Attached is today's BodPod measurement shown under the last BodPod measurement.
The last BodPod measurement was performed on 4/12/12 (shown on top) and the other BodPod was taken today 5/1/12. Less than 30 days has surpassed since beginning my bottle, but due to the school semester ending I was unable to run the entire bottle before having this BodPod measurement done so that it can be compared. The 4/12/12 measurement was recorded 2 days into AE and the 5/1/12 was performed with 5 days of AE left in bottle. In addition to the AE during this period of time, I also used OEP during the past 5 days approximately. The second day of this log was the day that I began the OEP. In all fairness to the test this must also be considered, although the effects of OEP after only 5 days are minimal when compared to the effects of AE over the multiple week period. Still, it must be noted.
My goals while using the AE were to retain my while reducing my bodyfat level and percentage. My idea was that AE would provide the opportunity to stay anabolic or prevent me from being catabolic while under a calorie deficiency. I did not expect to gain muscle mass, although this would have been a plus.
Bodyfat Percentage: -1.9%
Percentage of Fat Free Mass: +1.9%
Fat Mass: -3.906 lb
Fat Free Mass: -1.057 lb ***
Body Mass: -4.963 lb *
Overall the results blew my wildest expectation.
I was having BodPod measurements performed about every 3 weeks, a similar time frame, multiple times before the 4/12/12 test and never had these type of results. Typical results before were about a reduction of bodyfat percentage of -.7% , never actually a reduction of an entire percentage point. This was relative to a typical reduction of fat mass of -2lb during those past tests....
The addition of AE has allowed me to reduce my bodyfat percentage by a much higher rate than without using it. Also, fat mass reduction was increased. This is exactly what anyone who is looking to drop the fat would want... a product that accelerates fat loss! Keep in mind, the AE was used as my bodyfat was becoming increasingly lower, which is typically the type of weight that it harder to lose.
The slight (barely over 1lb) reduction of fat free mass may be viewed as a loss of muscle by some people, but these people would be incorrect. The amount of water that is being stored in my muscles will affect this measurement quite a bit, as I have learned in the past. This measurement was done when I had consumed very little water outside of the 16oz or so that I consumed during my morning workout, about 5 hours before the BodPod test. As a result, my muscles were visually flat and I was on the verge of being dehydrated. This was not a typical day of eating and drinking, due to finals and the schedule conflictions that were caused by both the finals, workout and the BodPod measurement. In conclusion, dont be fooled to think that I have lost a pound of muscle while using AE. While it is not at all unlikely, or uncommon, to lose a bit of muscle mass while dieting, I do not believe that this has actually happened. My conclusions would be that the reduced amount of hydration has assisted in the reduction of this number. Still, this is interprative depending on who you are...
With that being said, even going ahead and accepting the reduction of fat free mass as muscle loss, which we already established that I would refute, AE has served its purpose very well. It allowed me to lose a minimal amount of fat free mass (again, assuming any was lost at all) while dieting.
I noticed also on this test, although it is not shown, that my RMR is at 1985 per day. I am currently consuming 1900-2000 calories per day (1900 is the plan, but I go over occasionally, more than I go under) which is just at or under my RMR. This is interesting to note because it shows that my calorie intake is at its bare minimum even before activity is considered, which from my log you can see the amount of activity I have on a typical training day. What this tell me is this: AE was used in an environment of a heavy calorie deficiency and prevented significant fat free mass loss while allowing for significant fat mass loss (again, assuming that any fat free mass was even lost). This is pretty impressive to me.
Conclusion: I was a bit skeptical of the AE, as I am almost any supplement before I have rigirously tested it, but I would now consider the AE to be a proven product. I am very excited to continue my usage of AE into the next bottle along with Alpha T2 in my log, I cant wait to see what results I am going to have! AE has already contributed towards reaching my original goals MUCH quicker than anticipated. Im a happy camper!
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