While Anabolic Steroids were originally proposed to increase muscle mass in patients with muscle wasting diseases, they also have fat-loss effects. Besides, some Steroids have significantly stronger fat burning properties than others.
This is why many bodybuilders take Anabolic Steroids with the goal to lose weight. In this article, we will reveal which are the most commonly used Steroids for fat loss and what are their health risks.
Furthermore, we will suggest legal alternatives that carry fewer side effects, but can still lead to significant fat loss.
If you are looking for quality fat burners, read our fat burner guide.
What is Cutting in Bodybuilding?
The idea behind cutting is to strip away as much body fat as possible, whilst retaining the most amount of lean muscle mass.
This will include making adjustments in diet, training, and cardio. Typically, we see athletes moving more and eating less.
A well designed Steroid protocol could aid in the journey, increasing fat metabolism and muscle retention.
What are the Best Fat Loss Steroids?
There are a number of compounds out there that have proven themselves to be very effective in terms of weight loss.
Again, these aren’t inherently fat burners (unless otherwise stated) and will still need work in regards to dieting and training.
There are 4 main Anabolic Steroids for a weight loss phase.
1. Winstrol (Stanozolol)
Winstrol was originally designed to treat patients with Hereditary angioedema and venous insufficiency.
Winstrol is a DHT (Dihydrogentestosterone) derivative, meaning it does not get reduced by 5 Alpha Reductase. This also means it does not Aromatize into Estrogen, which can be beneficial in a fat loss phase of training.
Winstrol (because of its DHT Nature) is great for force production, or in layman’s terms, strength. This means that when you’re in a great deficit to burn fat, Winstrol might be able to help you with keeping training intense.
Winstrol is often compared to Anavar, another oral Anabolic Steroid for cutting. If you’re going for the absolute best, Winstrol might have a small edge because it has a down regulatory effect on Progesterone, which can lead to less water retention.
This product came on the bodybuilding radar because of its ability to achieve the key objectives of bodybuilding:
- Mass Gain
- Fat Loss
Stanozolol has the ability, like all Steroids, to increase the metabolism. Winstrol is also 320% more Anabolic than pure Testosterone, and Anabolism is an extremely caloric intense affair.
While Winstrol might not physically burn fat, the secondary effects upon Progesterone, increased Anabolism and training output will lead to a greater fat burning experience.
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I was indifferent to put Anavar or Masteron here, but I ended up going for Masteron seeing as we already covered a great oral with Winstrol. That being said, Anavar is still a great little compound for a diet phase; especially for women.
Masteron. One of the most popular cutting drugs, and for good reason. Masteron (Drostanolone) is another DHT derivative just like Winstrol. This means no 5 Alpha Reduction, and no Aromatization. No Estrogen.
Masteron is actually known to have anti-Estrogenic properties. This means that in a cutting environment, you could greatly benefit from having the Anabolic properties (not a vast amount) and Estrogen lowering properties of Masteron.
Trenbolone (or Tren) is an (if not the) most impactful steroid in a bodybuilder’s arsenal. And with good reason. The impact Trenbolone has on the body, both good and bad, is staggering.
It will bring upon the following good effects:
- Increases metabolism significantly
- Increases strength dramatically
- Increases aggression (can be beneficial at the last legs of a prep)
Bodybuilders use Trenbolone almost exclusively in the cutting phase of their bodybuilding competition prep. Some brave souls do make use of it in the off season as well.
Trenbolone is one of the best Steroids to cut water weight from the body to produce the freaky, dry look that you often see on stage. Keep in mind, your mind will also become freaky whilst on Tren.
Side effects of Tren include massive aggression, brain damage, kidney damage, night sweats, anxiety, depression and a general feeling of sh*tness.
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Primobolan (or Primo) has been around since the early 1960s. It was one of the best cutting agents used in the 1970s for competitive bodybuilders to get ripped, being a favorite of Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Today it is only available in a small number of countries. It is used both as an oral and an injectable. Primobolan is also extremely hard to produce, and very often faked. This also dramatically increases the price.
The benefits of Primobolan are that it will:
- Increase metabolism
- Increase nitrogen retention
- Improve muscle protein synthesis
Primo won’t necessarily increase fat loss significantly, but combined with a good diet and training protocol can really change your fat loss phase significantly.
Primo is also great for Bulking as it does not Aromatize, and has a decent Anabolic rating as well.
5. Growth Hormone
This is not an Anabolic Steroid, hell it’s not even a Steroid to begin with. Growth Hormone (HGH) is a natural hormone the body produces to, well, grow. Taking exogenous HGH has been known to be a game changer for fat loss.
The usage accumulates over a longer period of time, and some believe you get a synergy between this hormone and Steroids, in a 1+1 = 5 manner. Taking HGH does have drawbacks though, such as an increase in water retention, decrease in Insulin Sensitivity as well the shutdown of endogenous HGH production.
Best Fat Burning Steroids
The question of which steroid is the best for fat loss is subjective, with different people having different experiences based on their hormonal make-up and dosage tolerance. Plus, no Steroid is going inherently be a fat burner unlike social media would make you believe. Based upon my own experience anecdotal evidence and studies, these are the Best Fat Burning Steroids:
- Clenbuterol: Technically not a Steroid, and will have quite a few troublesome sides. Effective in low dosages, and gets the job done.
- T3: Again, not a Steroid. T3 is a hormone that largely regulates your body’s metabolism. Increasing your T3 means more calories burnt. Downside, it can eat into muscle as well.
Other Anabolic Steroids such as Winstrol, Masteron, Trenbolone and Primobolan will have a larger aesthetic change on the body as they have the ability to retain a much greater amount of muscle. Which is what you want.
Dangers of Steroids
All good things have drawbacks, that’s why your parents had you. Jokes aside, Steroids do possess a great deal of side effects. All but one, Trenbolone, are mostly dose specific, so managing doses is key.
- Testosterone Shutdown
- Hair loss
- Excess Estrogen
- Kidney Damage (permanent)
- Liver Damage
- Neurotoxic effects (Specifically from Trenbolone)
There’s a reason these products have been pulled out of medical usage. The side effects were too intense and for some unlucky individuals, even life threatening.
SARMS for Fat Loss
SARMS are selective Androgen receptor modulators that, because they are selective in the cells that they target, are somewhat safer than Anabolic Steroids. We see much less Androgenic side effects, and typically do not see endogenous Testosterone shutdown either.
They will work with the physiology of the body to improve muscle mass and get you ripped with less risk.
The 3 best SARMS for fat loss are Cardarine, Stenabolic, Andarine.
Is Clenbuterol Good for Fat Loss
Compared to other compounds, it’s amazing for fat loss. Clen (at quite a sizable dose) can increase metabolism by a staggering 20%. That means if you usually lose 2lbs per week, you now have the ability to lose 2.4lbs. Over an 8 week period, that’s an extra 3.2lbs lost! Clen was also medically given to patients suffering from asthma, meaning that you breathe easier whilst on it. Another nice quirk is the fact that Clen is Anti Catabolic!
Is Weight Loss Permanent When Taking Steroids?
Any fat loss from Steroids/fat burners is 100% permanent. This isn’t like muscle gains from bulking Steroids, which can sometimes dwindle if a powerful PCT isn’t implemented.
However, some of the weight loss from Steroids can be in the form of water. This is only typically a small amount when using compounds like winstrol and anavar; however such water will come back post-cycle.
Also it is important to note that although fat loss has occurred during the cycle, if a person starts overeating later on, fat gain will follow. Therefore, it is important for users to stay diligent with their diet if they want to maintain or increase fat loss post-cycle.
Do I Need to Exercise Whilst Taking These Fat Burners?
Technically you could take some Steroids/fat burners and not do any exercise, and still lose weight. However, this would not be optimal, as someone could just exercise and not spend any money on supplements; and experience the same results.
For maximum weight loss, combine regular exercise with an effective supplement stack. Lifting weights and cardio are the best activities for building muscle and burning fat.
Steroids work. They always have, always will. Can they aid in a fat loss phase? Absolutely! Will it come with incredible side effects if you do not manage them correctly? Without doubt. If you’re deeply concerned about side effects, you might want to look into SARMs as they can still greatly aid a fat loss phase, without bringing as many side effects.