Steroids are of two types. One is prescribed for some diseases and another is for performance enhancement. The weight gain during the cycle is an adverse effect of the drug. The drugs may help and effective for short term usage. For long-term use, it may cause permanent side effects and damages to the organ.
Natural steroids production
Steroids have a negative impact on the metabolism and store the fat in the stomach, buttock, and neck. The body naturally produces two types of steroids in the adrenal gland. One is cortisol and another is corticosteroids. Cortisol plays an important role to suppress the stress by decreasing pain and inflammation. Corticosteroids regulate the concentration of sodium in the body and take a key role in the overall immune system. The second group of hormone is anabolic and androgenic steroids. These hormones naturally present in the body and regulate the production of testosterone in testicles and ovaries. AAS helps to enhance cell growth and muscle development.
Steroids have the property to induce appetite. This means you use to take more calories than normal and your weight is ultimately increased. The most common effects of the drug are fluid retention, especially in the abdominal area. When your body starts to hold fluid, the body automatically gains weight. This happens because the steroid is responsible for helping in regulating the water, sodium and various electrolytes in the body. The fluid retention along with weight gain also shoots up high blood pressure. Most of the steroids progress for bulking up while on a cycle.
What to do during in steroid cycle?
Though steroids put on weight during its cycle, one must know how to avoid weight gaining during the cycle. You should be cautious aware about the calories intake. Avoid consuming simple sugars and carbohydrates which are easily digestible and again stimulate appetite. You shall divide the meals into smaller parts and take the meals with full of water. These plans help to reduce your food cravings and calorie intake.
Doing regular exercise helps to maintain your metabolism. Just stay physically active by working out at the gym, walking, using stairs instead of elevators. If you do not have any idea of start up with physical exercise consult a physiotherapist, fitness trainer to get their advice. Try to do some aerobic exercise daily 10 minutes by giving your full effort every day. If you do so, there will not be any issues in gaining weight.
Fluid retention & overcoming procedures
The major source of weight gain with steroid is water retention especially Anadrol and Dianabol will give bloated look. You can take high potassium less sodium diet to reduce the water retention issue. Increased sodium levels in the body induce the water retention level. To cut down the sodium levels in the food, either you should eat salt-free or low-salt products. You may take low-sodium diets such as dry beans, pork, fish, ice-cream milk, cheese and other dairy products. You can replace sodium with rich potassium foods say baked potatoes, spinach, oranges, and milk etc., Progress for bulking up while on a cycle can be limited by changing the eating pattern, doing aerobic exercise and daily workouts.