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Can't speak for every nutritionist, but I endorse soy (in moderation and minimally processed) as a protein source because: It's protein rich (33% of cals from protein) Contains all the essential amino acids (i.e., is a "complete" protein) Is inexpensive, versatile, and appropriate for vegans. Large, independent studies show that moderate amounts of soy ...


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But I heard people saying that you don't even have to work out to get the muscles if you're on roids. Is there any truth in that? Steroids don't change the basic paradigm of muscle training. Juicing yourself to increase your hormones (effectively) will allow you to carry more muscle than your body would allow otherwise. You will recover faster as ...


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If by shredded you mean: A lot of muscles. <5% body fat. Yes, you can do it naturally, but it's rare. It also depends on whether you expand your definition to "illegal substances" like off-label ephedra use or clenbuterol. Most folks (natural or otherwise) who want to look shredded do so for competition times and go through cycles of "bulking" and ...


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There have been documented tests that show steroid use without weight training will still increase your muscle mass just as someone who workouts and doesn't use steroids. However, if you're thinking you can get huge and jacked by just taking steroids alone you're sadly mistaken. The P values shown are for the comparison between the change indicated ...


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Testosterone is a steroid hormone. A steroid simply being present does not necessarily mean that a person is making good use of it. Men are obviously on average going to out perform women in feats of strength, and having more natural steroid production helps that, but you are making a mistake in excluding all other contributing factors. Instead of ...


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I'd like to clarify a very important point: both men and women have testosterone and estrogen, however the proportions and functions are different in each. An article on whether "BioSignature" holds water against science had some interesting facts regarding the role of testosterone and estrogen in men and women: In men, testosterone is the primary ...


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There are some myths about Steroids like Taking Any Kind of Steroid Will Result In Death or Steroids are Easy to Get, but they are not true. The Good Side of Steroids? Steroids do increase size and strength. In fact, they do so very significantly. In addition to gains in strength and muscle mass they also seem to provide you with more energy and ...


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Some men train poorly, and therefore remain weak. Some women train extremely hard, and thereby achieve great strength. Reality need not break for a 120-pound person with less testosterone but more consistent, better quality, more focused training to out-deadlift a 180-pound person with much more testosterone but less consistent, worse quality, more general ...


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I don't have a link because the study was about 25 years ago but Harvard Med did a test study on three groups for 4 months: A. Steroids + 4 days working out per week (same regimen) B. Steroids + No workout C. Placebo + 4 days working out per week (same regimen) After: A. 6% gain in muscle mass B. 4% gain in muscle mass C. 2% gain in muscle mass I am ...


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Hormones get over simplified sometimes. The broscience would go something like this: "If you want to get bigger, inject testosterone. If you want to get skinnier, inject leptin." The reality is that your endocrine system is way more complicated than that, and leptin is a good example. This is an excerpt from Dr Richard Atkinson (endocrinologist): ...


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I believe you would be DQ'd if you were to use it. Looking at this thread, though they don't mention Androgel specifically, it looks like this is a standing problem: http://masterstrack.com/2010/07/14233/ The USATF rules on doping can be found here: ...


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A study on the National Institute of Health (NIH) website found an increase in LH and testosterone in both rats and humans. Some caveats though... This doesn't prove that it will be beneficial as a muscle building aid or supplement. Also, I've seen at least one reference that claimed it also causes the replacement of testosterone with estrogen so that it's ...


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You don't want to hear it, but it's a reality that anyone who's messed around with steroids and hormones can attest to: the only way you verify test levels is medically. There are saliva testosterone tests you can buy online (amazon, etc) without a physician's reference but honestly you can't "eyeball" your testosterone levels: it needs to come from a test. ...


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I partially agree with Eric. Zyzz wasn't at a level of <5% bf, he was around a 8%. You can achieve that level of definition without taking steroids. As Eric says, being in a 8-10% bf is totally possible with hard work. But first you have to consider two different things. One is your bf level and the other your muscle development. As said, you can ...


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From the limited research I've done on this I concluded that you'll still keep some of the muscle gained but not necessarily the same mass. The idea is the steroids increase the number of muscle fibres. It is one of the reasons why some are against athletes that have tested positive being allowed to compete even after serving their bans. It could be argued ...


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Yes, testosterone is produced more when you have sexual stimulation. This is because testosterone is produced in the testicles, which are responsible for sexual reproduction. When a male is aroused, his testosterone levels will spike up, due to the fact that it stimulates the chemicals moving around in the guy's testicles. In a 2012 study, it was discovered ...


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A trained female who dedicates her life to training for strength can easily outlift an untrained male. 90% of males at commercial gyms do not train for strength at all; none do SS or SL, pretty much all are novice lifters. A female who trains for strength will usually incorporate things such as pause bench, deficit deadlifts, block pulls... Everything is ...


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A steroid user does make muscle mass gains without working out. However, it wouldn't be as much as it would if they also went to the gym, too. It would be sort of like if a person was to workout but eat poorly, or lack sleep. They might make some gains, but not much. If someone on steroids wants to get insanely jacked, they've got to lift often for long ...


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To give some examples of body building bodies without steroids I would recommend the field of natural body building. You can't always prove, that none of these uses steroids (see nearly any other pro sport), but it's a start. Here is the Homepage of the swiss Federation: http://www.snbf.ch/ Or here an english page: http://www.naturalbodybuilding.com/ In ...


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Eating will not affect your result Getting inadequate sleep might give a lower result since testo is synthesized more during sleep Refrain from heavy exercise in the days before since that might increase cortisol and give an unfavorable testosterone/cortisol ratio and a lower reading; in overtraining syndrome, one of the worst signs is a lowered ...


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There is a big difference between anabolic steroids and supplements both from a regulatory standpoint and from potential risk to your body. By definition, a supplement is taken orally and contains at least one dietary ingredient, such as vitamins, minerals, herbs, botanicals or amino acids. They are regulated as food. However, anabolic steroids are ...


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I thought that this article (with more pubmed links) had an interesting perspective as well. The primary point is that the current science is inconclusive, but that the large quantities of phyto-oestrogens during infancy is probably a bad idea. This overview of high-soy-intake cases highlights the problems with phytoestrogens as well: One study reported ...



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