Best Steroids to Gain Weight and Muscle

Updated August 12, 2020

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Do you need to gain weight fast?

Do you eat all the food in existence, yet still remain skinny?

No problem, you’re in good hands!

In this post I’m going to reveal the best steroids for gaining weight and putting on mass. I’ll also give a value as to how much weight you can expect to gain from each steroid, based on a 4 week cycle.

Note: taking these steroids won’t turn you into Arnold Schwarzenegger overnight…it takes decades of steroid-use, hard lifting and one in a million genetics to look like him. However, taking the following steroids will help you gain weight and bulk up a bit so you’re not such a beanpole ?


oral dianabol

Weight Gain: 20-30lbs

Dianabol, otherwise known as methandrostenolone, is typically used by bodybuilders in the off-season to gain as much weight/mass as possible. So by the time they start cutting again they’ll be able to compete at a heavier weight due to additional muscle mass.

When it comes to gaining muscle, dianabol is probably the best anabolic you can buy. Not all of the weight will be muscle however, with dianabol causing some water retention inside and outside the muscle cells. This is why D-Bol is rarely used during cutting cycles as water retention isn’t ideal when at a low body fat, as it can blur muscle definition.

In terms of gaining weight though, D-Bol is the real deal.


oral anadrol

Weight Gain: 20-30lbs

Anadrol is an oral anabolic steroid that was first invented to help people overcome different weight loss related diseases – bingo! Not only does the steroid cause rapid weight gain by adding muscle mass, but it also stimulates your appetite considerably.

Thus it’s a lot easier to eat more food and consume more calories when on A-Drol.

Anadrol shouldn’t be cycled for long periods of time because of its toxicity on the liver. If you haven’t ran it before, I would do a cycle no longer than 4 weeks and then see how you feel. As people react differently to anadrol, some people don’t notice too much, then others feel sick and get bad migraines when taking the drug.


trenbolone alternative

Weight Gain: 15lbs

Trenbolone is a very versatile steroid. It can be used in a bulking cycle in the offseason to help pack on mass, whilst limiting fat gain. Or it can be used during a cut to help retain as much muscle as possible, whilst burning fat.

Trenbolone doesn’t come with any fluid retention and thus the 15lbs that is typically gained from a 4 week cycle is likely to be lean muscle weight. 15lbs doesn’t seem like much but when this is in the form of muscle tissue and no fat or water, this can appear a if you’ve gained a lot of weight. But good weight, not the kind when everybody starts commenting that you’re getting fat lol.

Deca Durabolin

deca durabolin alternative

Weight Gain: 15-20lbs

Deca is also similar to trenbolone in the respect that it doesn’t cause you to retain excess water and thus the weight you’ll gain will be muscle weight.

However, deca won’t burn as much fat as tren would, so you’re likely to gain a little more weight in comparison.

Deca was one of the bulking steroids Arnold was thought to be taking in his off-season that helped him become crowned Mr Olympia, along with dianabol.


testosterone alternative

Weight gain: 15lbs

Testosterone is the ideal steroid for those looking to gain a fair amount of weight but don’t want to balloon up too much.

Testosterone sustanon is the best form of testosterone and will pack on muscle mass at a similar rate to trenbolone.

It will also simultaneously burn fat stores (more so than tren), making test a great anabolic to use year round.

Is the Weight Gain Permanent?

Mostly yes.

All steroids that cause water retention will result in you gaining a lot of weight quickly but then when you cycle off you will also lose some of this fluid. For example, you may gain 30lbs cycling dbol, but then when you come off it you may only keep 15-20lbs of that due to the extra muscle you’ll be carrying.

The two main steroids that come with water retention are:

  • D-Bol
  • Anadrol

Steroids that don’t come with water retention, meaning you’ll keep most of, if not all of the weight, are:

  • Trenbolone
  • Deca

Testosterone is a steroid that may come with a little water weight, but nowhere near as much as methandrostenolone (dianabol). But at the same time it isn’t as cut and dry as deca or tren.

I wish you all the best on your weight gaining journey!

If steroids are 100% the route you’ve chosen to go down, don’t abuse them and you’ll be able to gain a good amount of weight easily and most importantly – safely.

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