DJBeanPole’s EBF Fatloss Stack: FINAL REVIEW

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Unfortunately like all of my previous logs another one has finally reached its end. While many of you that follow me may be used to my preworkout sample reviews and/or logs in general I was finally relieved when I was able to log something else for a change and this was all thanks to the generosity of one Joshua Yeary, the CEO of Enhanced Body Formulations who sneakily pulled me aside on the internets and asked if I was willing to do a log/review for his 3 Fatloss Stack products: Recompadrol, Adipose Annihilation v2 & Metabolic Powder. I was more than happy to oblige because the timing couldn’t have been more perfect: I was just starting to get back into the gym after taking nearly two months off due to having a baby and I was really starting to get depressed about my own self body image and not liking the man I saw looking back at me. It was time to make a change and EBF helped motivate that decision.

If you haven’t researched the products you can find out more about the HERE

WEIGHT
Start of log: 248.0 lbs
Heaviest gain: 260.0 lbs (+12.0 lbs)
Largest deficit: 243.6 lbs (-16.4 lbs)
End of log: 257.2 lbs (+9.8 lbs)

THE DIFFERENCE IN PICTURES

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THE FINAL SAY

RECOMPADROL – THE KING OF NUTRIENT PARTITIONERS

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If I was given the choice of only being able to pick from 1 of these products to be used continuously from here on out then RECOMPADROL certainly wins that honor for me. The versatility of this product is what makes it stand out. RECOMPADROL can be used in any situation which extends its use out to practically all forms of fitness, from marathon runner, powerlifter, crossfitter or your “Couch to 5K” training initiate. Want to going on a dirty bulk? RECOMPADROL. Want to go on a lean bulk and only retain what you need from your macros? RECOMPADROL. Want to go on a cut? RECOMPADROL. Want to aim for RECOMPosition via increased fatloss (FATloss, not WEIGHTloss) while retaining the most muscle? HELLO RECOMPADROL (I mean come on its in the FREAKIN’ NAME)!

RECOMPADROL is essentially the crown jewel from Enhanced Body Formulations. Its main function is to serve as a glucose disposal agent (GDA) and it comes with a multitude of dosing options. To break down what I mean in terms of GDA, think of it this way: when you eat lots of food (carbs, fats, etc) your body responds to this bolus of food by having your pancreas secrete insulin. This insulin is there to counteract the body’s breakdown of your food into its simplest forms (a la sugar, aka glucose). The higher the glucose in the bloodstream, the harder the pancreas tries to work at creating more insulin. Insulin is good for us… AT THE RIGHT MOMENTS (insulin spiking postworkout, for example). RECOMPADROL has a way of mimicking insulin, causing the body to not have to produce as much, lowering the need for insulin which in turns results in a higher insulin sensitivity the next time you eat a high carb/sugary meal. This method is referred as “nutrient partioning.” Essentially RECOMPADROL takes anything you ingest, sorts the good from the bad, keeps the good and wastes the bad.

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For myself I follow a “Eating Protocol” known as Carb-BackLoading (CBL). I won’t go into detail but on the days I’ve worked out my post-workout meals are massive carb fests full of quick-acting carbohydrates, sugary foods and complete abandonment to what would be considered SANE eating. You’ve probably seen the pictures. Whole pepperoni pizzas and sacks of breadsticks with cheesesauce devoured within minutes. Stacks of cookies, doughnuts, cakes, cupcakes, fruit snacks, POP TARTS, pop tarts, pop tarts… you name it and I was sucking it down like Hoover vacuum. Typically I’d be weary about eating these types of foods at this volume. If I was to down a pizza with a few bottles of beer I’d wake up in the morning a huge bloated mess. But taking RECOMPADROL beforehand changed all of that. Suddenly I’d find myself the next morning looking at my frazzled hair in the mirror feeling LESS BLOATED and LEANER than I was before I went to bed. You know that feeling you get from eating your Thanksgiving dinner and suddenly your pant size seems to have expanded 3x and you getting stupidly tired? RECOMPADROL eliminates all of this.

The dosing is simple and effective and can be used in a combination of ways. Each of the following I personally tried and all of them worked how I had hoped with the same out: feeling less guilty, not feeling that post-“gorging on bad food” bloat/tiredness and feeling leaner every successive day

  • 3 caps 30 minutes prior to a meal just with Recompadrol alone
  • 3 caps 30 minutes prior to a meal following 3 caps of AAv2 60 minutes prior to a meal
  • 1 cap every hour for grazing (think Superbowl/NYE/Wedding… a situation you won’t be eating a big meal all in one sitting but snacking for hours)

ADIPOSE ANNIHILATION V2 – UNPARALLELED FATLOSS

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Where RECOMPADROL is aimed at blocking the bad things from being ingested and be transformed into adipose, ADIPOSE ANNIHILATION V2 (AAv2) is targetted at focus firing on the fat you already have while working in tandem with RECOMPADROL and METABOLIC POWDER to prevent further increase to that stubborn fat (think of AAV2 as the “fat burner” of the EBF family). The ingredient profile for AAV2 splits the product into 2 section: one to mobilizes the fat to get ready to be destroyed, and another to focus fire on that fat itself. The ingredients in the Fat Mobilization Complex help oxidize fat stores and get them used to turn that fat into scorched energy instead of relying on glycogen, and then the Annihilation Complex helps further incinerate fat (and reduce future fat stores) by boosting thermogenesis, regulating thyroid activity, and producing preferential glucose uptake.

So did it work? Well… to put it to the most scientific terms the real answer from me is “I don’t know.” If you REALLY wanted to look at that data I would have had to have traveled to downtown Indianapolis to NIFS (National Institute of Fitness & Sport), plopped myself into a BodPod and had my muscle mass and fat mass numbers taken both before and after this log which would have been costly. Or I could have done a water displacement test… which is also costly. The next closest thing I had available to me was a body fat impedance measurement from work. This machine works by “measuring the impedance of cellular tissue can be modeled as a resistor (representing the extracellular path) in parallel with a resistor and capacitor in series (representing the intracellular path).”

BODY FAT % @ BEGINNING OF LOG: 20.1%
BODY FAT % @ END OF LOG: 14.7%
Results not entirely conclusive as these impedance machines can vary widely…

… however with being said I’m sure that something was happening because as I’ve said time and time again, without looking at the scale and without looking at the impedance numbers… when I looked at myself in the mirror I CAN SEE THE DIFFERENCE. If you want to check on your weight loss then by all means use your numbers, but if you want to check on your fat loss then you have to go by what you see looking across from you in the mirror. As I continually checked up on myself throughout this log I noticed that my stomach seemed to appear flatter, my arms and shoulders became larger and more rounded, my chest separation started to show more and my “love handle/spare tire” region around my waist has dissipated. You can see for yourself in the comparison pictures I’ll post below. And this was all with a steadily increasing bodyweight.

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The only caveat I have with AAV2 which may affect some users is the post-effects after taking your dose. The typical dose for AAV2 is 3 caps 1 hour prior or 1 hour after a meal (on empty stomach). I tried both methods and preferred taking it before my meals rather than after. There is no “split up the caps” method here like I described above with RECOMPADROL. About 30 minutes prior to taking your 3 cap dose, especially if it was on an empty stomach, you may start to feel a slight burning sensation in your stomach/mid-region. This is NORMAL. To me this was an indication that the product was working much like the flushing effects/red skin of niacin or the tingly sensation of beta-alanine but for other this may be slightly disrupting to you and I can understand how it may be intolerable and annoying. I came to like this side effect and didn’t notice myself ever becoming used to the sensation UNLESS it was taken an hour after food at which point I had to set an alarm/keep an eye on the clock so I knew when the hour was up so I could get my eat on (or 30 minutes was up so I could pop my RECOMPADROL). When looking at the ingredient profile the only thing I can even remotely chalk this “side effect” up to would be the inclusion of ‘Capsaicium Annum Extract’ in the Annihilation Complex. So if you can sack up and get over that feeling of a burning sensation in your gut (that sometimes feels like hunger pains/reflux/heartburn) then you’ll be able to enjoy the spoils of the benefits that AAV2 has to offer otherwise I’d recommend post-meal dosing.

Now a little bird has told me that an ADIPOSE ANNIHILATION v3 is in the works and that they are working on the “burning stomach” sensation amongst other things to make AAv3 an even more potent and effective fat burner. When I know more, you’ll know more. Hell I might even get a chance to log it for all my followers here!

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METABOLIC POW(d)ER – THE KEY INGREDIENT TO SYNERGISTIC FATLOSS

Of the 3 products I received from EBF, this one was definitely new to me. I had never heard of it before and had no idea what it did or how to take it. When I opened it up and took a whiff of the particles as they flew out of the tub I got the hint of something almost sweet it my nose. Raspberry even. Thats when I turned the label around and looked at the ingredients and was shocked to see that it only contained 2 ingredients, one of which was raspberry keytones (my nose is da real MVP). Raspberry keytones have long had a great foundation in prevention of high-fat-diet-induced elevation in body weight. Translation? Take some RK, eat a huge fatty/carb meal and don’t worry about gaining body weight… or if you do gain body weight don’t worry about it becoming fat that you are gaining. The second ingredient is HCA which we’ve already seen in RECOMPADROL.

You can dose MP in one of two ways… you can add it to foods you create in the kitchen or you can just shoot it straight. I’m not much for cooking in the kitchen so I took to the shooter method and experimented with a bunch of different dosing varieties:

  • 2 scoops 30 minutes prior to a meal (with RECOMPADROL)
  • 1-2 scoops preworkout
  • 1-2 scoops postworkout
  • 2 scoops intra-meal (usually taken RIGHT BEFORE I start eating)

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I usually always dosed 2 scoops… and let me tell you about this scooper. THIS THING IS MINISCULE! I don’t think this tub of MP is EVER going to run out so it already gets my thumbs up for being cost effective (I must have seriously scooped out like 100 servings already). I would take 2 scoops and place them in about 4-6 oz. of water, stir it up with a spoon (or just straight drop it into my preworkout) and toss it back. Remember that sweet pungent aroma of raspberry I talked about before when I first opened the container? Well forget about any of that smell translating into the flavor. It’s hideous. Atrocious. The only thing I’ve been able to compare the taste with is what an ashtray would taste like if you were to pour some water into one and drink the contents… with that being said its short lived and isn’t anything you CAN’T swallow. Besides the benefits to it far outweigh the flavor and if you are that worried about it then just toss it back with some juice or an energy drink.

In the short run I didn’t notice any effects from the powder. No weird aftertaste. No problems 30min to an hour later. No sides effects whatsoever. What MP does so well is how it combines itself with the other two products to create these synergistic fatblocking and fatburning effects. And I’m living proof that they worked as you are about to see with my final bodyweight totals. I wasn’t sure what goal I was going after when I first started this log. I knew I wanted to lose some fat but we were heading into winter and I wasn’t sure if I wanted to do a straight cut. I certainly wasn’t planning for a bulk but wouldn’t have mind the strength translation. What ultimately occurred was a RECOMPOSITION of my bodyweight/fat/muscle. I slowly managed to increase my BODYWEIGHT while decreasing my BODYFAT. And it shows in the pictures! I wake up every morning FEELING BIGGER and LEANER but not being that fat powerlifter I was nearly 10 years ago. Thanks to EBF and their products this is the best I’ve ever felt in years and commend them for making products that actually work and sticking to their guns with tried and proven ingredients that actually work instead of fluff and empty promises delivered from other companies out their that make outrageous claims.

Carbs from delicacies like this are no match for EBF's RECOMPADROL!

You too can have your cake an eat it too with help from EBF!

TRIFECTA DOSAGES/TIMINGS
I experimented with multiple dosings for the products and the first one listed is the one I used the most but the were all equally effective.

  • 3 caps Recompadrol, 3 caps AAv2, 2 scoops Metabolic Powder 30 minutes prior to cheat meal
  • 2 scoops Metabolic Powder preworkout, 3 caps AAv2 60 min prior to post-workout meal, 3 caps Recompadrol 30 min prior to post-workout meal
  • 3 caps AAv2 60 min prior to meal, 3 caps Recompadrol 30 min prior to meal, 2 scoops Metabolic prior immediately before meal
  • 3 caps Recompadrol prior to any meal where I had forgotten the other ingredients
  • 1 cap Recompadrol during grazing periods

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I don’t rely on rating systems with my reviews but simply my opinion… that being said… 5 star company here dishing out 10/10 products that certainly get my TWO THUMBS UP!

Enhanced Body Formulations – you may have never heard of them until now. But they make outstanding products that deliver outstanding results. And I’m living proof.

– DJ

Lecheek RIPPED COCKTAIL Final Review

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Note: The stresses of work and scheduling time to be by myself at the house in order to film my final review kept getting pushed back further and further and instead of making you guys (and gals) wait in the dark I decided to just take a look at my notes and write it out here instead. I WILL get around to doing a video but I was tired of making you guys wait. My apologies. Coz that ain’t mah style yo!

THE GOOD

Let’s start off with what everyone wants to know right off the bat: is this fat burner legit? The too-long-didn’t-read answer: YES. The well thought out answer: Although Ripped Cocktail does show promise in the realm of fat burning supplements, it is this loggers opinion that Ripped Cocktail would best be used in combination with other fat burners that target different pathways other than RC, or ones that further enhance upon what RC is good at. Lecheek already offers up this idea on their own website, saying that it would stack perfectly well with their thyroid product Hyper-T2. This is to not knock on RC in any way (read: NOT KNOCK) because it certainly helped me out throughout my 3 week stint of running it.

STARTING WEIGHT: 254lbs (this may not have been my weight at the beginning but it was the highest I saw during my run)
ENDING WEIGHT: 246lbs (-8lbs)

I will blame some of this weight loss due to water weight (its a given… it just happens). However I do NOT attribute any of this weight loss due to muscle loss… I actually got STRONGER during my run with Ripped Cocktail. I set multiple PRs through ALL lifts (overhead press, bench press, deadlift, squat) while my bodyweight decreased. I started to see my abs start to return in the mirror and my body started to show its former (leaner) self. I noticed the striations return on my shoulders/delts and a separation line appear between my underarm and pectoral muscle (which looks awesome during a lat spread).

Ripped Cocktail kicked in for me more so on the second week. The Beta Alanine tingles were always there, but the thermogenesis bumped itself up noticeably in the second week. Hunger cravings went down (feeding window from 1-9PM) during the breakfast hours after I tossed back 2 scoops upon waking up and subsequently another scoop before lunch. This also maintained my energy and alertness levels while at work and didn’t have grabbing a Diet Mt. Dew for the drive to work or splashing some Mio Energy in my water midway through the morning.

THE BAD

Marms only sent me one bottle.

THE TRUTH:

This product works, and works well. But I think the implications it could have on fat loss could be further extended if combined with other fat loss supplements. Taken that into consideration, an 8lbs fat loss from me during 5/3/1, HIIT 3-4x a week, LeanGains protocol, and a solid diet… its not necessarily a requirement to stack it. Which also leads me to solve the riddle that everyone has been wondering… how does Ripped Cocktail compare to Alphamine? Honestly… they are two different animals that each have the same goals. The real question would be… how well does the synergy work between combining Alphamine WITH Ripped Cocktail ?!?

@DJBeanPole
@TeamLecheek

Lecheek LOG Day 45: Back/Bis

DAY 45: BACK/BIS

Final day! Ended up going with Maximize Intense and a serving of Hemavol I received as a sample packet for my my preworkout today. This was the combination I was using way before I started this log and I must say that SpeedX3 is STILL my reigning preworkout champion. The pumps were good and the sweating was right on par with how I remember it but the focus factor was just not there!

I kept it light today and went for high reps and stretch/squeeze. Deadlifts were not done today. These are being moved to leg day which freed up today for all back/biceps. This entire workout was done 4XMM style so rests between sets were short and I moved fast in the gym!

LAT PULLDOWN: 70×15 100×12 140×10,7+3@125 125×10,10 NEGATIVE 75×10

ONE ARM DB ROW: 30×15 45×10 50×10,10,10

T-BAR ROW: 45×10,10,10,10

CLOSE GRIP PULLDOWN: 100×10,10,10,10

WIDE GRIP SEATED ROW: 70×10 75×10 90×10,10

STERNUM-UPS: BWx3,2,2,1

LAT SHRUGS: Dipstation BWx20,10

HAMMER CURL: 35×10,10,7+3@30 30×10

STRAIGHT BAR CURL: 40×10,10,10,12

CABLE ISOLATION CURL: 20×10,10,10,12

Final Videos will be shot and posted Monday. It will be a two part review, one for SpeedX3 and another for MassHGH. Before/After pics will be put up around then as well.
Stay tuned,

@DJBeanPole
Lecheek Nutrition