For weight loss in bodybuilding, drugs are actively used that were not originally intended for this purpose. In particular, Clenbuterol (informal name – Clen) refers to bronchodilators that reduce swelling in lung diseases. But bodybuilders take it to burn fat during the cutting phase. The lack of the androgenic effect inherent in anabolic steroids allows the use of Clenbuterol for weight loss in women. Girls usually combine it with intense fitness programs, thus dropping up to 5 kg per course.
Clenbuterol for quick weight loss: how it works
When it enters the body, the drug binds to β-receptors in muscle and adipose tissue, thereby triggering reactions that lead to the burning of extra pounds. In addition, clenbuterol: promotes the production of adrenaline, norepinephrine, thyroid hormones, which have a fat-burning effect; reduces the activity of lipase, which is responsible for fat deposits, stimulates protein synthesis. As a result, the metabolic rate increases by 20-30%, which leads to weight loss. The misconception that clenbuterol has anti-catabolic properties – nothing like that. Clenbuterol is not able to suppress catabolism during the cutting cycle when training intensity is high in a calorie deficit. The best anti-catabolic effect is possessed by Growth Hormone and Anabolic Steroids (AAS), which must be used during the cutting cycle with growth hormone so as not to lose muscle during the cutting process. For those who do not want to use steroids and growth hormone, you can approach the use of peptides and supplements: Tribulus, Ecdysterone, D-carnitine, and other amino acids.
Clenbuterol in bodybuilding: side effects
When using the drug, unpleasant symptoms may occur from the cardiovascular, digestive, and other body systems: heart palpitations; sweating; trembling limbs, convulsions; insomnia, anxiety, increased excitability; increased blood pressure, headache; diarrhea, nausea, flatulence, dysbiosis. Adverse reactions, as a rule, develop at the beginning of the course, gradually disappearing. Ketotifen, Bisoprolol, Metoprolol help to completely eliminate the unpleasant consequences of the fat-burning agent. Men taking Clenbuterol should be aware of its toxicity to testicular tissue (at significant dosages).
Abuse of the drug can be dangerous for the myocardium. However, when taken according to the recommended regimen, the health risks are minimal. The likelihood of developing unpleasant effects is higher when used against the background of thyroxine, caffeine, and other stimulants. Do not take Clenbuterol to pregnant and lactating women, heart patients, patients with thyrotoxicosis, glaucoma, bronchial asthma, young children. A complete list of contraindications is given in the annotation to the medication.
Clenbuterol during Weight loss Cycle: administration and instructions for use
When purchasing a medicine, you should not be guided by the recommendations attached to it. Since we are not interested in the bronchodilator, but in the fat-burning effect of Clenbuterol, the regimen will also be different than in the fight against pulmonary diseases.
A two-week solo cutting cycle might look like this:
– Day 1.20 mcg.
– Day 2 – 6. Daily increase of Clenbuterol dosage by 20 mcg.
– Day 7-12. 120 mcg.
– Day 13.80 mcg.
– Day 14.40 mcg.
There is no point in further taking Clenbuterol since the susceptibility of β-receptors to it gradually decreases. Therefore, after 2 weeks of therapy according to the above scheme, take a break. The given dosage is recommended for men: they can take up to 120-140 mcg of Clen per day. Women who want to build muscle or get rid of extra pounds need to reduce the amount of the drug to 80-100 mcg per day. This is the maximum safe dose for women.
Recommendations for the use of Clen while cutting
Studies in the field of combining the drug with anabolic steroids, confirm that this scheme is most effective for athletes involved in bodybuilding. However, it should be borne in mind that with the simultaneous administration of steroids and Clenbuterol, the risk of heart hypertrophy increases.
Compliance with several rules will help reduce the likelihood of side effects:
– The dosage of clenbuterol should be progressively increased during the first week (according to the above scheme).
– It is best to use the drug in the morning so as not to suffer from insomnia and to increase its effectiveness.
– It is better to divide the daily intake after increasing the dose by 2 times: in the morning and in the afternoon.
– During the cycle, be sure to follow a diet that promotes weight loss.
– It is also recommended to supplement the course with proteins, complex amino acids, and BCAAs, cortisol blockers, aspartame (to replenish potassium reserves).
– The combination of clenbuterol with alcoholic beverages can cause nausea, increase the heartbeat, reduce the effectiveness of cutting, interfere with muscle formation, so it is recommended to refuse alcohol.