my experience there has been a few Fat Burners over the years that have felt like they are working, but this is because (and solely because) of the stimulant effect we assume that because we are warm it is thermogenisis and because we are feeling a bit frantic and like we cannot sit still that we have lots of energy and that this is coming from fat, but sadly this is more likely to be coming from the high dosage of caffeine than anything else.

You are much better off leaving the fat burners on the shelf in my opinion, or at the very least understand why a certain one should or should not work, in the book I read recently there was a parallel drawn between a VCR manual and life, the point being that anybody can buy a VCR and play videos, maybe record the odd thing or two, but only somebody who has read the manual and has digested it thoroughly can record a series at will, or have the TV turning over to the right channel when you switch the thing on, your VCR becomes much more powerful, and when you move onto DVD or Digital Recorders you are able to adapt almost immediately because you understand the nature of the thing.

Bio Hacking gives you the opportunity to do this, to look deep into your body and it’s chemistry, start to put on muscle at will and lose fat when you desire it rather than sitting wishing, and through that knowledge of how things work you can and will start picking supplements that you require.

Take the time to get to know yourself before blindly handing over money to somebody offering you the world in a minute, social media has given us all the impression that success and change is achievable overnight and people have pushed this message in order to turn a profit, it is rubbish, but you learn how the system works, any system and once you know it inside and out you can make it sing and dance to your tune.

Just to indicate that this was not merely a rant for the sake of a post, I did try taking a fat burner from one of the big supplement companies, one that manages to get it’s name in front of millions of people everyday, and after following the directions for 4 weeks exactly as directed with no deviation the results looked like this.

Fat BurnerIntermittent Fasting
Week 1 -0 -4
Week 2 -4 -3
Week 3 -1 -4
Week 4 -0Not yet weighed

It is important to know that my eating did not change other then to fast of course between the two and there was not a significant increase in exercise, simply a greater understanding of what to do in order to make my body respond how I wanted it too.

Intermittent Fast 20hr

After the first experimentation of 18 hrs, I found that I did have more energy, a headache on the second day and I do feel like my clothes are more loose, I do not advocate weighing yourself more than once a week as it is futile, your body takes time to react to what we ask of it and constantly yo-yo’ing up and down with food or abstinence of food in response to the scales showing a pound more today than yesterday is madness, your weight will fluctuate during the week but as long as the trend each week is downwards then relax you are doing fine.

That being said, I am pushing that bit further as I feel that I was just on the cusp of starting to enter ketosis properly, and I ended the fast before my body had chance to react, so I will just add a couple of hours onto the end and test just before I break the fast again, once this one is done I will be finished with it for this week and will start again on Monday of next week.

I will however provide an update on Saturday with any weightloss this week to provide some context and qualification to what I am doing.

So I will keep this post updated tomorrow as I continue through and am already looking forward to eating at 4:00pm !

Haven’t really got much to add at this point other than water is an awesome appetite suppressant, my advice drink plenty, although always within or close to recommended intake, I have a few hours left to go and will be testing for ketosis as I near the nineteen and a half mark.

Update

So I have ended my fast and I have to say that this one was slightly more difficult than the other two, I did start to feel a bit off toward the end of it but nothing major, unfortunately for some reason I seemed to only gain slightly in Ketosis, but I am starting to suspect the strips or my testing technique, however this said I will be looking at some of the products out there that are supposed to assist in reaching the desired state quickly and safely.

I did end my fast with coconut oil this time as I have been reading through and there is some anecdotal and some scientific eveidence to suggest that when you have fasted, the first food you take in kind of sets your body up to burn that for fuel, so in it went, I guess we will see how that goes over time.

My weigh day is Saturday and I am hoping to have good things to report as, if this method is even as half as good as it claims to be and that people are reporting then it could well be the fountain of youth, (well not really but you get the idea)

End of fasting day 2

So my second day is drawing to a close and I can eat in about 20 minutes, all went well but according to the keto strips, I didn’t actually make it to any meaningful ketosis, although the level did rise, I will look to try and hack that further and see if the myriad of keto supplements on the market work.

Intermittent fasting day 2

So I am some way into my second day of fasting now and I have to say this one is more difficult, it is as if my body is just hinting a little more aggressively today and I do have a headache.

It should be noted that I haven’t changed my training routine at all, I am still pushing just as hard so possibly that is it.

I managed to get all my meals in last night 2hrs apart and surprisingly didn’t feel bloated at all, and finally my ketosis testing strips arrived so I will be checking around the 10 hour mark to see if I am utilising this to the full.

Starting my fast

I have begun my first fast, I am going to fast, after some considerable research I have decided to go for 18/6 for my first time and will be doing this for two days initially.

This time round it is purely for physical reasons, while I have been looking into it there has been more and more anecdotal evidence of a more spiritual side to this as well and to be honest that does interest me, but as I say this time round it is about finishing of my fat loss journey I started all those months ago.

So wish me luck and I will update as I go through, please check out my intermittent fasting page for advice and my experience as well as my results from this popular strategy.

Scales Reading

To provide some context to the effectiveness of my efforts, this was my starting weight and I will post the end on Saturday after I have completed two fasts.

Update #1

I am going to try recording my progress as updates to this post instead of spamming with new posts and see how that goes, so I have 6hrs left at this point and I have completed all my usual morning exercises including the 5k walk, to be fair these were no different in performance as I usually complete my cardio before eating as I find it more efficient, but on returning I can confirm I am HUNGRY, however I am now just about to start work and do feel quite energetic, my mind is clear and I have not yet started to feel irritable, so, so far so good, I have ordered some keto testing strips and they should arrive today, I know that the process is fairly bullet proof but I like to see that something is working, and although not really necessary for intermittent fasting, I would say that they are probably invaluable when sticking to a keto diet as you are attempting to balance food as opposed to not eating.

Update #2

OK so I have just over 2hrs to go now and I have to be honest I am feeling pretty good, my focus at work has been if anything better, and I appear to have avoided the irritability that has been alluded to by some that have used this method, I am going for a ride out on the bike at lunch time so I will sum up at the end of the 18hrs how this has affected, my stamina and strength, fortunately I will have eaten twice before going to the gym tonight!

Update #3

So I broke my fast with some lean mince and boiled rice so I can get some carbs in before the gym this evening, I have to say it has not been bad today at all, occasionally I felt the pang of hunger but to be honest these are just little chemical nudges by the body and are very transient, they come and go pretty quick and as long as I found a distraction I didn’t suffer at all, so I have another 3.5 hrs to eat and then I will start the process again for tomorrow.