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    Cool Basso's "A"mazing Transformation Log


    I decided to start this log for a few reasons
    1. Motivation, after doing my last log I realized how much motivation it provided me, knowing that I was going to post after pics and the encouragement from the AM community
    2. I want to give everyone doing this little transformation contest a fighting chance, if I kept my progress a secret, it would be a no-contest win. This way you can see where I'm at and work a little harder and try to keep up.
    3. Hey I need some points, so at least I'll get a couple a day if I keep this log up, who knows in a couple years I might get some cool free stuff!

    Goal: Cut/Recomp, I'm not to worried about gaining a lot of LBM but I definitely don't want to lose any so instead of a straight cut, I'm going to treat it more like a recomp. By 1 Sept I want to be at 12-15% BF, of course I'd love to exceed that but I feel I'd lose too much muscle if I tried.

    Diet: For now I'm carb cycling, this is my first week so I will stick with it till it slows down and then go to something else. I'm doing Sun-Tue (P/C/F) 325/70/100(~2500cals), and Wed-Fri 325/325/100(~3500cals), Saturdays I'm biking so I normally eat at a Korean resturant and I have no idea how to count that, the rest of the day will be moderate carbs. I will be logging on Fitday any suggestions or inputs are welcome! Just remember availability of foods is a real problem for me, so I have to work with what I have.
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    Cardio: 2-3 20 minutes sessions on a stationary bike, on Sat I normally do 30-50 miles on a bike and once a month I go on a Mountian Bike trip which is normally around 4 hours on the bike. When fat loss slows I will increase times and intensity as necessary.

    Workout: Everyday I can go, I'm there, I rotate heavy and light days so if I do heavy back on Mon, I'll do light legs on Wed. Days off come when I can't make it, which happens once in a while. The last week of July Mon-Fri I will not be able to go to the gym, because of this crazy schedule I don't do set body parts on set days, I just keep going in order and if I miss a day, I pick up were I left off.
    Due to the diet my heavy days are not that heavy and my light days are light. I've come to the conclusion that I can not P/L and cut at the same time without getting hurt, so while I will continue to do DLs, Squats, GMs etc. I won't be doing max lift w/o's.

    History: Below is a pic from Feb05 which is pretty much were I was Feb06, I started really making progess about 8 weeks ago when I found myself in a tiny apartment in South Korea. The good thing about being away from home is that I have total control of my diet and all the junk that my wife keeps in the house for the kids is nonexistent. But anyway the next pics are from my last log which started 13May and ended on 22June and at this time I'm still pretty much at those stats.

    Age: 40
    Height: 5'9"



    Supplements: Minimal
    Multi
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    REM R3G
    ZMA
    Fish+Flax oil
    Stims Rampage/StimX/Spike and whatever else I aquire as needed
    Possibly MeltingPoint/Basic Cuts for 30 days which would add Potassium
    I'm also contemplating Mtrn/Zol but I'd like to wait until Sep to start after 8 weeks of cutting Natty.

    I haven't kept a w/o log in years, but I will attempt to do it during this log. I'll try to post daily, and on September 1, I will post stats and pics.

    Any advice, questions, comments are welcome!

    Let the ripping begin.

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    Good luck Basso, just do me one favour...don't get bigger Just get cut and keep most of that size then randomly shout "I'm the Juggernaut bitch!" in the gym
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    Ziricote, since your the Cookie Rep I'll do it!

    I started on Sun (July 2) so I'll just give a quick recap of my week so far and I'll try to start logging my w/o's tomorrow.
    Sunday:
    Light legs and Bis
    Squat: 135x15x5
    Leg extension: 100x10x3 6sec TUT
    Hammer strength curls 50lb per leg 10x3
    DB curls 60x10x3
    Curl bar 95x10x3 4sec TUT
    Monday: I rode about 30 miles so my legs were a bit beat
    Chest + Tris
    Bench 225x15x3
    incline DB fly 80x10x3
    Cable crossovers 15x2 from under and 15x2 from over
    DB skull crushers 50x10x3
    pushdowns 15x3
    Tues:
    Back+Bis
    DL 135x10, 225x10, 315x8, 405x6, 495x3
    Bentover Rows 275x8x3
    Cable rows 10x3
    DB Rows 150x10x3
    DB curls 40x20x3
    Cable curls 15x3
    Wed
    Shoulders+Tris
    Standing Military 135x10, 185x6x3, 135x15
    DB work
    Skull Crushers (curlbar) 115x12x3
    pushdowns 10x4
    Thur
    Legs+Bis
    Squat 135x10, 225x10, 315x6, 365x3, 405x6x2
    Extensions 15x3
    Curls(Curlbar) 95x10x3 6sec TUT
    DB curls 50x12x3

    Friday is Bench day and I'm hoping the combination of going light last chest w/o and being Carbed up it'll be a good w/o
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    Good luck, man. It's nice to see a fat loss log in here.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Beowulf
    Good luck, man. It's nice to see a fat loss log in here.
    Thanks, I plan on being very successful, I've been bulking for about 10 years I think that's enough eh?
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    Yeah man good luck on this, you're a big dude...If you plan your cut right you would look great!
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    Hey Basso, nice to see this Log up. Damn man, you got some size. A good cut will really make a world of difference for you. You remind me of those Lipo6 adds in the back of M&F where you can tell the dude's a bodybuilder under 20 pounds of fat. After about 8 weeks the dude looks hyoooge. That's you man, now get after it, best of luck, I'll keep watching.

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    Thanks guys for the kind words, I'll try not to disappoint.

    I hit 3500cals yesterday with 380/320/80. Felt great to eat carbs and I'm down a lb this morning! I need to feel this out but hopefully I can go the full 3 days at 3500. I'm only doing 2 days this week then next week I'll do all 3 days.
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    You are quite the big Bloke, Basso. Best of luck, man! I really want to see this go somewhere. I hope you'll be keeping us updated on your diet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Basso
    Thanks, I plan on being very successful, I've been bulking for about 10 years I think that's enough eh?
    Bulking is so much fun though! Good luck.
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    Quote Originally Posted by natedogg
    Bulking is so much fun though! Good luck.
    I agree, but I have to admit that I hate having to cut for extended periods of time. I hope to keep my bf% at no higher than 10% in the off season.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Beowulf
    I agree, but I have to admit that I hate having to cut for extended periods of time. I hope to keep my bf% at no higher than 10% in the off season.
    That is smart thinking Beowulf, I wish I had done that, It got to the point where cutting had to become my lifestyle and life didn't allow it, so I ended up in the sorry state I'm in. Now it's going to be long and painful process, my end target date is 10% by December, I'm coming back to visit my family for Christmas which will be a huge challenge, then Jan-May07 I want to hit 8%.

    That's a long time to cut, and who knows maybe I'll be surprised and get there faster, but I doubt it. I will probably take a week off here and there and just eat maintenance to maintain sanity.
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    Actually, you should take a week or two off every 8 weeks or so. I wouldn't quite call it a week off. Instead, try to shoot for all clean foods, but at or just above maintenance. This will give you a psych break and help prevent your metabolism from tanking.
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    That is exactly what I was planning, I took last week off and ate close to maint. I'm doing this log for 8 weeks and then take a week off. I also will change my diet if metabolism starts to tank before then. I think I can stay on carb cycling longer then most diets though.
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    July 7 Friday: Chest + Carbs

    P/C/F= 370/325/70 3362cals

    Only got about 4hrs of sleep last night, REM is like that for me, some nights it knocks me out, others it keeps me up all night, it must be the combination of it and something else but I haven't figured it out yet. So today was a long day, at work by 5:30am and it was a long boring day. Got to the gym at 4:30 carbed up and ready, I skipped cardio knowing I'd be riding at least 40 miles tomorrow and my legs are a wee sore from yesterday so on to the Iron!

    Bench Press: 135x25, 225x10, 275x8, 315x5x3 (2-3min rests)
    Incline DB press: 110's x10x3 (1min rest)
    Incline Flys: 75's x10x3 (1min rest)
    Hammer Decline: 225x12x3 TUT
    Hammer Dips: 225x12x3 TUT
    Wheel of Death 2 sets reversed, and 2 sets forward

    I felt strong, but when I put a little weight over me the strength wasn't there. I felt good over all and I'm sure that was the carbs, I took no Stims today. Diet has been good all day, post w/o I mixed up 2 servings of AI coffee flavor Whey, 1/2c Oats and 1.5c skim milk. First time I have drank milk in years, it adds a lot to plain whey protien!

    The mirror likes carbs, I didn't get my normal midday bloat, my stomach looks like it did in the a.m. which really puzzles me, but I'm not complaining. I'm also getting some vascularity from the carbs, I almost forgot some of those were there. I love carb ups, but can't wait for Sunday's low carbs (my jaws are gettin tired).

    Wheel of Death you ask?
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    Great w/o Basso. I gotta ask still, wtf do you do with the Wheel of Death? It's not an Ab Roller is it? I see straps on the sides, how do you use it?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Viperspit
    Great w/o Basso. I gotta ask still, wtf do you do with the Wheel of Death? It's not an Ab Roller is it? I see straps on the sides, how do you use it?
    Yeh it's an ab roller, but you can put your feet on it and do reverse rolls! (hence the straps) I actually stumbled across it when I was looking at the Westside workouts. Freekin 300+ guys using this thing, I figured it had to be strong (Powerwheel). Front rolls are done to the standing (bentover) position, not that pansy sitting on the knees crap. This thing will put a hurtin on your core!!
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    July 8

    256/196/62 + whatever I ate for lunch(see pic)=2352 cals

    Got up had some CC/Oats pancakes and got on my bike by 9am did 30 miles, shorter then anticipated, but we rode on some rolling hills so I got some good interval training in. Stopped for lunch, so I have no idea where my cals sit today but I didn't eat much anyway. Got back to my Flat, sucked down some whey and oats and headed to the gym. I just did a nice easy arm workout today, something to pass some time other than eating.

    Tris
    Pushdowns 15x3
    Skull Crushers 115x15x3
    Single arm triceps 50x15x3
    Bis
    DB curls 70x6x3
    Curl bar 95x15x3
    Hammer curl 80x15x3

    that's it, in and out in 20 minutes, tomorrow's back. I just need to get through the weekend with my diet, week days are easy, it's the weekend that always gets me.

    Anyone care to help me with the Macro's?
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    dude the spread looks wicked, good luck and nice work so far, the contest is going to be fun .
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    Wicked, yes we call it "Beef on a leaf" but it's more like "Extra fatty Bacon on a leaf"
    It's amazing how much focus you can get by having a goal, even as simple as this little contest, so much better then a "I want to look good" goal. Yeh, it's going to be fun, I'm already enjoying it!
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    Thanks for the info, muchly apreciated. Im goona have to email then about prices tho i didnt see any, you got a ball park for me id prolly go with the big ones.
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    Trust me, start light, buy a pair of lights and you can double them over ect. If you buy heavy ones their use will be very limited, if you do a google for jumpstretch you'll find them for sale all over and I couldn't find any real good prices, it's all the same!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Basso
    Trust me, start light, buy a pair of lights and you can double them over ect. If you buy heavy ones their use will be very limited, if you do a google for jumpstretch you'll find them for sale all over and I couldn't find any real good prices, it's all the same!
    Aight cool thanks again.
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    9 July

    Well, I'm not too happy today. I need to be more careful on Saturdays, I over compensated for the unkown meal by way to much and woke up this morning missing 3lbs. It's not that I don't want to lose 3lbs but just not in one day! 1/2lb would have been acceptable. Anyway to late now and I'm going to keep pressing on.
    I also found out that my pic of Arnold with my head pasted on will get me disqualified from the competition so I need to take this up a notch
    I think I'm going to revise my diet a bit and split into Low/High/med carb days that will look something like
    2low
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    2high
    1med
    2low
    etc.
    I'm going to try this for a couple weeks, I think it will be easier then going from 3500cals high carb to 2500cals low carb overnight I'll put a 3000cal day in between to ease transition. ANY THOUGHTS?? or suggestions? Any way it was a crappy morning that Typhoon is destroying our weather and I got soaked walking to the gym.

    Back/Calves
    BB rows 135x10, 225x10, 275x8, 225x12x2
    Cable rows 15x3
    db rows 100x10x3
    Pulldowns 12x3
    Pullups assisted 12x2, raw 8x1
    GMs 135x10, 225x10x2, 135x15x2
    LegPress Calf raises 15x4
    Seated raises 100x15x4
    Pull throughs (lightbands doubled) 15x3
    Cable crunches 15,12,10

    I don't give weights on the cable exercises because I have no idea what the weights are, my gym has POC Cybex garbage and they are numbered stacks, very light stacks also. It was a light back day so hopefully I'll be ready to use some weights on Leg day! Man I want to get cut so bad I can taste it, I'm so sick of carry these extra lbs, I don't know how I waited so long, I'm at 235 now and I feel like a feather(well maybe a big wet feather).

    Well until tomorrow, Basso Out!
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    Basso great log i am following along best of luck in the transformation contest i read about it unfortunately I am on too many anabolics for it to be fair in my mind to enter.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mixedup
    Basso great log i am following along best of luck in the transformation contest i read about it unfortunately I am on too many anabolics for it to be fair in my mind to enter.
    Thanks!

    That was not a criteria for entering! In this forum how can you possibly control a factor like that without testing etc. Anyway if I do anything it will be a light mtrn/zol cycle for a couple weeks toward the end, but I would like to see how far I can get 100% natty first. If you were trying to bulk/add muscle it would be a big advandage but cutting not such an advantage I don't think.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Basso
    Thanks!

    That was not a criteria for entering! In this forum how can you possibly control a factor like that without testing etc. Anyway if I do anything it will be a light mtrn/zol cycle for a couple weeks toward the end, but I would like to see how far I can get 100% natty first. If you were trying to bulk/add muscle it would be a big advandage but cutting not such an advantage I don't think.
    I know it wasn't a criteria but in one post i believe jayhawk did say he hoped anything people would be on would be "legal" all my compounds are not Over the Counter. i have Injectables etc mixed in . So I do think at least in my mind that could give me an unfair advantage. I am happy just to log my progress and post pics
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    10 July:

    Friggin work blocked A.M. now what am I suppose to do at work, ah well. Slow day and little energy my carbs will hit the low 100's and I think I'll keep it there for low carb days, 3/4C Oatmeal and a 6oz Yogurt, the rest is Green veggies and incidentals. I could probably cut the yogurt but for now it's a nice treat, we'll see how it goes. I'm still missing those 3lbs so I guess they are history! Hope it didn't come off my legs!
    20 minutes on the stationary bike today, I'm starting to get into a little shape so it took me 8 minutes to get my HR up to 120bpm. That sucks because I'm going to need to start increasing my time and I hate cardio!
    Shoulders:
    Standing Press- 135x10, 165x10x3, 135x15
    Lateral raises- 40sx10x3
    Front raises, rope on cable 10x3
    Shrugs, 225x6, 315x10x2(3sec hold) 405x8x2(3sec hold)

    That was it, I felt really flat and bloated today, the humidity is at 100% and it's effecting me, I'm also getting acne on my chest (sheesh I'm not even on anything). Better clear up I want to look pretty for my winning photo So the plan is low carbs tomorrow and arms, then Wed med carbs and LEGS! yeh I love leg day! Hopefully I can put some weight on the bar this week!

    Thanks for watching
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    Good update Basso, don't worry about the weight that much. It comes and goes, as my 2 pounds I gained was lost the next day and 2 days later I'm up 2.5 pounds. Just keep concentrating on that diet, carb cycling can be very effective.
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    July 11

    Thanks Viperspit, I know, and I need to stay off the scale! 2lbs magically came back today so it was just water indeed.

    I'm approaching the point of my cut were I'm starting to look worse and better. For you FFBs out there I'm sure you know what I'm talking about. The arms and shoulders start to look better, then the legs, while the gut just sits there, so while the extremeties are shedding fat you end up looking worse. I hate this part, but I know I'm moving forward, my shoulders have veins popping out and my arms are getting very vascular. I may have scared a couple kids in the gym today. Anyway on with the diet.
    Yesterday I went 50/25/25 for 2500 cals, I got some serious cravings so I cooked up some Cookies (Anabolic Innovation syle) and they absolutely stuffed me. I added some oatmeal and whey so I took in more carbs then planned but I really felt like I needed it. I'm trying to be flexible with reality without getting stupid, if I need a nutrient I'd rather take it in then suffer (at least at this point) my cals were still low anyway and I didn't eat my CC/Protien meal. Today I hit 45/20/35 at 2900 cals, a little more of the split I'm looking for and I think I'm going to stay pretty close to the same tomorrow. No cardio today just a quick arm workout

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    Close Grip Bench: 135x10, 225x10, 275x10x3, 135 with light bandsx15x2
    Skull Crushers: 115x12x3
    Pushdowns: 10x4

    Bis
    Curl bar 95x10, 105x10x3
    DB 60x10x3
    hammer 105x10, 70x10x3

    No stomach, legs are tomorrow and I don't want a sore gut on leg day. I dropped the REM a couple days ago and have been sleeping better, I also looked back and saw that I failed to mention I'm taking creatine (mono) also, I think I'm going to drop that also, at least for a couple weeks, kind of clear myself out, I'll probably drop 5lbs within the first week of no creatine (that's normal) I hold a lot of water weight on creatine. 1 Aug I'll probably start MP/BC or mTrn/Zol, I'm still undecided. I'll just take it one day at a time and see how I feel and how I'm progressing.

    Well that's it for today, nice easy relaxing day tomorrow it's time for some PAIN! did I mention that I love leg day! (if I say it enough it will be true)

    Basso Out
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    Looks like it is going well, Basso. The carb cycling revision you made comes out to the same schedule the Twin Peak from Designer wrote about a couple of years ago. I haven't tried it, but I've read great successes with that method. It is supposed to be psychologically easier b/c you always no you have a lot of carbs coming your way just 1 day later.
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    I'll have to see if I can find some info on that, might get some pointers. Thanks Beowulf
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    July 12

    Thanks Beowulf for the link, I'll check it out maybe I'll get some ideas for fine tuning my semi-solid diet.

    Well the carb intake is going well I'm sitting at about 300gs and I still have a little tater to chow on. Yeh I went ahead and went high today, since it was leg day and I really wanted a good leg work out. Which brings me to the w/o,
    Basso enters weight room
    He looks at power rack, little moron curling
    He looks at squat rack, littler moron curling
    Basso sets bag in between and is pissed off
    Basso kindly asks little moron "how many sets"
    little moron answers ****ily "3"
    Etc, etc
    Anyway I was pissed, and as soon as I was done squating 2 more morons jumped right in there to curl!

    LEGS!!!!!!
    Squats: 135x10, 225x8, 315x6, 405x3, 455x5x2, 405x8
    Front squats: 225x6x3
    Hammer ext: 200x10x3
    Stiff legged DLs: 135x10, 225x10, 315x8x2 (ouch my hammys)
    Ham curls: 10x3 light
    Cable AB Curls: 12, 10x2
    "Basso cry's and crawls home"

    I was hoping to do 495 for 2x5 but it just isn't there. I think my strength has leveled off, I don't feel like I'm getting any weaker and I'm 99% sure that has a lot to do with these high carb days. But as expected I'm sure not getting any strength back, but I can live with that as long as I see dem abs eventually!

    Crap, I'm going to be sore Friday!

    Until tomorrow, Basso Out
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    What the heck is going on in here!!! Ive received a complaint that the music is too loud and people are flinging off their clothes!!!!

    WEll if this is true, Keep up the great work!!!!
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    July 13

    FnF, the music is loud but nobody will take their clothes off!!!

    I'm hungry!! I need to start some type of appetite suppresent or I'm going to eat a cow. I'm probably going to hit in the neighborhood of 40/40/20 at around 3-3500 cals today. My hamstrings are killing me so I won't be doing much movement this weekend. Crap it's been awhile since I've done SLDLs should have gone light.

    Chest
    Bench Press: 135x20, 225x10, 275x8, 315x5x3 (paused reps)
    Incline Fly: 100sx10,8,7
    Incline Hammer: 270x10x2, 180x10x2 (TuTx4 sec)
    Cybex flys: 10x3
    Cable flys (from top): 10x4
    Done

    The humidity is like 500% it's miserable outside which just drains the energy out of you, my workout was fine anyway and I had good stamina throughout, thanks to another heavy carb day. I need to cut the carbs tomorrow though and I'm only doing a light arm day so it's good timing.

    Ok I'm about done for today, thanks for watchin'
    Basso Out!
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    good deal! im taking ast-ss metabolism prescription RX. i havbnt taken caffinine in 5 years and i was up to traking 4 a day. but my bodys not ready for it. im now taking two a day and Jeff willet from ast told me (though email) that i need to take 4 a day for best results. well ill do it when my bodys ready. it does seem to speed me up a bit but things seem to be slower in the morning intill i get the boost. also i take alcar and its great boost.
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    Quote Originally Posted by smeton_yea
    good deal! im taking ast-ss metabolism prescription RX. i havbnt taken caffinine in 5 years and i was up to traking 4 a day. but my bodys not ready for it. im now taking two a day and Jeff willet from ast told me (though email) that i need to take 4 a day for best results. well ill do it when my bodys ready. it does seem to speed me up a bit but things seem to be slower in the morning intill i get the boost. also i take alcar and its great boost.
    How is the appetite suppression properties? I can live with dragging my feet, but combined with being hungry it's a recipe for disaster!
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    Nicotine gum is awesome for appetite suppression. 1mg worth every 3 to 4 hours is plenty to start. If you can handle stimulants, Ergopharm AMP + Avant Labs HEAT is a great combination as well. 1 cap AMP/2 caps HEAT 2 or 3 times daily does a number on my appetite. For nightime hunger, I've found that USP Labs Camphibolic is an excellent product, as I eat a modest cottage cheese meal before bed, and sleep throughout the night with no hunger issues of which to speak. Green tea is an effective addition for me as well, both in capsule form and drank with added splenda. It tends to have a calming/soothing effect as well as suppressing appetite on myself which is certainly welcome.

    I've been cutting for several months with a carbohydrate cycling diet, and these items have performed admirably at keeping my appetite almost completely at bay. It really hasn't felt like I've been cutting, as I don't tend to get hungry unless I haven't eaten in 4+ hours. I notice my blood sugar crashing before I feel any kind of hunger.
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