What you put into your body can make all the difference when it comes to gains. But what you consume is also not something to take lightly; as too much of any substance can end in devastating consequences.
This is especially common in weight loss where most people are desperate to lose weight and achieve their much-coveted chiseled physique.
The current weight-loss industry is crowded by numerous supplements that promise to aid in quick weight loss, without sacrificing your muscle mass. To ensure you’re not just buying into the hype and pumping your body with ineffective products, it’s always a good idea to educate yourself as to how a supplement will affect your body (positively and negatively).
Clenbuterol is becoming increasingly popular among gym rats, because of its effectiveness when it comes to burning fat. This article is a brief but nonetheless comprehensive look at the effects of clenbuterol on the human body.
1.) Metabolic Effects of Clenbuterol
According to research by numerous sources, the main effects of clenbuterol that make it a powerful weight-loss supplement surround the metabolism. Clenbuterol’s most stand-out attribute is its ability to heighten the body’s conversion of fat into energy, by significantly elevating a person’s metabolic rate.
Metabolic action is enhanced because clenbuterol is rich in beta-2 receptors that elevate mitochondria, encouraging the release of heat in the body (otherwise known as thermogenesis). The byproduct of this is increased fat-loss. Although the metabolic effects of clenbuterol are pretty strong, it’s also important to keep in mind that fat is not going to effortlessly fall off your body, if a person refrains from exercise or/and eating sensibly. To maximize clenbuterol’s fat burning effects, you’ll need to perform regular cardio and weight training; as well as eating in a calorie deficit.
This is essentially why it’s called a supplement; it is to SUPPLEMENT your diet and workouts to give you greater results. It doesn’t replace them.
Since clenbuterol raises the temperature of the human body, this results in a considerably spiked basil metabolic rate. As your metabolic rate increases, this also increases the chances of eating in a calorie deficit and burning fat. The fat burning effects of clenbuterol are permanent, as long as you don’t go crazy overeating after your cycle finishes.
2.) Anabolic effects of Clenbuterol
When Clenbuterol originally hit the shelves, it was touted as a highly anabolic (muscle-building) drug. This was after several studies and experiments were conducted showing clen to significantly increase an animals’s LBM (lean body mass). Since then, human studies have confirmed clen’s not quite as anabolic as scientists and bodybuilder’s first thought.
However, its slightly anabolic nature means it might be able to help you hang on to some muscle tissue when you’re cutting, but equally, don’t expect to gain 10lbs of muscle whilst taking clen alone…especially if you’re on low calories.
3.) Other Positive Effects of Clenbuterol
Scientifically known as Clenbuterol Hydrochloride, the supplement was not originally designed to promote weight loss, but to help in the treatment of breathing disorders such as chronic asthma.
Clenbuterol helps asthma patients by elevating the flow of oxygen inside the body, thus boosting a users cardiovascular performance. Since it’s a stimulant, it has a powerful impact on the central nervous system, by stimulating it to create higher adrenaline levels.
While it’s still beneficial for people suffering from asthma, it’s also extremely useful for enhancing the performance of athletes who regularly take part in cardiovascular-based sports. Athletes who need high endurance levels such as cyclists and runners can substantially increase their endurance levels by taking a supplement like clenbuterol (although this will be flagged in a drug test).
When is Clenbuterol Most Effective?
In bodybuilding terms, clenbuterol is most effective during a cutting cycle (when the goal is to lose fat and keep your muscle size). Clenbuterol comes in handy during a cut because it accelerates fat loss, meaning you won’t have to spend as long cutting. When clen’s effects kick in, results vary from one individual to another.
In general though, clenbuterol’s effects are almost immediate. In this respect, clenbuterol could be seen as superior to many anabolic steroids, which only result in significant gains after a week or two.
How to Take Clenbuterol
For clenbuterol to be effective, you have to take it in cycles. Knowledgeable and experienced experts recommend cycles consisting of 2 weeks on and 2 weeks off. Whilst clen’s fat burning effects can also be experienced post-cycle, this will only last for a week afterwards. The muscle building and retaining properties will also continue after a cycle, but will fade after a week.
The 2 weeks on/off cycle is a healthy protocol, because:
- Short cycles will reduce side effects
- Your body won’t develop a tolerance to clenbuterol, as you’re only on it for 2 weeks at a time.