I'd like to address the issue of "stubborn" fat. I'm referring to love handles and lower abs for men; hips/thighs for women.
What I'm about to share is not original, nor is it comprehensive. But I keep seeing similar questions come up here in this section of the forum and maybe this will help.
Let me first make this point: you don’t need to worry about “problem areas” until you have already achieved relatively low body fat. Like it or not, “stubborn” fat will be the last to go and it won’t go until other fat deposits have been significantly reduced.
I’m bringing this up because it isn’t unusual for someone to ask a question about how to get rid of love handles. But their picture or stats reveal they aren’t even close to the kind of shape you need to be in before those final fat reserves will be tapped.
Please understand—I’m not trying to demean or insult anyone. I’m just wanting to be honest so you won’t get frustrated or get conned into thinking there’s some kind of magic trick (like an ab machine).
Now, let’s assume you are already fairly lean except for a problem area. I’m aware of a couple of issues that make stubborn fat more resistant to the standard diet/exercise strategies:
1. Alpha Receptor Sites:
Stubborn fat areas tend to have more alpha-2 receptor sites than other areas. These sites basically inhibit lipolysis (the releasing of fat from the cell).
You’ll also notice that stubborn fat areas are often cool to the touch compared with other areas of the body. Circulation seems to play a role in breaking down these fat cells.
A supplement strategy:
There is a supplement that can help with both of these issues (especially the alpha-2 receptor site issue): Yohimbine HCL. But the proper dosing and timing is important. You need to take about .2mg/kg. This will seem like a lot, since most brands only carry 2.5 mg tablets.
Here’s another important point: this supplement must be taken in a fasted state or some other time when blood sugar levels are low. Yohimbine and insulin compete for the same receptor sites, and insulin will always “win.” Taking this supplement after eating (when the body is releasing insulin) is a waste of time.
Yohimbine also seems to help with circulation, which is why it is often touted as a “male enhancement” supplement.
Diet Training Strategy:
Fasted training and intermittent fasting seem to have some hormonal advantages for targeting stubborn fat (I won’t go into detail in this post, but hormones like catecholamines come into play). With that in mind, it seems Yohimbine is a good complement to strategies involving some form of fasting.
Last but not least, you still need an overall negative calorie balance to get rid of stubborn fat. Yohimbine won’t help if you are consuming more calories than you are using. Your body will not use fat with a positive calorie balance.
Here’s one of my articles on Yohimbine:
05-07-2012, 02:19 AM #1
Stubborn Fat (love handles, lower abdominals, hips/thighs, etc)
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For me, Yohimbine is a miracle worker. As I got past 14% my fat loss was becoming non-proportional and after a few weeks my weight plateaued. I remembered I used to use Yohimbine on my last cut, so I decided to take what I had left before my fasted cardio sessions and BAM. Within a few days I was already seeing visible progress and the scale is going down again.
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Concrete should not affect it, but next time just buy Creatine MONOHYDRATE.
06-12-2012, 07:15 AM #11
Should I add yohimbine into my supplement stack? I've been cutting for 3 1/2 months, dropped from 222lbs to just under 190 now, I'm still probably sitting at around 18% body fat I would guess. I have pics in my bodyspace that should give a general idea of my bf%, but I feel like I'm getting close to the point where my love handles are gonna start to disappear along with my belly fat. Any advice would be great.
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HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE TO SEE RESULTS ON IT ? My cardio is always fasted should I take 1 pill in a morning and before cardio after weight lifting ?
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You say that I need .2 per 1kg of weight but I can only take it in a fasting state?
If my calculations are correct: I need to take 6 a day, and since I only fast from wakeup (8am - I skip breakfast)) to 12-1pm does this mean I gotta take 6 pills at once to meet my body weight requirement + avoid taking it with food??
For information on my eating plan take a look at my cutting thread and see if you have another solution because 6 pills in the morning doesn't sound right lol
Alsooo: Did you mean HCI? because I looked on the bodybuilding online store and there is no "HCL" just "HCI" pills.
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