*Note, I am NOT trying to sell you this product nor am I an affiliate of it. This is an honest look at what it is, to save you from wasting money and effort if the product isn’t valuable.
What is the Alpine Ice Hack?
The alpine Ice Hack is another term for “Alpilean.”
Alpilean is a supplement for weight loss that claims to:
What’s in Alpine Ice Hack (Alpilean)?
As with any supplement that makes bold claims, your first move should ALWAYS be to examine the ingredients.
In this case, when I searched for this product initially, I came across a LOT of scam products on amazon.
So, warning #1, do NOT buy the product off of Amazon, as they are not the actual Alpilean product.
This is a list of the actual ingredients from the official Alpilean website (aka the Alpine Ice Hack):
Golden Algae (flucoxanthin)
Dika Nut (african mango seed)
Drumstick Tree Leaf (Moringa Leaf)
Bigarade Orange (Citrus Bioflavanoids)
Ginger Rhizome (Ginger Root)
Turmeric Rhizome (Turmeric Root)
Vitamin B12 and Chromium
Can these Ingredients Work for Weight Loss?
Let’s start with the main ingredient, which is the Golden Algae (flucoxanthin).
Flucoxanthin, which comes from brown seaweed, has shown some promise in battling obesity, but that isn’t the issue…
The issue is, first of all, that we have no way to know HOW MUCH golden algae is in the product.
As with many supplements, it is listed as part of a “blend.”
A serious supplement company will know the clinical dose of an ingredient (how much is needed for results), and will list it on the bottle, period.
“Blends” with no specific ingredient amounts stand out to me immediately as a scam.
In fact, I will not purchase any supplement that does not list the amount of each active ingredient, period.
Check out this study that looked at 10 products claiming to contain flucoxanthin (Golden Algae):
3/10 had no detectable amounts
5 had only a trace amount
2 had 2mg or less
You can buy the active ingredient (Flucoxanthin from brown seaweed) from Amazon. This brand is lab tested, at least lists the amount at 2000mg, and has great reviews. This would also save you hundreds of dollars.
Moving on to the next ingredient, Dika Nut (African mango seed).
There are a few studies showing that Dika Nut may assist with both weight loss and Cholesterol.
The studies are small and flawed, but they do exist.
The problem, though, is that once again the clinical dose (the amount needed) is not clear.
In one study, they administered 3 grams of the product, which is far more than the total ingredients in the Alpilean product combined.
(The “blend” in Alpilean is 250mg, all ingredients combined).
Combined with inconclusive research, we really don’t know if it works, on top of not having enough of it to begin with.
So, Does the Alpine Ice Hack Work?
Rather than continue looking at every angle here, I’m confident saying that this is just another trendy fad that won’t do you much good.
In other words, the Alpine ice hack is wack.
That is my opinion based on years of examining (and using) supplements.
You are of course free to decide for yourself.
The official Alpilean site is right here (I am not affiliated).
At $30-$40 per bottle, that’s not a cheap way to find out, though.
My reasoning for this conclusion is based on:
They do not list how much of each ingredient is present, but use a “blend.”
The clinical dose (amount needed for results) appears to be much higher than what they’re including, or is unknown.
The product is very expensive.
Many positive reviews are from people (affiliates) trying to sell the product.
Lasting Weight Loss Doesn’t Come in a Pill
Losing weight is never a hack. I will die on that hill.
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“Overconsumption of food with such eating patterns often leads to metabolic morbidities (insulin resistance, excessive accumulation of visceral fat, etc.), particularly when associated with a sedentary lifestyle. Because animals, including humans, evolved in environments where food was relatively scarce, they developed numerous adaptations that enabled them to function at a high level, both physically and cognitively, when in a food-deprived/fasted state.”
Having constantly elevated insulin levels is NOT natural for the body and is highly undesirable and toxic.
Coupled with constant inflammation, our lipids get thrown into chaos and this environment within our body wreaks havoc on the cardiovascular system (atherosclerosis and “hardening” of the arteries.)
Multiply this by 10-20 years of damage, and the stage is set for all things bad.
But I do recommend reading the whole article to get a full picture of the problem and solution.
I’ve searched through research and listened to many experts who are on the cutting edge of this topic.
I’ve also experimented on myself after discovering my lipids were a mess.
This article is what I’ve discovered to be most useful and important.
*Note, I am not a doctor. This article is my opinion based on what I’ve seen and experienced and is not medical advice. You should always consult your doctor before taking any supplements, making dietary changes, or analyzing lab results.
There are some affiliate links in this article. All are products I’ve tried and believe can benefit you
Ok, that’s out of the way. Now let’s move on.
Why I’m Passionate About this Topic
A while back, I got some deep bloodwork done through a company called Marek Health.
I’d never really paid much attention to my cholesterol before, and assumed I was in great health.
I eat well (I thought), work out all the time, and feel good.
By outward appearances, I looked perfectly healthy and strong.
The results from the bloodwork shocked me.
My lipids (cholesterol) were a mess, my glucose levels were high and by all measures I was at a high risk for cardiovascular disease and pre-diabetes.
This led me down a path of getting as much information as I could to fix the problem asap.
And that’s exactly what I did.
What is Cholesterol?
Cholesterol is essentially a type of lipid (fat). It is a waxy substance that is made by the liver.
Cholesterol is made by the body because it is extremely important.
It is used by the body for everything from making hormones, to creating new cells.
The first thing to understand is that cholesterol is not “bad.”
It is actually vital, and you literally could not survive without it.
In fact, there are studies showing that certain types of cholesterol can be protective against diseases like Alzheimers.
The Framingham Study
Most of the current beliefs surrounding Cholesterol come from what is known as the Framingham Study.
The conclusion of this study was essentially that high cholesterol is bad and is predictor of heart disease.
This is known as the “lipid hypothesis” of heart disease.
The study further divided cholesterol into “good” HDL cholesterol, and “bad” LDL cholesterol.
Major Flaws and Ulterior Motives
As with any study, it is very important not to just take its conclusions as objective truth.
The Framingham study has many flaws.
A great critique of it can be found here in more depth if you want to go deep down the rabbit hole.
From how it was funded, to the bias of those carrying out the study, to the fact that it’s a purely observational study (which can never be used to prove causation).
Despite many shortcomings, this study is still the reason your doctor will put you on statin drugs with an outdated and misinterpreted cholesterol test.
Statin drugs are one of the best-selling drugs on the market, and one of the biggest money-makers for pharmaceutical companies.
So obviously, contradicting the notion that cholesterol is the boogey-man is going to be bad for business…
Unfortunately, statin drugs come with a host of undesirable side effects, such as:
CoQ10 Depletion, which can damage heart function (see here)
Neurophathy (weakness, tingling, pain in the hands/feet)
The point of this first section is to highlight two important things:
Cholesterol is not in itself bad and has to be analyzed deeper. Traditional tests do NOT do this.
Statins are handed out like candy to anyone with even moderate cholesterol levels. This is more due to profits and ignorance than actual benefit to a given individual.
Logic and Reason
When I say that cholesterol is not “bad,” what I mean is this:
First, your body would not produce something and place such a high priority on it, with such complex mechanisms, if it was not extremely important and beneficial.
Second, we need to look deeper into our cholesterol to understand which parts are actually harming us and which are beneficial or benign.
And last, it is our diet and lifestyle that cause our cholesterol to become problematic, and it is probably fixable for most people without prescription medication.
This is where an advanced lipid panel comes in.
Before we discuss diet to lower cholesterol, we need to get an accurate picture of what our cholesterol profile looks like.
Below is my original lipid panel done through Marek Health. It was not pretty, as I said.
Advanced Lipid Panel.
To get an accurate picture of your lipids, you have to get an advanced panel.
The way most doctors are using the old method is unacceptable, as we know that we can easily get a much more accurate picture with additional measurements.
In my opinion, the old panel is used as it continues to allow the prescribing of the statin drugs. It’s part of the profit machine.
Most doctors are probably just taking the safe route and following the “standard of care,” in which case they are free from liability by prescribing statins for “high” cholesterol, as it is the accepted norm.
They should be discussing a diet to lower cholesterol, including lifestyle changes, before handing out medications.
The Real Cause of Heart Disease
While we’ve allowed cholesterol to be deemed the boogeyman in relation to heart disease, there’s another monster lurking in the shadows.
That monster is insulin resistance.
It is estimated that over 10% of the US population is diabetic, and up to 2/3 are pre-diabetic.
This is NOT natural. It’s a symptom of a massive problem in our society.
At the end of 12 weeks, their lipid panels were dramatically improved.
The Large LDL particles (good) increased in size and number, and the small (harmful) LDL particles decreased.
This has incredibly powerful implications for improving your risk for cardiovascular disease.
Avocados are naturally full of monounsaturated fats.
Eating about 1 avocado a day (along with avoiding processed foods and sugar) can help raise your HDL cholesterol.
Avocados are one solid way you can replace carbs/sugars with healthy fats and see progress.
This discussion would not be complete without at least mentioning this.
Studies show that increasing cardiovascular fitness has a positive effect on lipid profiles.
It also has been shown to reduce all-cause mortality (higher cardiovascular fitness means you’re less likely to die from just about everything.)
By combining increased cardiovascular fitness with an improved diet, you’ll have a very solid plan of attack.
Final Thoughts on how to lower cholesterol naturally.
The overarching theme of this article is pretty clear.
Profits often dictate a lot in our current world. Reliance on pharmaceutical products and the widespread consuming of garbage foods is a symptom of that fact.
The root of much of our cholesterol and heart problems lies in what we eat.
Insulin resistance, inflammation and oxidative stress are wreaking havoc on our bodies.
But, we can take steps to combat the problem.
Through eating the right foods, taking the right supplements, avoiding processed foods, sugar and chemicals, you can see dramatic improvements in health, which are likely to be reflected on your lipid panels.
For some people who have genetic disorders and simply cannot control their cholesterol, statins may provide enormous benefit.
But for the majority of us, it’s lifestyle changes that are long overdue.
Hope you enjoyed this one, leave a comment and let me know!
The short answer to this question is, yes, absolutely it can be.
Many bodybuilders and powerlifters have built impressive physiques on a 3 day training split.
The bodybuilders of the 1960’s and 70’s often used the 3 day split, and their physiques were definitely nothing to scoff at.
A solid example is Bill Starr, who made 5 x 5 famous, which was designed as a 3 day training split.
Those who prescribe to the High Intensity Training model of bodybuilding (HIT) also frequently utilize a 3 day split, ala Dante Trudel’s Doggcrapp training, which is one of the best training systems I’ve every put myself through.
My team training program, SWOLE TOWN, Also frequently uses the 3 day high intensity training split to great effect.
So why do people train 5 or 6 days a week? Because it’s optimal?
Or because they are simply obsessive about training and are stuck in the “more is better” fallacy?
People train 6 days a week often because they are obsessive about training, and enjoy doing the extra work.
The problem with this is that inevitably, most people are unable to push themselves hard enough with that many training days.
If they did, they’d crush themselves and never recover adequately.
Now, there are some out there who thrive with heavy amounts of training volume and frequency.
Especially guys who are genetically gifted in the recovery department AND on various amounts of the sauce…
But instead of imitating what others do… don’t you think you should take the time to find out what actually works the best for YOU, and brings you the most optimal results?
The Case For a 3 Day Workout Split
When you organize your training into a 3 day split, you HAVE TO prioritize everything you do.
There simply isn’t room to do anything half-assed.
This results in very intense and focused training sessions, where each one is pushed to the brink of your abilities (and beyond).
When you train 5 or 6 days, a lot of the work can sometimes be “fluff.”
If you’re on your 3rd or 4th chest exercise, how hard can you really push those sets?
With 3 days, there is no room for that. Everything you do is big, meaningful work.
And of course probably the most important part.. you have more time to recover (i.e., adapt and grow).
The most shocking thing that stood out to me when I started training 3 days vs. 5-6 days/week was that I was SORE.
I had gotten used to training so frequently that I had stopped truly taking sets to and beyond failure and really pushing the envelope.
So, the primary benefits of training 3 days are:
Much More Intense and Focused Sessions
More recovery days, which = more time to adapt to the training stimulus, which = MORE GAINS.
No fluff. Everything you do has to be meat and potatoes.
What Does Science Say?
It’s always helpful to dig into some research when implementing training methods.
In this case, it’s important to understand a few important factors:
Number one, training frequency matters.
Training a muscle group twice a week will result in greater hypertrophy than training it once. (Schoenfeld 2016)
Number two, more is NOT necessarily better.
Studies (like this one by Yue Et al) have shown that training a muscle group twice per week can be more effective at building muscle than training it 4 times per week.
The reason I’ve highlighted these two concepts is because when training 3 days, the challenge is to get adequate training frequency to optimize hypertrophy.
As you’ll see below, this is definitely doable and possibly even optimal on 3 training days.
You can also check out Dante Trudel’s DoggCrapp training, which is the epitome of the 3 day HIT split, and where I’ve gotten much of my information and ideas about training over the years.
What are the Drawbacks?
As with all things in the training arena, there are pros and cons.
The biggest drawback of using a 3 day workout split is that many people simply are not accustomed to pushing themselves to and beyond actual failure all the time.
Most people think that they do.. but are in reality multiple reps away from failure, and going beyond failure is a whole different animal.
Check out this classic clip of Arnold pushing 40 year old Ed Corney to failure on the back squat, then discussing his philosophy on training through failure.
Now, Arnold, and many greats have pushed themselves this way AND trained 6 days a week.
You have to keep in mind that these guys are highly genetically talented, have years of training history, AND are highly enhanced (on steroids.)
Training is also their job.. they don’t have the stress of a 9-5, and whatever else you may have stealing recovery energy away..
You can NOT assume that what they do is what will be optimal for YOU, right now. (or possibly ever).
Instead, hitting a 3 day split and hitting it HARD… leaving all your effort in the gym, may actually be optimal for YOU.
When you can master the 3 day split, and truly push yourself to and past your limits regularly, THEN, you can earn the additional day or two, as you may have adapted to the point that you actually need and can benefit from it.
Additional days/training volume should be added only if you NEED it.
How to Design a 3 Day Workout Split
In my opinion, the best way to organize a 3 day workout split is to have an A and B version of 2 different training days: A and B will hit the same muscle groups with different exercises.
Chest/Back/Shoulders: A and B version
Quads, Hamstrings, Biceps, Traps: A and B version
Your weekly split can be broken down this way: This is just an example from the SWOLE TOWN program.
Incline Barbell Bench Press 3 x max reps
Leg Press x 8-8-8-20
DB Bench Press 3 x max
Seated DB Press 3 x max reps
Romanian Deadlift 3 x 8-12
DB upright Row 3-4 x 12-15
Lat Pulldown (Neutral Grip) 3 x max reps
DB Incline Curl 3 x max reps
Weighted Dips 3 x max
Snatch Grip Rack Pulls 2 x 8 reps
Cross-Body Hammer Curl 2 x 12
Pull up/Pull down 3 x max
DB Pause Triceps Ext. 3 x max reps
Seated Row 3 x max
Back Squat (or hack) x 8-8-8-20
Incline Barbell Bench Press 3 x max
Leg Press x 8-8-8-20
Machine Hamstring Curl 4 x max reps
Seated DB Press 3 x max
RDL 3 x 8-12
Barbell Curl 3 x max reps
NG Lat Pulldown 3 x max
DB Incline Curl 3 x max reps
Incline DB Hammer Curl 3 x 8-12
SG Rack Pull 2 x 8
Cross Body Hammer Curl 2 x 12
Farmer Carry/Shrug Combo x 2-3 sets
DB Pause Triceps Ext 3 x max
On the days in-between training sessions, you should be hitting 30-60 minutes of low to moderate intensity cardio.
You don’t want to go so hard on the conditioning that you compromise gains by inducing more recovery debt.
BUT you definitely want to build or maintain your aerobic engine…
This is a topic for another discussion, but it’s critical not to neglect this area, or you WILL limit your gains (and health) on many levels.
The above template is just an example, but there’s a lot of detail left out (This is why following with strict details is optimal).
Most importantly, rest periods (we use 15 breaths between sets as indicated in Trudel’s training system, or other timed rest at times).
You HAVE TO have consistency with this stuff, in order to measure your progress over time.
If you hit 3 sets of 10 on 60 seconds rest, then next week do 3 sets of 12 on 3 minutes rest, that isn’t telling us much.
Progressive overload is the #1 most important factor to consider in your training.
Anyone, including all these Instagram influencers preaching otherwise, are usually just selling something (probably BS).
Yes, Progressive overload is absolutely mandatory.
You must get stronger over time on the movements you’ve chosen.. and to do that, you need to have consistency in how you’re performing those movements.
This is a law of the training universe. (Progressive overload is literally one of the 7 grandaddy laws)
Conclusion on the 3 Day Workout Split:
As we discussed, a 3 day training split can work really well for a lot of people.
It offers more recovery time to adapt to training and growth, and will likely result in much more focused and intense training sessions.
The keys to remember are to emphasize progressive overload over time, and to train to failure on a lot of your sets. When you only have 3 days, and often 1 exercise for a muscle group on a given day, you HAVE TO push yourself extremely hard.
There are other variables we could discuss, like diet and nutrition, cardio, etc. and specifics on the 3-day split, but we’ll save that for another article.
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