Before going paleo, I used a supplement called "Oxy Elite" before I worked out - it helped to increase my energy level and overall motivation not to wanna quit half-way through. I discontinued using it since changing my diet and committing to 3-4 times/week muay thai, but these days I can find myself tiring quickly. Though being healthy should be enough, I was wondering about using the supplement again for that purpose only. Thoughts?
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on April 11, 2012
at 05:18 PM
I personally am sceptical of such supplements as to their effectiveness in weight loss (since OxyElite markets itself as a weight loss supplement), but its principal ingredient is caffeine (100mg); it also contains Yohimbine (Indian snakeroot extract) which also acts as a stimulant.
I would generally not recommend depending on stimulants - even caffeine - to get you through your workouts. If you do not have energy and require a stimulant to exercise, perhaps there is a problem in your diet/lifestyle that you need to rectify, rather than masking it by using caffeine. Perhaps you are very low on carbs for your activity level; conversely, perhaps your body hasn't yet adapted to lower-carb eating (the 'low carb flu'); perhaps you are not getting enough sleep, or not getting quality sleep; you may be deficient in certain nutrients (folate, magnesium, calcium, vitamin A & C, & B vitamin deficiencies often cause underperformance;) in fact, caffeine inhibits both Iron & magnesium absorbtion. Many factors affect and influence your workout performance, and it will be hard to improve it sustainably if you're supplementing with a stimulant.
Another thing: do you drink coffee? There is a warning on the website saying that it is not recommended to drink any caffeine-containing beverages if you are taking the product. Too much caffeine really taxes your adrenals, and impaired adrenal function manifests itself specifically in tiredness, low body temperature, and underperformance.
I generally would advise dropping caffeine alltogether, be it pills or coffee; it taxes your adrenals, raises stress hormones and inhibits nutrient absorbtion. If you quit, you may be tired at the beginning, but eventually your energy levels will improve. If cold turkey isn't doing it for you, or if you would prefer to simply reduce your caffeine intake rather than quit altogether, you could, perhaps, sticking to a cup a day, and drinking your cup (which, similarly, contains about 100mg of caffeine, based on a 7-oz serving) before your workout, and see how that affects you.
I am not trying to demonize coffee, really, the effects often vary among people. I personally have seen great results in terms of sleep, energy and stress by quitting caffeine (and, mind you, I didn't drink gallons of coffee before. Just a cup or two a day).
The weight-loss claims of the product do seem supported by some evidence (Japanese Thistle has been shown to improve weight loss, especially in synergy with caffeine: http://www.ergo-log.com/cirsiumoligophyllum.html;) it also contains some other plant extracts with antioxidant properties (Bauhinia flower), so other than the caffeine, I'd say it is relatively harmless and a possible thing to try if you're after weightloss, though, as I said, I'm sceptical of 'magic bullets' like this, and you seem to be concerned more with energy & output.
Another thing you can try is other thermogenic substances, especially spice extracts; chilli pepper extract (capsaicin), cinnamon, ginger are all thermogenic, and also high in antioxidant properties. Perhaps you could try these in the morning (you can also add spices to your cooking) and see how you do.
Bottom line: I'd stay away from stimulants, or at least reduce them to a minimum.
All the best of health to you,
Lots of love
on April 11, 2012
at 02:45 PM
Hi Paleono, you will probably notice that the OxyElite Pro tabs have a high caffeine content in them. If you are looking for that energy throughout the workout I suggest just have a double shot espresso for the same effect really. Hope that helps :) And I agree, I need that extra boost to get through a workout, especially considering I am on VLC, and I consider coffee paleo, no?
on April 03, 2012
at 05:09 PM
I doubt "Oxy Elite" contains stuff you want to be putting in your body. A few years ago I used to use No-Xplode which is likely similar and I did like the perk, but wouldn't even consider ingesting that stuff now.
Have you tracked your daily food intake to make sure you have enough calories? Are you getting enough sleep on nights before you workout?
I usually have a coffee before/during a workout if I'm feeling slow that day.
Also, make sure you are hydrated.