What Is Dianabol?
Dianabol is an anabolic steroid designed to promote muscle growth and boost testosterone levels while burning fat. It works by improving nitrogen retention and promoting the production of testosterone.Dianabol also goes by the names Dbol and methandrostenolone. This steroid was the first to be available in pill form, making it more popular than widely available injectable steroids. It is now illegal in the United States and most countries.
For many users, Dianabol initially resulted in huge gains and increased endurance within the first six weeks. In addition to increased athletic performance and decreased recovery times, users also reported lower body fat percentages and less fatigue when training.However, negative effects from using Dianabol typically began after the fourth week. These side effects included decreased energy levels, fluid retention, and more severe health problems.
The History of Dianabol
Steroids date back to 1935 when scientists in Germany first synthesized testosterone. Although initially used as a treatment for depression, synthesized testosterone quickly became the drug of choice of athletes in the 1950s.
Dianabol was one of the first legal anabolic steroids to be sold commercially. Scientists created it as an alternative to the testosterone that Russian athletes began injecting during the 1954 Olympics. These testosterone injections helped men undergoing athletic training increase their performance, build up their muscle tissues, and lose excess fat.
Legal steroids became popular during athletic training, and the anabolic steroid Dianabol was a highly effective treatment. While users needed to inject other forms of steroids, Dianabol was available in pill form. The pills made the steroid easy to use and quick to distribute.
Initially popular among bodybuilders and other athletes, it soon gained popularity among non-athletes looking to enhance their appearance. Young men struggling with muscle dysmorphia began using Dianabol to build muscle and lose fat.
Dianabol’s popularity continued until 1985 due to its potency and accessibility. As it didn’t require injections, many athletes saw it as a safe and effective alternative to other steroids. Unfortunately, that couldn’t have been further from the truth.
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 popularising its use; with it believed to have sculpted his Mr. Olympia-winning physique of the 70s.
Dianabol is sometimes 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.
The above user took Dianabol as his first steroid cycle, with his size gains being typical of what a beginner can expect when taking moderate dosages (15mg-20mg/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 body already being accustomed to past steroid use. However, notable improvements in muscularity will still occur, with Dianabol generally viewed as a more potent bulking compound compared to Testosterone.
Arnold Schwarzenegger: Before and After Dianabol
Arnold’s dosage was speculated to be 15mg/day, 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 from 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 15mg/day of Dianabol purchased from the black market today, may only actually be 5mg/day; due to sellers commonly diluting the product.
Thus, 15mg/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 30lbs to beginners, with 10lbs being water and 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 to optimize for aesthetics.
Muscular strength will also reach new heights on Dianabol, with users often adding 40-50lbs to compound exercises (such as deadlift, squat, bench press). Users also retain these strength gains, should they continue lifting weights regularly post-cycle.
Dianabol will reduce subcutaneous body fat, due to it essentially being exogenous testosterone (a potent fat-burning hormone).
However, the degree of fat loss will be 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 — then they will experience simultaneous muscle gain and fat loss.
Note: Water retention can also obscure muscle definition and increase waist size (temporarily), thus users will typically appear leaner after coming off a Dianabol cycle.
Although Dianabol can decrease subcutaneous fat (that is visible externally); it can also increase visceral fat (that wraps around the organs). This occurs 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 x 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. When the liver is excessively strained, the body reduces hunger as a self defence mechanism, reducing the load on the organ (as it works to process food). In the incidence of acute liver damage, users will naturally consume fewer calories; negatively affecting their results when bulking on Dianabol. TUDCA may also be used as a supplement to inhibit hepatic inflammation/damage.
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.
An additional 10lbs of mass can be gained when adding Testosterone or Deca Durabolin to a Dianabol cycle.
Testosterone and Deca Durabolin compliment Dianabol well, as they do not increase hepatotoxicity, thus minimizing damage to the liver. Testosterone and Deca also are injectable steroids and thus only have a mild effect on cholesterol, making them safer compounds for the heart (compared to other AAS). However, testosterone suppression will worsen by combining 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 them having profound effects on muscle-building and strength. This is due to Anadrol exacerbating hepatic and cardiac damage and Trenbolone also causing the latter.