Original Twinlab’s Ripped Fuel is an ephedra fat burner designed for bodybuilders who want to cut weight while putting on muscle. Its formulation is based on a standard EC Stack ratio with ephedra extract and guarana caffeine. Not only does this combination boost the metabolism and increase mental focus, it also improves athletic performance, helping you to bulk up faster. While Ripped Fuel with Ephedra is no longer available, Twinlabs does produce an Ephedra-free replacement version of the product. Many bodybuilders will take this in combination with the safe and legal Ephedrine HCL to produce the same results.
Twinlab’s Ripped Fuel works like most other thermogenic diet pills by increasing the body’s core temperature causing more calories and fat to be burned. By releasing epinephrine into the blood system, this supplement causes enhanced lipolysis – the process by which fat tissue is broken down into fatty acids and then burned for energy. The supplement can also help you increase the intensity and duration of workouts and weightlifting repetitions. Ripped Fuel combines Ephedra with other natural supplements that help to greatly amplify its benefits.
The ephedrine-caffeine supplement stack has been a long favorite of bodybuilders during their cutting phases. Products like Ripped Fuel with Ephedra are so popular because they can be used to cut weight without causing deterioration in muscle mass. Multiple clinical trials have proven this pairing to be highly effective at causing an average of 25 pounds of additional fat loss when taken consistently for a year. And according to the International Journal of Obesity and Related Metabolic Disorders, the ephedrine and caffeine combination is safe when used per doctor guidelines by healthy individuals.
Ripped Fuel includes 334 mg of ma huang extract – the traditional name for ephedra sinica – and 910 mg of guarana extract for caffeine. These proportions are designs to give you a 10:1 ratio of ephedrine alkaloids to caffeine which has been determined as the most effective ration of these two substances. Two capsules of Ripped Fuel will give you a standard dosage of 200 mg of pure caffeine and 20 mg of pure ephedrine. Ripped Fuel also contains 200 mg of chromium picolinate and 100 mg of L-Carnitine along with Ginger Root, Green Tea Extract, Capsaicin, and Citrus Aurantium to improve its fat burning capabilities.
A recommended diet plan consist of two tablets taken three times per day: two as soon as you wake up, two just before lunchtime, and two before dinner or before any evening workouts. Some individuals who experience difficulty sleeping after taking Ripped Fuel with Ephedra may decide to skip the last tablets of the day. By taking your ephedra supplement upon rising, you will ensure that your metabolism is increased as much as possible before you eat breakfast when your body is low in blood sugar. During this time, more of your body’s energy needs are met by burning fat which is why so many exercise plans suggest working out in the morning. Ephedra also works as an appetite suppressant which can help you stick to a nutritious and low-calorie diet.
When taking Ripped Fuel you may experience mild side effects from anxiety, nervousness, restlessness, stomach pains, headaches, and nausea. Most people do not experience severe side effects but reports of “jitters” are common. You will also experience increased perspiration and an increase in your temperature, but this is normal is this is how ephedra produces weight loss. Make sure to check with your doctor before using any ephedra or ephedrine supplements to ensure that you do not have a prior medical condition that precludes you from using these substances.
Part of the reason that the original Ripped Fuel with Ephedra was banned by the FDA is due to the risks associated with taking ephedra sinica supplements. While ephedra sinica contains a mix of different alkaloids that can react with each other, the main active ingredient that is responsible for burning fat is known as ephedrine. This substance on its own produces fewer adverse side effects than taking ephedra. This is why Ephedrine HCL is still legal under FDA regulations but ephedra is banned. As a result, most individuals who want to take Ripped Fuel will now use the ephedra-free version of the product and mix it with legal Ephedrine Hydrochloride.
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