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In our desperation to lose fat, we often move towards methods that are not so safe. Weight loss pills are a controversial subject, one that I have not spend much time writing about.
I want to begin by sharing my story of an experience with fat burners. This was when I was in high school, and was going to Karate classes twice a week. I would also run in the morning, and hit the school weight room 2-3 days per week.
I was desperate to lose fat.
I was overtraining, and undereating, and felt tired all the time. My body was always sore, but my desperation motivated me to keep on going.
I remember walking into CVS and looking at the fat burners. I remember the excitement rushing through my veins as I paid the cashier. The name of the fat burner was Stacker 2, a supplement that was being promoted by professional wrestlers such as…The Big Show.
Clearly stacker 2 did not work for The Big Show since he’s gotten…bigger.
Anyways, I looked at the instructions, and it said that I should not take more than 6 pills per day. I shrugged my shoulders and followed the dosage. It was something like 2 pills in the morning, and 2 pills at night, after food (not 100% sure about this).
Later in the week, about an hour or two after I took my stacker 2 pills, I started feeling strange. My body just felt numb. I stood up, and punched the wall to see if I could feel any pain.
I screamed out loud, but barely any sound came out, but my mouth was numb too. I was scared. I sat on my bed, laid back, and closed my eyes.
Thank God I woke up. I was fine when I woke up. The first thing I did was throw out those stacker 2 pills. I haven’t messed with fat burner pills since that day. Just eat right, and train hard.
Eating right is the key. Exercise, for the most part, is easy. If I had just stuck to my Karate training, plus weight room workouts, along with a solid diet, I would have had better results. Not that I overtraining and under eating. Not eating enough calories, especially if you’re an athlete, is going to destroy your metabolic rate, and your body will hold onto stubborn fat as if your life depended on it!
Another mistake many athletes make is limiting carbs. Your body will need carbs to fuel your workouts. I wished I had known this before adopting a low-carb, low-calorie diet with such a high level of activity. I’ve written an article on how you can still lose fat with a high carb diet. Click here to read this article.