The Best Sarms for Cutting
Maybe you are troubled by the hip fat that you’ve accumulated during the holidays; it might seem like you will never be able to lose your belly fat, or you just realized those fat buttocks are no longer in. There are two things that you can do. You can reduce the number of calories that you are taking during the day and, of course, you can head out to the gym.
Perhaps the idea of starving yourself or working out until exhaustion does not appeal to you. Maybe you want to see the results quickly for that big event coming up in two months. In any case, you are looking for a way to cut your weight in an easy and stress-free way.
The first thing that comes to your mind is steroids. But you have heard so many scary stories and bad experiences with these drugs. You are not willing to risk cardiovascular problems, liver disease, gynecomastia (gyno) or even death.
Then you stumble upon SARMs and you feel like you have found exactly what you were looking for.
Although, it does sound a little too good to be true, doesn’t it? Are they really safe to use, have few side effects and are they even legal? On top of that, is it true that they are taken orally, without needles or injections? That sounds like the holy grail for bodybuilders and all the others who want to lose weight.
In this article, I will be dispelling any misconceptions you might have about SARMs. Also, I will be giving you a detailed analysis of different SARMs and how to use them for best weight loss results. Together, we will try to find out what the best SARMs for cutting are.
But first, let us find out more about SARMs
What are SARMs?
SARMs is an abbreviation, and it stands for selective androgen receptor modulator. Now, the name itself might not be very clear to you. So let me explain it, and through it, we should be able to understand the way these drugs work.
Androgens are hormones in our bodies that function as messengers. For example, the hormone insulin gives the signal to our intestines to absorb carbohydrates, especially glucose, from the food we ingest. Likewise, androgens send signals for our body to produce masculinity traits, such as deep voice, bigger muscles, Adam’s apple… The most well-known androgen is testosterone.
In order for cells to receive the signal, there must be a receptor. Androgen receptors are spread out throughout our bodies and are specialized in receiving signals from androgens and forwarding it to the cells.
When using traditional steroids as receptor modulators, you are activating all of these receptors. Thus creating a series of negative side effects in your cardiovascular system, liver or prostate gland.
However, when using a selective modulator, you are intentionally activating the receptors in muscle and bones only. This is the main reason why these oral drugs are becoming more popular with health-conscious bodybuilders and the fitness society in general.
How were they created?
Primarily, SARMs were developed to treat medical conditions that tend to appear due to aging. With age, testosterone levels tend to drop, which causes fewer erections, declining muscle mass and strength and accumulation of body fat. Also, the main reason for inventing SARMs was to allow a customized response. They are targeting only the affected tissue, and not other tissues where they can produce undesirable side effects.
The main benefits of SARMs against testosterone
Firstly, let’s just say that SARMs are much easier to use than to testosterone. They are oral drugs, which excludes the need for injections.
Secondly, they are completely legal to buy online or over the counter.
What’s more, they have all the benefits of traditional steroidal drugs. SARMs stimulate the production of lean muscle mass, strengthen the bones and decrease water retention.
And best of all, they do this with almost no side effects. By acting selectively, they spare the rest of your body to feel their impact.
What are the best SARMs for cutting?
In this environment, cutting refers to weight loss. Usually, it’s connected to the increase of muscle mass or otherwise strengthening of your body. Throughout the fitness forums, you can read a ton of questions related to fat burning and weight loss. After all, bodybuilders and other fitness enthusiasts are eating a calorie-rich diet, which is essential for building strong and powerful muscles. Thus, high body mass and a high percentage of body fat are real problems.
Before the invention of SARMs, steroids were causing 70% of their users to gain weight. They were doing this by:
- increasing the appetite,
- retaining fluids and
- changing the distribution of body fat.
On the other hand, SARMs do not cause water retention or change the way your body stores fat. What’s more, users claim that not only do they not cause water retention, but they even cause a decrease in body fat. Why are SARMs good for cutting? Because they activate AMPK, a mechanism related to fat oxidation and lipolysis.
Now, to get back to our original question — “What are the best SARMs for cutting?”. There is no singular answer to this question. But I will give you a breakdown of all the SARMs that athletes use for this purpose, their characteristics and how to use them.
Andarine (S-4, GTx-007)
Andarine is a selective androgen receptor modulator (SARM) that was developed by GTx, Inc. for the treatment of muscle waste and osteoporosis. Like all the other SARMs, it activates the androgen receptors, but it is very selective in its action. It increases fat oxidation and decreases lipoprotein lipase (LPL), the enzyme responsible for the accumulation of fat.
As Andarine promotes an increase in muscle mass and bone strength and a decrease in body fat, it appears to be an excellent compound for maximizing fat loss while preserving or slightly increasing muscle mass.
Another great thing about Andarine is that it will prevent the loss of muscle mass while in a calorie deficit. It is always difficult to see all that hard-earned brawn literally melting away as a result of cutting. As I’ve mentioned before, Andarine has both anabolic and androgenic effects on muscle tissue. Therefore, it will not only help you with fat loss but with maintaining and even increasing your bulkiness when cutting.
Note that this drug comes with one serious but a temporary side effect. It may cause some sight problems, such as difficulty adjusting to night vision and seeing a yellow tint. As soon as you stop using it, this side effect will immediately disappear.
For best results at cutting, users have reported running 50 mg a day in a 6– 8-week cycle. As S-4 has a half-life of 4–6 hours, it is best to split the daily dosage into AM and PM dosages.
The best SARMs for stacking with this one are Ostarine and Cardarine.
Ostarine (MK-2866, GTx-024)
Ostarine is one more drug in this group developed by GTx, Inc. for the same reason. Primarily, it was meant for the treatment of bone and muscle wasting diseases.
This SARM increases the levels of proteins and nitrogens in the system, which are the main building blocks for musculature. Because it is a selective modulator, it targets the bone and muscle receptor cells. For that reason, it’s an excellent choice for developing and protecting muscle tissues without the retention of fluids.
While cutting, athletes are usually at a calorie deficit. That means that they expend more calories than they intake. That can put hard earned muscle mass at risk. If you want to protect your muscles and metabolism, you can combine a high protein diet with Ostarine. This will result in fat loss, and you will also get a lean muscle mass.
The recommended dosage is between 12 and 20 mg a day in a 4– 6-week cycle. It has a 24 hours half-life, so you can take it once a day. You should also do a mini-PCT after your cycle, as it causes a mild suppression.
For cutting, you can stack it with Andarine for better and quicker results.
- Helps grow bigger muscles
- Helps in improving strength
- Helps in healing process
- Improves endurance
- Helps in fighting Osteoporosis
- No negative side effects
Ligandrol is a SARM that was originally developed by Ligand Pharmaceuticals to prevent muscle wasting and muscle atrophy related to cancer and old age. Nowadays, bodybuilders and athletes are using it for building muscle mass and recomposing their bodies. Lean muscles burn more calories than fat during workouts, so people use this compound to help them reach their weight loss goals.
It does not cause water retention nor any bloating. However, it does cause a mild testosterone suppression though, so it is extremely important to run a full PCT after using it in a cycle.
Experts recommend using this compound in a dosage of 5–10 mg a day for 8 weeks. It is best to stack it with other SARMs, like Andarine, Cardarine, and Ostarine.
Cardarine is not a SARM, but we often label it as one. It was developed by GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) and Ligand Pharmaceuticals for the treatment of cardiovascular diseases. It is used for decreasing the level of bad cholesterol and increasing the level of good cholesterol in the body. One of the purported uses was to prevent and cure tumors in the colon, prostate and breast tissue.
This drug is a PPAR gamma receptor agonist, which means that it enables your body to expend energy while it’s resting. But instead of consuming energy from the muscles, your body burns fat for it. There is also an energy boost, so you will not feel a shortage of it while on a cutting diet.
There were no clinical trials on humans with this drug, only on mice, so make sure to run a full PTC after it, as you would with any other SARM, AAS or another synthetic compound.
The average recommended dose is 10–20 mg a day in an 8-week cycle. To assist in fat loss, users stack it with Andarine and Ostarine.
This is one other drug that we often refer to as SARM, but it actually isn’t. It is a Rev-ErbA agonist developed by Professor Thomas Burris.
The rev-Erb-α gene is in charge of different functions that make certain changes to our metabolism. It does that by increasing the number of mitochondria in the cells and controlling circadian rhythms. This basically means that you get a boost of energy by burning fat stores and enhancing your metabolism. Furthermore, by activating your metabolism, it helps your body burn more fat even when it’s resting.
There are no known side effects for this drug, so it doesn’t require a PTC. If you are running it solo, you should take 20–30 mg a day. Also, since it has a shorter half-life, you might want to take it in small doses that are spaced out throughout the day.
So which one is the best?
Finally, which one is the best SARM for cutting? You will have to decide that for yourself. I have given you the facts concerning these compounds. Now, it is for you to decide which one suits your needs, goals and body type the best. You should take into consideration all the benefits and the way in which they work. Also, previous experience is very important when dealing with any kind of drug. Whether you had any side effects or you were very pleased with some of these drugs might help you to make the right choice.
For reference, I will give you two examples of stacks, recommended by experts in this area.
- The best SARMs for cutting-Stack for beginners — This is the milder stack, for first-time users, or if you are looking for a little bit of support in your cutting.
Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4 Week 5 Week 6
Ostarine 10mg 20mg 30mg 30mg 30mg 30mg
Cardarine 10mg 20mg 20mg 20mg 20mg 20mg
- The best SARMs for cutting-Stack for extreme results — This one is more advanced and full-speed. It will give you amazing results, and very fast. However, you need to have previous experience with SARMs and to closely monitor your health. The stack consists of Ostarine (20 mg), Cardarine (30 mg), Stenabolic (20 mg) and Andarine (50 mg), taken daily for 8 weeks. If you stick to your diet and don’t skip doses, it is a gateway to a ripped body.
However, these are the extremes. As for achieving the best result, remember to adhere to your goals and needs, and try to find the middle ground.
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