To reduce weight in bodybuilding, drugs that were not originally designed for this purpose are actively used. Specifically, Clenbuterol (informal name – Clen) refers to bronchodilators that reduce swelling in lung diseases. But bodybuilders take it to burn fat during the drying phase. The lack of androgenic effects of anabolic steroids allows Clenbuterol to be used for weight loss in women. Girls often combine it with intense fitness programs, thus reducing it to 5 kg per course.
Clenbuterol for rapid weight loss: how does it work?
When ingested, the drug binds to β receptors in muscle and fat tissue, thereby causing reactions that cause you to burn extra pounds.
- stimulates the production of adrenaline, norepinephrine, and thyroid hormones that burn fat
- reduces the activity of lipase responsible for fat deposits, stimulates protein synthesis.
This increases the metabolic rate by 20-30%, which leads to weight loss.
The alleged misconception that Clenbuterol has anti-catabolic properties is nothing of the sort. Clenbuterol is unable to stop catabolism in the cutting cycle when the exercise intensity is high in a caloric deficit. Growth hormone and anabolic steroids (AAS) have the best anti-carabolic effects in the growth hormone reduction cycle to avoid muscle loss during the drying process.
For those who do not want to use steroids and growth hormones, you can approach the use of peptides and dietary supplements: truibus, ecdysterone, D-carnitine and other amino acids.
Clenbuterol for bodybuilding: side effects
When using the drug, you can observe unpleasant symptoms from the cardiovascular, digestive and other systems of the body:
- tremor of limbs, convulsions
- insomnia, anxiety, irritability
- high blood pressure, headache
- diarrhea, nausea, flatulence, dysbacteriosis
Side effects usually develop at the beginning of the course and gradually disappear. Ketotifen, Bisoprolol, Metoprolol help to completely get rid of the unpleasant consequences of the fat burner. Men taking clenbuterol should be aware of its toxicity to testicular tissue (in large doses). Improper use of the drug can be dangerous for the heart muscle. However, when taken on the recommended schedule, the health risks are minimal.
The likelihood of unpleasant effects is greater when using thyroxine, caffeine and other stimulants against the background of drugs. Clenbuterol should not be taken by pregnant and breastfeeding women, heart patients, patients with thyrotoxicosis, glaucoma, bronchial asthma and young children. For a complete list of contraindications, see the annotation to the drug.
Clenbuterol for weight loss: instructions for use
When buying a drug, you should not be guided by the recommendations that come with it. Since we’re not dealing with a bronchodilator, but with clenbuterol’s fat burning, your diet will be different from how to combat lung disease.
A two-week solo dry course might look like this:
- Day 1. 20 micrograms
- Day 2 – 6. Increase your Clenbuterol dose by 20 mcg per day
- Day 7-12. 120 micrograms
- Day 13. 80 mcg
- Day 14. 40 mcg
There is no point in continuing to take Clenbuterol as the sensitivity of β-receptors to it will gradually decrease. Therefore, after 2 weeks of treatment according to the above scheme, there is a break. The above dose is recommended for men: you can take up to 120-140 micrograms of Clen per day. Women who want to gain muscle or lose weight should reduce the amount of the drug to 80-100 mcg per day. This is the maximum safe dose for girls.
To achieve the goal as quickly as possible, Clenbuterol (CL) is combined with Ketotifen (CT). In this case, you can extend the course to 2 months. The admission regimen is similar in the first 4 days. In addition, the following doses are recommended for men (for girls, the amount of the drug is reduced):
- Day 5: 100 µg CL + 1 mg CT
- Days 6-27: 120 µg CL + 2 mg CT
- Day 28: 80 µg CL + 2 mg CT
- Day 29: 50 µg CL + 1-2 mg CT
- Day 30: 35 µg CL + 1 mg CT
Clenbuterol is taken in the morning, ketotifen – at bedtime. A 2-week break is required after the monthly cycle.
Such a scheme increases the drying efficiency by 10-20%, and also eliminates some side effects: excessive agitation, trembling of the limbs, insomnia, tachycardia. Even better results can be achieved by using Clenbuterol in combination with Thyroxine and Yohimbine. However, this combination is dangerous to health, so you can only try it under the supervision of a specialist.
Recommendations for Using Clenbuterol While Drying
Research in the field of combining the drug with anabolic steroids confirms that such a scheme is most effective for bodybuilding athletes. However, be aware that the risk of an enlarged heart increases when taking steroids and clenbuterol. Following a few rules will help reduce the likelihood of side effects:
- The dose of Clenbuterol should be gradually increased during the first week (as shown in the graph above)
- It is better to use the drug in the morning, so as not to suffer from insomnia and to increase its effectiveness
- Daily consumption after increasing the dose is best divided into 2 times: morning and afternoon
- During the cycle, consider following a diet that promotes weight loss. It is also recommended to supplement the course with proteins, complex amino acids and BCAAs, cortisol blockers, asparkam (to supplement potassium)
Combining clenbuterol with alcohol can cause nausea, increase heart rate, decrease drying efficiency, and impair muscle growth, so alcohol avoidance is recommended.