You can call it Dianabol, D-bol or simply Diana. All of these names refer to the same steroid, chemical name Methandrostenolone. But let’s stick with Dianabol, which is one of the most popular brand names. This anabolic steroid is one of the most popular among bodybuilders, maybe due to the fact that’s effective and you need no needles. It’s an oral steroid, and even if you can find some Methandrostenolone in injected form, it’s not common to find such a thing.
Why is Dianabol so famous?
Simple enough. Dianabol is cheaper than other anabolic steroids, it is effective if you want strength and muscle mass, and it does not require unpleasant injections.
So, you could say Dianabol has everything one would search in anabolic steroids.
In this article, I will disclose information I only give to my most dedicated clients. I’m doing this because I’ve realized how misinformation has led many promising lads into a very dangerous path. So, keep on reading if you want to use Dianabol safely, want to get a few extra tips, and read about my personal experience with Dianabol and its alternatives.
How does it work in your body?
My personal experience with Dianabol was fantastic for the first years before I started having side effects. But we’ll reach to that part later, and I will give you some helpful advice to bulk without side effects.
The world of bodybuilding would not be the same without Dianabol, and I would not have gained the muscle mass I needed to win critical competitions in my career as a bodybuilder. Different from testosterone, Dianabol has an androgenic rating of 60 and an anabolic rating of 210, which is twice the anabolic effects of testosterone.
How is that good?
The anabolic effects of a steroid refer to how well does it activate protein synthesis and muscle growth. It reflects the potential of a steroid to increase your strength and bulk up. The androgenic rating would tell you how much this steroid mimics testosterone and its side effects.
So, in other words, Dianabol is less likely than normal testosterone to cause side effects and more likely to help you increase your muscle mass. However, that does not mean Dianabol is free of side effects. For more information, you can jump all the way to the side effects in this article.
The effects Dianabol has on muscle mass is basically achieved through an increase in protein synthesis, which is what the word “anabolic” implies. Dianabol is amazing at accelerating the rate in which new protein molecules are synthesized in the body, and if you are working out and asking your body to increase your muscle mass, the majority of the new proteins will be located in your muscle.
Dianabol improves the nitrogen balance in the muscle. Nitrogen is essential to produce more protein and increase your strength and muscle mass, and that’s one of the keys behind anabolic steroids.
But don’t be like those negligent and lazy guys who think they can use Dianabol or inject themselves with any other steroid and grow muscle while watching TV.
Dianabol is not a magic pill, and it will not work if you don’t make it work. You still need to increase your physical activity and hit the gym like you never did before in order to give the command to your muscles to increase protein synthesis and promote muscle growth.
But if you’re ready to work and fight for your goals and decided on Dianabol, you’re in the right place. Here’s what you need to do:
Effective dosages of Dianabol and how to use
Dianabol usually comes in oral tablets of 20 to 25 mg. In my experience, I have never required more than 4 tablets a day for the best results. They are effective in me and bigger guys. Moreover, they are a metabolic bomb, and I do not recommend such high doses if this is your first try.
I usually recommend guys to take around 30 mg of Dianabol during their first bulking cycle, and I would allow for 50 mg in some cases, especially in big guys with previous experience. In most cases, these are effective and safe doses. But it all depends on your body, and you may experience with increasing dosages.
So, the more commonly recommended dose is:
30 to 50 mg a day for 4 to a maximum of 6 weeks
However, if you’re increasing your dosage, this is what you need to keep in mind:
- Complete a cycle with the previous dosage first and see how your body behaves during the cycle and afterward.
- The previous cycle should be 6 weeks with the previous dosage, and your next cycle should be no more than 4 weeks with the new dosage.
- If you’re experiencing side effects, do not hesitate to go back to a safer dose.
- You may need some check-up first. So, don’t do it by yourself. Always ask professionals and someone who knows how to use Dianabol.
What about the maximum dosage?
I already mentioned I have never used more than 4 tablets a day, and it was an exceptional case of a very devoted bodybuilder who had already gained fantastic muscle mass and wanted to prepare for a competition. So, not even my most dedicated clients have used more than 80 mg a day.
What’s more, after a certain dosage of anabolic steroids, it does not matter whether or not you’re increasing the dosage; your muscle gains will be the same. This is known as the muscle gain plateau, and going beyond that is not really a smart thing to do. You could be increasing your chance of side effects unnecessarily.
Stacking Dianabol for bulking cycles
Experienced guys would understand how important it is to know how to stack anabolic steroids, and Dianabol is not the exception.
Which is the best stack for mass cycles with Dianabol?
It is always recommended to have one type of testosterone in your bulking stack, and when I used anabolic steroids, I would usually choose testosterone enanthate.
And if you want to go further and you’re really advanced, you could stack those two along with Deca-Durabolin.
There’s another important addition to this stack: correct nutrition. You will achieve nothing if you don’t consume a high-calorie diet with all of the nutrients you need to build up muscle mass effectively.
What about novices?
If this is your first time with anabolics, do not stack Dianabol with anything else. You will see a radical change in muscle mass and will be able to control your dose and the whole situation if you start experiencing side effects.
But before even discussing the side effects, there’s something else I want to share with you, guys.
Many underground labs are currently manufacturing Dianabol and you can find many fake copies of this drug. This could be very dangerous. But, is there a way to tell if the Dianabol tablets you just bought are fake?
Fake Dianabol and how to detect them
One of the main disadvantages of Dianabol is that it is a drug of illegal use for bodybuilders. This anabolic steroid is manufactured in just a few countries and travels throughout the world to reach American ground and other places where it is forbidden.
I already mentioned how dangerous it is to buy Dianabol from underground labs or get a veterinary use product to use in humans. The latter is not formulated for humans and would cause unexpected side effects, and the former does not usually comply with the standards of quality any drug would need to fulfill before being considered safe to use.
Moreover, many guys have reported adverse effects –and sometimes even losing their money for placebo pills- when buying Dianabol from underground labs. Many fake drugs are circulating, and we should be extra careful with them.
Some people talk about a simple method to set apart fake drugs from Dianabol:
It is called the “sulfuric acid test” or EZ-test. It’s basically pouring a sulfuric acid solution to the Dianabol tablets, and only real ones would change into a reddish color.
However, I have personally done this EZ-test in many Dianabol tablets, and they are all marked as fake, even when the product is legit. So, I would like to debunk this myth because it has no molecular basis whatsoever.
There’s no reason why steroids would turn red in the presence of sulfuric acid. The only way to test whether or not there are steroids in that tablet is by performing a gas spectrometry test, which is far from being a homemade test.
My recommendation on this particular:
I would never recommend anyone to trust a sulfuric acid test or any other homemade test to know whether or not you’ve got a real Dianabol tablet. If you bought it from an untrustworthy source.
I’m afraid the only way to test the steroids in that pill would be using the drug and waiting for its effects. And in my case, that’s never going to happen. I won’t risk my own health with underground labs, and I do not recommend anyone doing that, either.
Side effects of Dianabol
I already mentioned that Dianabol has a very high anabolic potential against a low androgenic profile. This property set Dianabol aside from other anabolic steroids, making it a safer option for those who want to avoid side effects.
However, the doses of Dianabol you need to use for gains is high enough to add up androgenic effects and start causing several problems. Additionally, this drug is molecularly resistant to degradation, but the same property that protects Dianabol from being metabolized by the liver would cause liver damage and other complications.
So, I decided to give you a compendium with the most important side effects you will likely find with Dianabol:
- Liver damage: First and foremost, Dianabol is highly hepatotoxic, which means it can affect your liver. The molecule of this anabolic steroid is modified in carbon number 17 to include a methyl group. This small addition makes it harder for your liver to deactivate Dianabol.This is good because you don’t need extremely high doses to reach your goals. But it is also really bad because your kidney works harder trying to destroy Dianabol and it increases the likelihood of liver damage.The chances of liver damage would increase as you increase the dosage, so be extra careful under higher dosages, and perform tests to monitor your liver function before, during, and after using Dianabol. That’s the only way to prevent terrible things from happening.
- Oily skin and acne: As the androgenic effects of Dianabol add up, the muscles are not the only hyperactive cells in the body. The sebaceous glands in the skin would produce more sebum as well, and the skin becomes oily, with a higher predisposition for acne.In some cases, you would not only get acne in your face but also in other parts of your body, especially your back. Some people say a patchy back is a sign of a user of anabolic steroids, and I kinda agree on that.
- Baldness: Another common androgenic effect of Dianabol is male pattern baldness, which has a strong genetic influence. So, if your dad or grandad were bald, you will likely have the same problem shortly after using Dianabol or any other anabolic steroid.This happens because the active form of testosterone and anabolic steroids attacks the hair follicles in the scalp. In time, the hair follicle stops producing hair, and the typical male baldness pattern starts to appear.
- Man boobs: This is one of the worst side effects, and it can even throw down your entire bodybuilding career. It happens because the excess androgens in your body start converting into estrogens. Dianabol and other steroids are made to prevent this from happening, but the dosage for bodybuilding is usually high enough to overcome any protective barriers and start increasing the size of your boobs.
- Liquid retention: This is pretty common with Dianabol and the reason why many people would prefer to stack with other steroids or combine bulking with cutting cycles. Dianabol favors water retention and makes your tissues hold more water than usual. Excess water in the underlying tissue would make you look bulky, but nothing near ripped or defined.
- High blood pressure: Some people would have blood pressure problems after starting Dianabol. If you have had a heart attack, a stroke, or similar cardiovascular events, be sure to ask your doctor and perform any appropriate test before starting Dianabol. I don’t want to frighten you, but this could be a life-threatening side effect in sensitive individuals.
You would be extremely unlucky if you had all of these side effects at once. But instead, it is more likely to experience one or two. I personally lost my hair and had acne on my back for many years, and I didn’t care.
But after a while, I started taking Dianabol in a stack with other steroids, and that’s where my problems began. I started having liver problems, and I gladly made it back to health because I caught it early enough and stopped using anabolic steroids.
Then, I understood why Dianabol and other anabolic steroids were illegal to use in my country and many others.
But I found a legal way to have the anabolic effects of Dianabol without any liver problems whatsoever
Is there a legal way to get Dianabol?
Prescribing and using Dianabol is not legal for bodybuilding purposes. There are options to consume methandrostenolone in vet products and some other manufactured in underground labs. But I surely do not recommend them.
Instead, there are legal steroids with the same properties Dianabol has but not risking your life with dangerous products, and without those nasty side effects we just mentioned.
It’s not the same as D-bol, which is another name for the long-lost Dianabol. D-bal is a legal alternative to Dianabol you can find in online stores for a fair price. It has essentially all you would expect from Dianabol and serves the same purpose for bodybuilders: building more muscle mass and increasing your strength.
D-bal, a safe alternative
So, I stopped using Dianabol when I started to experience nasty side effects, but I found something equally effective without the side effects I had previously experienced with anabolic steroids.
D-bal is a legal steroid, a natural alternative to Dianabol that mimics the anabolic potential with no androgenic effects. In other words, you won’t likely have any problems while using D-bal, no matter how you decide to take it.
Exactly like Dianabol, D-bal is meant to be used to boost your strength, increase your muscle mass, and maintain gains between one cutting cycle and the other. It goes along with alternative testosterone supplements such as Testo-Max and DecaDuro (which is an alternative Deca Durabolin I use in a stack with D-bal as well).
The difference between stacking with legal steroids and doing the same thing with anabolic steroids is that you will be safer and will not experience side effects. The androgenic potential of each drug does not add up because they simply don’t have an androgenic, side effect-inducing potential.
Do you remember how Dianabol works?
I will make a short summary and compare that to D-bal:
First off, D-bal speeds up the creation of muscle by promoting protein synthesis and making it easier for the body to enter an anabolic state. Anabolism is the metabolic process where the body creates molecules from raw materials, and proteins are included. By promoting anabolism, D-bal helps your body create those extra muscle fibers that will make a difference in your training.
D-bal also improves your nitrogen balance. Keep in mind how vital nitrogen is to build muscle mass. It has been regarded as the key to muscle mass because proteins alone would be nothing without nitrogen. We would ideally have a higher input of nitrogen compared to the output, and that’s pretty difficult to do without any help. D-bal does the trick and helps your body retain more nitrogen, exactly like Dianabol does.
What about your strength?
D-bal is formulated to increase your strength, not only giving you a bulky appearance from water retention. It is made to power-up your training and pushes you forward into heavier loads. I personally experience a surge of power after starting D-bal myself. It feels like your stamina and focus become suddenly increased, and it is something most people experience as well.
However, that surge of power is not a transient effect of D-bal. You can take your daily capsules after your workouts and be sure you will see changes during your gym sessions.
I always recommend novices to use D-bal for at least two months. After these 2 months, you could cycle off for one week and a half and then resume taking D-bal for the next 2 months. This cycling out is not meant to prevent any side effects –which D-bal does not have- but instead, it is thought to be a metabolic workout, similar to the resting period between one set and the next one.
Lastly, and maybe the most important similarity I want to highlight:
Neither Dianabol nor D-bal are magic pills to obtain the body of your dreams. You will need to work out, you will need to sweat, and you will need to make your efforts at the gym and with your diet. If you take D-bal with a carefully thought diet and you work out harder than ever, you will definitely see your body transform into a better version of yourself.