For weight loss in bodybuilding, drugs not originally intended for this purpose are actively used. In particular, Clenbuterol (also called Clen) refers to bronchodilators that reduce swelling in lung diseases. But bodybuilders take it to burn fat deposits during the lean phase. The lack of androgenic effect characteristic to anabolic steroids allows the use of Clenbuterol for weight loss in women. Women usually combine it with intensive fitness programs to lose up to 5 kg per course.
Clenbuterol for fast weight loss: how it works
Entering the body, the drug binds to β-receptors in muscle and fatty tissue, thus triggering reactions that lead to the burning of extra pounds.
In addition, clenbuterol:
- Promotes the production of adrenaline, thyroid hormones that have a fat-burning effect;
- Reduces the activity of lipase responsible for fat deposits, stimulates protein synthesis.
As a result, the metabolic rate increases by 20-30%, which leads to weight loss.
It is a mistaken belief that clenbuterol supposedly has anti-catabolic properties, but it does not. Clenbuterol is not able to suppress catabolism during the lean cycle when the intensity of exercise is high and caloric deficit.
The best anti-catabolic effect is produced by Growth Hormone and Anabolic Steroids (AAS), which should be used on a cutting cycle with Growth Hormone in order not to lose muscle during the drying process.
For those who do not want to use steroids and growth hormones, you can approach the use of peptides and supplements: Tribulus, Ecdysterone, D-carnitine, and other amino acids.
Clenbuterol in Bodybuilding: Side Effects
- Trembling limbs, convulsions;
- Insomnia, anxiety, irritability;
- Increased blood pressure, headache;
- Diarrhea, nausea, bloating.
Adverse reactions tend to develop at the beginning of the course, gradually disappearing. Ketotifen, Bisoprolol, Metoprolol help to eliminate the unpleasant effects of the fat-burning agent.
For men taking Clenbuterol, it is worth remembering its toxicity to testicular tissue (at significant dosages). Abuse of the drug can also be dangerous for the myocardium.
However, if you take it according to the recommended schedule, the health risk is minimal.
The probability of developing unpleasant effects is higher when using thyroxine, caffeine, and other stimulants against the medication.
Do not take Clenbuterol to pregnant and lactating women, cardiac patients, patients with thyrotoxicosis, glaucoma, bronchial asthma, young children. A complete list of contraindications is given in the medication’s prescription.
Clenbuterol for weight loss: instructions for use
When buying the medicine, you should not be guided by the recommendations attached to it.
Since we are not interested in the bronchodilator, but the fat-burning effect of Clenbuterol, the regimen will be different than in the fight against lung disease.
A two-week solo drying course might look as follows:
- Day 1. 20 mcg.
- Day 2 – 6. Increase the dosage of Clenbuterol by 20 mcg daily.
- Day 7-12. 120 mcg.
- Day 13. 80 mcg.
- Day 14. 40 mcg.
There is no point in taking Clenbuterol further because the sensitivity of β-receptors to it gradually decreases. Therefore, a break is taken after 2 weeks of therapy according to the above scheme.
The above dosage is recommended for men: they may take up to 120-140 mg 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 girls.
Clenbuterol may be combined with other supplements like Winstrol, Anavar, Trenbolone to help achieve the goal sooner.
Recommendations for the use of Clen
Studies in the field of combining the drug with anabolics, confirm that such a scheme is most effective for athletes engaged in bodybuilding.
However, it is worth bearing in mind that taking steroids and Clenbuterol at the same time increases the risk of cardiac hypertrophy.
Following a few rules will help reduce the probability of side effects:
- The dosage of clenbuterol should increase progressively during the first week.
- It is best to use the drug in the morning, so as not to suffer from insomnia and increase its effectiveness.
- Daily intake after increasing the dose is best divided into 2 times: in the morning and the afternoon.
- During the cycle, it is necessary to follow a diet that promotes weight loss. It is also recommended to supplement the course with proteins, complex amino acids, and BCAA.
The combination of clenbuterol with alcohol may cause nausea, increase heart rate, reduce the effectiveness of lean muscle formation, and interfere with muscle formation, so it is recommended to refuse alcohol.