Dianabol Results: With Before and After Pictures
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Dianabol (Methandrostenolone) is a bulking steroid used by bodybuilders to significantly increase muscle hypertrophy and strength.
Dianabol is the most popular oral steroid due to its potent effects on mass gain and Arnold Schwarzenegger popularizing its use, with it believed to have sculpted his Mr. Olympia-winning physique of the 70s.
We sometimes see Dianabol taken as a first steroid cycle, due to beginners wanting results thick and fast (literally). However, Dianabol is perhaps more suitable for intermediate steroid users due to its adverse effects on cholesterol and liver enzymes.
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Dianabol Results: Before and After Pictures
The above user took Dianabol as his first steroid cycle. In our experience, his size gains are typical of what a beginner can expect when taking moderate dosages (15 mg–20 mg/day) for 5–6 weeks.
For intermediate users who have already taken anabolic steroids (such as Testosterone), Dianabol won’t produce as impressive results, with their bodies already being accustomed to past steroid use. However, notable improvements in muscularity will still occur, as we have found Dianabol to be the more potent bulking compound compared to Testosterone.
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Arnold Schwarzenegger: Before and After Dianabol
Arnold’s dosage was speculated to be 15 mg/day (1), based on Frank Zane’s training diary, which detailed the typical amount golden-era bodybuilders would take. Arnold’s transformation (above) demonstrates the long-term results of using Dianabol in combination with steroids such as — Deca Durabolin and Primobolan.
This isn’t to say that users can look like Arnold by simply taking Dianabol; as you can see, he had impressive muscularity even as a natural bodybuilder. Also, Arnold’s training intensity and discipline when dieting were often unrivaled. However, the degree of improvement (not the end result) shown in the above photos can be experienced when taking Dianabol for several years, if combined with hard work.
It is worth noting that Arnold and other classic bodybuilders were taking authentic, pharmaceutical-grade methandrostenolone prescribed by a doctor. In contrast, taking 15 mg/day of Dianabol purchased from the black market today may only actually be 5 mg/day due to sellers commonly diluting the product.
Thus, 15 mg/day would be seen as a low dosage today; however, the golden era bodybuilders proved that with steroids, less is more.
In terms of weight gain, Dianabol will typically add 30 pounds to beginners, in our experience. Approximately 10 lbs of this will be water, with the majority being lean muscle tissue.
Such temporary water retention can cause bloating and a puffy look to the muscles, hence why Dianabol is often utilized in the off-season, where users will typically be wearing ample clothing (compared to beach season).
Thus, when taking Dianabol, the objective should primarily be to add mass rather than optimize for aesthetics.
Muscular strength will also reach new heights on Dianabol. We have had patients add 40–50 pounds to compound exercises (such as the deadlift, squat, and bench press). They also retain the majority of these strength gains when continuing to lift weights post-cycle.
We have also seen Dianabol having a reductive effect on subcutaneous body fat due to it essentially being exogenous testosterone (a potent fat-burning hormone).
However, we find the degree of fat loss is often determined by a user’s eating habits. For example, those bulking generally will eat in a generous calorie surplus to assist muscle and strength results. This will contribute to some fat gain and thus blunt Dianabol’s fat-burning effect.
If users do not eat in a calorie surplus when taking Dianabol, instead opting for maintenance calories, we see them simultaneously building muscle and burning fat.
Note: Water retention does obscure muscle definition and increase waist size (temporarily), so we find users typically appear leaner after a Dianabol cycle.
Although Dianabol can decrease subcutaneous fat (that is visible externally), it can also increase visceral fat (that wraps around the organs). We find this occurring due to high estrogen levels causing insulin resistance, resulting in a more bloated or distended midsection.
However, visceral fat gains are unlikely to be observable in cautious dosages, hence how Arnold and other bodybuilders from the golden era were able to maintain tiny, vacuumed waists.
How to Maximize Results on Dianabol
A person’s results on Dianabol will be determined by their training, eating habits, and the cycle itself.
Thus, for best results, users should train regularly and more often than usual, as Dianabol will greatly accelerate muscle recovery, reducing the risk of overtraining. This is why classic bodybuilders were able to train for several hours each day without burning out.
Following a standard bodybuilding split of training each muscle group 1-2 times per week is the minimum requirement for significant muscle gains.
Eating ample calories is equally important to aid anabolism and protein synthesis; thus, a small calorie surplus of 500 (or more) is often adopted on Dianabol. A person may choose to eat maintenance calories, particularly if they are conscious of their body fat increasing.
Drinking alcohol should be avoided on Dianabol, with it being hepatotoxic and thus increasing the chances of liver injury (2). When the liver is excessively strained, we notice the body reduces hunger as a self-defense mechanism, reducing the load on the organ (as it works to process food).
In cases of acute liver damage, users will naturally consume fewer calories, negatively affecting their results when bulking on Dianabol. TUDCA is a supplement our patients often use to inhibit hepatic inflammation and damage (3).
Dianabol Stacks for Greater Results
For someone who has never taken Dianabol before, it would be wise to run a Dianabol-only cycle before stacking it with other steroids, so the body can become accustomed to Dianabol first.
After taking Dianabol by itself, it can later be stacked with Testosterone or/and Deca Durabolin for greater results when bulking.
We have found that an additional 10 lbs of mass can be gained when adding Testosterone or Deca Durabolin to a Dianabol cycle.
Testosterone and Deca Durabolin complement Dianabol well, as they do not pose as much hepatotoxicity as oral steroids. Testosterone and Deca are also injectable steroids and thus only have a mild effect on cholesterol, based on our lipid profiles (4), making them safer compounds for the heart (compared to other AAS).
However, we see testosterone suppression worsen when users combine other anabolic steroids with Dianabol, thus increasing damage to the HPTA axis and extending the duration of endogenous testosterone recovery.
Anadrol and Trenbolone are less suitable stacking options, despite their profound effects on muscle-building and strength. This is due to Anadrol exacerbating hepatic and cardiac damage and Trenbolone also causing the latter.
Is Dianabol safe?
No anabolic steroid is safe, although in the correct circumstances, they have been used effectively and in a controlled way by medical professionals.
Dianabol is not the safest anabolic steroid to take for beginners, with it significantly elevating cholesterol and liver enzymes. However, intermediate steroid users who do not take excessive doses of Dianabol, take adequate time off cycles, and take precautions with their lifestyle and supplements can remain in good health.
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