1. Steroid users can consume more calories.
Roid bros don’t starve like naturals, for they have more muscle mass, and their caloric baseline is higher. A muscular, ready-to-break-the-servers-of-Instagram fitness model does not have to drop his calories as low as a natural power-fatso. Muscle mass, a thing of which steroid users have a lot, boosts your metabolic rate. Rumor has it that each pound of muscle burns at least 14 additional calories per day or about 30 calories per kilogram. Therefore, 40 extra pounds of muscle equal 560 extra calories that you can add to your diet. The number goes even higher with activity. And while 560 calories may not sound like a lot, this perception changes quickly. When you are dieting, a pack of peanuts could be the difference between sanity and insanity.
Another factor allowing a higher food consumption among steroid users are the drugs.
Technically, steroids are not body fat cutting agents, but they certainly help in the process of getting lean by preserving lean body mass and steering the partitioning of nutrients towards the construction of muscle mass and away from fat accumulation. Hardly a surprise since steroids alter the natural cellular processes and trigger more intense muscle protein synthesis.
Nonetheless, steroids are never the main cutting agent taken by the pros. There is a separate legion of drugs for that purpose – T3 [Triiodothyronine], clenbuterol, growth hormone, ephedrine, estrogen blockers and many others. Let’s analyze some of those drugs.
Triiodothyronine – T3
T3 is a thyroid hormone that affects almost every physiological process in the body, including growth and development, metabolism, body temperature, and heart rate. It is produced by the thyroid gland – one of the maestros of the hormonal system.
The professional constructors of muscle fibers rely on T3 to speed up their metabolic rate, which usually slows down during dieting. This allows the unnatural brahs to get shredded faster and eat more compared to a regular natty fighting fat cells without technology. The primary concern with taking T3 is that your personal production of T3 shuts down. Sometimes the damage is permanent.
Clenbuterol was originally developed as a remedy for breathing disorders such as asthma, but since it also has a dramatic thermogenic effect, especially when coupled with other compounds, bodybuilders and fitness models adopted it as a fat burning drug.
Growth hormone [GH] is a peptide that stimulates growth, cell reproduction, and cell regeneration in humans and other animals. GH and insulin are the reason why modern bodybuilders are 50lbs heavier than the bros from the Golden Era of Bodybuilding. It’s also not a secret that growth hormone helps a lot with getting shredded. GH directly stimulates the liberation of fatty acids. According to some muscle scholars, you can eat almost anything and not get fat when high-quality growth hormone is present in your system.
Ephedrine is a medication meant to prevent low blood pressure during spinal anesthesia. It has also served as a treatment for asthma, narcolepsy, and obesity but is not the preferred method. The aesthetic warriors utilize ephedrine in the battle against body fat for two main reasons. First, ephedrine boosts your energy. Second, it raises the metabolic rate and stimulates the mobilization and oxidation of fat.
Pinners take estrogen blockers to prevent the conversion of testosterone into estrogen. Extra estrogen is your enemy when you are trying to become the sultan of muscle fibers, for it promotes fat gains.
2. Drug users get faster results.
When a natural tries to get lean, he/she has one main helper – diet. That’s it. When a drug warrior decides to get lean, he has not only dieting on his side but also roids and body fat cutting drugs. Of course, the muscle scholars will tell you that ”you need a perfect diet even if you take drugs”, but this doesn’t change the fact that drugs are effective. If they weren’t, the top dogs wouldn’t be using them.
A natural who diets really hard would usually lose no more than 2lbs of actual fat every week. Meanwhile, the lords of the drugs can lose double. Drugs simply speed up the process tremendously. Naturally, the enhanced user pays a price for riding the express train – side effects.
Another factor responsible for the faster visible results of steroid users are their starting body fat levels. Most needle samurai are pretty lean to begin with – body fat levels above 12-13% are rarely seen among fitness models and bodybuilders.
People believe that steroids don’t work as efficiently as possible when injected into thick layers of Jell-O common for fatso warriors. When your body fat is high, the estrogen and adipose tissue are having a party inside of you.
Moreover, the aromatase enzyme, the one converting excess testosterone to estrogen, resides in fat tissues. If you add steroids to an overweight body pre-loaded with female hormones, there will be a higher estrogen conversion and the side effects from the drugs will be amplified significantly. Also, steroids are known to elevate your blood pressure, which is probably already high if you are fat. This is why steroid gurus recommend to first lean out before injecting.
3. Steroid Users Look Fuller on a Diet
When a natural begins dieting, he/she starts transforming into a smaller, depleted unit. Family and friends gather around, faces steeped in anxiety, and bluntly ask – ”What’s wrong with you? Are you sick?” Little do they know that their question feels like a bullet in the heart.
”I am doing my best to develop the body of my dreams, and yet those idiots who have never dieted try to bring me down and degrade me,” says the frustrated natty while barely holding the ocean of tears and anger trying to get out.
This experience is unknown to the needle samurai. Steroid users also deplete on a diet but rarely look like fragile sticks. They have plenty of muscle mass that begins to pop more and more as the layers of fat thin. Roid users lose size on a diet, but since they have so many quality fibers already, they look bigger than before thanks to the extra detail.
When a roid brah gets lean, he transforms into a symbol of sex appeal and begins getting a different kind of attention known as what-the-hell-man. People look at him with eyes saying: ”Man, I want to be like you. I admire you.”
4. Steroid users get striations all over their bodies, natties do not.
One of the greatest lies ever told is that a natural can have striations all over his body. Dream on, Adam. It’s not happening. Naturals can get some striations here and there, but they will never match the deep cuts found on users of anabolic steroids. The explanation is fairly simple. First, natties have tiny muscles. This equals small, harder to see striations. Locating striations on a 19-inch arm is easier than on a 13-inch arm. Second, roid users tend to have a thinner skin revealing more details. Yes, that’s true. Some drugs make your skin feel like silk. This effect increases the number of visible striations. Dieting can’t give you the same result. If you are a natty dreaming of ”shredded glutes”, you should choose another dream because that one ain’t happening.
5. Steroid users grow into a show. Natties disappear into a show.
Many roid users get bigger as they approach a show. They are essentially gaining muscle and getting shredded at the same time. The explanation is trivial – drugs. Close to a competition, the muscle architects often up the dose and take hardening anabolic steroids like Tren. The goal is to preserve muscle during the dieting phase while slowly acquiring the 3D look. The result is a transformation of the highest order. Meanwhile, Mr. Natty is becoming smaller by the day. It’s simply impossible to build muscle and lose fat at the same time when you are natural except for a few rare scenarios. Broccoli and chicken don’t have similar properties. And, no, Vince Gironda‘s desiccated liver tablets, fertilized eggs and Sissy squats can’t help either.
Ironically, this is also a sign if someone is natural or not. If you have a friend getting nastier closer to a show, he is more than likely importing roids in his body as we speak. Naturals are depleted, tired, small and fragile after a super shredding diet. End of story.
6. Naturals are advised to keep lifting heavy and reduce the volume. Roids users are advised to continue the circus.
A classic advice for naturals on a diet is to keep the intensity high while reducing the volume. According to this concept, the heavy weight will preserve your muscle mass and strength whereas the low volume will make the workout possible even on low calories.
For example, if your regular routine calls for 5 sets, you may have to reduce them to 1 while keeping the work weight unchanged. If your strength remains the same or increases, it is very unlikely that you are losing muscle mass on a cut. Meanwhile, the roid bros don’t bother with similar nonsense. There is no need to when testosterone and tren are swimming inside of you. Besides, roid masters quit lifting heavy weights close to a show to avoid injuries. There are some exceptions, but those guys do it for their ego – not because they have to.
7. Steroid users look more vascular than naturals.
Nasty drugs and high concentration of muscle mass render roidheads more vascular compared to their naturals brothers. Roid monkeys look like road maps with deep veins popping everywhere. Some people don’t like the road map look, but many do because it classifies you as a freak of nature and generates extra attention – something that all fitness models and bodybuilders adore. And while naturals can also acquire visible veins all over their bodies, the effect is never the same.
8. Steroid importers are respected for their ”discipline” while naturals are ridiculed and slaughtered by hatred.
Since roid users have otherworldly bodies turning heads on the street, they get to fill the craniums of the naive and unaware with whatever they want. More often than not the choice is to spread the usual political correctness – ”I work very hard. That’s why I have deep 10 pack abs.”
Like poor people at a get-rich-quick seminar, humanoids want to believe that all it takes to build a super shredded 3D body is discipline and hard work. And while there’s always an element of discipline and work ethic involved, neither can take you to the highest level naturally.
Roid users receive respect for their efforts while naturals are often ridiculed no matter how disciplined they are. When you are natural, your family has a harder time understanding what you are doing because you don’t look so different from them. People shut up only when you make them shut up with results.
9. The testosterone levels of naturals drop on a diet
Diets often result in hormonal changes. One of them is suppressed testosterone. You can’t expect to limit yourself for a long time without consequences. Those hormonal shifts affect your mood tremendously. And while roid users also experience this effect, their testosterone levels do not drop thanks to the hormones injected on a daily basis.
2 Similarities Between Naturals and Roid Users Fighting Body Fat
1. Dieting helps both
Natty or not, big or small, dieting works and is the main road to leanness. Roid users have many advantages over naturals, but they still have to diet in order to enjoy optimal and faster results.
2. Dieting makes everyone insane
Natty or not, big or small, dieting could make anyone insane because you are limiting yourself. You are constantly telling to your body: ”Can’t have this!”. This makes the organism crave the forbidden fruit more. Even roid users cannot escape from this pain completely.
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