Yohimbine HCL and Stubborn Fat/Fat Loss
I have mentioned fasted cardio (cardio before breakfast) in a previous article. More recently I wrote an article on fasted training.
There’s a supplement that can help you get rid of that stubborn fat (usually lower abdomen/lower back for men, hips and thighs for women) when you do fasted cardio/training (or when using a low carb diet).
Before I get started, let me explain something: I think this supplement would be most valuable for those who are already fairly lean. In other words, yohimbine hcl is something you’d want to use to get rid of those final “problem areas.”
So how does yohimbine hcl work? Well, one reason certain areas are stubborn is alpha 2 receptor sites. These sites (within the fat tissue) basically “tell” the fat cells not to break down. Stubborn fat areas tend to have more alpha receptor sites than non-stubborn areas. Yohimbine hcl temporarily “turns off” alpha receptors, thus helping you to get rid of the stubborn fat.
Yohimbine hcl also helps with blood circulation (which is why it is touted as a “male enhancement” supplement). This is another helpful property, since stubborn fat areas often have relatively poor circulation.
The correct dosage for yohimbine hcl is .2mg/kg (example: 20mg for a 220lb person (0.09 mg/lb of body weight). It is better to take yohimbine hcl, not yohimbe. Yohimbe is the herbal form–you’ll never be sure you are getting the correct dosage with herbal forms.
Yohimbine hcl could be taken with coffee/caffeine, which has it’s own fat burning properties. I usually have it with a cup of coffee. This combination also suppresses my appetite.
A few more considerations:
Insulin completely blunts the effectiveness of yohimbine hcl. This is why you need to take it in some form of fasted state or while blood sugar is low. Here are a few options:
*First thing in the morning on an empty stomach.
*Several hours after your last meal (for those practicing intermittent fasting).
*Another option would be to take yohimbine at some point after a weight training session has started (let’s say 20-40 minutes). Your blood sugar should be low enough by that point for the Yohimbine to take effect (unless you ate right before you trained or insist on drinking Gatorade while you train). You could follow this up with some steady-state cardio (treadmill, etc) to burn the fat you’ve just liberated from the stubborn cells.
Some cannot tolerate yohimbine’s stimulant properties. You may want to test a half dosage initially to see if you can tolerate it. It doesn’t bother me at all, but my body just loves stimulants.
It is not wise to stack yohimbine hcl with the eca stack. Here’s the problem: the eca stack works by stimulating beta-receptor sites, and yohimbine works by suppressing alpha-receptor sites. It isn’t just fat cells that have these receptor sites–your heart does too. If you take these supplements at the same time, you are sort of pushing the gas and the brake at the same time (as Lyle McDonald has put it). Your heartrate and blood pressure could skyrocket.
But you could try using yohimbine in the morning, followed by the eca stack 4 hours later. You’d have to experiment and see what works for you.
By the way, I’d recommend Jason Ferruggia’s Renegade Diet if you are looking for an excellent guide on losing fat. This strategy would work well with Yohimbine since you’d be in a fasted state during certain hours.
You can buy Yohimbine HCL by clicking the image below (bodybuilding.com):