When bodybuilders transform their body, it often consists of 2 main stages: bulking and cutting.
During a bulk, people tend to gain as much size as possible; gaining a combination of muscle and fat. This is then followed by a cut, where the aim is to burn fat, whilst retaining the muscle they gained from the bulk.
A bodybuilder must make many sacrifices when undergoing these 2 different phases. When bulking, one must be willing to gain fat in order to add extra muscle. And when cutting, one must be ready to be hungry and irritable at times in their quest for six pack abs.
Although it’s not easy, there ARE ways to build muscle and burn fat at the same time, helping you get jacked without getting fat.
…And helping you burn fat without having to worry about losing muscle.
One of the best ways to build muscle and burn fat simultaneously is to take specific steroids which have anabolic AND fat burning properties.
Generally, steroids will either help you build muscle OR burn fat. However, there a few which do both equally as well. In this article I’m going to list the steroids that can do this, helping you transform your body dramatically; meaning you won’t ever have to bulk or cut again.
Trenbolone is generally used when bulking, because it’s one of the best steroids you can take to build muscle. However, it’s also very effective during a cut because it’s also an effective fat burner.
Generally tren’s muscle-building attributes outweigh its fat burning effects, but nonetheless it can do both.
It’s common for experienced bodybuilders to gain 10lbs from a trenbolone cycle, which is exceptional considering the weight you’ll gain from tren will be virtually all muscle. Also if you’re taking trenbolone you won’t be new to steroids, because of the severity of the compound. Thus you would’ve taken several steroid cycles before. By this point you would’ve almost plateaued and thus a gain of 10lbs is very impressive. If a beginner were to take tren (which isn’t recommended), they’re likely to gain 2-3x this amount of muscle.
Trenbolone users are usually easy to detect, as they typically have exceptionally developed trapezius and deltoid muscles. There are more androgenic receptors in these muscles, and thus when you take a particularly androgenic steroid, like trenbolone; they tend to blow up in size. Therefore guys who have 3D shoulders and cobra-looking traps are likely to be cycling tren.
Tren’s also has diuretic properties, so it’ll make you look more shredded than usual when on-cycle (due to less extracellular water retention).
Trenbolone side effects:
- Oily skin
- High blood pressure
- Hair loss (on scalp)
- Tren cough
- Excess sweating
Trenbolone has a very high anabolic/androgenic rating of 500, thus tren will produce the normal side effects of AAS, but with more severity. Therefore, trenbolone isn’t recommended for beginners due to the harshness of this steroid.
Trenbolone doesn’t convert into estrogen, however it can still cause gyno (man boobs), which comes as a surprise to some users. Tren can cause this due to it increasing prolactin levels, via stimulation of the pituitary gland. Estrogen and prolactin receptors are found in breast tissue; and thus a rise in either of these hormones can (in theory) cause gynecomastia.
Dosage: 200mg-500mg per week; with cycles lasting 8-12 weeks.
Like trenbolone, winstrol also has diuretic effects – causing you to lose water weight and ‘dry’ you out. This is perfect for those trying to get shredded as less water = more muscle definition.
Winstrol is a great fat burner and because of this it’s a popular cutting steroid.
However, winstrol is also one of the best cutting compounds when it comes to building muscle; as it’s still a very anabolic steroid.
Zac Efron is the perfect example of how a user can build muscle and burn fat on winstrol. This is the steroid many think he took when he got shredded for Baywatch.
Compared to powerful bulking steroids, winstrol’s muscle gains are thought to be modest; however this may be ideal for a user who doesn’t want to gain 30lbs of muscle.
Winstrol side effects:
- Shut down testosterone levels
- Joint pain
- Liver problems
- Hair loss
- High blood pressure
Again, many of these side effects are very typical of all anabolic steroids. Side effects which are more severe when cycling winstrol are hair loss/thinning and joint pain. This is because winstrol significantly increases DHT levels (more so than other steroids); which can result in damaged hair follicles.
Acheing and painful joints are another complaint from taking winstrol. This is because winny reduces synovial fluid, which is what lubricates the joints.
Winstrol also shuts down your testosterone production, which is essential for your well-being and libido. As a result, users can feel depressed and have a lack of sexual desire until their natural T production recovers.
Dosage: 25mg to 50mg per day, with cycles lasting 6-8 weeks.
Testosterone is one of the best steroids ever created, due to its sheer power and versatile nature.
Oral testosterone is suitable for beginners to take, because its side effects aren’t overly harsh. It’s very effective for bulking, as its ability to build lean muscle tissue is exceptional (plus it doesn’t cause you to hold as much water in comparison to dianabol or anadrol).
Testosterone will also increase your strength and endurance, enhancing athletic performance.
Also it’s an effective steroid to add to your cutting stack, with many people forgetting that testosterone is also a great fat burner. Because of its versatility it’s one of the most coveted steroids on the planet.
For maximum results, sustanon 250 can be utilized as it contains both short and long esters. As a result, you can experience fast results; and continue making gains towards the end of your cycle.
In comparison, testosterone enanthate has long esters and thus will stay in the body for a long time, but will also take a while before a users sees results.
Testosterone propionate has short esters, and thus will kick in fast. However, its gains may tail off in the latter stages of your cycle; and will require more frequent injections.
Testosterone side effects:
- Raised LDL cholesterol levels
- High blood pressure
- Water retention (bloating)
Dosage: 500 to 750mg per week. Beginners should start on 500mg a week. Cycles usually last from 8-12 weeks.
4. Human Growth Hormone
Not officially a steroid, however HGH is a worthy mention. HGH has only just come to the fore in the last 30 years. As a result many bodybuilders are bigger than ever before; whilst being more ripped than they’ve ever been.
Combining insulin with human growth hormone is thought to be the culprit of the infamous steroid gut that we see in many professional bodybuilders today. HGH by itself may cause this protruding-stomach effect, due to it enlarging your organs (including the intestines). However, combining it with insulin is thought to exacerbate this adverse effect.
If your goal is to take steroids and keep a tiny waist, you’re unlikely to achieve this whilst taking HGH, especially with the presence of insulin.
Human growth hormone is also a relatively healthy compound to take (unless you abuse it), as your bodies natural HGH production declines as you grow older; making it effective for anti-ageing and boosting collagen in the skin.
However, the amount of HGH, doctors might prescribe to increase health will be completely different to what bodybuilders will take to build muscle.
Human growth hormone side effects:
- Bone growth (including skull, hands and feet).
- HGH gut
- Raised LDL cholesterol levels
- High blood pressure
- Enlarged organs
- Low blood sugar
4-5iu’s a day is the common protocol. Doses less than this may only be beneficial for anti-ageing purposes (instead of building muscle/burning fat). HGH can be taken continuously for up to 6 months. Bodybuilders can increase their dose up to 8iu’s a day if their body is tolerating it well; and then follow a 5 days on and 2 days off protocol on this higher dose.
STACK for more Gains
If you want to burn a significant amount of fat AND build a considerable amount of muscle fast; users may take several of the steroids mentioned in this article at the same time.
Bodybuilders often stack testosterone and trenbolone together for 8 weeks, which almost always results in exceptional muscle gains; and considerable fat loss.
You can stack HGH with testosterone or/and winstrol; however you can run HGH for several months at a time. Whereas winstrol shouldn’t be cycled for longer than 8 weeks. HGH is typically pretty expensive, so if you want cost-efficient gains, you may want to opt for another compound.
Stacking any of these steroids together will increase lean muscle mass, and decrease body fat significantly. However, you should take your time and consider whether the side effects are worth it in order to experience the gains you’re after. Another possible option is to try legal steroid alternatives, before you start purchasing illegal anabolics on the black market.
Note: A good way to monitor your gains would be to take photos (rather than weighing yourself). For example, you may gain 10lbs of muscle and lose 10lbs of fat – yet the scales may stay at the same number.
Other worthy mentions:
By adding anavar (oxandrolone) into your stack you’ll benefit from accelerated fat loss, strength increases; and possibly some muscle gain. Although you won’t build a tonne of muscle on var, it’s fat burning effects are notable; reducing your body fat percentage with a calorie controlled diet.
Also anavar won’t cause any water retention, so it’s more appealing to bodybuilders trying to look as aesthetic as possible. It’s also a steroid more suited to beginners because its side effects are very mild compared to other AAS. Although anavar isn’t excessively anabolic in nature, it does cause a significant increase in strength due to its positive effect on DHT levels; so if more strength is your objective, throwing anavar into the mix will almost certainly help you hit new PR’s.
Dianabol is famous for its sheer power when it comes to packing on muscle and increasing strength. If your objective is to build more muscle than to burn fat; adding dianabol into your stack can help you do just that. You won’t burn a noticeable amount of fat if you take dianabol by itself; but if you’re taking testosterone and anavar, then you throw dbol into the equation, you’ll build a significant amount of muscle and burn some fat.
Dianabol isn’t the steroid for you if you want to look ripped, as it will cause your muscles to look smooth, instead of dry and grainy. However, it’s arguably the best compound you can take to build muscle (in the world). Anadrol is the other compound which can rival dianabol in terms of gains. It’s an incredibly powerful AAS when it comes to packing on muscle, but it’s equally as harsh when it comes to side effects; causing a noticeable amount of water retention/bloating during your cycle.
However, if you’re an experienced steroid-user and you want to take your muscle/strength gains to the next level, adding anadrol into your stack will certainly help. Steroids that compliment anadrol well are trenbolone (although the side effects will be very severe on these 2 AAS) and winstrol. Also with tren and winny you’ll be able to burn fat; whilst building a significant amount of mass from anadrol.
Note: Bodybuilders don’t usually run anadrol for more than 4 weeks (6 weeks absolute maximum), due to the high toxicity of this steroid. If you are going to use such powerful compounds, it’s wise to keep the cycles short and the dosages reasonable, to minimize the risk of any damage to your body. In terms of anadrol dosage, bodybuilders take it in the range of 50-100mg. Novices may sometimes take 25mg to err on the side of caution. And 100mg doses per day are only reserved for experienced steroid-users.
If you have any experience using the steroids listed in this article, feel free to share you experience or results in the comments section below.
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