Some Errors to Avoid in Steroid Cycles
Even though many of these mistakes may be written off as novice folly, bodybuilders of all skill levels should be aware of these common mistakes made when taking steroids.
Neglecting a diet
Many inexperienced steroid users make the mistake of believing that since the medicines and exercise would offset the bad effects of the diet, they may eat everything they want while using steroids. Some even argue that junk food’s excessive fat and carbohydrate content might cause even more growth. This is just false, regardless of whether you are in a cutting or bulking cycle. While steroids may not always be as dangerous as the media portrays them to be, they may increase the risk of several health problems. The two things that should worry all steroid users the most are their cholesterol and heart health; hence, a balanced diet high in protein and heart-healthy fats is recommended.
Not enough energy
While we’re about it, consume a tonne of healthy stuff! You must take recovery into account while monitoring your calorie intake and making dietary changes. Your body uses a lot of energy for muscle repair, which is why your muscles become bigger. If you don’t eat enough to counteract this, your muscles can take longer to mend. It is impossible to gain more weight by eating the same or less than you did when you were smaller in stature. Consume food consistently and regularly.
When do you think your body will be fully healed? Usually, it occurs when you’re asleep. You should thus make an effort to get at least eight hours of sleep every night. Dream big since you’ll almost triple your profits if you get adequate sleep.
The emphasis on cardio is too much
Consequently, when you’re cutting, don’t overdo the cardio. Excessive cardio training can quickly undermine muscle gains. Aim for short, high-intensity exercise workouts while cutting! To avoid overtraining in any manner, you should practise moderation while cutting. This is due to the fact that a lower calorie intake causes your body to heal and develop muscle more slowly, which increases your risk of injury.
One further all-too-common mistake made by novices is their frequent disdain for post-cycle treatment (PCT). Your body will create less testosterone when you quit using steroids, and it can take some time for everything to get back to normal. As a result, your testosterone levels can drop. The worst thing that may happen to a bodybuilder is the loss of muscle mass that they have achieved as a consequence.
You may begin to gain weight and even develop gynecomastia if your oestrogen levels are not maintained at a constant level. Always have a PCT plan.
Addiction to Steroids
The second problem, which equally affects novice and seasoned users, is utilising a particular steroid for an extended period. It is generally recommended that anabolic steroids be used for no more than 8 weeks, while seasoned users may use them for up to 12 weeks. When using steroids, it is never advised to use them for longer. Despite this, a lot of users—both novice and expert—exceed this caution. This is because anabolic steroids lose some of their potency with prolonged usage. Some people may become so focused on preserving their gains that they exceed the recommended dosage and duration. This is unachievable since your body will always be adjusting. Your body needs time to adjust to the changes you have made; otherwise, you risk having to take hormone-replacement medication for the rest of your life.