Let’s talk about Clenbuterol. This is one serious fat-torching substance that sends your metabolism into overdrive. It’s not officially given the green light for usage in the U.S., but you’ll find some athletes and bodybuilders pushing past that and using Clenbuterol to achieve their muscle-sculpting and fitness goals.
Now, here’s the scoop on this potent yet precarious substance. Let’s get you educated on what you’re dealing with here.
What Is Clenbuterol?
Clenbuterol is one tough drug that hasn’t been stamped with approval for use by us humans here in the U.S. Some countries let people with asthma or similar lung issues get it with a prescription. Since ’98, our pals at the FDA said “sure” to using Clenbuterol for treating horses with asthma, but it’s a solid “no-go” for animals bred for our dinner plates.
Now, Clenbuterol has got some traits that mirror steroids, bro. It’s tagged as a beta2-adrenergic agonist, which means it’s like a personal trainer for the beta2-adrenergic receptors hanging out in your throat. This drug chills out your muscles and lungs, so if you’re an asthma sufferer or dealing with another respiratory condition, it’s like a breath of fresh air. And one more thing – it can stick around in your body like an unwanted houseguest for up to 39 hours after you pop it.
Clenbuterol for Bodybuilding
Clenbuterol, or “clen” for short, is often misused by athletes and my fellow bodybuilders for its fat torching prowess. Those same receptors that are awakened when using clen for asthma also come to the party for fat burning and muscle building. Athletes who play around with clen usually pump 60 to 120 micrograms into their systems daily, typically mixing it up with other performance-boosting substances or anabolic steroids.
Let’s talk thermogenesis, dude. That’s where clen increases your body heat. Once you’re running hot, your metabolism gets supercharged to blast through more calories. And since your body stores fat as energy, it can use up the calories you’ve already got in the bank, trimming down your body fat and dropping your overall weight.
Because clen’s a bronchodilator, it opens up your airways when you take it. This can be a lifesaver for those with asthma. For athletes, this gives them a lungful of extra stamina, with more airflow zooming around the body. More oxygen means you can push harder and perform better.
Even though clen’s not on the up-and-up in the US, athletes and bodybuilders keep using it to cut weight and bulk up. Many see it as an alternative to anabolic steroids — the usual suspects when you think about performance-enhancing stuff. It’s earned a rep as a “non-steroidal steroid” because of how it mirrors the effects of steroids. Since it’s not technically a steroid, some athletes have seen clen as a more “natural” route to lean muscle building.
Benefits of Using Clenbuterol
Okay, bro, let’s keep this Clenbuterol conversation going. Even though it’s banned and comes with a bag of side effects, many athletes can’t resist its siren call.
Let’s start with the androgenic side effects. Steroids are notorious for causing stuff like facial hair growth and a deeper voice. Clen, however, doesn’t roll that way, making it a hit with the female bodybuilding crew who’d rather dodge those androgenic side effects.
Let’s talk rapid weight loss. Clenbuterol cranks up your metabolism and helps you torch fat. There was this study where two groups of chunkier dudes were put on the same strict diet. One group got the clen and the other didn’t. Over ten weeks, the clen-guzzling group lost an average of 11.4 kilos of fat while the other group only shed 8.7 kilos.
Appetite suppression is another trick up Clen’s sleeve. A lot of bodybuilders lean on clen before a big show or competition to strip off extra fat. A side bonus of this drug is that it can help curb your hunger, so you’re munching on fewer calories. This doesn’t work for everyone, though, bro.
Risks and Side Effects
Alright, champ, now it’s time to dive into the not-so-fun part. Plenty of athletes and bodybuilders pump themselves with clen for the benefits it offers. But, bro, there are some seriously nasty side effects to watch out for.
Some of the most common downsides include:
- Heart palpitations
- An uptick in heart rate (known as tachycardia)
- Dipping blood potassium levels (or hypokalemia)
- High blood sugar (a condition called hyperglycemia)
- Feeling anxious
- Breaking out in sweats
- Cardiac arrest (scary, right?)
- Feeling like you’re burning up
- Muscle cramps
These side effects are more likely to hit you if you’re taking big doses of clen to shed weight. And since this drug sticks around in your body for quite some time, you could be dealing with side effects for up to eight days. Studies show that over 80% of people misusing clen who ended up with severe side effects had to spend time in a hospital.
If you’re new to the clen game, you’re more likely to get hit with these side effects compared to someone who’s used it before. If any of these side effects come knocking after using clen, it’s super important to slam on the brakes, stop using it, and get some help from a doctor, pronto.