Ligandrol: an introduction
All bodybuilders have one goal: to lose the fat and build big muscles. However, many people hit a roadblock after months of working on the heavyweights. They’ve bulked up, but they’re still unable to burn the fat. They have abdominal muscles, but it’s all hidden under a layer of fat.
That’s why they turn to supplements like Ligandrol, one of the most popular and selective effective androgen receptor modulators (also called SARMs) in the fitness community. For many bodybuilders and athletes, this has become an effective, safe and convenient way to improve both their gains and their performance.
HOW DOES LIGANDROL HELP BODY BUILDERS?
Ligandrol, also known as Lgd-4033, was initially developed by pharmaceuticals to help the elderly or people suffering from cancer or muscular dystrophy. These patients offer to suffer from muscle loss. However, regular use of Ligandrol helped them rebuild muscle by binding to their body’s androgen receptors. They also showed that they had higher energy levels, and had better endurance and stamina.
The fitness industry saw that Ligandrol could benefit bodybuilders and athletes, and started marketing Ligandrol as a safer alternative to steroids. Positive reviews started pouring in. Users said that they show faster muscle gain – some claim that it can even lead to a gain of ten pounds of lean muscle in one cycle
Bodybuilders also said Ligandrol was very effective at building lean muscle. Their body was more efficient at burning calories and fat, so those six-pack abs were showing through!
Athletes, on the other hand, used Ligandrol to improve their performance. The supplement increased their endurance and stamina, allowing for more efficient training, and better results. Bear in mind, however, that there have been professional athletes that were penalized for using Ligandrol before competitions. Be sure to discuss your supplement intake with your trainer or coach to avoid any possible conflicts or problems down the road.
WHY IS Ligandrol BETTER THAN STEROIDS?
SARMs and steroids work in similar ways in the sense that they both bind to androgen receptors in the body to improve your muscle growth and development.
However, SARMs like Ligandrol are more tissue-selective, which means that they are able to target specific muscle and bone tissues. Steroids will bind to all androgen receptors, including those in the liver, prostate, and sebaceous glands. That’s why long-term steroid use has been associated with a lot of dangerous side effects: higher risk of prostate cancer, kidney and liver damage, osteoporosis. And since steroids also affect the body’s estrogen levels, even short-term use can lead to acne, hair loss, bloating, and higher blood pressure.
SARMs does not pose these health risks since it only acts on muscles and not the vital organs of the body. So think of SARMS and steroids as the difference between a sniper bullet and a machine gun: SARMs can hit the target without a lot of collateral damage.
Aside from this, SARMs like Ligandrol is more convenient for people to use. Steroids are typically taken in injection form to “localize” the effects to muscle tissue. Once it enters the bloodstream, it can damage other organs. However, Ligandrol can be safely ingested as a pill. It is even considered one of the safer pills because it isn’t metabolized by the liver.
All in all, Ligandrol is a much safer alternative to steroids and is considered one of the safest forms of SARMs.
WHAT ARE THE POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS OF TAKING LGD-4033?
Any side effects are minimal. The worst side effect that people have reported while taking Ligandrol is occasional nausea (usually quite mild), headache and nausea. These symptoms usually appear when you begin taking the supplement, but disappear as your body adjusts to it.
To avoid these side effects, you just need to increase your water intake. If symptoms continue to persist or become unbearable, lower your dosage or talk to your doctor.
You should also talk to your trainer or coach. Symptoms like a headache and nausea are often signs of over-training and may be attributed not to the supplement itself but the temptation to increase your workout beyond safe and reasonable limits.
WHAT IS THE MOST EFFECTIVE DOSE OF LIGANDROL?
Ligandrol is dose-specific, so you get better results with higher doses. However, don’t be tempted to take high levels right away, since your risk for side effects will increase because of the “shock” to your system.
If you are taking Ligandrol or any SARMs for the very first time, it is better to start with a small dose of five milligrams per day. You can then gradually increase your dose to 10 miligrams, although there are studies that women should stay at an upper limit of 5 milligrams. In general, that dosage is enough to improve your performance within a 24 to 36 hour period.
Some bodybuilders have gradually increased their dosage to 20 milligrams a day, but that’s very high on the spectrum. They did not report any negative side effects, and there have been no incidents of anyone overdosing on Ligandrol. Nevertheless, most trainers and coaches advise against such megadoses, especially if you are using other types of supplements at the same time.
HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE TO SEE RESULTS?
Results depend on many things: your body type, training levels, and other genetic factors that affect your body’s ability to burn fat and build muscle. However, it is possible to see gains (such as being able to lift heavier weights or increase the duration of a workout) in as short as two to three weeks. Gains will increase until the sixth week, and then begin to plateau as your body develops a tolerance to it.
CAN I STACK LIGANDROL WITH OTHER SUPPLEMENTS?
Yes, you can stack Ligandrol with other SARMs like Cardarine, Ostarine or Testolone. In fact, many bodybuilders and athletes will combine supplements to achieve their particular fitness goals. However, trainers recommend that you avoid using many SARMs at the same time. If you’d like to combine pills, you can increase your dose of anabolicum or other types of supplements rather than making one big SARM cocktail.
DOES LIGANDROL PROMOTE WEIGHT LOSS?
Lgd-4033 is better at building lean muscle mass and improving your strength and endurance. Any fat loss is more of a very good side effect. Since you get a better workout and build more muscles, you’re able to burn more calories all throughout the day. But, as a chemical compound, it doesn’t actually directly affect your body’s ability to burn fat. So, you can’t take Ligandrol as a diet or fat loss pill, and don’t believe anyone who markets it in that way! If you want to become slimmer and shed the belly, you’ll have to do the work at the gym.
HAVE THERE BEEN CLINICAL TRIALS ON LIGANDROL?
The studies of Ligandrol as a bodybuilding supplement are still on-going. However, research has been promising.
In one study, 76 adult males were given either a placebo or a 1.0-milligram dose of LGD 4033 for 21 days. Those who took Ligandrol showed an improvement in their lean muscle mass, better muscle strength, and better performance on endurance exercise (such as climbing up the stairs).
There are also clinical trials that test its ability to heal damaged muscles, particularly among people who are recovering from hip fracture surgery.
Several groups are continuing to discover and test the many benefits of Ligandrol to muscle and tissue development.
WHAT DO PEOPLE SAY ABOUT LIGANDROL?
There is a lot of anecdotal evidence and customer testimonials from people who have seen the results for themselves.
“In my first cycle, my core lifts improved by 25!” says one user. Another said that he’s finally seeing some gains in his upper body. “I’ve been lifting for over a year, but most of my gains have been in my leg muscles. I could barely see any improvement in my arms and chest. After taking Ligandrol, my upper body is starting to look rounder and more muscular.”
Another user says that this is one of the only supplements he’s taken that have no uncomfortable side effects. “With the other pills, I sometimes experience diarrhea or stomach pain, which can be quite inconvenient when I’m outside. The only side effect I got from Ligandrol was a dry mouth, and that symptom disappeared after my first week.”
Many bodybuilders who have tried different supplements say that not only do their muscles feel harder and fuller the whole day, but they also feel more positive and powerful. Many pills that affect hormones can cause mood swings, where you feel really happy and energetic one moment and then suddenly “crash” – become cranky, listless, or even depressed. With lgd 4033, your good energy levels and moods stay consistent the whole day.
WHERE CAN I GET LIGANDROL?
It is important to buy LGD 4033 and other SARMs from credible sellers. Fake supplements may be cheaper, but they can cause more adverse side effects or even long-term health risks. They are also less effective at delivering benefits like improved muscle gain, endurance, and stamina.
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