Resolve drops Napalm on poor, innocent abdominal adipocytes(Sponsored Log)
- 06-03-2008, 02:26 PM
Resolve drops Napalm on poor, innocent abdominal adipocytes(Sponsored Log)
On Saturday afternoon I received a bottle Avant Research's incredibly hot new topical "Napalm" with the understanding that if I record my endeavors, it was mine to do with as I pleased.
So here, Ladies and Gents, you can follow along as I Napalm my abs into a higher existence!
Now two months into a cutting cycle, Napalm enters my regimen with, IMO, perfect timing. My BF is now about as low as I've ever gotten it (~6%) and what's left is pretty darn stubborn.
For better context, here are my vital stats:
23yo, Male ~6%bf, 225lbs, 6'4"
Diet: Approx 10-15%carbs, 1.5g Prot/lb, one healthy "carb refeed" day/week; 2300-2900kcal/day, dependant on whether I'm training or recovering.
10-15g Fish Oil
4 Tea-GCG caps
2-3g Vitamin C
Usp Labs Recreate
For training, I am just starting a 3-day split - with varying numbered sets of 12reps. I also engage in cardio twice a day, 5 days/week, and do HIIT following training sessions.
However, as Napalm does not really affect my performance in the gym, I will not be posting my workouts in this log. If you are interested in seeing my progress with the weights, please check out my other log:Resolved: to lift heavier crap with Hypertrop-X (Sponsored Log) I have the privelege to also be testing AMS' Hypertrop-X, and I encourage to take a look at mine and the other great logs for it out there.
Now, that is the only time I will be mentioning my other log, just so that you all can understand why I do not post my workouts here. I do not really find it fair to plug another company when Avant Research has been so generous to me, so their Napalm will remain the focus from here on out.
I took some "before" Pictures of myself last night, but will not have the chance to post them until later tonight after the gym and getting home. So, keep an eye out!
As for actual protocol, this morning I applied one squirt of Napalm to stomach, rubbing it liberally and spreading it thoroughly. I will apply another later today (what would be best timing, Avant Reps?), then up the dose to 3squirts tomorrow, which I will maintain until the 28th - the end of my cut and my WEDDING DAY! That's right, I'm cutting in preparation for my honeymoon! BOOYAH!
Stay tuned for those pics...I mean, I like lookin' at em so why wouldn't you...?
- 06-03-2008, 03:18 PM
06-03-2008, 08:22 PM
Sweet man.. I must say... I LOVE NAPALM! The only thing Napalm could improve upon would be making a larger size Napalm bottle w/ more servings...Other than that this stuff proved to be top notch!
06-03-2008, 09:30 PM
I'm in Resolve, subed. I have never used this stuff, come to think of it I have never gotten lean enough to need to use it. Think it will take about 3" off? LOL
06-03-2008, 09:32 PM
06-04-2008, 12:10 AM
Hey - welcome everybody - thanks for checking this out!
I want to express my great gratitude to the awesome people at Avant Research and in particular Tony Savage. All my experience with their products and service have been top notch and Tony really went out of his way to give me the oppurtunity to test and log this. And if you all haven't tried Synthesize yet - get some - the beta's priced at friggin' cost at NP for crying out loud and it's good ****!
Anyways, back to napalm - here are the pics I promised:
I will be updating with thoughts on the product and more pics periodically
06-04-2008, 12:30 AM
06-04-2008, 10:50 AM
06-04-2008, 11:33 AM
Well keep in mind that everyone responds differently. I happened to respond very well and so have a lot of others, fortunately.
06-04-2008, 03:17 PM
06-04-2008, 04:40 PM
It's in stock at NP right now, but it seems to go pretty quick (I wonder why, with the logs and reviews people have been posting... )
06-04-2008, 05:00 PM
06-05-2008, 12:24 AM
Good luck, Resolve! Napalm has treated me very well! I'm sure you'll love it!
P.S. Clean your mirror!
06-05-2008, 06:59 PM
ha, yeah, I guess I should. I'm in the middle of moving, so cleaning house has become somewhat secondary.
Another question for anyone who can help - I have been applying my second round of Napalm at about 4:30pm. This is about ten hours after the initial app (at ~6:40am), but it is also 1hour before workout, at 5:30. I have assumed that the 1hour between application and working out is sufficient for Napalm to soak in and dry, but wanted to make sure that I wouldn't be sweating it all off while lifting. Is this a valid assumption?
06-06-2008, 02:27 AM
06-06-2008, 10:38 AM
I'm with rpen. An hour after application if I touch my abs it still feels a little greasy/moist (or whatever you'd call it), and I figure if it's still there, it still might absorb a bit more.
06-06-2008, 01:21 PM
Thanks for the advice - I'll wait until I'm done at the gym then.
As a side note - I've been told on several occasions recently that a topical fat loss agent "can't work," because "spot reduction isn't real." Not here on AM, mind you, but by acquaintances and fellow lifters.
I get the biggest kick out of the workout and supp advice that I get from people who don't know what they're talking about.
I mean, the difference between locallly induced lipolysis (i.e. Napalm) and doing crunches in the hopes of deflating that spare tire makes the two incomparable. And the concept of locallizing specific biochemical processes, topically or otherwise, is incredibly well established. Cortisone creams, products like IcyHot, and topical or injectible anaesthetics are all perfect examples of how application of certain chemicals to specific loci can render effects only in the area applied. It just makes sense that if histamine action can be suppressed, or feeling negated, then other processes, such as lipolysis, should be up-regulatable.
A bit of a rant, but I think it's poignant
06-06-2008, 02:31 PM
06-06-2008, 05:04 PM
Nick, probably the best way to convince someone is simply pure science.
1: Steroids. 2005 Jul;70(8):538-42. Epub 2005 Apr 12. Links
Glycyrrhetinic acid, the active principle of licorice, can reduce the thickness of subcutaneous thigh fat through topical application.Armanini D, Nacamulli D, Francini-Pesenti F, Battagin G, Ragazzi E, Fiore C.
Department of Medical and Surgical Sciences-Endocrinology, University of Padua, Via Ospedale 105, 35100 Padua, Italy. [email protected]
Cortisol is involved in the distribution and deposition of fat, and its action is regulated by the activity of 11beta-hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase. Glycyrrhetinic acid, the active principle of licorice root, blocks 11beta-hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase type 1, thus reducing the availability of cortisol at the level of adipocytes. We evaluated the effect of topical application of a cream containing glycyrrhetinic acid in the thickness of fat at the level of the thigh. Eighteen healthy women (age range 20-33 years) with normal BMI were randomly allocated to treatment, at the level of the dominant thigh, with a cream containing 2.5% glycyrrhetinic acid (n=9) or with a placebo cream containing the excipients alone (n=9). Before and after 1 month of treatment both the circumference and the thickness of the superficial fat layer of the thighs (by ultrasound analysis) were measured. The circumference and the thickness of the superficial fat layer were significantly reduced in comparison to the controlateral untreated thigh and to control subjects treated with the placebo cream. No changes were observed in blood pressure, plasma renin activity, plasma aldosterone or cortisol. The effect of glycyrrhetinic acid on the thickness of subcutaneous fat was likely related to a block of 11beta-hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase type 1 at the level of fat cells; therefore, glycyrrhetinic acid could be effectively used in the reduction of unwanted local fat accumulation.
PMID: 15894038 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
06-06-2008, 05:24 PM
A very concise abstract - and certainly a good starting point for a supplement like Napalm. With 30 other studies supporting the theory behind it (I went to your website), it has a definitive grounding in solid research. Which I had checked out somewhat before ever even contacting you, but that abstract above summarizes things well.
06-06-2008, 09:26 PM
06-07-2008, 12:51 AM
Thanks for joining in - it may be wishful thinking, but I believe I can tell a difference already.
I think I may take some caliper readings, see how progress goes.
06-10-2008, 01:53 PM
Wow - 4days without an update. Good grief! My apologies.
Now one week in with Napalm and, honestly, a difference has occured! My abs are more firmly squared-off, and separation is increasing as well.
I know I promised caliper readings, I will take them tomorrow morning, as I find morning readings to be the most convenient for consistency. Pictures I will try to take also (hopefully in my new house!) but that will probably be tomorrow night.
I have noticed that with applications following a workout and/or shower, that Napalm has a stronger, more lasting sensation on my skin. I've assumed this is due to dilated capillaries and skin, but was wondering if it would, in fact, increase absorption or efficacy?
06-10-2008, 02:48 PM
In addition to you not having sweat and dirt on your skin, I would imagine that it is absorbed much better. I always apply after a shower.
06-11-2008, 02:41 PM
Alright, took a suprailliac skinfold reading this morning. I was just under 6mm. I'll check it again each week to hopefully objectify progress.
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