Legal products that helps you lose weight

Legal products that help you lose weight

Over the counter weight loss products do not work. They rely on the placebo effect to encourage you to eat less and exercise more.

The over the counter product does nothing to add to the weight loss effect with the exception of one product below:

The only natural product that helps lose weight is Green Tea without sugar. The results have shown that people who drank green tea compared to a placebo lost an additional 1Kg  over a 12Week period by consuming approximately 2.5 cups a day (2-3 cups a day)

Some studies have shown an increase in calorie output of about 100 calories over a 24-hour period.

Green Tea is drunk clean without sugar or milk.

Taking green tea with a sugar replacement is fine.

Why does green tea work for weight loss?

Green tea contains caffeine and a type of flavonoid called catechin, which is an antioxidant. Research suggests that both of these compounds can speed up metabolism. Catechin can help to break down excess fat, while both catechin and caffeine can increase the amount of energy the body uses.

A review published in 2010 found that green tea supplements, containing catechins or caffeine, had a small but positive impact on weight loss and weight management.

However, research studies in this area tend to use doses that contain a higher proportion of catechin or caffeine than would be found in a typical cup of green tea.

It is important to note that any benefits of green tea for weight loss are likely to be very small. The impact of green tea is not as beneficial as other healthy weight loss methods, such as exercise, that have far greater metabolic benefits.

Regularly exercising and eating a healthful diet with plenty of vegetables are highly effective weight loss strategies. Green tea used alongside these methods may increase their positive results.

How to consume green tea

Drinking hot green tea during the day may help aid weight loss.

Drinking between 2 and 3 cups of hot green tea throughout the day should be sufficient for supplementing weight loss. The exact amount will vary from person to person, depending on how much caffeine they consume and their natural metabolism.

Green tea comes in a number of varieties but, for weight loss, there are unlikely to be significant differences between them. Plain, minimally processed green teas are likely to have retained the richest nutritional content.

Green tea is considered safe to consume. However, care should be taken in some cases, as large doses of caffeine can pose problems for those at risk of heart problems or with high blood pressure.

Green tea not your taste? Try this combination:

Any time tea: Green Tea with Lemon and Ginger

Like green tea, lemon and ginger can also promote fat loss, and adding them to your daily cup can enhance the natural benefits that green tea has. Simply heat water to a boil and seep green tea for a few minutes before pulling out the leaves. Squeeze in the juice from half a lemon and infuse the blend with a teaspoon of grated ginger. Let seep for fifteen minutes, and enjoy! 

Breakfast smoothie: Green Tea and Avocado Smoothie

Blending green tea and avocado makes for an excellent combination of protein, essential fatty acids, and antioxidants. Just combine a tablespoon of green tea, half an avocado, one banana, and enough hot water for everything to blend well (about half a cup). Seep the green tea in the heated water for half an hour, and process everything together in the blender to create a subtly sweet breakfast smoothie. 

Green Tea breakfast Oatmeal

The concept is simple. While you usually cook your oats in a simmering pot of water, cook them in a simmering pot of green tea instead. All that means is once your pot of water comes to a boil, before you add your oats, steep a few of your tea bags in the water. Remove the bags, add your oats, and cook as usual. You can even use this method with overnight oats, adding the oats to the hot tea and simply letting the mixture sit until the morning.

Don’t steep the tea too long or it will become bitter. A small amount of honey makes a nice addition here as well (remember that honey has a lot of calories, and so can be replaced with a powdered sugar replacement product)

Removing or replacing your sugar intake with a substitute will go a long way to weight loss

White Sugar 387 kcalories / 100g
high GI, all sugar! Bad! Very bad.

Brown sugar 380 kcalories / 100g
Brown sugar contains 95 per cent sucrose and 5 per cent molasses, which adds a flavour and moistness but has no great nutritional benefits over white sugar.

Honey 304 kcalories / 100g
Honey has a lower GI value than sugar, meaning that it does not raise blood sugar levels as quickly. Still bad.

Xylitol 240 kcalories / 100g
Xylitol polyols is 100g and 0g sugar, Xylitol is not fully digested or absorbed by the body, and is a great substitute for sugar without using artificial sweeteners.

Artificial sweeteners are low-calorie or calorie-free chemical substances that are used instead of sugar to sweeten foods and drinks

It has been suggested that the use of artificial sweeteners may have a stimulating effect on appetite and, therefore, may play a role in weight gain and obesity.

However, research into sweeteners and appetite stimulation is inconsistent. Also, there is little evidence from longer-term studies to show that sweeteners lead to increased energy intake and contribute to the risk of obesity.

  • acesulfame K.
  • aspartame.
  • saccharin.
  • sorbitol.
  • sucralose.
  • stevia (steviol glycosides)

CYX3 fat burner

CYX3 – how to take this powerful toning / weight loss drug

CYX3 (AN ORAL BLEND OF T3, YOHIMBINE AND CLENBUTEROL)

Before I start, a disclaimer: I do not take, and never have taken CYX3. I do not know how to get hold of CYX3. This drug is discussed at gyms and this info have been taken from the people who have knowledge of the drug. It has been said to be a great weight-loss/ fat burning anabolic steroid. This is an article I have done to inform you of possible side effects and possible alternatives to this drug.

You need to remember that CYX3 still requires a fair amount of cardio (20 minutes to an hour) and reduced calorie intake to achieve its purpose. It enhances the fat-burning process.

It is worth-while noting that the same effect can be achieved by normal exercise and a healthy calorie reduced diet over a longer period of time, without any of the side effects!

CYX3 is a powerful fat burner and is taken in increasing doses. Due to the strength of CYX3, CYX3 is mainly taken by men only. CYX3 is a blend of T3, YOHIMBINE AND CLENBUTEROL. Woman take CLENBUTEROL (Clen) on its own – clen drops for people with low tolerance to the side effects, clen tablets for the people who have little to no side effects with clen.

CYX3 combines the synergistic fat burning power of beta adrenergic agonists and alpha adrenergic antagonists (yohimbine hcl), T3 increases the metabolic rate by increasing thyroid efficiency.

  • Clenbuterol – 37.5mcg
  • T3 – 25mcg
  • Yohimbine 5.4mg

There are many side effects, which usually go away quickly after the last dosage.

Possible side effect:

  • Insomnia (do not take in the afternoon or evening)
  • Shakes and uncontrollable twitches
  • Tingling and the feeling that “hair is standing on end”
  • High blood pressure
  • Cold spells accompanied by shivering or even sweating
  • Overheating and sweating
  • Pain in muscles
  • Headaches
  • Sinus congestion
  • Temporary loss of strength
  • Liver damage (remember to take liver tablets or tonics with all oral steroids)
  • Erectile dysfunction and contracted privates
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Irritability and aggression

The side effects are in fact the very things that make CYX3 so good at weight loss, it works on your nervous system, and boosts metabolism and body temperature.

Start low to see if you can handle the CYX3 because it is a strong drug, work your-self up to see how much still is comfortable, but never go higher than 2 tablets as your receptors will degrade.

Keep cycles short.

More about CYX3

The blend is very potent combination of a beta and alpha antagonis (It has beta stimulating and alpha blocking properties, an ideal combination to stimulate fat loss).

Clenbuterol and Yohimbine promote fat loss through the same adrenergic system, but the effects are achieved through different mechanisms.

Clenbuterol is a known thermogenics shown to directly stimulate fat cells metabolism and accelerate the breakdown of triglycerides to form free fatty acids.

The hormone glucagon released signals the breakdown of the triglycerides by hormone-sensitive lipase to release free fatty acids.

Yohimbine, being an antagonist of alpha-2 receptors shifts the balance of sympathetic activity to ensure that lypolisis occurs.

This increases synaptic norepinephrine release, one of the body’s own natural lipolytic hormones.

Administration and use:

Clenbuterol should be built up and tapered off gradually with dosage increases and decreases every 3-4 days and doses never exceeding 160 µg per day for safety measures.

It is administered for periods of 2-3 weeks then discontinued for equal periods of time to prevent the body’s metabolic system the ability to adapt to the metabolic effects.

For fat-burning goals clenbuterol is often stacked with another fat-burning agent for quick effect, or alternated with another fat-burning agent by people who need to stay lean for a promote period. Usually t 3 is used for such purposes, with alternating cycles of 3 weeks each.

If used together, cycles will not completely overlap!!! And a new adjustment is needed.

A typical cycle for clenbuterol might be 3 weeks (21 days), with the daily amounts being:

Day 11 TABLET
Day 21 TABLET
Day 31 TABLET
Day 41 1/2 TABLETS
Day 51 1/2 TABLETS
Day 61 1/2 TABLETS
Day 72 TABLETS
Day 82 TABLETS
Day 92 TABLETS
Day 101 1/2 TABLETS
Day 111 1/2 TABLETS
Day 121 1/2 TABLETS
Day 131 TABLETS
Day 141 TABLETS
Day 151 TABLETS
Day 161/2 TABLET
Day 171/2 TABLET
Day 181/2 TABLET
Day 191/2 TABLET
Day 201/4 TABLET
Day 211/4 TABLET

Then stopping for three weeks and recommencing.

Take the tablets first thing in the morning with a glass of plain water, 30 minutes before any food, this includes breakfast, coffee or orange juice. Even ingestion with orange juice or coffee has been shown to markedly reduce the absorption of cyx 3!

Do not chew or suck on the tablet, swallow immediately.

CYX3 is not for everyone! Do not take if you place yourself or others at risk. You will get the shakes (your legs , hands and arms will shake or twitch! Some people have been known to collapse down stairs due to the shakes on day one). Do not take the tablet after mid-day, and do not take before driving a vehicle, or operate heavy machinery (it is strongly recommended that you start the cycle on a off-weekend to get get a feeling for the severity of the side effects, which should subside as you progress further into the cycle)

Stop taking cyx3 if there is difficulty or pain when swallowing, retrosternal pain or new or worsening heartburn.

What is available in SOUTH AFRICA (Taken from other online websites:)

  1. AXIOLABS GREECE CYX3 (37.5MCG CLENBUTEROL HCL,25 MCG LIOTHYRONINE SODIUM,5.4MG YOHIMBE HCL/TAB=50 TABS)
  2. NOMADLAB CHINA CYT3 (40MCG CLENBUTEROL HCL,20 MCG LIOTHYRONINE SODIUM10MG YOHIMBE HCL/TAB=50 TABS)
  3. NOMADLAB CHINA CYT3 (40MCG CLENBUTEROL HCL,20 MCG LIOTHYRONINE SODIUM10MG YOHIMBE HCL/TAB=50 TABS)
  4. AXIOLABS GREECE CYX3 (37.5MCG CLENBUTEROL HCL,25 MCG LIOTHYRONINE SODIUM,5.4MG YOHIMBE HCL/TAB=50 TABS)
  5. CICCONE PHARMA CAMBODIA CYT3 (40MCG CLENBUTEROL HCL,20 MCG LIOTHYRONINE SODIUM10MG YOHIMBE HCL/TAB=50 TABS)

​How Much Cardio Do You Need To Do To Lose Weight?

How much cardio do you need to do to lose weight? The National Institutes of Healthof America recommends at least 30 to 45 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise three to five days a week.

You can maximize your weight loss sessions for efficiency if you alternate between high- and low-intensity workouts each day.

Aim for five days a week, alternating the intensities each day. Remember to include recovery time. Take a day off from intense training every two to three days. You can do two days, a day off, three days, a day off.

High-intensity workouts are usually ones where you’re at 70 to 90 percent of your max heart rate.

Moderate-intensity exercise is at about 50 to 70 percent of your max heart rate, and allows you to say a couple of sentences while you’re working.

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Lean Xtreme Pharmaceutical grade weight loss supplement

RRP R450 – no loner sold and is discontinued

Lose weight quickly

  • Sibutramine HCL
  • 10mg per cap
  • 90 caps per bottle

How to take it:

  • Take 3 capsule in the morning after your first mean no later than mid-day

Sibutramine HCL is a novel compound which establishes a new class of drug for weight management.  When administered daily as a part of a weight management programme that includes diet and exercise, Sibutramine HCL allows patients to lose weight and to maintain energy balance at a lower body weight.

Sibutramine HCL offers three types of benefit in weight management: by enhancing weight loss, by improving weight maintenance and by reducing the comorbidities of obesity.  The clinical effects of sibutramine HCL are explained through its known mode of action as a serotonin (5-HT) and noradrenaline reuptake inhibitor (SNRI).  This dual mechanism of action results in two synergistic physiological effects – a reduction in energy intake and an increase in energy expenditure, which combine to promote and maintain weight loss.

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Six pack

6 easy ways to lose stomach fat

Not only does stomach fat look bad, its strongly linked to diseases like type 2 diabetes and heart disease .

If your stomach is larger than 102cm as a men, or 88cm as a woman, then you have abdominal obesity.

Reducing stomach fat is the most difficult to get rid of, you need to reduce your body fat to reduce your stomach.

Here are 6 steps to get you on the right pat to a smaller stomach, and healthier life.

1. Cut the sugar

When you eat a lot of added sugar, the liver gets overloaded with fructose and this all turns into fat.

When you drink sugar-sweetened beverages, you end up eating more total calories because your brain does not “register” liquid in the same way as solid foods.

This includes sugar-sweetened cold drinks, sugary fizzy drinks, fruit juices and sports drinks.

Eat fruits, such as apple or pears, and drink water instead of these drinks.

2. Eat more protein

It has been shown to reduce cravings, boost metabolism, and help you eat fewer calories per day.

25-30% of calories of your food should consist of protein. This means that you should replace 25% of your existing diet (or reduced calorie diet) with protein.

High-protein foods include  whole eggs, fish, seafood, legumes, nuts, meat and dairy products.

3. Cut the carbs from your diet

By replacing 25% to 30% of your food with protein foods will already reduce your carb intake.

If you need to lose weight fast, then consider dropping your carbs down to 50 grams per day. This will put your body into ketosis, killing your appetite and making your body start burning primarily fats for fuel.

4. Eat foods rich in fiber, especially viscous fiber

Dietary fiber is indigestible plant matter, and eating plenty of fiber can help with weight loss.

Not all fiber is created equal.

It is the soluble and viscous fibers have an effect on your weight.

These are fibers that bind water and form a thick gel that “sits” in the gut.

This gel can dramatically slow the movement of food through your digestive system, and slow down the digestion and absorption of nutrients. The end result is a prolonged feeling of fullness and reduced appetite.

The best way to get more fiber is to eat a lot of plant foods like vegetables and fruit. Legumes are also a good source, as well as some cereals like whole oats.

5. Exercise

Spot reduction is not possible as mentioned at the start of this article. In order to reduce your stomach, you have to reduce all your fat.

Exercise burns calories, first from carbs, then the fat. Exercise at least 20 minutes each day. Aim for 30 minutes, It is claimed that your body only burns carbs in the first 10minutes.

When you exercise you must move at a steady pace (not too fast, not too slow) so your body will utilize your stored fat (not carbohydrates or sugar) as its energy source. You will need to exercise in your fat burning zone, this is the heart rate you are most likely to be burning fat in. This zone is between 55 to 70 percent of your maximum heart rate (max HR).

The more intensely you exercise the more your body turns to carbs for energy. So keep the pace steady and check your heart rate.

Just don’t reach for that chocolate, or energy drink, after exercise.

Heart rate zones

6. Track your foods and figure out exactly what and how much you are eating

What you eat is important.

However, most people actually don’t what they are really eating.

People think they’re eating “high protein,” “low-carb” or something else, but tend to drastically over- or underestimate.

If you want to boost your protein intake to 25-30% of calories, as recommended above, just eating more protein rich foods won’t be enough. You need to actually measure and fine tune in order to reach that goal.

Every bit helps in reducing the stomach. Starting at any step is a good start.

High protein diet

Lower cholesterol diet

Step one – cut down on SIS (Salt, Industrialized Foods, Sugar)

Salt: Lowering your salt intake will not directly lower cholesterol, but it can help in keeping your blood pressure in check, reducing the risk of heart attacks and strokes.

Industrialized Foods: Similarly, industrialized, processed foods, from white-flour muffins to potato chips, and highly sugared foods and drinks are not necessarily cholesterol-raisers. But they can damage our arteries in a myriad of other ways, such as raising triglyceride fats, blood glucose, and inflammatory levels, not to mention packing on the pounds.

Sugar: Many people don’t realize that having type 2 diabetes, the all-too-common result of our highly processed American diet and sedentary lifestyle, dramatically increases the risk of a heart attack. What’s more, the chance of dying from heart disease for people with diabetes is two to four times higher compared to those who do not have diabetes.

Step 2: Minimize foods that raise blood cholesterol.

Reduce or remove

Saturated-fat-rich foods such as butter, tropical oils like coconut oil, fatty meats, and dairy foods like cheese, cream, and whole/low-fat milk

  • Organ meats
  • Processed meats such as hot dogs, bacon, and bologna
  • Partially hydrogenated vegetable oils (also known as trans fats)
  • Cholesterol-rich foods like egg yolks (Egg yolks are not OK, irrespective of “research”)

Step 3: Increase cholesterol reducing foods

Foods proven to lower blood cholesterol are whole foods that are naturally rich in fiber, especially soluble fiber.

  • Beans (also known as legumes) such as lentils, peas, kidney beans, lima beans, black beans, red beans, pinto beans, and so on
  • Yams (Sweet Potatoes)
  • Oats
  • Barley
  • Berries
  • Brussels Sprouts

Eat Fruits, Vegetables, Beans and Whole Grains

Prepare your meals on weekends, and freeze them in portions (in Tupperware) for the week. Each meal should be about the size of your fist. Your can mix and match your fish, chicken or beef. Ideally keep meals and healthy snacks small and eat about 5 or 6 times during the day to keep your metabolism going.

If you are not sure of what to eat, visiting a dietician to draw up an eating plan for you is ideal. The dietician will take your weight and life-style into consideration when drawing up the plan. Not everyone has an hour each night to prepare healthy meals.

Nutrition Supplements

Do you need supplements?

My view is yes,  you do need sport supplements to achieve great results .

Yes, supplementing is essential for maximum growth and recovery.

I believe in supplementing, and my personal experience has shown that leaner and superior gains are achieved through supplementation.

If you struggle to meet your goals,  supplementation could be the answer. A bulking supplement is recommended for hard gainers,  and protein replacement meals is recommended for individuals struggling with weight loss, and a protein supplements is recommended for body builders who want to grow and achieve the six pack look.

Food reduces the need for supplements

A variety of different protein sources is essential to ensure proper and sufficient protein intake.

You will need to include fish, chicken, dairy and red meats.

Most people will need to eat 5-6 smaller varied meals per day  to achieve the perfect balance between gains and weight control. But no matter what diet an individual follows, the majority want to gain maximum muscle and minimum fat.

Calorie intake per day

The biggest factor is caloric intake per day. This is the amount of food required to keep you alive and how many more or less calories you need to achieve your goal (weight gain or loss).  This is discussed in another post.

Protein to carb to fat ratios

Nutrition is a science.  Each person needs to adjust their protein to carb to fat ratio to their specific needs and “body types”.  This is discussed in another post.

Body types

There are 3 basic body types and depending on your body types:

Naturally skinny or lean Ectomorph, Naturally plump or broad Endomorph, and the Mesomorph who is naturally muscular. You could fall between the ecto / meso or endo / meso body types. Most individuals’ goal is to achieve the Mesomorph body type.

Why supplement?

With today’s busy lifestyle,  and work responsibilities, it is easier and faster to take a sports supplement to replace 2 or 3 meals.  And contrary to popular belief, the added ingredients make it cheaper per serving  of sports supplements , than to have a varied healthy diet.

Sport supplements also tastes better than many foods that give an body builder or athlete the equivalent nutrients.

The pros of taking sports supplements

  • The nutrients in a gym / sport supplements is highly-concentrate.
  • It is quick and easy to carry , prepare, drink or eat a serving of sports supplement.
  • The recommended or required intake is met quickly.
  • Sport supplements have the correct ratios for maximum absorption.
  • Sports supplements include higher levels of performance enhancing nutrients that food cannot provide quickly, such as creatine, which requires saturation to be achieved for maximum benefit.
  • Dietary supplements have a psychological and motivating effect.

Tips on nutrients

Zinc: 

Overdosing on Zinc supplements causes nausea and vomiting.  Zinc binds to copper, inhibiting copper absorption in the body. Reduce zinc intake unless advised by a doctor. only take one or twice a week to “top up” if your body is depleted.

Zinc is also found in Emmental and Edam cheese, oats, oysters or pumpkin seeds.

Creatine

Creatine doesn’t really have any side effects but any overdose is expelled and wasted. Follow the product instructions and do not overdo it as you will be flushing money away, quite literally.

Iron

Iron is absorbed better with Vitamin C and amino acids.

Iron is found in meat, green leafy vegetables, parsley, dried lentils and carrots.  Note that spinach contains a rich amount of iron, however, oxalic acid found in spinach prevents the body from absorbing the entire amount.

Negative calorie foods that burns fat

Do negative calorie foods exists?

The theory: You will burn more energy digesting these foods than you can get from the calories in that food

These foods are usually plant-derived foods that are high in water content and rich in fiber: grains, legumes, vegetables, and fruits, except for fatty fruits like avocados and olives.

This is a myth,  you cannot eat food to lose weight

It seems like a great weight loss miracle, but unfortunately it does not work like this.

Celery is top of the list as an example as it has 10 Calories, of which most of the Celery is water and fibre and it is a great snack to eat to suppress hunger pains instead of a Chocolate bar loaded with sugars – at 280 Calories.

It has been shown that to digest the Celery, you only need 2 Calories. This means that the body burns or stores the balance of 8 Calories.

Ok, since you do not burn more fat by eating these foods, what use are they?

You will not shed the calories from the cake you just ate by eating these foods, but you can replace that cake with these instead!

  1. These foods are much healthier than junk foods!
  2. They contain a good proportion of water and fibre, reduces cravings, and keeping you fuller for longer! This means you will eat less during the day, and when consuming these foods, your calorie intake will be drastically reduced.

Vegetables that burn fat

Vegetables on the negative calorie food list are: Asparagus, Bean sprouts, Beets, Broccoli, Cabbage, Carrots, Cauliflower, Celery, Chicory/Radicchio, Cucumbers, Endives, Green beans, Jicama, Kale, Leeks, Lettuce, Radishes, Spinach, Squash, Tomatoes, Turnips, Zucchini.

Fruits that burn fat

Fruits on the negative calorie food list are: Apples, Blueberries, Cantaloupe, Cranberries, Grapefruits, Honeydew, Lemons/Limes, Mangoes, Oranges, Papaya, Peaches, Pineapple, Raspberries, Strawberries, Tangerines, Watermelon.

Herbs and spices that burn fat

The spices and fresh or dried herbs on the negative calorie food list are: Anise, Cayenne, Chili peppers, Cinnamon, Cloves, Coriander/Cilantro, Cumin, Dill, Fennel seeds, Flax seeds, Garden cress, Garlic, Ginger, Parsley, Onion, Mustard seeds, Watercress.

Buying Steroids in South Africa

Anabolic Steroid abuse is a major concern in South Africa,  and gyms have a zero tolerance policy towards steroids, however, there does seem to be a secretive steroids black market in South Africa.

If you talk to many well build body-builders, they will initially deny any steroid use, but as you get to know them, they start to open up about their past Steroid or performance enhancing drug use.

From News24:

Types of steriods

In the fitness industry, the most commonly used oral anabolic steroid is Dianabol, aka Dbols, which helps users build mass in a relatively short time. It costs around R400 for 60 capsules.

The most commonly used injectable is Test Prop (Testosterone Propionate) which, according to steroid.com, promotes nitrogen retention in the muscle, and the more nitrogen the muscles hold, the more protein the muscles store. It goes for around R380 for 10ml.

One extremely dangerous steroid that some used is called Tren (Trenbolone Enanthate), which is in reality intended for livestock and referred to as the ‘greatest performance enhancing drug on earth’.

Directions for use would say ‘use 1ml for 100kg of cattle’. It is often used for its alleged fat-burning properties as well as reputed powerful muscle building, strength increasing and “hardening” qualities.

Clomid is another popular drug that’s used in post-cycle therapy, ie to ‘put you back to normal’. “

I tend to disagree with some of the content in the article.

“But in the fitness and sports world it is readily available, once you’ve found a seller.

One user (who requested to remain anonymous) told Health24 that there are always steroid pushers at the gyms, especially the larger ones.

They may approach you in the locker room and comment on your physique, thereby striking up a conversation.

Depending on your response, they may offer suggestions of how you can bulk up easier.”

This information is false, fake, a fantasy. I have never been approached by anyone and if I question anyone whom I suspect is taking Steroids, they will deny steroid use – outright! It takes them time to open up to you  once you get to know them.

“It’s also not unheard of for personal trainers to supply those they are training with illegal steroids. “

Rubbish. Personal trainers would be taking a huge risk if they do supply Steroid to anyone.  Personal trainers push a person hard to do their best, they will train a person to breaking points.

“They are also readily available online, although for every real supplier there are about 10 who run online scams and the buyer will most probably end up with a container of chalk rather than any performance-enhancing drugs.”

True, from what I understand, even the products purchase from sellers may be fake or dangerous. People are landing up at doctors with high blood pressure and other complications.

Jealous snitches and supplier rivalry

The biggest danger for a steroid user is jealous gym “friends” or rivalry between suppliers.   You might find the police waiting outside the gym because a rival supplier snitched on their competition. Unfortunately, the user will be in the firing line and will get caught along with the supplier.

A gym “friend” is also your competitor,  and unless you truly know the person, it is to be assumed that they will use the gym’s anonymous tip lines when they become jealous of your easy gains. Or it may just be religious beliefs or perhaps just moral guilt.

Side effects of steroid use

The side effects are quite sever and may include, among others:

  • Aggression – Roid rage
  • Acne
  • Body and facial hair
  • Abnormal breast development
  • Baldness
  • Increased blood pressure and strokes
  • Heart attacks
  • Male infertility
  • Loss of libido
  • Liver problems
  • Hepatitis
  • Liver cancer
  • Mental health problems, including depression, concentration and aggression.

In women, the above and also include:

  • menstrual irregularities

5 Ways to spot a steroid user: look for a distended gut/stomach,  disproportionate upper body development, gynaecomastia (man boobs),  acne,  stretch marks and a sudden increase in muscle mass.

The saddest part of steroid use is the rapid loss of muscle mass when the user gets off steroids. It may take several weeks to lose all the gains, but it is guaranteed that the muscle will disappear compared to a natural body builder. Natural builder will maintain muscles for years, whereas steroid users will lose it all.

Bottom line: Don’t use steroids.

Steroid users

Vitamins

Vitamins for skin, hair and nails

Vitamin supplementation is not required if you have a varied and healthy eating plan which consists of grains, meat, vegetables and fruits.

If you have good nails, skin and hair, then supplementation is not required.

If you get painful muscles cramps or spasm, then you may try vitamins and minerals  supplementation for several weeks, however, abnormal mineral ratios may also cause spasm and cramps. So overdoing is not going to be helpful.

If you have a great varied diet, you can still supplement but you can take the lowest dosage or half dosages (such as one tablet a day instead of two tablets), or you can skip a day between supplementation.

This not only saves you money, but should be sufficient to make up any shortfall.

When to take full dosages

Grey hair, dry or falling hair is a common problem many body builders and fit individuals tend to have due to the higher demands on their body for vitamins and minerals.

Eating a high protein, low fat diet may also lead to some vitamin deficiencies, especially if grains or fats are eliminated from the diet.

Taking a  multi-vitamin assists greatly in keeping vitamins in check, but sometimes taking extra precautions may be needed to healthy skin and hair.

Vitamin B tends to be one of the important vitamins for most individual in maintaining good health, and is sometimes lacking.

Which foods contain  Vitamin B ?

The different types of vitamin B come from different types of foods. Vitamin B12 is found primarily in meat and dairy products. B7 and B9, and, to some degree, B1 and B2 are found in fruits and vegetables.

Vitamin B boost every now and again may correct the balance, but an excessive Vitamin B-Complex intake is also capable of causing “burning muscles” or chronic muscle
tension.  It is not necessary to overdose, keep the dosages down to the recommended minimum as your body does not require a constant dosages if you are eating well.

A good balanced, and varied, diet a complete diet consisting of meats, grains, fruits and vegetables is required to get all your vitamins.

  • Vitamin B12 is found primarily in meat and dairy products, so strict vegetarians are at risk for a deficiency.
  • Vitamin B6 can be found in fish, poultry, liver, potatoes, and non-citrus fruit.
  • Most people get B1 from breakfast cereals and whole grains. B2 also can be found in whole grains, as well as in milk, eggs, and dark green vegetables.
  • Vitamin B9 can be found in many foods, from meats to grains to citrus fruits.

If you are a vegetarian or on a strict or specialized diet, supplementation may be required to meet vitamin requirements.

Which vitamins you need to look at if your skin, hair or nails are becoming problematic:

  • Biotin: The #1 B vitamin for hair growth.
  • Zinc: When we are deficient in zinc, our hair loses its colour, leading to gray hair.
  • Vitamin D: Opens follicles for hair to grow.
  • Vitamin E: Gives hair shine, bounce and growth.
  • Niacin: Increases circulation to allow hair growth.
  • Magnesium: Gives stronger hair.
  • Iron: Encourages hair growth.

Table of vitamins - set of food icons organized by content of vitamins
Table of vitamins – set of food icons organized by content of vitamins