Primarily, Clenbuterol, a bronchodilator, was formulated to treat various breathing disorders such as inflammatory airway disease (IAD) and recurrent airway obstruction (RAO). Clenbuterol is a substance that has been classified as a beta2-adrenergic agonist. Now, what exactly does that mean? Well, beta2-adrenergic are receptors in your throat that are stimulated by this drug to help you breathe easier when you have asthma or any other respiratory conditions.
However, Clenbuterol is also abused by bodybuilders and athletes due to its anabolic properties. The same receptors that help you relax your throat, also help burn fat and increase lean muscle mass in the body. Clenbuterol works for bodybuilders by a process called thermogenesis. What happens is that when this stimulant is used, it increases your body temperature, forcing your metabolism to burn off more calories. This way, more fat in your body is burned.
Since it is also a bronchodilator, it widens and opens up your airways. More oxygen can be taken up by athletes which increases your stamina, accounting for better performance and eventually better results. This altogether will help you shed away extra fat while increasing your lean muscle mass simultaneously.
Benefits of Clenbuterol
Clen is a drug, illegal, unhealthy, and destructive. But, athletes continue to abuse it. There must be some reason right? Well, there are several reasons for it including:
Rapid Weight Loss – As noted above, Clenbuterol helps users raise their body temperatures, in turn increasing their basal metabolic rate and burning fat indirectly due to an elevated metabolism. This was tested by a study in which two groups of overweight men were kept on a calorie deficit diet. The group which was given Clenbuterol lost around 3 kgs of weight more than the group that was not given the drug, over a course of ten weeks.
Appetite Suppression – By now, we’ve established that clen helps bodybuilders trim extra fat and what it does to achieve that. The secondary effect of this drug is that it suppresses your appetite to take in fewer calories. So, when using, you won't be feeling as hungry despite burning off calories. This is particularly helpful to people who find it hard to “diet” and end up binge eating their favourite foods while they were supposed to be on a calorie deficit.
Enhanced Performance – Pre-workouts contain stimulants that give them a shot of energy before their workouts begin and allow them to excel in their performance. Similarly, Clenbuterol is a stimulant that shoots your energy levels up the roof. It allows you to give your best at the beginning of your workout, but as time passes, the effect will start to wear off and you will feel the energy being drained. This also creates a dependency but people continue to use it.
Diuretic – Another great benefit that clen users enjoy is the fact that it not only just help burn fat but also releases the extracellular water present in the body. It works by producing more sweat via which sodium is released from your body. This will result in your body looking more lean and toned. However, it is important to drink more water while using clen as you don’t want to end up dehydrated.
No Testosterone Suppression – Something that you will rarely find while using steroids. A typical strong anabolic steroid will almost completely shut off your natural testosterone production and it will take about weeks with PCT to get the natural production back to normal. But, with Clenbuterol, you don't have to worry about that as it does not affect your testosterone levels and you will not need PCT, not for this purpose at least.
Basically, Clenbuterol is a stimulant. So, while it has its advantages, it is going to have some side effects as well. And what is true for other stimulants also applies to this one. It does have some potential side effects, but they will be enhanced if you increase the dosage and take it for long periods of time. Just like caffeine. You take it every morning, you are well aware of its side effects, but you still can't function without it once you're in the habit. And again, just like caffeine, the response to this stimulant will also vary from person to person.
However, some of the common side effects experienced by users include:
● Tremors and shivering
● Increased blood pressure
● Muscle cramps
If you’re a sensitive individual, it is more likely for you to experience these side effects and vice versa. Similar is the case if you use high doses for a longer period.
Dosage and Cycles
Typically, bodybuilders take anywhere around 6-8 pills a day (120-160mg) of Clenbuterol. However, dosage for every user differs depending upon their weight, sensitivity towards the drug, and the ultimate goal with their body. Unlike most anabolic steroids, the same amount of dosage is followed on a cycle by men and women as it affects the CNS rather than the hormones in the body.
It is advised to gradually start with taking lighter doses of around 20-40 mg at first, gradually building up to the maximum amount (160 mg). This will allow you to build up a tolerance towards the drug. However, only continue to increase the dosage when you are completely comfortable with the side effects experienced during the cycle.
Results and Efficacy
While using clen, you will be able to see your body fat loss at a faster rate with your muscle mass being increased at the same time. The results will be apparent within a few weeks into the cycle. Your body will appear more muscular, lean, and toned, thanks to the diuretic nature of the drug. You can cycle it with other steroids if you wish, but be careful while doing so.
Some things that you need to take care of, in order to experience the expected results, include a slack-free diet and workout routine. No amount of clen can make up if you’re not on a calorie deficit and recklessly eating high-calorie foods. As for workouts, clen will help you do it better and allow you to push your results further. In other words, Clenbuterol is going to help you with the most crucial aspect of your transformation.