The importance of nutrition when on a cycle is key to both health and to offset some of the potential side effects, which can occur when on a steroid cycle.
It is a known fact if sufficient calories are not consumed when taking steroids such as Sustanon-250, Deca-Durabolin, Anadrol 50 and Testosterone Cypionate that you inhibit the muscle gains that can be made and prevent the anabolic steroid from working at its best.
This is because of the rapid changes to the users metabolic rate and physiological changes taking place. Anabolic steroids need an abundance of calories to fully exert their anabolic effects, except compounds such as Primobolan, a steroid that allows the user to build muscle when on a calorie restricted diet.
Steroids increase protein synthesis, the repair and remodeling of muscle tissue, reducing catabolism, the breaking down of muscle tissue, allowing harder and more frequent workouts to take place and decreasing the amount of recovery that is needed between training sessions.
The act of training hard and gaining lean muscle bulk, further increases calorie expenditure, speeding up the metabolism and the need for more calories. This is due to the fact that muscles are metabolically active which means they actually burn calories even at rest, to maintain their size, which makes it easier to stay leaner, one of the many benefits of training and building lean muscle tissue.
When on a cycle of anabolic steroids eating certain foods can help your cholesterol levels to be maintained within normal ranges, and to maintain a healthy lipid profile your diet should include some of the following foods, oily fish such as mackerel or salmon, avocado, nuts & peanut butter (avoid saturated fat varieties, containing palm oil). This type of fat will cause atherosclerosis, a build up fatty deposits in the blood vessels (likened to old furred up boiler pipes), also omega 3 and 6 capsules, Q10 and niacin have also been shown to help, along with vitamin E and cod liver oil capsules. These foods will help maintain health cholesterol levels, but it is advisable to have regular blood work done and tests to monitor serum cholesterol levels more accurately.
Long-term use of steroids can have a negative impact to a users serum cholesterol levels reducing HDL (High-Density Lipoprotein), the good cholesterol in favor of raising LDL (Low-Density Lipoprotein) the bad cholesterol in the body. A bad diet, which contains fast food and lots of saturated fats, will increase LDL levels.
It isn’t all-bad, some junk food is ok to eat now and then, providing that the majority of what you eat is healthy. We will discuss these food groups in a moment. Because natural steroid hormones are synthesized from fat, and cholesterol, it is actually beneficial to eat some junk food, once or twice a week, in fact when on a cycle of anabolic steroids, this can be of some benefit. The steroid will actually feed off that pizza or ice-cream that you are eating increasing its anabolic effects and helps to stimulate growth, not to mention the increase to your metabolic rate, providing that you have eaten fairly strict all week.
The majority of calories eaten in your diet should come from the following food sources, and which constitutes a clean diet:
- Complex Carbohydrates
- Sweet & White Potatoes
- Whole Grain Pasta
- Whole Grain Bread
- Brown Rice
Try to avoid white flour products i.e. white bread, white rice as these carbohydrate sources contain very little nutritional value and no fiber.
These are the preferred foods that will fuel those hard workouts and training sessions, and should make up the bulk of your carbohydrate intake and energy source.
It is generally regarded from various sources and as a guide, that an athlete or bodybuilder should consume 1g of protein for each pound of body weight; therefore a 200lbs man (approx. 14.2 stone) should consume 200g of protein, which is about right for assuring that you can continue making progress and building muscle in the gym.
Protein Sources to be consumed from lean meats:
- Chicken & Turkey
- Tuna & Other Fish
- Cottage Cheese
- Lean Red Meat
- Whey Protein
Often overlooked are the vegetables, this is where you will derive most of your vitamins and minerals from, and will provide the nourishment that your body needs, especially when exercising and training hard on a steroid cycle, and to off-set some of the possible negative side effects associated with the use of anabolic steroids.
- Beans and Pulses
The importance of Fats:
We have already discussed the importance of fats in helping to maintain healthy cholesterol levels, but they also have other important dietary functions, they are key to maintaining a healthy digestive and nervous system.
Unsaturated fats such as olive, grape and flax seed oil nuts (cashew & pecans, high in monounsaturated fats) and avocado, fats that should be eaten in sufficient quantities to promote a healthy digestive system, increasing vitamin absorption of A, K, D, and E, half an avocado a day is all you need to provide you with the recommended daily amount of linoleic acid.
Unsaturated fats helps to maintain the structure of cell walls of the body, and helps control the rate of cellular growth, which gives strength and support to muscle cell walls, and maintenance of the musculoskeletal system.
Last but not least, it is wise to consume extra vitamin C when training hard and/or on a steroid cycle for its immune increasing efficiency, also good for connective tissue and collagen strengthening, supporting muscle tissue growth, as heavy training or exercising when on a cycle can take its toll on your immune system. Vitamin C is a water soluble vitamin, you are unlikely to overdose on vitamin C as any excess will be excreted in the urine, 2-3000mg per day should be sufficient when training or exercising regularly. Unlike fat-soluble vitamins which can be toxic when taken in excess A, D, E and K. Armed with this important information there is no reason why your training shouldn’t reach new heights of success, so as you can see it is important to make sound nutritional choices.