What is Yohimbine?

A lot of people look for the easy way out or the way to achieve the quickest results. When it comes to losing body fat, people revert to fat burners. A lot of hype revolves around them as they do help with the fat loss process (when following a healthy diet and maintaining a regular workout regimen). That being said, most of us, even at a lean bf%, have stubborn fat areas. For guys this is usually the abdomen and the lower back, and for women this tends to sit on the lower body and arms. What supplement can we use to help get rid of this stubborn fat?

Yohimbine HCL, from my experience, is a great way to burn your stubborn fat and save a couple dollars in the process (2shredded, a fat burner by Beast Sports Nutrition, has Yohimbine extract in it!). What is Yohimbine HCL? Yohimbine hydrochloride (HCL) is the active chemical that comes from the bark of yohimbine. Why take yohimbine hcl instead of yohimbine you ask? Yohimbine is an herbal supplement where you can never really gage the amount your ingesting. With Yohimbine HCL, which usually comes in capsules, you get an accurate range of the amount of yohimbine being ingested which in-turn will help you out when you need to increase the dosage.

So how does Yohimbine HCL help you lose stubborn fat? Well 1st and foremost yohimbine hcl releases chemicals that promote blood flow thus aiding in circulation. Your stubborn fat areas tend to have poor circulation which means that the fat burning supplements that are intended to reach the stubborn fat have a difficult time getting there. So if we can increase blood flow to the problem area, not only will the fat burning supplements have a better chance of attacking that fat, but we will have a better chance of freeing up the fat cells and therefore making the most of them as a source of energy during exercise.

Another thing you need to know is that alpha 1 receptor sites and alpha 2 receptor sites are involved in the fat gain/loss process. Stubborn fat is packed with these alpha receptor sites, but mainly alpha 2. In a nut shell, there are more receivers for fat cells to attach (alpha 2) than there are defenders (alpha 1) in your stubborn fat areas. The alpha 2 site basically tells the fat cells not to breakdown. Yohimbine HCL temporarily turns off the alpha receptor which will help your body burn off the stubborn fat. With these receptors turned off, the fat cells become more susceptible to be broken down.

When should you take Yohimbine HCL? When looking at the science involved, yohimbine hcl’s activity is dulled by insulin. Insulin is a hormone that causes the cells in the liver, muscle, and fat tissue to take up glucose from your blood and convert it to glycogen that can be stored in the liver and muscles. Since insulin spikes after you eat and causes blood sugar levels to increase, you should consume yohimbine hcl on an empty stomach first thing in the morning before cardio.  Your body is already in a fasted mode upon wake up which equates to a low blood sugar level.

The sides of yohimbine hcl are like that of any other fat burners. It can cause increased blood pressure, racing heartbeat, irritability, nervousness, dizziness, sweating, and in extreme cases headaches and vomiting. Start off at a low dosage and work your way up as you body gets used to the dose.

Vincent Russo, 25 years old from Kenilworth NJ. Has a BA in Biology from Fairleigh Dickinson University in Madison NJ. A Bodybuilding.com Team Athlete, Silver Model, High School Football Coach,  Teacher, Waiter/bartender. Was a top 5 finalist out of 500 guys for bodybuilding.com‘s 2012 BodySpace Spokes Model.  Compete in the Men’s Physique category where in recent competitions placed 2nd in NPC East Coasts (Nov. 2011), and 3rd in Bodybuilding.com‘s BodySpace Spokes model competition (LA Fit Expo 2012).