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Has anyone tried ripped fuel...(8 posts)

Has anyone tried ripped fuel...rrjc5488
Nov 17, 2003 3:58 PM
Ripped Fuel Weight Loss... I've ridden so many miles on my bike this summer, tried eating less and excersising alot more, and still I have a flabby gut, now I dont mean I'm obese, but I could lose a few pounds... I was wondering if anyone has tried this to lose those few extra pounds, or if you've used the ripped fuel muscle enhancer (to see if it worked) thanks
re: Has anyone tried ripped fuel...Mudman
Nov 17, 2003 4:26 PM
I have and it did nothing for me. Save your money and dont spend on gimicks.
re: Me tooRusty Coggs
Nov 17, 2003 5:51 PM
Changed a few things in the diet and the few extra pounds were gone in a flash. All calories are not the same.
Contains ephedra which...Roger H
Nov 17, 2003 6:05 PM
some sources claim can cause heart attack or strokes and things like that. It has been outlawed in some states, I believe. I have almost a full bottle. Tried a 50% dose and didn't think my heart would ever stop racing. I'd be careful....
What do you do other than just ride?russw19
Nov 17, 2003 7:30 PM
I used to ride over 20,000 miles a year. My body fat was at 4.5%. I had a flat stomach, but I wasn't ripped. Why? Because all I did was ride. If all you do is ride, you will get more and more efficient at it. Eventually you will reach a plateau and your fitness will taper off. Sounds like you hit that level. Maybe in the off season you should change your routine. Try running or weight training. Anything you can do to change up your routine. But adding in a stimulant is not the really the best change you can make.

Running or swimming are two of the best things you can do for weight loss. The other is to drink ungodly amounts of water. If you drink more water you will feel full most of the day so you will eat less and you can cut out empty calories that you will have in soda or coffee.

Set stricter rules for your diet but also set up a reward system as well. I have an unnatural attraction for Soda. I love Coke. I think it must be a marvelous god that gave man the idea to mix sugar and caffeine in such a tasty beverage, but I also drink too much of it. So I now only get to drink 1 can a day if I do nothing, which I have with my lunch. Then if I ride in the afternoon, I get another can per hour I ride, and the same per 30 minutes I run if I run that day instead.

Since switching to that system, and changing nothing else, I have dropped 10 pounds. I still ride the same amount (unless I am really thirsty) and I still run the same amount, but I take in about 500 to 800 calories a day less just by cutting back on soda.

There is some trigger your body needs and you will get over this hump, for some people Ripped Fuel is the placebo that gets them in the gym more or gets them to work out more.. you just need to find your trigger. It could be diet, but it could also be a change in your workout. Maybe try another activity during the off-season. Run or swim or rollerblade... something off the bike that your body isn't used to. Change the routine and your body will change too.

Russ
I used it for two yearsspookyload
Nov 18, 2003 7:01 AM
If you have any incling toward racing or going fast stay away from it. I was MTB racing when I was using it. The first bad side effect is your resting heart rate will be about 10-15 beats per minute higher. It pumps your heart rate up terribly. The next bad thing is in high efforts your heart rate will be through the moon. I saw as high as 205 during a hot race day once. Now that I am off of it, I never see higher than 189(I was 33 when I hit the 205...a little high) Lets see what else...you are always dehydrated, you won't sleep soundly the first weeks you are on it, and oh yeah...it is highly addictive. I am very serious when I say that last one. I started using it during the war with Kosovo. I was flying 10 hour night missions, and it did a great job of keeping me awake. I noticed as a side effect I felt great in the gym at the same time. I wasn't using a heartrate monitor there, and had no idea what my HR was while I felt so great. Came home, found out how much higher it was, but still felt so strong I thought it was OK. My first clue light came about a year later when a friend who used twice the dose I was taking started having heart problems. He ended up getting grounded and medically discharged for his heart condition. It was not genetic problems, it was related to the ephedra in the Ripped Fuel. He was told there was no way to prove it in court, so he never bothered with litigation.

My journey started there. I decided it was time to knock it off with the stuff. Well lets just say it took me a year to get clean. While coming off it I experienced terrrible headaches, itching all over my body, and a general sense of fatigue all day. After about a year of cold turkey, I finally getting back to normal heartrates while training. All I can say is stay away from the full strenght stuff. They make one that is lighter without the MuaWang. It isn't quite as bad I guess, but I am not taking the chance. It is sort of like the Methadone of ripped fuel. Lots of people use it to break the dependency from the MuaWang. Still it is best to stay away.
DON'T USE IT!!!!!namaSSte
Nov 18, 2003 7:02 AM
I used it and yes, it does work but it's simply not worth the risks. Maybe it's hype, maybe not but just look at the multitude of now documented cases of problems (usually death) surround ephedra use. For a coupla pounds, risking your life makes no sense at all. Continue your diet and exercise regimen and try to substitute protein for carbs where you can. I'm not an Atkins advocate either (although it's effective, it's not sustainable) but going easy on carbs and higher on protein should help on those last few pounds. I'd also recommend lifting weights. Building muscle aids in burning fat when you exercise aerobically. It doesn't amtter how much aerobic activity you do, if there isn't muscle there to help in the fat burning process, you're only gonna get so skinny and then it stops.

I don't want to sound like a mom here but please stay clear of the ephedra stuff. Educate yourself on diet (not just caloric deficit issues either) and lift and see what happens.

Peace,
Scott

ps yoga is awesome too and while you might think it's no workout, I suggest giving it a shot and then seeing what you think. Sometimes cross training is the answer and if weights aren't an option for ya, maybe yoga is.

namaste.
with or without ephedra?ColnagoFE
Nov 18, 2003 8:08 AM
It's pretty hard to find anything with ephedra these days. If it has ephedra it works somewhat. If no ephedra then you might as well drink a cup of coffee--it's worthless. You might lose an extra few pounds through the ECA stack, but you have to make sure to take as directed and not have any contraindications for the medicine. Most of the folks who died after taking this stuff had at least one contraindication for not taking it, but did anyway.