I have posted this at another board, but thought that this should be up here on BB.com too...
After having tried everything under the sun for the last 10 years (or, if this is an overstatement, "everything under the roof of *************) I have finally found a supplement that truly makes a difference in hypertrophy: X- FACTOR (XF). As a result, XF replaces Sesathin ans my favorite supplement of all time. By the way. XF and Sesathin are the only supplements that I have noticed a difference with. All others fall into the "well maybe it helped a bit, but I can't really tell" category, which for me is not worth the money spent on them.
I will not be able to do a full log but to make a long story short, I had started XF a month ago at 4 capsules a day (each capsule has 250 mg of arachidonic acid) and after 7-8 days I had to stop as I was forced to travel. Unfortunately, 4 caps/day had done nothing in 7-8 days, so when I returned and was ready to start the XF cycle again, I ordered another bottle (now I had 2.5 bottles) and began the cycle with 5 caps/day. In around a week, I started to notice strength and size gains but most amaznigly, I started to lose fat even though I was trying to bulk. I was eating around 3000 kcal a day and was losing fat ==> This never happened before. When I upped the calories little by little to 3750 - 3900, I finally found the level that gave me the best muscle/fat gain ratio, and after 3 weeks of this cycle, I gained 8 pounds. I estimate that it was 6 muscle / 2 fat. This has bumped up my weight from 187 to 195. (I have another 20 days supply or so, I didn't really count how many pills are left in the bottle as of today)
As of yesterday, I increased the dose to 6 caps/ day (yesterday was off) and today I had the weirdest sensation in my biceps. In the last rep of barbell curls, as I was pushing as hard as I can, I sensed the biceps contract so hard that it felt like a nuclear explosion was going on inside my arm. I have never had that sensation before. Also, all muscles felt so much fuller. I have no idea if increasing the dose from 1250 mg to 1500 mg can have such an effect in just 2 days. But I can only report what I have experienced. Similarly, it is odd that 1000 mg did nothing while 1250 did a lot; maybe 1000 mg was about to work when I had to stop.
Just as importantly, this compound seems extremely well suited to cutting. I am planning to dedicate the last 5-6 days on the XF cycle to cutting and think that I can lose 1 to 1.5 pounds of fat in that period alone. If all goes according to plan, this should leave me with a good gain in muscle and fairly small amount of fat to burn. All in all, so far this has been the best supplement I have used by far.
My suggestion to Molecular Nutrition: Ditch the 100 ct bottles and sell this thing in a 200 ct bottle for between 60 and 85 USD. As is, a lot of people are going to buy just one bottle to see if it works and then not be tempted enough to buy a second bottle. In my case it took some experimenting and then a good bump in calories to see serious muscle gain and some people may even need more accumulation of arachidonic acid and calorie adjustment. This way you may be selling just one bottle to a lot of people who never return to buy a second one. Get a bigger bottle, which would force people to persist and really see results....
Thanks to all
PS: I had originaly posted this a while ago on the other board and since then I have been continuing to take 6 caps a day with excellent results. No sides whatsoever. I feels like I am a tiny bit more prone to headaches as I have a tiny tiny amount of tension in my neck but it is so hot in here and excessive heat sometimes causes that. Even if the tension is entirely due to XF, I would say it is no problem at all as it easily goes away with a little bit of self-massage.
Since 6 caps is working so great, I would love to experiment with an even larger dose but for the time being that is way beyond my budget.