Steroids Use and Abuse

The level of competition in bodybuilding has increased drastically. While there were bodybuilders like Larry Scott, ripped to bone, in 60’s, now the situation is different. The meaning of bodybuilding has changed a lot. Many branches of fitness has come out. The bodybuilding is now a competition against who can pack on most mass of muscles. The trend of bubble gut too took a rise lately.  And with all these, the use and abuse of steroids started. Though it is undeniable that steroid use was not a thing in past, it surely is essential part now.

Steroids use and abuse

What are Steroids Made of?

Steroids are biologically active organic compound that is made of 4 rings arranged in specific molecular structure. Steroids are hormones that is secreted by 3 endocrine organs: testosterone by testicle, estrogen by ovaries and steroid hormones like cortisol and aldosterone by adrenal cortex. Cholesterol is the parent compound where steroid is derived.

Steroids are made up of 17 carbon atom arranged in 4 rings. They fall under lipids because they are hydrophobic and insoluble in water.  Though shocking, but cholesterol is most common steroid.

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Types of Steroids

Commonly or by how it is used, the steroid is of two types:

  • Oral: It is absorbed by the stomach and then metabolized or regulated by the liver.
  • Injectable: It is absorbed slowly when injected directly in the muscles. It bypasses the liver.

Specifically, there are main 2 types of steroids.

  • Anabolic Androgenic: They are like testosterone which builds muscles and promotes masculinity.
  • Corticosteroids: They are anti-inflammatory and suppress the swelling.  Generally, it blocks the cortisol release.

Both of these have specific function in the body. Steroid is hormone and is responsible for the functioning of body in cellular level.

Steroids work by altering the testosterone to increase its effects. It basically affects the androgen receptors on certain cells, including muscle cells and promotes tissue production. Steroid also blocks the effect of cortisol, a muscle eating hormone which is induced by stress and other. Exercising makes the androgen receptor sites available and thus, muscle growth takes place.

Benefits of Steroids

Steroids have got pretty bad reputation but still athletes use them. So, there are benefits as well. Those whose take steroids are usually athletes or patients with some medical disorder. Some of the benefits of steroids are as follows.

  • Increased muscle size
  • Increased muscle strength
  • Quicker recovery time
  • Treatment for patients who require rapid muscle growth

Short Term Effects of Steroids

Benefits of steroids come with short term effects while usage. Steroid use is like addiction, once in it, you will want to get back to it again and again. Though, steroids use and abuse come with several short term effects. Some of them are as below.

  • Acne
  • Mood swings
  • Small appetite
  • Trouble in sleeping
  • Fatigue
  • Decreased sperm count
  • Irritation
  • Impotence
  • Shrinking of testicles

Though these are short term effects of steroids use and abuse, these are pretty irritating and very unwanted.

Negative Effects of Steroids

If something has got such a bad reputation, there must be some facts in it. Steroids are widely used by bodybuilders as performance enhancing drugs. Naturally it is not possible to have such huge lean mass at such low body fat percentage. The paper thin skin look comes at a price. Some of the side effects of steroid abuse are given below.

  • Shrinking of testicles: As testicles stop producing testosterone in the body,as it comes from outside, the testicles shrink in size.
  • Excessive hair growth in female: Steroids mimic the action of testosterone in body. Testosterone is male primary hormone. Hence, steroid abuse gives manly characteristics to the female.
  • Rapid Mood Swings: There is unexpected mood swings every now and then.
  • Gynecomastia: Also known as development of man boobs becomes common in man. Breast tissues start growing in the male body.
  • Stroke: The rupturing or blocking of the blood to the brain causes stroke.
  • Heart disease: The increased heart rate is due to the high muscle mass. Heart needs to work harder to feed them. Hence, due to clogging of blood, heart fails to function causing heart attack.

These are just few of the side effects of steroid use and abuse. As steroid is hormone, these influence the characteristics of gender. Testosterone being male hormone, it affects female and estrogen production from excess testosterone affects male.

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Long Term Effects of Steroids

Many side effects of steroids are from outwards or can be noticed physically. But some long term effects of steroids cannot be noticed physically. Although the steroid abuse is like addiction, it doesn’t trigger the same response and at same intensity in brain as with cocaine and others. The effects of steroid can happen over longer course of time, altering the brain for long period of time.

Long term use and abuse of steroids can cause effects as such:

  • Aggression and anger: Commonly known as roid rage, it is most common yet serious side effect. Over the course of time, the personality of person changes. The aggression becomes the primary weapon and anger becomes normal.
  • Kidney Failure: As the products need to be passed by the kidney, the oral use of steroid makes kidney weaker in long term. After long term abuse of steroids, the kidney fails to work.
  • Heart attack: The unnatural amount of blood the heart needs to pump to keep those muscles alive stresses the heart. As heart too is an organ, its size too increases resulting in blockage of path of blood flow. This results in heart attack.
  • Tumors in liver: Liver filters out the toxins from the body. The excessive use and abuse of steroids causes the growth of tumor  in the liver.
  • Dependency: Most of the function of the body shuts down due to availability of testosterone from outside. The testicles shrink, body becomes restless and energy always seems to be low. Due to these factors, the dependency of body upon the steroid use increases. The body won’t function normally without steroids.

Some common Steroids

Some of the common anabolic steroids are as follows:

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  • Testosterone
  • Androstenedione
  • Stanozolol (Winstrol)
  • Nandrolone (Deca-Durabolin)
  • Methandrosteolone (Dianabol)

PCT (Post Cycle Therapy)

Most bodybuilders have lived longer despite of steroid abuse. Steroid use needs to be in cycle form; on and off. When your steroid cycle finishes, you need to have proper PCT to regain the loses steroid has done to your body. The effects of steroid minimizes when it is completely out of the body. PCT does the exactly same thing as minimizing the effects of steroid.

There are different doses of different drugs that needs to be take for fixed period to flush out steroid from our system. This continuous abuse of drugs is very stressful for heart, liver and kidney as a whole.

Steroid Good or Bad?

Steroid are hormones. Any foreign body in our system is always harmful. Bodybuilders in past used to take steroids in limit that they could handle. The PTC too was less stressful. But as the competition of packing muscle has started, there is abuse of drugs rather than use. There were multiple death in 2018 alone of some famous celebrity.

Steroid abuse might make you look stronger, huge and terrifying from outside, but it is opposite inside. Unless you earn from your body, even supplements are not necessary for you. The use and abuse of steroid is killing many out there, don’t be the next one. Steroid shall never be an option for you.

These are few of the topics on steroids use and abuse. Don’t be tilted more towards the use and abuse of steroids. Steroid comes with very huge price, more often death. Playing with your health when you are totally blank about what you are doing is foolishness. Don’t do steroids.

 

What Inspires You

Its really hard to find someone down to earth these days. Our head is held so high with ego that we forget to look down. We look for higher sources for inspiration while we forget even a small ant can be huge source of inspiration for many couch potato out there.  Let us discuss what inspires you in this blog post. I will be sharing some of mine inspiration sources while suggesting some for you people out there.

Inspiration Everywhere

Inspiration really is everywhere. From the words of the writer you follow to the dried out leaves on your pathway. The tiny ant lifting 50 times it body weight to bees continuously working day and night. The only need here is to go on a search.

Being a fitness lover, I search for my inspiration in bodybuilders. If you are someone with interest in writing, you might have a favorite writer as well. No matter what you field is, search for one, you will definitely find one.

What inspires you

Tips to Get Inspired

Inspiration is just like falling in love, if you force it, you will not get it. It just happens, there is a moment, you are so eager to do something that even smallest of the thing inspires you. Ask a question, what inspires you? The answer generally is the thing you love doing. If you are into writing, a good writer’s book might inspire you. A fitness freak will just tell you that fitness model inspires them to workout. Going through a hard time in life, a well suited quote might help you.

Search for happiness demotivates you more than anything else. Accept anything that comes your way, and you don’t know what might just change your life. These are few of the tips you can apply though:

  • Push yourself: You will not know your boundaries until you push yourself to the edge.
  • Past Does not Count: Leave you past where it belongs, don’t drag it all the way to future.
  • Multiply Your Dreams : Aim for the moon, at least you will land somewhere higher than you are now.
  • Take challenges once you feared: Just take on something that once was impossible for you.
  • Think Decades ahead: Stop planning just for tomorrow, think decades ahead of your time and stop bragging about your past.
  • Speak less, do more and listen better: When you listen more, you tend to acquire more thoughts rather than pushing yours on others.
  • Learn to be happy alone: A happy soul can definitely comfort many other there. Be happy yourself first.

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  • Live like its last day of your life: Enjoy your life like its your last day.  Trust me, the inspirations to live more arises from there more.
  • Live to inspire: Be the inspiration that other seek for. You never know who has been looking up to you for inspiration.
  • Practice harder: Remember that mastery isn’t a natural gift, it takes years and years of hard work and dedication.
  • Don’t fear to lose: Remember to succeed, you just have to be right once. So, don’t fear losing and try again and again.

Conclusion

Inspiration isn’t a gift, it is a payout that you get from continuously rubbing your ass off. But that payout will definitely just turn your misery around.  Ask continuously what inspires you in the mirror, a single answer is enough to change the way you approach your problems. These are few of the tips on something that inspires me to achieve my dreams. What inspires you?

Fat to Fit

Every overweight person has just one concern, “This is too much”. Every normal person thinks, “Wish I could get fit”. All other thin guy thinks, “Damn, wish I could get to put on some muscle like that guy”. We conclude from these facts that wish is never ending feeling, so is fitness. If you take going fat to fit as a fitness goal, then you will get there for sure, but will it sustain?

fat to fit

Fat to Fit, Goal or Lifestyle

Lets talk about what going fat to fit should look like for you. It isn’t hard to lose weight, nor it is hard to put on some. This body type and that body type, don’t get terrified by this statements. A slight adjustment here and there can make it happen. First and foremost, fitness should be your lifestyle change, not a goal. You should be able to sustain that fitness for your lifetime not for few duration.

If you make fitness a lifestyle change, you will enjoy the benefits of being fit all your life. It doesn’t by any how mean that you need to have six-pack abs or workout 6 hours a day. It simply means a balanced and stable mind and body health. Being obese isn’t a crime, it is only some imperfection in your lifestyle. Slight change and you can change your whole lifestyle.

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Tips to Go Fat to Fit and Stay Fit

Following bodybuilders, making them our idol is common thing. We copy their style, their looks, workout, eating habits. But we forget their dedication, their hard work, challenges they faced, their patience. Some key tips that you can follow to sustain your fitness are as follows:

  • Make it lifestyle
    Don’t just workout because you are free. Don’t just eat healthy because you have nothing else to eat. Unless you engrave fitness and healthy mindset in your lifestyle, your efforts are likely to get wasted. There are many excuses that one can think of to get off track but not a single 1 to get back up. According to some research, a normal person requires about 21 days in average to make anything a habit.  Give yourself this much time to make change at least.
  • Control your mind
    Be focused. A well focused mind can perform better, we all know this. We have a lot of distraction these days. We sit online to do work and end up surfing social media. If you truly want to achieve and sustain fitness in your life, discipline is the first rule. Be disciplined in eating, follow your routine, manage your schedule well. When mind starts controlling you, it then when things start slipping out of hand.
  • Don’t hesitate trying
    We watch all over the internet all new techniques. Healthy and natural techniques as watched less often because the offer slow growth whereas others are promising and fast. We just don’t follow some advice because we hesitate trying them in first place. Don’t hesitate trying new things, you never know what might work out to your body type.
  • Try your best to stay natural
    By natural I mean stay off the products that offer faster result and mess with your system. If anything promises you faster results, be sure to check their side effects as well. Bodybuilders, actors, etc. take performance enhancing drugs yet sustain health while there are more side effects to natural person, why? It is because we only look at the better part and neglect rest. Performance enhancing drugs require proper PCT (Post Cycle Therapy) which we don’t know about and ruin our health. It is better to stay natural and sustain health than achieve a certain goal and struggle rest of the life.
  • Enjoy the Journey
    It is journey not the destination that matters. Enjoy every bit of the journey. Make fitness your passion not hobby. When you start realizing how being fit can make you perform well, you will enjoy every bit of your goal.

Conclusion

I have seen people who just want to lose weight to look good in an event. Some lose weight to be ready for summer. Some to impress female while some just out of curiosity. Change is important, it is a truth of life that happens and has good reason for it. Your lifestyle is reflection of what your personality looks like. Go fat to fit not just to get rid of the weight, but to get rid of the old you and your mentality. Eating healthy will make you look younger, your habits change, you wake up fresh. Healthy lifestyle will make you sharp. It is better done then read. Switch to go from fat to fit and never return back again.