Hello boys and girls. I'm back with my pre-contest update. I skipped my 7-week out article due to an increased workload at school, dealing with trying to get everything organized for graduation, and spending more time in lab. Once again I apologize to those of you who have been following the articles. Hopefully this one does not disappoint.
Without further adieu, let me discuss some more supplements that I have been product testing in the last few weeks.
I do not believe the following products have been released to distributors yet; I had the privilege of being a product tester for the prototypes.
Avant Labs Leptigen
Leptigen is a product from Avant labs that's purpose is to place one in a greater "fed" state with fewer calories than normally required. Essentially the goal is to trick the body into being fed without actually feeding it.
The fed state is concurrent with increased leptin, thyroid hormone, sex hormone levels, decreased hunger, and greater water retention.
Dosing will vary from person to person depending upon sex, bodyweight, and bodyfat level. I consumed 15g three times per day.
I would first like to say that this product tastes great, I did look forward to taking my dose and it was not a problem at all to get it down, unlike the Leptigen prototype that I tested about a year and a half ago. That being said my results using this product were decent.
I thought the old version was better at suppressing appetite though the new version wasn't bad. I definitely gained some water weight while on this product which is indeed a good thing, as it would contribute to the "fed" state.
I gained approximately 1.5 lbs in the first week on this product (impressive considering I am dieting) and I had already been taking creatine for months before this so I could definitely attribute to any increase in weight to Leptigen supplementation.
I did not notice any significant rise or fall in sex drive while on this product.
I would give this product a decent overall rating, however the large price tag attached to it would be big deterrent to me. I suppose it all depends on how much an individual is willing to spend.
Sesa-Thin is a new fat loss product from Avant. It contains sesamin, a lignin extracted from sesame seed oil that shows enormous promise in regards to reducing fat mass, as well as reducing expression of fat promoting genes.
¼ teaspoon, 3 times per day.
As always I'll first comment on this product's taste. It is touted as having "super fish oil" like qualities and I feared that it would taste like fish oil. However, I found the taste to be not objectionable in the least as it had a pleasant nutty flavor. On my results… WOW.
This product will give Lipoderm Ultra a run for its money as my favorite fat loss product. For the 6 weeks before using Sesa-Thin I had only been averaging about a 0.55% reduction in body fat every two weeks and averaging about 3 lbs of bodyweight loss per 2 weeks. I added Sesa-Thin to my supplement regime and lost 1.5% bodyfat in the first two weeks I was on it (from 11 weeks out to 9 weeks out)!
From 9 weeks out to 7 weeks out I lost 0.88% body fat and from 7 weeks out to 5 weeks out I lost 0.82 % body fat. Obviously one can see an increase in the rate of body fat reduction.
To top it all off this product is very affordable and I definitely recommend it to anyone wanting to reduce body fat, and especially those who would rather not use stimulants.
You must lift with attitude!
With that out of the way let's get down to the nitty-gritty.
Diet consists of:
- 300g protein
- 215g carbs
- 58g fat per day
For the next two week period I have adjusted my values to:
- 300g protein
- 205g carbs
- 56g fat per day
On days that I work legs I consume the following amounts of macronutrients:
- 250g protein
- 400g carbs
- 58g fat
For the next two-week period I have adjusted my re-feed values to:
- 250g protein
- 375g carbs
- 53g fat
A sample of my diet for one day is as follows (it may vary as far as food selection goes, but the macronutrient breakdowns will likely remain the same).
Sample Day In Detail
Macronutrients are listed to the side as protein/carbs/fat.
- Meal 1: 1 whole egg, 4 egg whites and no fat cheese on a whole wheat high fiber bread 35/16/5
- Meal 2: Chicken breast with ½ tablespoon of peanut butter 40/3/9
- Meal 3: Low fat popcorn, egg white and turkey sandwich with low fat cheese 40/65/6.5
- Meal 4 (in workout shake):Whey protein and Dextrose with 5g of creatine 35/20/1.5
- Meal 5: Turkey, fat free cheese, lettuce, and Dijon mustard on whole wheat sub bread 35/80/4
- Meal 6: Tuna with fat free mayo and fat free cheese melted on whole wheat bread, 1 cup broccoli, 3 fish oil capsules 35/25/6
- Meal 7: 1 large chicken breast with 3 fish oil caps and ½ tablespoon peanut butter 40/3/13
- Meal 8: 1 can tuna, 2 fish oil caps, ½ tablespoon peanut butter 40/3/11
- 300g protein
- 205g carbs
- 56g fat
At 5 weeks out from the Tampa Bay Classic.
Three site bodyfat measurement (took 5 at each site and the averages are as follows):
- Average chest skinfold - 4.8 mm (-1.6)
- Average abdominal skinfold - 10.0 mm (-0.2)
- Average quadriceps skinfold - 9.2 mm (-3.4)
- Average bodyfat measurement - 6.24% bodyfat (-1.70%) (Over 4 weeks)
- Weight - 199 (-1) lbs
- Calves - 16"
- Thighs (at largest part) - 26"
- Chest and Back - 46"
- Shoulders - 53.5"
- Arms - 17.5"
- Waist - 32.5"
I will continue to update this log every couple of weeks. Please send any questions or concerns to me at firstname.lastname@example.org
I am very busy but will do my best to answer your questions in a timely fashion.