Supplement Me My Life 04 OCT 2011

Any man who has ever been in a relationship with a woman will know that they nag. They fixate on something and then just go on and on about it, battering away at your resolve and slowly chipping away at your defenses until it finally reaches a point that you simply cave in and let them get their way, just so that you can have a moment’s peace and escape the constant exasperation that comes from their constant harping on over the subject at hand.

And thus I now take weight loss supplements.

Despite the fact that I absolutely DESPISE putting any sort of chemical concoction into my body whatsoever, and in particular have an absolute thing against weight loss products and body building supplements in general, Chantelle has now successfully persuaded me to join her in a programme that involves me popping at least eight capsules of this stuff a day!

First up on my plate is Biogen CAL 3000 Fat Burner, of which I need to ingest two gel capsules twice daily after every meal. Apparently this stuff is meant to mobilize areas of stored fat to be burned as energy by the body, as well as prevent storage of fat.

Next is the well known USN Phedra-Cut Ultra XT, of which I also need to ingest two capsules twice daily before each exercise session or meal. According to the documentation, this one is a multi-phase fat loss activator which burns body fat, suppresses appetite and boosts energy – and also happens to be packed with far more stimulants than what I’m comfortable with.

(I blame the Expresso morning show and its constant bombardment of USN-sponsored inserts for this turn of events in my life, by the way.)

But I guess Chantelle has a point. I’ve maintained an excellent exercise routine and a decent eating regime for well over a year now, and have absolutely nothing to show for it other than a constant weight and waistline measurement, which just happens to be a particularly fat number. I also simply don’t have the time or inclination to work even harder to actually lose weight, meaning that I now need to try something else. So despite the fact that I’m completely against this, I have succumbed to her nagging and have started the programme, and seeing that thus far I haven’t died, had an heart attack, or experienced erectile dysfunction just yet, I guess I’ll stick with it for a bit.

(But damn, this stuff is pretty expensive I feel the necessity to add!)

Anyway, I suppose I have nothing to lose and everything to gain, though in this particular instance perhaps it should read everything to lose and everything to gain! ;)

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About Craig Lotter

Software developer, husband and dad to two little girls. Writer behind An Exploring South African. I don't have time for myself any more.

  • chris20

    As someone that detests going to the gym, I also tried going the supplement route to lose weight. It worked, but till this day I don’t know if it was the pills themselves or the R600 price tag a month that made me lose weight!

    So I did some research on the net & combined a few diets / eating plans & lost 5% in bodyfat and 4 cm around the “pens” so far. And weight loss? 7 kg’s in 7 weeks so far. 5 kg’s to go.

    Pretty simple plan really:

    – No starches or grains while on the plan (so no rice, bread, pasta, potatoes, pizza, buns, doughnuts, etc, etc)
    – No sugar while on the plan (no white sugar in coffee, no Coke or similar) But drink as much plain water and tea as you want. 2-3 litres of water a day, rest from tea, or coffee with no sugar if you have to. Fruit juices? I drink a 1l Ceres tetrapack in one sitting, so thinking all that fructose-laden juice with no fibre is too much of a (no-so) good thing!
    – Protein for breakfast – and within 1 hr of waking! Eggs for brekkies – easiest to prepare – just add some mixed veggies or 3 bean salad as well. Or make a spinach and feta omelet, whatever works for you…
    – Lunch and dinner are also more protein – 1-2 portions of fish, chicken or beef, along with as much veggies and legumes to fill you up.
    – Snacks in between on low-sugar fruit and/or nuts, but if you get hungry between meals then you’re not eating enough!

    After I reach my goal bodyfat% & weight (thinking it should be another 7 weeks – the last 5 kg’s are always the hardest & take the longest I’ve heard!), I’ll slowly add starches and grains back into the diet until I reach equilibrium & then that’s my new normal diet…  As I’m pretty much office-bound and not that active, so the standard american diet of 1/2 a plate of grains, 1/4 veggies and 1/4 protein’s not gonna do it for me!

    YMMV of course…!

    PS – Actually forgot the most important part! You have one day out of 7 to eat ANYTHING you want! That’s the secret ingredient for staying on the eating plan – 1 cheat day to eat all the chocs, chips and cola you want!

    • Thanks for the great comment Chris! :)

      • chris20

        No problem, we all have something to share…! ;-)

  • Jess

    Hi Craig,
    I read your atricle on taking supplements and I’ve also been having the same problem of excising and eating right with nothing to show from it. Now I’ve been given the option between Biogen CLA 3000 and Phedra cut thermo (which sounds pretty intense), I’d prefect to use CLA 3000 as it sounds less drastic but I would just like to find out if it worked for you?

    Thanks a million. Reg Jess

    • Actually, I didn’t stick with the supplements for very long at all. I’m not fond of chemicals in my body, and so quickly abandoned Chantelle’s plan and it. Wasted my money, but happier without it (Plus, it really left my mouth/throat feeling dry which I didn’t like).