With bulking season right around the corner, I have been getting a lot of questions on what is the best way to bulk, what compounds should I take, does this mean I can eat anything? A great compound that I recommend for bulking season is dianabol, from its explosive strength increase, to its ability to add on mass, it is a great kick start to your winter bulk!
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Dianabol goes by several other names such as metandienone, methandienone or methandrostenolone and it is a modified form of testosterone. Its via an addition of a methyl group at carbon 17 alpha which helps protect the hormone when its ingested and processed by the body. There was also an introduction of a double bond between carbons 1 and 2, which reduces its androgenicity. An interesting thing to take note of is that aside from the c17 alpha methyl group, it is structurally identical to boldenone! That's one of the main reasons guys call Equipoise injectable dianabol.
Use and Benefits
As with every oral, you will find mixed opinions on dosing schedules. Since the half life is 5-6 hours, most people split their dose throughout the day to keep blood level stable while others take their dose all at once. There is some anecdotal evidence that suggest taking your dose all at once to take advantage of the increased metabolism and heighten uptake of micronutrients; though, how you dose will be personal preference. Dianabol should be taken on an empty stomach, as taking it with food may decrease its bioavailability. Dosage usually runs between 15-30 mgs per day, but some users prefer higher doses between 40-60. Therefore, personal preference and goals will play a determining factor in dosages, but, as always, the lower the dose you can get away with and see results, the better.
In terms of benefits, most users will notice a very sudden and drastic increase in strength, muscle mass and a quicker recovery rate which is exactly what we are looking for to add size! The main factor dbol is stacking, the better your stack and more results you'll get from dbol.
Dianabol is a wet compound, so water retention should be expected. An aromatase inhibitor, like aromasin or arimidex, should be taken to help keep bloating down, control estrogen and avoid gynecomastia. Cycle-aids should also be ran on dbol as it is liver toxic and will take a toll on the body over time, so fish oil, cardarine and N2Guard should be ran at a minimum.
Stacking and Cycling
Why are these steroids used on the cycle?
Dianabol – this is an oral kick-start for the cycle, used as a bulking agent. Used as a wet bulker to gain fast mass.
Deca Durabolin – an injectable steroid that stacks well with deca durabolin as a bulking agent.
Andarine (S4) – this SARM is used to help boost strength on your bulking stack.
Cardarine (GW) – it's a must on bulking cycles to help you protect yourself from nasty cardio side-effects that happen during bulking runs.
Aromasin – it's an AI that helps deal with estrogen side effects of the cycle.
N2Guard – helps clear the system of toxicity and protect your liver, kidneys and organs from damage.
When you cycle dbol, you should take advantage of the increased uptake of macronutrients. How? Eat quality foods and be sure you are eating a caloric surplus. Simply thinking you are eating enough is not good enough; in fact, many times people over estimate their caloric intake and that is when their gains stall. Keep a log book of your meals, along with macronutrients and times.
Bulking Basal Metabolic Rate (BBMR)
Weight (lbs.) x 18 = BBMR (this can be x20 for the really skinny guys)
Let's say you're a 200lbs. Male.
200 x 18 = 3,600 calories per day
Bulking Macronutrient Scale (BMS)
50% protein/20%fats/30% carbohydrates
50% protein = (3600x0.5/4) = 450 grams protein per day
20% fats = (3600*0.2/9) = 80 grams fat per day
30% carbohydrates = (3600*0.3/4) = 270 grams carbohydrates per day
This is the basic nutrition scale you should follow when you're bulking up. You can play with the calories a little bit, but in the end it's going to be very subjective to your body.
In addition to diet, you have to take advantage of the strength gains; train heavy and really push past your limits. Increased recovery time means you can train body parts more often, so try to hit body parts two times a week. I suggest working the big muscle groups 2x/week, in a fast pattern:
Day 1: Chest/Back
Day 2: Arms/shoulders/abs
Day 3: Legs/calves
Day 4: Chest/Back
Day 5: Arms/shoulders/abs
Day 6: Legs/calves
Day 7: OFF
Favorite Bulking Foods
Many times the guys I train with use bulking season as an excuse to eat anything and everything but even with the extra calories I try to keep myself within reason.
As a rule of thumb, you should eat a lot of red meat and protein, think like this:
The meat group is what you really want to concentrate on when you're trying to get big.
If you have a sweet tooth, here are two of my favorite go to bulking recipes.
Cinnamon Roll Protein Pancakes
Servings: 1 | Calories per serving: 346
Fat: 5.8 g (Sat Fat: 2.9 g) | Carbohydrate: 36.5 g | Fiber: 6.0 g| Protein: 38.5 g
1/3 C instant oats, dry
1 scoop vanilla whey protein powder
1/4 C liquid egg whites
1/4 C + 1 T fat free Greek yogurt
1/2 small banana
1 t vanilla extract
1/2 t cinnamon
1 T reduced fat cream cheese
1-2 T unsweetened almond milk
1 packet sweetener
PAM Original nonstick spray
Servings: WHOLE CAKE Calories: 865 give or take any additions you may make
Fat: 11g (Sat. Fat 4g) Carbohydrates: 37g Fiber: 0g Protein: 135g (varies on powder)
12 Ounces Fat Free Cream Cheese (339g)
12 Ounces Plain Fat Free Greek Yogurt
2 Large Eggs
3/4 Cup Sweetener
1/4 Teaspoon Salt
2 Scoops Protein Powder (60g) (I prefer vanilla)
10-15 Drops Liquid Sweetener (Optional)
1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract