Bear in mind that supplementation is only one part of a complete post-steroid cycle regimen. One also has to adjust diet and training. It is proper eating, more than anything, that will help one retain gains or improve after discontinuing steroids. Steroids increase metabolic rate and appetite. Many men find they can eat a lot on a cycle, including a great deal of carbohydrates, and not gain much (or any) fat. So, typically, caloric needs decrease after a cycle, due to the removal of the steriods and to the decreased level of training intensity. If one is continuing training, protein requirements remain high, of course. Usually, after a cycle, men tend to put on a little more bodyfat. Thus, coming off a cycle is no excuse for loosening up diet. In fact, it is imperative to pay attention to managing carbohydrate intake. It is carbohydrates that are dietarily responsible for fat, not fats. Glutamine should also be used. It helps maintain a positive nitrogen balance in muscle cells, which improves recovery and repair functions, and it thwarts post-training muscle breakdown. Glutamine also appears to increase night-time growth hormone secretion.
Anabolic steroids differ in their characteristics, which means there are steroids that are only suitable for specific uses. For instance, Trenbolone is not recommended for bulking but it is an outstanding fat burner. This makes it perfect for a lean mass cycle or a cutting cycle. Always take the side effects of a particular compound into consideration whenever you plan a stack. Do not combine anabolic steroids that show similar side effects. For example, never combine Anapolon and Dianabol because they are already quite toxic and if you combine them, the toxicity will increase exponentially and cause serious damage to your body.
There isn’t a fixed length for anabolic steroid use and cycle length differs with the individual users, the dosages and the stacks being used. Nevertheless, most agree that a steroid cycle under 8 weeks will not be efficient as the body requires time to adapt and it takes time for results to show up. It’s best to start with 8-week steroid cycles and then increase the time frame based on the results. Steroid cycles should last beyond 16 weeks as, after that point, added steroids won’t cause any progress and could lead to side effects . You should wait at least 12 weeks before starting a new cycle, longer better.