Clenbuterol is a bronchodilator that is used to treat people with breathing disorders like asthma. Clen, as it’s commonly known, is also used by bodybuilders as part of their cutting cycles. It’s gained some mainstream popularity recently as it has been used by celebrities as a weight loss drug like other sympathomimetic amines such as ephedrine.
Despite this reputation, Clenbuterol is not found in any therapeutic drug approved by the FDA and is banned for athletes tested by the IOC. It is also illegal to administer this drug to any animal that could be consumed by humans.
Clenbuterol is used as a therapeutic drug for asthma and COPD. It’s been approved for human use in countries in Europe, such as Bulgaria and Russia, as well as countries in Asia such as China.
Despite Clenbuterol is not an anabolic androgenic steroid (AAS) drug, it has has a strong anabolic effect. Clenbuterol use is not only for medication and bodybuilding. Its fat loss efficiency makes this drug is often used by celebrities who are looking for fast lean physique.
Brand/Trade Names: Clen, Clen B, Dilaterol, Spiropent, Ventipulmin, Broncodil, Broncoterol, Clenbuxol, Clenove, Clenasma, Cesbron, Monores, Spiropent, Ventolase, etc
Chemical Structure: (RS)-1-(4-Amino-3,5-dichlorophenyl)-2-(tert-butylamino)ethanol
The Molecular Formula: C12H18Cl2N2O
Clenbuterol works as a bronchodilator by stimulating the beta-2 receptors. This has the effect of boosting metabolic activity. The increased metabolic activity is the result of the rise in temperature caused by the beta stimulation. The stimulation causes your cells to heat up.
The increase in heat is generated by the mitochondria in the cells. It’s a simple but effective process. Cells are heated up, which heats up the body, which boosts metabolic rate.
When the metabolic rate goes up our body will burn fat to provide energy. So by increasing the metabolic rate, we also increase how much fat is burned.
Clenbuterol has also been shown to reduce the appetite of some people, but this isn’t a general effect, and some people will feel no different. While everyone who uses Clen will enjoy a higher metabolic rate, not everyone who takes it will enjoy a reduced appetite.
Clenbuterol has some easily noticed benefits. It improves the efficiency of the cardiovascular system and boosts metabolic activity. While this will lead to better lipolysis (fat loss), there are some other benefits to all this.
Clen has also been shown to increase the levels of fat-free mass (lean tissue). It won’t have the same results as a proper anabolic steroid, but it will still have a good anabolic effect. This fat-free mass increase is modest and is caused by higher levels of protein synthesis.
This means, protein, the building block of muscle, is used more efficiently. With the help of Clenbuterol, protein is used more efficient than it would be without Clenbuterol.
When you take this effect, add the increase in muscle tissue, and the higher metabolic rate caused by more muscle tissue, and you have an effective medication for reducing fat.
Clenbuterol Side Effects
Clenbuterol, much like every other medicine in the world, comes with the chance of developing harmful side-effects. While different people may suffer from various levels of side-effects, and the chances of suffering from side-effects can be controlled by using Clen responsibly, the side-effects can be troubling if they occur.
The worst side-effect of Clenbuterol is caused by the stimulating effect of the drug. People taking Clen report feeling jittery and sometimes suffering from insomnia when taking the drug.
How much you take has an effect on the extent of these effects.
People also report getting cramps but this side-effect is more individualistic than feeling jittery, and you can usually avoid getting cramps by drinking enough water.
There is one particularly nasty side-effect, and that is the damage that Clenbuterol can cause to the heart. It can cause hypertrophy (enlarged ventricles). This side-effect can also be controlled through using the drug responsibly.
To use Clenbuterol responsibly and avoid the more concerning side-effects, best avoid using it for extended periods of time. It can be used safely for a time but using it for too long can seriously damage your health.
Clenbuterol Cycles and Doses
There are two main ways to take Clenbuterol safely and efficiently. The most common cycle is to spend two weeks on the drug followed by two weeks off. While this method is the most common one more people are choosing to stay on the drug for longer periods of time through steady use.
The idea behind the “two weeks on – two weeks off method” is pretty simple. Start out on a low dose and increase your dose incrementally every few days until you’re taking the maximum dose.
When your body starts to adapt you stop taking the drug, wait two weeks, and then start taking the drug again with the same dose, you were on at the end of the first two weeks. Repeat until you reach your goal.
The idea behind steady use is also pretty simple. Start out with a small dose and then increase your dose incrementally every 2-3 weeks until you have the right dose. Doses are increased in increments of 20mcg every 2-3 weeks until you reach your target weight.
While there are two different ways to use Clenbuterol one of them is much more efficient than the other. The “two weeks on – two weeks off method” is the most popular choice, but this is because people are so misinformed by “Bro Science”; horribly inaccurate information that “gym bros” insist on spreading online.
The fact is that the “two weeks on – two weeks off” method is much less efficient than the regular method. After two weeks, the body starts to adjust to the stimulating effect and the jitters go away, but this doesn’t mean that the Clenbuterol has stopped working, which is what “Bro Science” insists on telling us.
To get the most out of Clenbuterol, it’s best to continue to take it for longer than two weeks. There will be a lot of initial weight loss, but you need to take it for longer to see the full benefits of a higher metabolic rate.
This is why you should increase the dose every 2-3 weeks to achieve the highest levels of efficiency. Both men and women will find that a small starting dose of 40mcg is best, with steady increments of 20mcg every 2-3 weeks.