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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

All about post steroid cycle therapy

After ceasing steroid cycle body get in a situation where its natural testosterone production was repressed by androgens, and it need help to restore it. With no help, body turn into a catabolic state which cause loss of muscle mass gained during steroid cycle.
Namely for this purpose has been designed post cycle therapy, which include a range of preparations and sport supplements, able to minimize the side effects of steroid use and to restore the natural production of user hormones.

Post cycle therapy is considered even more important than steroid cycle itself. Adding muscle mass can be an easier task than maintaining it after steroid ceasing. This is the challenge, and post cycle therapy is the best tool for this. Most of bodybuilder loss a big percentage of muscle mass gained during steroid cycle, and this happens mainly because they ignore the importance of post cycle therapy.

Despite it called post cycle, there are medication that have to be taken during steroid cycle itself. Usually, it is introduced at the beginning of the cycle and continue to be taken 2, 3 weeks after steroid cycle end up.

These are the main goals of post cycle therapy:
-Prevent aromatization, which means no or minimal water retention side effect;
-Prevent the occurrence of gynecomastia (bitch tits);
-When taking steroid, testicles decreased significantly in volume. Post cycle medications prevent testicular atrophy and oligospermia;
-Restore the natural production of testosterone;
-Keeping the muscle mass gained during steroid cycle;

The most important to be taken during post cycle therapy are antiestrogens. These are all preparations for preventing first of all gynecomastia. Among most common drugs from this group are Clomid, Nolvadex and HCG.

Clomid (Clomiphene citrate ) is the most effective among antiestrogen drugs. It is perfect to obviate gynecomastia and restore natural testosterone production. It has almost no side effects, being considered a safe drug. One of most reported side effect is blurred vision, but it occurs only in case of exceeding recommended doses. It can be found on tabs or liquid version, and can be found is all market.

Clomid dosage
The most common dose of clomid is 300 mg for the first day. Beginning with the second and till 7th day the recommended dose is 100mg per day. Further clomid should be taken in a dose of 50 mg per day.There is no need to split up the clomid dose throughout the day, you can take it one time. Clomid have to be taken during all steroid cycle and 2, 3 weeks after it ceasing.

Nolvadex( (tamoxifen citrate) is  a nonsteroidal agent, and can be a great alternative for clomid. If you worry about clomid side effects, you can safely choose to use Nolvadex. It can be taken once a day, since have a relatively long life.
Mostly the administration rules are closed to Clomid: have to be taken during the all steroid cycle and few weeks after it ceasing.

Nolvadex dosage
It depended on steroid cycle type. For moderate steroid cycle, those for beginners steroid users, you can follow these doses:
-In the very first day take 100 mg of Nolvadex
-Next ten days take 60 mg daily
-Final ten days take 40 mg per day.

Dosage pictures is changed depending on the length of steroid cycle and the types of steroid used during it. If you choose to use more powerful steroid, or opt for a longer cycle than the dosage of nolvadex should be slightly increased.

For greater results there are bodybuilders who choose to stack Clomid with Nolvadex. This is a quite good idea, since it will prevent all side effects with greater success. But, be careful to dosage. Most common dosage of Nolvadex and Clomid used simultaneously look like this:
I day- 200 mg of Clomid and 40 mg of Nolvadex;
Next 20 days- 50 mg of clomid plus 20 mg of Nolvadex.

Along with Clomid and Nolvadex, HCG (Human Chorionic Gonadotrophin)  is another very popular medicine used in post cycle therapy for helping the body to restore natural testosterone production.  It is especially used during longer or heavier steroid cycles to prevent testicular atrophy, or rectify problems of atrophy if they already occurred.

HCG dosage
The best will be to use HCG in small doses, more frequently during a steroid cycle and after its ending. This will give you better results and minimum side effects. The most commonly used dose is about 500 IU and 1000 IU per day. Begin to take HVG after 2-3 weeks of steroid cycle, and completed it a week before Clomid and Nolvadex use. This have to be done in order to prevent inhibition of nolvadex and clomid therapy.

Do not go for higher doses, since you risk to increase oestrogen level, and this may cause the occurrence gynecomastia side effect. Keep in mind that 500 IU and 1000 IU per day of HCG will prevent testucles atrothy or rectify this is problem. And this is the maningola of HCG use.

Testosterone boosters are also included in post cycle therapy.  Their main goal is to help to restore hormonal balance. Most popular preparations from this category are: Tribulus terrestris, 6-OXO, ZMA, Forskolin and D-acid aspartic. The length of this testosterone booster cycle is no longer than 4 weeks, and have to be taken one to three times a day.

Hepatoprotectors are another category of medication taking during steroid cycles. These drugs have protects the liver form toxicity of many  anabolic steroid.  Usually they begin to be taken during the second week of cycle and continue 2, 3 weeks after its ending. Some of these medication are; Phospholipids (Essenciale), Alpha-lipoic acid, Arginine and Ornithine. The recommendation is to take them in combination for greater effects.

Omega 3 has also to be taken during post steroid cycle. Its role is to normalize cholesterol and protect the heart and blood vessels. It should to be taken during the whole steroid cycle and next 2 weeks.

Cortisol blockers supplements lowers cortisol level. Drugs from this group are are used to protect the muscles from damage after ceasing steroid cycle. Meantime they greatly burning fat and help you get shredded. Most common cortisol blockers drugs are: Clenbuterol,  Higher Power CortiShed, Muscle-Link Cort-Bloc, Goliath Labs Thermoloid, Cortislim, Cortiburn, Cortidrene and others.

This is how post therapy steroid cycle look and what it has to contain. It is up to you to choose what you will include, and what you will ignore but antiestrogens are a must. They will keep you away from the most common side effects of steroid use and will help your body to restore natural testosterone production.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Basic IGF-1 Cycle Guide

What is it? And why is the difference between huIGF-1 and LR3 IGF-1?

IGF-1 stands for insulin like growth factor. IGF-I is the primary protein involved in responses of cells to growth hormone (GH): that is, IGF-1 is produced in response to GH and then induces cellular activities. One such example is muscle growth or hyperplasia
This compound also makes the human body more sensitive to insulin. It is the most potent growth factor found in the human body. IGF-1 causes muscle cell hyperplasia, which is an actual splitting and forming of new muscle cells, this is a good thing.

LR3 IGF-1
Long Recumbent 3 IGF-1, which is an 83 amino acid analog of human IGF-1 sequence with the substitution of an arg for the glu at position 3 (hence R3), and a 13 amino acid extension peptide at the N-terminus (hence the long).

HuIGF-1
It has a 70 amino acid string. It is very short lived in the body (half life of probably around 10-15 minutes). This type of IGF-1 is very useful if you are seeking local site growth. Since it is so short lived, little of the IGF-1 makes it to other tissues and IGF-1 receptors in the body. The way to inject this is immediately post work out into the muscle that you wish to have local site growth.

This coupled with PGF2a and TNE would do wonders for site specific growth IMO.

Usage
It needs to be shot PWO. Most shoot bilaterally into the muscle that was worked.

Stacking- because LR3 increases hyperplasia it is best when used in conjunction of other AAS.
The ideal situation would be to inject twice ED due to the life of LR3. If this isnt feasible PWO will suffice, and suffice well.
If you are on your off day, in the AM is best. It will help fight catabolism.
If you add insulin to your LR3, be careful. LR3 will make you more sensitive to the effects that insulin has on you. So raise your PWO carb intake to accommodate the added LR3.

If you have never ran insulin before, DO NOT add it with LR3.
What can I expect?
First off you can expect to drop a little BF if your diet is good. LR3 seems to burn off fat.
You can expect an increase in hunger, this is awesome when bulking. That though can be controlled while cutting.
Another thing to remember is hyperplaisa, once again the forming of new muscle cells, thus more size. Strength will go up along with the new muscle mass.
You can expect great pumps. For some people so bad it hurts... you be the judge. I for one have never got pumps that hurt like that... for me personally I feel more pumps with insulin.

Dosing For LR3
The general consensus for dosing LR3 seems to be 40mcg to 60mcg. For no longer than 5 weeks. Do not exceed 100mcg. The average user should have no reason to ever come close to that dose. Some people shoot everyday, some just PWO. So on the days you do not work out the best thing to do is shoot whenever you wake up this helps maintain constant blood levels and helps fight of catabolism.

The first time user should just use 40mcg on PWO days only. This way you can use 40mcg for 5 weeks assuming you have just one MG of LR3. It is a great starting dose that will get you results. But if you have used 40mcg in the past and didnt see the results you wanted, try 60mcg.

A great way to run a cycle that includes IGF would be this-
weeks 1-12 test enanthate E3D 500-750mg a week
Weeks 1-4, 15-19* 40mcg of LR3 ED
PCT 14-18

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Post Injection Pain? Causes and Solutions

It is very common for someone to experience pain after injecting either underground lab or pharmaceutical grade drugs and it always leaves people wondering what the causes are. I will try to explain the 3 major causes of this pain and give advice on how to avoid it.

The first cause of post injection pain is when you hit the lymphatic system with your needle. Even though it is still very rare, it should still nonetheless be mentioned.   The lymphatic system is as intensive as the circulatory system, but the problem is that the standard injection sights such as the medial delts, Glute, vastus lateralis and ventro-glute, are basically void of lymphatic nodes and if a lymph node is hit with an injection, the pain is surely to be severe, the edema vast and the swelling will come on both very fast and severe. The pain is also likely to pass along the lymph system to the next lymph gland. This happens more often with a vastus lateralis shot where the swelling tracks down toward the back of the knee. And unlike the edema experienced with tissue irritation, which happens only with the muscle, the edema with a lymphatic puncture will be both inter and intra-muscular with a moderate amount of swelling just underneath the skin, which will give it a softer puffy feel and can simply be tested by pressing the swollen area with your finger. If an indentation does remain, you have a more systematic edema and more than just local tissue irritations. The other most obvious difference is that the swelling should neither be warm or hot to the touch.

It is recommended to use ice and ibuprofen to help with this. Also note that the affected area must be rested as the patient can expect pain and swelling to start to disperse after 72 hours and last at least 10 days. Be mindful that painful areas must not be massaged.

The second cause of post injection pain is tissue irritation. This is perhaps the most likely cause of post injection pain and the least serious. Tissue irritation is likely to start 12-24 hours after injection and pain can be mild to moderate depending on the level of tissue irritation and the amount injected. The injection site is likely to swell within the muscle, perhaps red and likely to be warm and very firm to the touch. The swelling and pain will start to subside after 72 hours and can last over a week in the most severe cases. Its important to note that the most likely causes of tissue irritation are when the steroid hormone crashes out of the solution in the depot as this causes crystallization of the steroid hormone and this in turn places a lot of pressure on the nerve endings in the muscle belly which causes pain, knotting and swelling. This is most common in long chain esters, high mg/ml concentration anabolic steroids and steroids compounded with less than an ideal oil blend. Another cause can be a reaction to the acid compounds within the ester. This happens when the metabolic breakdown of the ester attached to the hormone free form acids, which are released, which in step cause the muscle tissue to become rapidly irritated at the injection site. This is most common with propionic acid of the propionate ester as well as poor quality raw materials also liberate more freeform acids.

Another cause can be excessive preservative or when too much benzyl alcohol is used to formulate the solution inflammation and as a result pain may result. Pharmaceutical grade usually contains 0.9% benzyl alcohol. Common underground lab products contain on average 2%. Also keep in mind that anything above 1.2% offers no added anti-microbial effects. Due to water soluble nature of benzyl alcohol, tissue irritation of this nature has been known to travel as the excessive alcohol disperses via the blood stream. This is most common with injection into the quads, or the vastus lateralis as the pain travels down toward the knee. Ice and ibuprofen may help with the swelling as well as hot baths, showers and massage of the injection site as this may help to distribute the injection and reduce pain.

The third cause of post injection pain is an infection and abscess in the injection site, which can be the most serious causes of injection pain. An infection will start in the same manner as tissue irritation with local pain and swelling, with heat and redness around the muscle. The major difference is that after 72 hours tissue irritation should start to lessen and if the area is indeed infected this pain and swelling will get worse. The swelling will change in nature becoming more systematic and edema will start to form under the skin and become softer and spongier.

Please note that there are many reasons why an infection can manifest (like poor injection technique) so you must make sure the injection site and rubber stopper is clean and swabbed with an alcohol wipe.

Also, the moisture from the alcohol swab should be allowed to dry before preparing to inject. It is extremely rare but if the alcohol is not allowed to dry, the bacterium has not been allowed sufficient time to be killed off. If this partly destroyed bacterium was then pushed into a muscle through an inter-muscular injection the bacterium can evolve into a superbug. Always be sure to use a clean and new syringe barrel and pin and not allow the pin to touch anything before you inject. Also avoid pinning through a hair follicle or hair and try not to inject too quickly as injecting too quickly can increase the risk of infection as this in turn increases injection trauma.

Another cause of infection is not rotating injection sites. The risk of infection is massively increased if the same injection site is used over and over again without giving it time to recover. The more an injury is irritated the more likely it is to become infected.

The last cause of infection can be contaminated drugs. In my opinion this is probably the least common cause of infection with oil-based injections so be sure to use reputable underground labs or pharmaceutical sources and avoid water-based suspensions.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Thyroid Hormones For Fat Loss In Women

A 40 year old woman claimed to be active in sport. She started to join swimming competition when she was a kid and eats healthily on organic foods. She however, admitted her big appetite of eating after training is helpless. She never really counts calories but fortunately, with the sports she does, she never has an issue with weight or body fat.

As years pass by, she can’t keep off the fat and she took T4 wrongly. The overdosed of T4 has led her to bulking. The heart rate began to increase but the fat loss program is effective although it caused another trouble. And then she tried T3, but this time, with a proper dosage of 100 mcg/day.

But another problem occurred as the heart rate affects her training and the fat loss program is no longer effective. She supported her training with fat loss supplement including thyroid hormone.

But another question comes to mind, is it effective? And what about the difference between T3 and T4?

This woman’s case is a genetically gifted one. She is able to stay slim while having big appetite. Not all people are able to maintain a lean body while eating a lot and only rely on training. At the age of 40, the case is different. Our body will experience a certain degrade and getting back a lean body might not be easy like when you are 20. Hence, calories are the things to avoid if you want to lose some fat.

Fat loss supplements may be effective to some people. It works by reducing your appetite released by the chemical substance in the supplement. In return, it raises the metabolic rate and the process.

This significant loss of appetite, causes an individual to eat less – and lose fat. The supplement products generally work like this.

    The T3 effect

When you take T3, the food you consume has to ‘work’ to match the calorie burning rate. This way, you don’t lose fat.

    The T4 effect

T4 is rather extreme or stronger than T3. And you will have fat loss.

Thyroid hormones: don’t overdose it
It is important to note that thyroid hormones must not be abused. Once overdose, it is hard to actually recover.

The powder is not recommended however, if an individual needs to take it, it must be in a very small dose and prescribed by a nutritionist if possible because there has to be an exact 100% of certainty.

Some women have been reportedly gain weight and it is a noticeable sign that they have overdosed the thyroid.

Even when they have struggled, they can’t figure out why. Thyroid impair is caused by the wrong dosage and it affects the slowing down of your rate.

Recommended intake of thyroid hormone:

    The best dosage is less than 50 mcg/day for T3.  You need to divide it to 3 doses.
    The best dosage T4 is less than 200 mcg/day.

T4 vs T3
T4 has a longer effect when used than T3. Hence, it is preferable to take T4. However, for some individuals, T3 is proven to be more effective. People find that T3 is more convenient in terms of conversion.

Thyroid affects most women
There are many reasons why women have thyroid issues and here are some of the factors
- Pregnancy
- PMS
- And per menopause

The calorie intake must be well monitored. The dose of thyroid hormone needs to be a certain number allowed because it will affect the metabolic rate.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Anadrol Oxymetholone - the Best Steroid for Women

It may seem surprising but It may seem surprising but Anadrol (oxymetholone) is a good choice for women who wish to be conservative yet have very effective results.

Medically, you’d be astonished at the doses women and even girls have taken with very low virilization rates. So anyway, contrary to what intuition might suggest, Anadrol is not one of the riskier choices for women.

That aside, 15 mg/day of Anavar (oxandrolone) will be virilizing in quite a few cases. Probably about 5 mg/day of oxandrolone is comparable to 25 mg/day Anadrol (divided doses) for risk.
Primobolan up to 50 mg/week, divided injections, is a common and reasonable choice, but has some risk: not a particularly high rate though.

In the earlier parts of Denise Rutkowski’s career, he had her on 25 mg/day Anadrol. There is no secret here because he also published this. She obviously did very well with it and at that point she was not virilized at all.

The medical doses are pretty astonishing. The reason that 50 mg is the tablet size is because that’s the standard minimal medical dose, including for women and children! It used to be used extensively for improving red blood cell count.

There’s at least one paper in the literature reporting doses used for quite a large number of women and reporting low incidence of any side effects. And these doses were often more than 50 mg/day. Sometimes much more.

And further, 25 mg/day never go wrong. You see some women developing hoarse voices and facial hair naturally with time, so there must be some women that are right on the edge. But generally speaking, this is a conservative dose, yet quite effective.

The mg amount that women can tolerate of Anadrol is markedly higher than any other anabolic steroid. However, that said, it’s also true that effect per mg is less, but not enough so to make up the safety difference IMO. I would put 25 mg/day Anadrol (in divided doses) up against 50 mg/week Primo any time for effectiveness and it’s at least equally conservative.

Another thing about Anadrol that’s remarkable is that other anabolic steroids are very easily disruptive of the menstrual cycle. Even dosages such as 2.5 mg oxandrolone 2x/day commonly raise issues. Anadrol however medically has shown often only moderate effect on the menstrual cycle at 50 mg/day, and 25 mg/day only lightened and shortened the cycles slightly. Remarkably less disruptive.

As a rough rule of thumb: take a dosage that would be quite moderate for a man, nearly the minimum likely to be recommended that could still give reasonable results for a novice, then divide by 10 to have something that’s moderate but effective for a woman.

For each individual steroid, suggested mild-but-effective dosage range may differ from the above slightly, and of course the above also is only approximate because there will be diffferent opinions as to what would be moderate for a man. But if having nothing else to work with, if you see or are considering a dosage and want to do a quick “reality check,” the above can help. For example, say that someone is proposing EQ at 100 mg/week. Multiply by 10, and our comparison would be to 1000 mg/week of EQ for a man. That’s well above being a mild cycle. So we can see at a glance that this EQ dose is off, without having had to remember specific values for each steroid.

The best understood uses are single-drug, and single-drug works fine. Primo or Anadrol are top two choices for bodybuilding and fitness; oxandrolone is also acceptable but must be lower dosed than those two; for quality of life enhancement, very very low dose testosterone works fine. is a good choice for women who wish to be conservative yet have very effective results.

Medically, you’d be astonished at the doses women and even girls have taken with very low virilization rates. So anyway, contrary to what intuition might suggest, Anadrol is not one of the riskier choices for women.

That aside, 15 mg/day of Anavar (oxandrolone) will be virilizing in quite a few cases. Probably about 5 mg/day of oxandrolone is comparable to 25 mg/day Anadrol (divided doses) for risk.
Primobolan up to 50 mg/week, divided injections, is a common and reasonable choice, but has some risk: not a particularly high rate though.

In the earlier parts of Denise Rutkowski’s career, he had her on 25 mg/day Anadrol. There is no secret here because he also published this. She obviously did very well with it and at that point she was not virilized at all.

The medical doses are pretty astonishing. The reason that 50 mg is the tablet size is because that’s the standard minimal medical dose, including for women and children! It used to be used extensively for improving red blood cell count.

There’s at least one paper in the literature reporting doses used for quite a large number of women and reporting low incidence of any side effects. And these doses were often more than 50 mg/day. Sometimes much more.

And further, 25 mg/day never go wrong. You see some women developing hoarse voices and facial hair naturally with time, so there must be some women that are right on the edge. But generally speaking, this is a conservative dose, yet quite effective.

The mg amount that women can tolerate of Anadrol is markedly higher than any other anabolic steroid. However, that said, it’s also true that effect per mg is less, but not enough so to make up the safety difference IMO. I would put 25 mg/day Anadrol (in divided doses) up against 50 mg/week Primo any time for effectiveness and it’s at least equally conservative.

Another thing about Anadrol that’s remarkable is that other anabolic steroids are very easily disruptive of the menstrual cycle. Even dosages such as 2.5 mg oxandrolone 2x/day commonly raise issues. Anadrol however medically has shown often only moderate effect on the menstrual cycle at 50 mg/day, and 25 mg/day only lightened and shortened the cycles slightly. Remarkably less disruptive.

As a rough rule of thumb: take a dosage that would be quite moderate for a man, nearly the minimum likely to be recommended that could still give reasonable results for a novice, then divide by 10 to have something that’s moderate but effective for a woman.

For each individual steroid, suggested mild-but-effective dosage range may differ from the above slightly, and of course the above also is only approximate because there will be diffferent opinions as to what would be moderate for a man. But if having nothing else to work with, if you see or are considering a dosage and want to do a quick “reality check,” the above can help. For example, say that someone is proposing EQ at 100 mg/week. Multiply by 10, and our comparison would be to 1000 mg/week of EQ for a man. That’s well above being a mild cycle. So we can see at a glance that this EQ dose is off, without having had to remember specific values for each steroid.

The best understood uses are single-drug, and single-drug works fine. Primo or Anadrol are top two choices for bodybuilding and fitness; oxandrolone is also acceptable but must be lower dosed than those two; for quality of life enhancement, very very low dose testosterone works fine.

Monday, January 12, 2015

How Deca Durabolin Nandrolone is Detected

Deca Durabolin, which is also known as 19-nortestosterone, is an anabolic steroid that, in very small quantities, is present in all of us.  You may also know Deca Durabolin by its commercial name Durabolin, under which it is sold as an ester. Today, there are many medical uses for Deca Durabolin one of which is treating osteoporosis in postmenopausal women. This anabolic steroid is also used to treat anemia.

Metabolism and Deca Durabolin
There are many positive effects of taking Deca Durabolin, some of which are muscle growth, appetite stimulation and increased red blood cell production and strengthened bone density. There have been numerous university research studies which have revealed Deca Durabolin to be effective in treating anemia, osteoporosis and some forms of neoplasia including breast cancer. Deca also acts as a progestin-based contraceptive.  Because of these medical breakthroughs, the U.S. FDA gave approval for the widespread use of Deca Durabolin in 1983.

Deca is not broken down into DHT and, as a result, there are some drawbacks to using Deca Durabolin.  To a certain extent, the negative side effects that are common to most anabolic steroids that appear on the scalp, skin, and prostate are reduced, but not entirely. Rather, Deca is broken down into a weaker androgen called dihydroDeca Durabolin. As a result, the lack of alkylation in the important 17α-carbon drastically reduces Deca’s liver toxicity. Despite side effects like gynaecomastia and reduced sex drive occurring at larger dosages, the estrogenic effects are mitigated because the drug is a progestin. If taken for lengthy periods, Deca Durabolin can cause erectile dysfunction and cardiovascular damage, as well as several other ailments caused from Deca’s effect of lowering levels of the luteinizing hormone. Erectile dysfunction may occur because of dihydroDeca Durabolin being in the penis.

Ways to Detect Deca-Durabolin
Deca Durabolin can be directly detected in the hair or indirectly detected in the urine by testing for 19-norandrosterone, which is a metabolite. The International Olympic Committee has set standards about the quantity of 19-norandrosterone in the urine that is allowed in sport competitions. If an athlete exceeds such limits, they stand to be accused of doping. The largest testing of Deca Durabolin among sports athletes came at the recent Vancouver Olympics where more than 600 athletes were asked to provide urine samples. Thankfully, no one tested positive. Until 2004, Deca Durabolin was available without a prescription as a dietary supplement.

1999 was a year when numerous professional athletes, including M. Ottey, D. Baumann and L. Christie tested positive for using Deca Durabolin. Needless to say, the detection method for Deca Durabolin was proved to be faulty the next year. There have been instances where athletes have mistakenly tested positive for using Deca Durabolin. If used excessively, the essential amino acid lysine (which is used to prevent cold sores) will cause “false positives” and the presence of metabolites from other anabolic steroids will cause incorrect urine test results to occur. As a result of the numerous overturned verdicts, the testing procedure was reviewed by Sport Authorities worldwide. Today, mass spectrometry is used to detect small samples of Deca Durabolin in urine due to its unique molar mass.

Monday, December 22, 2014

What is the Ideal Steroid Dosage to Maximize Fat Loss?

How high a dose of anabolic steroids is needed for good acceleration of fat loss?

Even the 500 mg/week dosage level, as a total of all the steroids used in the stack, is sufficient for substantial improvement in fat loss compared to the natural state. There’s some further improvement as the dosage increases to about the 1000 mg/week level.

In a few cases there have been remarkable results with quite low dosages, such as 250 mg/week testosterone or even 9 mg/day Dianabol (as odd as that number is, the specific case really was that amount.) However, that’s unusual, and appears to be correlated with the individuals having somewhat low natural testosterone. Generally, 500 mg/week is a reasonable minimum for a fat-loss steroid cycle.

Whether to lose fat first and then gain muscle, or do it the other way around, will depend on the case. A simple rule of thumb though is to accomplish the personally-easier task first.

For example, if you know you can drop 10 lb of fat relatively easily but adding 10 lb of muscle will be a challenge, then by all means lose the fat in the first few weeks of the cycle, preferably with quite high volume training. Your body will then be in a highly responsive state for muscle gain in the following weeks, due both to the previous high volume training and due to a homeostatic tendency to return to previous weight, in this case with muscle gain. More importantly than any reason why, this simply has been found to work very well.

Or if on the other hand if you find it hard to get much leaner than your present condition but you know you can add the planned amount of muscle in a matter of weeks, then add the muscle first. This will aid in the following fat loss, both because the added muscle increases metabolic rate, and again because of a homeostatic tendency to return to accustomed weight, in this case with fat loss. And again, regardless of reason, this too works very well in practice.

Gaining muscle while losing fat simultaneously can be done, but generally isn’t the optimal approach. It would pretty much look at that as being a possible unintended outcome in some training scenarios, where very intensive programs with intent of maximum strength gains might result in some fat loss despite best efforts at sufficient eating. But as a deliberate plan, most times it wouldn’t aim to accomplish both fat loss and muscle gain at the same time in a steroid cycle.