Note: I’m not a doctor. Nothing in this article is considered advice. It is only for informational purposes ONLY. Your health and actions are your responsibility and by reading this article, you agree not to hold me accountable for ANYTHING.
If you’re wondering about the ECA Stack for weight loss… this article will give you a good primer because I’ll tell you:
- What it does
- What the ingredients and dosages are, and…
- My personal experience with it…
So let’s get started!
What Is The ECA Stack?
The term “ECA Stack” refers to the combination of Ephedrine, Caffeine and Aspirin in certain dosages, taken together (that’s what the word “stack” means) to aid in weight loss.
Before ephedrine was banned (although I’m not sure on its current legal status in weight loss drugs) it was in all the best diet pills.
Does It Work?
Yessir, as anyone who has taken this potent combination knows–it does work to help you lose fat. And there’s been a lot of studies done on its effectiveness, check out the ECA Stack Wikipedia page for links.
The cool thing about the studies are:
- most people lost more weight when using the ECA stack…
- it helped increase endurance, and…
- 80%+ of the weight loss was fat because the stack has an ant-catabolic (muscle sparing) effect (combined to 50% when the people in the “non” ECA stack control group lost weight)
The Dosages Required…
There’s been a lot of experimenting with this, and it has to do a little with your bodyweight to begin with, but for most people the recommended dosages are 25mg Ephedrine, 200mg Caffeine, and 300-325mg Aspirin.
This is the standard dosage for a 200 pound person… taken 2-3 times per day. If you end up taking this stack 3x per day you’ll understand what the “old timers” mean when they talk about the “ECA jitters”
“I’m an Outlaw”
Is ephedrine illegal?
Here’s what I believe is going on: ephedrine is illegal to be put in diet pills or anything like that. But it can be purchased over the counter — one pack at a time — and your driver’s license information is recorded.
I guess this is the government’s way to make it legal while at the same time protecting themselves by regulating it to one pack per customer bought at a time (to prevent people from using it to get high, make drugs, etc and over-dosing)
Now, there’s nothing stopping a person from hitting 10 gas stations in a row to get 10 packs at a time, but whatever, we won’t get into regulations and politics right now
Make Your Own!
So because ephedrine itself is legal… and caffeine is legal… and aspirin is legal–you can now skip the middle man and make your own.
And conveniently, there are readily available dosages of all the ingredients in the stack for purchase at your local gas station or convenience store.
Ingredient #1: Ephedrine – 25mg
Ready and waiting for you, in the perfect dosage at your local gas station (only $17-20 bucks!):
Ingredient #2: Caffeine – 200 mg
You can either buy caffeine pills or drink the requisite amount of coffee for this ($1-5 dollars):
Ingredient #3: Aspirin — 325 mg
Just go to CVS or somewhere and get a big bottle of generic aspirin — it’s dirt cheap ($1-2 dollars).
Common Sense Suggestions For Your Health!
See, ephedrine was fine for about 99% of the people that used it back in the day… but it’s those 1-2% who don’t use common sense that got in trouble using this stuff.
So the first thing is:
NEVER EXCEED THE RECOMMENDED DOSAGE
… and secondly, I’d add to that — work up to the recommended dosage. If you’re not a person who tolerates caffeine well, or if just one dosage of the stuff is giving you the jitters all day and keeps you awake all night — don’t be stupid. Just keep it to one dosage (take it about 30-45 minutes before you workout).
Second, common sense thing for your health:
DON’T TRY TO USE THIS STUFF TO GET HIGH!
That’s how a lot of kids ended up dying. They were taking like 15-20 of these pills and getting high — and then “surprise, surprise!” some of them died.
And the last thing is:
You Definitely Wanna Cycle This!
With all supplements, it’s a good idea to cycle them. But definitely with the ECA Stack.
The reason why is because the method that this stack uses to increase your fat burning abilities, in a “nut shell”, is to stimulate your Central Nervous System and Adrenal system. Just like continuously drinking more and more coffee and getting in-adequate rest will lead to adrenal burnout–so will staying on the ECA stack for long periods of time.
I’m no doctor, and nothing in this article is considered “Advice”, and use it all at your own risk — but I would only stay on this stack for 4 weeks max, then cycle off for at least 2 weeks (preferably more — like 4 weeks). Just plan to use it while you’re trying to get “Super ripped”.
So there you go, that’s your basic course on using the ECA Stack for Weight Loss.