Anabolic steroids are not only effective for building muscle, but also burning fat. No steroid will cause just weight loss, as their initial purpose was to increase muscle mass, in patients suffering from muscle-wasting diseases.
However, various steroids will cause significant fat loss. Therefore, steroid-users may not see much weight change on the scales, but they will see a dramatic difference in the mirror; being considerably leaner and having more muscle tone.
For example, someone taking anavar for the first time may lose 4kg of fat and gain 4kg of muscle, and thus remain at the same weight. Therefore, if you take any of the following steroids mentioned on this page; be sure to track your progress in the mirror, with before and after pictures (instead of going by the scales).
Furthermore, some of the following steroids not only cause fat loss, but also water loss; due to their diuretic nature. Thus, a portion of the total weight loss will be in the form of water.
In this article we’ll be ranking the best steroids for weight loss (fat loss), so you know which ones to take to get lean.
Top 5 Steroids for Weight Loss
- Clenbuterol *^
- Cytomel *^
*Suitable for women.
^Potent fat burners (not steroids)
Winstrol (stanozolol) is arguably the best steroid for weight loss, with it causing noticeable amounts of fat and water loss. Zac Efron’s Baywatch transformation is typical of someone implementing a winstrol cycle.
If users are already lean and use winstrol; they will get ripped. If users are higher in body fat, they will notice a decrease in stubborn areas.
Not only will winstrol burn fat, but it will also increase lean muscle mass. The size gains are not going to be dramatic on winstrol, however there will be a notable difference, from the start and end of a cycle.
Building muscle is very important when losing weight, as it will prevent your muscles from sagging and produce an athletic look with enhanced muscle tone.
Winstrol may also increase vascularity, due to a reduction in extracellular fluid outside of the muscle cells. Therefore, if you like having veins bulging through your arms, winstrol is likely to be a favourite compound.
Bodybuilders typically take 15-25mg of winstrol per day for 6-8 weeks.
Winstrol is a harsh steroid, and thus: liver, cholesterol and blood pressure values will shoot up.
It’s an oral steroid, therefore is toxic to the liver, causing AST and ALT values to rise (marking liver stress). This is not generally a dangerous side effect unless winstrol is abused for long periods of time, with excessive cycles. This is because the liver is not a delicate organ, and has self-healing properties. So, when toxic substances are no longer consumed, liver values often return to normal.
LDL cholesterol levels will rise on winstrol, impeding blood flow to the heart and increasing blood pressure. This effect is considerable on winstrol, therefore anyone with heart conditions or existing high blood pressure should stay away from this steroid.
Winstrol is also androgenic in nature, sometimes causing oily skin and acne in genetically prone individuals. Furthermore, hair loss on the scalp is a possibility, due to increased DHT levels and damage to the hair follicles.
Winstrol is not recommended for women as it is likely to cause virilization side effects, causing females to form a masculine appearance.
Legal Winstrol Alternative
Winsol is a legal compound, created by Crazy Bulk to emulate the fat-burning effects of winstrol; but without the side effects. This gives men and women a safe steroid for weight loss, without causing any dangerous side effects or turning women into men. Winsol is also available in pill form.
Anavar (oxandrolone) is one of the most popular steroids for weight loss, with it being very well tolerated by men and women. It is similar to winstrol, however slightly less powerful. Fat loss will be significant and muscle gains will be mild (yet noticeable).
In terms of results, men and women have reported building approximately 5kg of muscle, whilst losing 4kg of fat from a 5/6 week cycle. To replicate such results, users should combine anavar with regular weight lifting and eating in a calorie deficit.
Women may experience such results from taking 10mg per day for 5 weeks.
Whereas men can experience significant fat loss from taking 20mg per day for 6 weeks.
Men can generally tolerate higher doses than women, as they have higher natural endogenous testosterone levels. Women should take no more than 10mg per day for a maximum of 6 weeks, helping to keep masculine effects at bay.
Muscle pumps in the gym will be very big, due to water filling the muscles, causing a continuous ‘pumped’ look.
Many anabolic steroids will burn fat, however not to the degree of anavar, due to its stimulative effect on T3 levels.
T3 is the thyroid hormone that is responsible for regulating the metabolism. When t3 levels are high it can burn significant amounts of body fat, and when it’s low the body will store more fat.
Some anabolic steroids will cause a decrease in subcutaneous fat, whilst increasing visceral fat.
Visceral fat cannot be viewed from the outside, as it’s located closer to the internal organs. However, when visceral fat builds up, it can push the stomach out, causing a bigger waist/bloated look.
One of the benefits with anavar, is that it decreases subcutaneous fat AND visceral fat. Thus, a persons midsection and belly will decrease in size.
Side Effects (Cons)
The reason why anavar is such a popular steroid for weight loss, is not just because of its fat-burning effects, but also its side effects. They are so mild, that some people who are too anxious to take steroids, often end up taking a cycle or two of anavar.
The worst side effect on anavar is likely to be a slight (temporary) decrease in natural testosterone production. This will restore post-cycle when you come off. Testosterone levels will not be shut down, unlike other steroids, and thus a PCT is not essential.
Despite anavar being an oral steroid (pills), it does not cause notable liver toxicity. Uniquely, the liver isn’t the only organ responsible for processing oxandrolone. The kidneys also help to break it down, before it hits the blood stream. Other steroids however rely more on the liver, causing additional strain.
However, there are two downsides to anavar:
- It is commonly counterfeited
- It is expensive (but this legal alternative is not)
Due to anavar’s high price and so many men and women coveting this steroid, it is often faked on the black market. Bottles labelled as ‘anavar’ may be replaced with dianabol.
Consequently, men may experience big muscle gains, but without the fat loss they were craving; plus a tonne of water retention. If a woman unknowingly took dianabol, she would be at a high risk of experiencing virilization symptoms. To avoid this scenario, users should test the substance before they ingest it, by ordering a steroid test kit online. This will detect the active compound(s) in the tablet.
Due to previous brands of Anavar monopolizing the market and ramping up sales prices, the current price today remains very high.
However, the price for women is considerably cheaper, as they require much smaller doses than men. A woman may be able to get a cycle for roughly $100, whereas men may spend double this (or even more).
Legal Anavar Alternative
Anvarol by Crazy Bulk, is a legal alternative for anavar; with a formula designed to mimic its fat burning and muscle-building effects. Although anavar does not produce many side effects, it is illegal to use for cosmetic purposes. Anvarol is also considerably cheaper than anavar and can be bought online (instead of potentially getting scammed on the black market).
Trenbolone is a very powerful steroid for building muscle and burning fat.
When bulking (in a calorie surplus), fat loss on tren will be mild.
However, when a user is cutting and simultaneously using trenbolone; fat loss is typically very noticeable.
Trenbolone burns more fat than other steroids, due to it having a strong binding affinity to androgen receptors. This accelerates fat burning, as androgens play a crucial role in the regulation of fat mass (1).
Also trenbolone causes the body to lose extracellular fluid (decreasing water weight and bloat). This further increases weight loss. However, like anavar, users are likely to gain weight on trenbolone, with its muscle-building effects outweighing its fat-burning properties (even when cutting).
This is a very positive attribute for gym-goers or bodybuilders, who are anxious about losing muscle, when dieting and losing weight.
Trenbolone is a compound that may actually justify the negative connotations associated with steroids. Its side effects generally are very harsh: raising blood pressure, shutting down testosterone; affecting users’ as much psychologically, as physiologically.
Nervousness, anxiety, depression and insomnia are some mental symptoms of trenbolone – attributed to its stimulative effects.
Trenbolone is not recommended for beginners and is certainly not recommended for women (who want to remain looking like women).
Legal Trenbolone Alternative
Trenorol is the legal alternative for trenbolone, manufactured by Crazy Bulk. Trenorol replicates the fat-burning effects of trenbolone in a safe way, that does not produce any harsh side effects. Trenorol is FDA approved, as are all of Crazy Bulk’s products, and can be taken by women; with it posing no risk of virilization.
4. Masteron (No alternatives)
Masteron is one of the best steroids for weight loss, due to its dry fat burning effects, and ability to add mild amounts of lean muscle. It was first formulated by pharmaceutical company, Syntex, who also synthesized anadrol and superdrol.
Masteron is a DHT-derived injectable steroid that is used by bodybuilders during cutting cycles. Masteron produces a hardened look to the muscles, with increased vascularity and muscle tone. Although masteron doesn’t produce huge muscle gains, its anabolic nature is more than enough to preserve muscle mass when dieting.
Masteron poses no notable risk of liver toxicity, due to it being an injectable steroid. It also won’t cause gynecomastia, as it doesn’t aromatize; and thus water retention also won’t occur.
Masteron was originally prescribed to female patients suffering from breast cancer, and although it was better than testosterone for reducing masculinization in women; some cases still occurred. Thus, there is a risk of a deepened voice, clitoral enlargement, reduced breast size and hair growth on the body when women take masteron.
The most significant side effect of masteron is its ability to increase blood pressure, due to a change in cholesterol levels (decrease in HDL, increase in LDL). This rise in blood pressure is thought to be less than oral steroids, but more significant compared to injectable steroids that aromatize (convert into estrogen); i.e. testosterone and deca durabolin.
When masteron is used for weight loss, it is often stacked with other dry cutting steroids, such as: winstrol, anavar and primobolan. Masteron’s effects are typically enhanced when combined with other compounds, as opposed to taking it alone.
5. Primobolan (No alternatives)
Injectable primobolan was very popular in the 60’s and 70’s, with bodybuilders from the classic era often taking primo during cutting cycles (including Arnold). This would allow them to enhance fat loss, whilst continuing to add small amounts of lean muscle to their frame. However, it was banned in 1993, and now primo only exists as an oral steroid.
The oral version of primobolan is almost equal in power to the previous injectable version, however slightly inferior. Primobolan is a very mild steroid, that was used in medicine for those suffering from infections, recovering from major surgery and muscle-wasting diseases. Due to its mild and safe nature, it was also successfully given to infants who were underweight/premature (without any toxic adverse effects).
Another benefit to primobolan, is that it is not c-17 alpha alkylated, and thus does not strain the liver in moderate doses (despite being an oral). As always though, liver failure is possible if primobolan is abused, thus it is important to take time off in between cycles. Primo also has weak androgenic properties; thus oily skin, acne, male pattern baldness and prostate complications will not develop.
Due to primobolan’s weak androgenic nature, it is suitable for women to use without experiencing any virilization symptoms. A dose of 50-75mg per day is considered safe for females, whilst producing significant weight loss. Men take higher doses of 75-150mg per day, in cycles lasting 6-8 weeks. Primo is a very effective steroid for men, and one of the best steroids for women (with anavar).
Primobolan despite being one of the safest steroids a user can take, still poses some mild side effects. One of these is testosterone suppression. Some steroids will shut down natural test production completely, whereas primobolan has a more subtle effect.
Research has shown that test levels can decrease by 15-65%, when taking 30-45mg per day (2). This is a much better endogenous response, compared to many other anabolic steroids.
Although bodybuilders typically take higher doses of primobolan than in this study, being 50-100mg per day. Thus, the testosterone decline will be significant, but not excessive. Therefore, testosterone levels are likely to recover swiftly post-cycle.
One of the few downsides of primobolan is that it’s a very expensive steroid (similar to anavar).
Clenbuterol is arguably the best fat burner on this list, however it isn’t a steroid.
Clenbuterol is a bronchodilator, used by vets and is sometimes prescribed to asthma patients. It’s designed to increase airflow through the lungs, and thus oxygen supply around the body.
However, when it was first created, scientists weren’t aware that it also produced significant weight loss in those who took it.
Clenbuterol is a potent stimulant that burns fat by revving up the central nervous system. This in turn increases adrenaline output, increasing the body’s temperature (3). Consequently, users begin to sweat more and notice an increased heart rate. On clenbuterol, users’ bodies are constantly working hard to regulate the body temperature back down to its normal range, which consequently increases calorie expenditure.
Therefore, those on clenbuterol will experience a heightened BMR and elevated metabolism at rest; making it easier to burn fat.
The increase in adrenaline is the cause for most of clenbuterol’s side effects, which are:
- Potential heart attack/stroke
- Increased sweating
- High heart rate
Some people can experience shaky hands when on clenbuterol, which can be attributed to higher adrenaline levels.
Some people have reported increases in blood pressure (4) , which is not surprising given the rate at which the heart speeds up.
Although in some studies clenbuterol reduces blood pressure, doctors have warned that bodybuilders using this medication may have an increased risk of heart attack or stroke.
Nervousness, anxiety and depression are also complaints of users, with excessive stimulation shifting the brain into constant fight or flight mode, thus perceiving normal situations as threatening. Over-stimulation may also decrease serotonin in the brain over time, resulting in some cases of depression. Although, in the early stages of a cycle this may not be a problem, due to the quick surge in adrenaline and dopamine in the brain.
Bodybuilders sometimes stack clenbuterol with fat burning steroids and run them simultaneously, however this will further exacerbate blood pressure. Thus, some people choose to take clen in cycles by itself.
Clenbuterol does not increase muscle mass in humans, however it is very anabolic in animals; often demonstrated in horses (5).
Bodybuilders typically build up their dose clenbuterol dose slowly, until hitting 120mcg-160mcg as a maximum dose per day. Cycles usually last from 6-8 weeks.
Legal Clenbuterol Alternative
Clenbutrol (same spelling as ‘clenbuterol’ but without the second ‘e’), is a popular fat burner, produced by Crazy Bulk. It stimulates thermogenesis in the body, like clenbuterol, helping to spike a person’s metabolism.
The reason why men and women take clenbutrol is because it doesn’t cause strain on the heart (unlike real clenbuterol) and is 100% legal.
7. Cytomel (T3) (No alternatives)
Most people know of someone who is overweight, and no matter how little they eat, they just cannot shift the pounds. Then they receive a check up from their doctor and discover they have hypothyroidism, aka an under-active thyroid.
Chemically, this means the person has low T3 levels. T3 stands for triiodothyronine, which is a crucial hormone for regulating your body temperature and metabolism.
Low T3, will lead to a very slow metabolism and will inhibit fat burning.
Thus, with high T3 levels, athletes can notice rapid weight loss.
The downside with T3 is that it can cause muscle loss when taken by itself. However, bodybuilders report strong muscle retention when taking T3 with anabolic steroids. Therefore if users want to keep muscle gains, they may want to stack Cytomel with anavar or trenbolone.
Men and women typically take 25-75mcg per day for 6 weeks, for rapid weight loss.
Like steroids suppress endogenous testosterone production, exogenous T3 will suppress natural T3. Therefore, when you stop taking it, users will have low T3 levels.
Consequently, users will need to drop their calories significantly, because their metabolism will slow down dramatically. For this reason if users continued eating normally after they came off T3, they would gain a lot of fat again.
Natural T3 will slowly increase and come back to normal levels within several weeks after the person stops taking it.
Is Weight Loss Permanent When Taking These 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.
The best steroids for weight loss (fat loss) are:
Then there is Cytomel and Clenbuterol which are also very powerful fat burners.
Note: All of these substances are illegal. Therefore, if you do buy any supplements, we recommend you opt for the appropriate legal alternatives. This way you can get leaner, burn belly fat and keep your health intact.
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