The History of Clenbuterol
Clenbuterol is an extremely popular fat burner. This substance has been the go-to drug for both bodybuilders and other celebrities looking to lose some weight. Clenbuterol helps users lose a lot of fat within a short time, but that isn’t really the main reason behind its continued use in the bodybuilding industry. The secret has been its ability to promote fat loss all while ensuring that no muscle mass is lost. Using Clenbuterol in your cutting cycle allows you to preserve all the priceless muscles that you have worked really hard to gain.
Here is the problem though, Clenbuterol has a lot of life-threatening side effects that you really can’t ignore. We also cannot avoid mentioning the legality issues surrounding the drug. Clenbuterol has never been approved by the FDA. Only a few countries in Europe and Asia allow the use of this drug, and you will need a prescription from a licensed physician to get hold of them.
So, the big question is: are the benefits of Clenbuterol really worth the problems involved in getting hold of these steroids and the dozens of side effects that you will be left nursing? It’ll be unfair to tell you that the answer is no without giving you a chance to know why that’s the answer. So, here is a detailed review that should help you understand why that’s the answer from a lot of other bodybuilders out there and me.
What is Clenbuterol?
Clenbuterol is marketed under the name Dilaterol. It is also commonly referred to as “clen” or “bute.” It was initially developed as a veterinary drug in the 1970s. Clen functioned as a bronchodilator where it relaxed airwaves allowing horses to breathe with ease.
The drug was then briefly introduced for human use. Here, it was used to treat respiratory issues such as asthma and nasal decongestion. Even though the drug proved to be effective for this purpose, a lot of countries including the United States were hesitant to approve its use.
The continued use of the drug soon raised eyebrows as fitness experts realized that the drug had fat burning and other steroid properties that could be very useful for bodybuilders.
Research shows that Clenbuterol is a beta-2-agonist which basically means that it boosts the production of adrenaline. The increase in adrenaline causes an increase in body temperature in what is known as thermogenesis. It is the increase in your body’s core temperature which facilitates the burning down of fat. It also increases your metabolic rate. This will benefit you in various ways:
- As fat deposits are burnt down, the total body fat will reduce significantly, and this will leave you with better muscle definition.
- All the fat being burnt doesn’t just go to waste. Instead, it is used to produce energy. This will fire you up into hitting the gym a lot harder to increase your muscle mass.
But, how then does it manage to retain your muscle mass while burning down the fat? Research shows that Clen works just like most other steroids to promote protein synthesis. Proteins are vital for muscle growth, and hence an increase in production means that your muscles will have sufficient “food” to survive your cutting cycle and also for minimal growth. Take note that Clenbuterol boosts protein synthesis, but the bulking effect isn’t very significant when compared to other anabolic steroids.
Side Effects of Using Clenbuterol
Now, before we even start discussing the side effects of this drug let’s first talk about its fat-burning impact. It is believed that Clenbuterol can increase one’s basal metabolic rate by around 10% and this is quite low. Full disclosure; this figure hasn’t been disputed or supported by any clinical study. With that in mind, a 10% increase in BMR in exchange for dozens of other side effects doesn’t sound so ideal right? Well, I’m sorry, but it gets even worse! Scientists recommend that no one should use the drug for more than 5 weeks otherwise your body will get used to the drug thus reducing its effectiveness. Therefore, if you assume that indeed Clen boosts your BMR by only 10% and you are supposed to take a break every 5 weeks, you will have to use the drug for quite a long time before you see a big impact.
The simple reason why Clenbuterol isn’t approved in most countries is due to its dangerous side effects. Studies show that these effects are not only embarrassing, but they can also be life-threatening. What could be even more worrying is the fact that most of the studies are done on animals? This has given us a hint of just how dangerous the substance can be, but it also means that we don’t know the full extent of these and other possible side effects on humans.
- Increases the risk of cardiovascular diseases
Clenbuterol is a powerful stimulant, and as such, it puts you at high risk of contracting different cardiovascular diseases. According to multiple studies, consuming this substance can spike your blood pressure. As it is, this effect will be hazardous for healthy users so you can imagine just how fatal it can be if someone who already has hypertension issues starts using Clen.
Since the drug stimulates your heart to pump more and more blood, the risk of getting left ventricular hypertrophy (LVH) goes really high. This is when the walls of your heart’s left ventricle thicken due to the constant aggressive pumping of blood. The condition can escalate into arrhythmias and could even result in sudden death.
There are also a few trials showing that clen can damage and kill heart cells. According to most scientists, the risk of your heart cells getting killed goes higher if you use this drug at high doses. The problem, however, is there is limited knowledge on just how much of this drug is considered high since there aren’t a lot of studies done on humans.
Clen has a very long half-life of between 30 to 40 hours. A single dose of this drug will keep the compound in your system for close to two days before it starts wearing off. In this time, getting some sleep will become almost impossible.
The lack of enough sleep comes with its own challenges. You will start feeling lethargic and weak. Your concentration will also drop significantly. This will not only affect your workout sessions, but it is also bound to interfere with your daily performance.
The use of Clenbuterol just like all other powerful stimulants will result in shaking and jittery. This is due to the increase in heart rate which is trying to increase blood circulation around the body.
The best way to minimize this effect is by ensuring that you are using appropriate dosages. Beginners should be very keen on the doses they start with because a sudden spike in Clen will worsen the tremors.
One thing you will notice in all clen users is how heavily they sweat. This is caused by an increase in body temperatures. Heavy perspiration causes your body to lose a lot of water resulting in mouth dryness and overall dehydration. Clenbuterol users should drink 2 liters of water every day to deal with this issue.
Other side effects include:
- Muscle cramps
- Facial flushing
- Chest pain
Clenbuterol may be seen as an excellent fat burning option, but not everyone can use this drug. Scientists discourage a particular group of people from using the stimulant because they’ll be at a higher risk of contracting severe medical complications. These include:
- Pregnant women
- People with a body fat exceeding 25%
- People with heart conditions and other serious health issues
How to use Clenbuterol?
Clenbuterol is available in injectable, oral and liquid forms. Each of these methods of administration comes with its own risks, but the long term side effects are pretty much the same.
Oral clen, for instance, increases the chances of damaging your liver while injectable clen will leave you with a lot of scars and may also cause the formation of bubbles in your blood.
If you are going to give this drug a shot, it’s paramount that you start with low doses. This should give your body time to get acclimated to the presence of a new substance. You can then increase the doses gradually while monitoring your response. Once you start noticing some unwanted reactions, reduce the dosage slightly and stick to it for the rest of the cycle.
Beginners are advised to start with a dosage of 20mcg per day for the first few days and make 10mcg increments afterward until they get their ideal dosage. Advanced users can make 20 or 30mcg increments, but the daily dosage should never exceed 120mcg. Female users are also advised to use lower doses because they are at a higher risk of contracting the side effects discussed above.
Clenbuterol will expedite your weight loss process, but this alone doesn’t make it the best option for the task. The drug comes with side effects that are just too many to justify its benefits. It’ll be perfectly understandable if one was to look for safer options and the good news is that there are quite a lot of them in the market.