Dianabol, or Dbol, is an anabolic steroid known for providing massive gains in very short periods of time.
Those who have never used it often want to know when is the best time to take. There are actually a few different answers to this question, and it all comes down to your previous experience with steroids and the results you hope to achieve.
The first thing you should consider when determining the best time to take dbol is your overall level of experience with Anabolic steroids. In general, dbol is not a good choice for beginners because it is incredibly powerful.
Those who want to use it should try milder steroids first; most experts recommend running a Testosterone-only cycle before delving into other, more powerful steroids. Only take it once you understand how anabolic steroids affect your body.
At this point, your dose will vary based on your experience with dbol, specifically. The chart below shows the starting daily dose and maximum daily dose you should try based on your experience.
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Some advanced users claim to use as much as 100mg during their bulking cycles, but this is not for everyone. Many men cannot tolerate doses in excess of 50mg, and doses of more than 80mg significantly increase the risk of side effects.
Season Timing: Bulking or Cutting
The next thing to consider is whether you want to bulk up (add weight) or cut (reduce body fat and improve your overall appearance).
A Dianabol cycle is known for its ability to add massive amounts of weight; in fact, some users report gaining as much as 30 pounds in a single cycle. Because of this, Dianabol is a bulking steroid and is only very rarely incorporated into a cutting cycle.
In some cases, men may use very small doses of around 10mg a day while cutting to provide muscle fullness, but again, this is very uncommon and based primarily on personal preference. Most men do not consider a cutting cycle to be the best time.
During a Strength and Performance Cycle
Sometimes, athletes aren’t as worried about huge muscle growth gains or ripped, toned muscles. They simply take anabolic steroids to enhance their strength and speed.
Many will agree that this is not the best time to take Dianabol because of its potency. Even in low doses of just 10mg, men will often experience bloat and water gain that could potentially push them out of their weight classes.
Though there’s no denying that Dianabol can provide some serious strength and speed enhancement, men will need to gauge their unique response to this particular steroid before using it for this purpose.
Other anabolic steroids, like Trenbolone or Anavar, may be better suited for this goal for men who are prone to bloating while using. For many athletes and bodybuilders, the very best time to take dbol is at the front of an intermediate or advanced bulking cycle.
The reasons for this are quite simple.
Dianabol is an oral anabolic steroid, and like most other oral steroids, it goes to work very quickly since it reaches peak concentration in your bloodstream early on. Men who choose to cycle with injectable steroids like Trenbolone or Deca Durabolin find that it takes a few weeks before any results are noticeable, which can limit gains to a degree.
For this reason, many athletes and bodybuilders feel that the best time to use is at the start of a bulking cycle, right alongside their Deca, Tren, or other steroid, for about four weeks.
This gives them the opportunity to kickstart their gains and see immediate results while waiting for the other compounds to reach peak concentration. It seems to work quite well, and it’s by far one of the most common cycle methods used today.
Time of Day
When it comes to the best time to take dbol throughout the day, you need to consider the Dianabol half life. The best way to take any product for maximum effectiveness is to maintain the same level of that compound in your body 24 hours a day.
Since it has a very short half-life, you should break down your daily dose into increments taken every four hours throughout the day. However, because some people claim that it interferes with their ability to Sleep, you might opt for twice-daily dosing – once in the morning and again in the afternoon, about 20 minutes prior to your workout.
Just before a Workout
Though some athletes and bodybuilders think twice a day is the best time to use to help it remain stable in their bloodstreams, there are others who feel that the benefits of taking the entire dose prior to a workout are even better.
These individuals will take their daily dose about 30 minutes before their main workout for the day, claiming that they feel an immense boost in strength and stamina, which allows them to get more out of their workouts.
They also claim that taking it in this way also allows them to reap the post-workout benefits, including better nitrogen retention, which reduces pain and fatigue. It’s a matter of personal preference in almost every case.
With or without Food?
People often ask whether they should take it with or without food. In terms of effectiveness, it really does not matter either way.
However, expert bodybuilders claim that taking it on an empty stomach leaves them famished within an hours’ time, which may interfere with workouts. It is a very quick-acting steroid, so it makes sense to take it alongside a protein-rich meal so that it can put those proteins to work in your body as quickly as possible.
Although there is no set time for when to take it that works for everyone, there are a few general rules of thumb to remember. It is only meant for bulking, and most athletes find that taking it at least twice per day helps maintain the energetic feeling it offers.
You can take it with or without food, but most experienced users prefer to take it with a high-protein meal for the best results.
Planning a Cycle
If you are ready, you need to plan your Dianabol cycle effectively in order to achieve the desired results.
Below, you can learn more about how to create a Dianabol cycle that will add sheer volume and minimise the risk of side effects.
Avoid a Standalone Dianabol Cycle
First things first, it is important to note that you should never run a standalone Dianabol cycle. This is a very, very potent steroid and one that will not serve you well during a long cycle.
Most of the time, athletes and bodybuilders will incorporate it into the front ends of their cycles to help them kick-start gains while other steroids build in their systems. The average length of time is four to six weeks at the start of a Dianabol cycle, and the average dose is 50mg per day.
However, bear in mind that you may need only half of this amount to achieve the Dianabol results you want. A Dianabol only cycle is often not recommended because much of the gains that come from it are water weight.
Using it alone may help you achieve muscle gains, but usually they won’t last long post cycle – some high dose users might put on 20lbs+ of weight but only keep a small percentage of this as muscle post cycle.
What’s more, a high-dose taken over long periods of time will exacerbate the risk for liver damage, which may be irreversible. It’s always best to pair your cycle with other steroids that enjoy synergy and allow you to cycle safely.
Gather Everything You will Need
It is absolutely crucial to make sure that you have everything you will need to complete not only your cycle, but also your post-cycle therapy or PCT, before you even start.
You will need the following: Enough steroid to complete your cycle, depending on your overall dose and cycle length, and Arimidex (an aromatase inhibitor). You will need 0.5mg per day for every single day of your cycle.
Testosterone enanthate, cypionate, or propionate. Doses vary based on the type you choose, so be sure to do your research.
This will maintain your testosterone levels during your cycle and lead to better quality gains – especially when using it as a kickstarter. This is better than using a optional) for protecting your liver during and after your cycle.
What to Expect
Unlike some other anabolic steroids, dbol works very quickly and you will likely notice some changes toward the end of the very first week. Much of the gains during your dbol cycle are the result of water retention, which you can manage with the help of Anti-Estrogen medications.
Many bodybuilders claim that they gain up to 30 pounds in as few as six weeks, but since much of it is water weight, these are not permanent gains. You can expect to gain about half of that as muscle. Again, gains are more permanent when it’s not used alone.
Possible Side Effects
Some men are simply more sensitive to the effects of a cycle than others, so the best way to reduce the risk of severe side effects involves carefully titrating your dose for your first cycle so you can determine your personal tolerance level.
Side effects range from mild to severe, and may include
Adverse Side Effects
- Oily skin
- Libido changes (Sex Drive)
- Mood changes
- Hair loss
- Increase in blood pressure
- Body Hair
- Bloating (fluid retention)
- Deeper Voice
- Loss of Appetite
- Weight Gain
- Hormonal imbalances
Severe Side Effects
- Breast Cancer
- Blood Clots
- Heart Attack
- Heart Failure
- Organ Failure
If you experience Gynecomastia or significant bloat, you should reduce your dose or even stop using it altogether. Conversely, if you experience any of the other Dianabol side effects, simply reduce your dose until those effects seem tolerable.
You may also use over-the-counter treatments for acne and oily skin if you so choose.
- Increase in strength
- Muscle development (Muscle Gain)
- Increased muscle size (Muscle Tissues)
- Increased muscular strength
- Muscle production
- Lean muscles
- Extra growth
- Increase in protein synthesis
- Improved body composition
- Faster muscle recovery
- Lean muscle mass
- Increase in muscle mass
Cycle for Cutting
There are a few very rare instances in which you might want to use Dianabol for cutting, though even in this case, the anabolic steroid will not be the main compound. This may occur when athletes and bodybuilders want to maintain the “fullness” of their muscles as they burn away fat, and a very low dose can help with this.
A Dianabol cycle may also be used for strength gains, especially when paired with compounds like Trenbolone. The chart below shows the appropriate dosages to consider in each unique situation.
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Of course, the bulking cycle is the most popular because it allows for massive gains. Though some men do use it for strength and cutting cycles, depending on their individual wants and needs, this is not possible for everyone.
If you are especially sensitive to the effects, any amount – even 10mg a day – may cause gains. Be sure to consider this carefully before you use a cycle for anything other than bulking.
Post Cycle Therapy
As mentioned, you will need to follow your cycle with PCT in order to condition your body to begin testosterone production again. Otherwise, it may take up to a year for this to occur naturally, resulting in side effects such as testicular atrophy and gynecomastia.
Because it is short-estered, you need to start taking a Selective Estrogen Receptor Modulator, or SERM, three days after your last dose. Clomid and Nolvadex are great examples, and either can help boost your pituitary gland’s production of LH (luteinizing hormone) and FSH (follicle stimulating hormone), which in turn stimulate the testicles to induce natural testosterone production.
Maintaining Your Gains
As you finish out your cycle and move into PCT, you should also think about the best ways to maintain your new found pounds of muscle.
If you’ve followed the advice for stacking and are using it at the front of a cycle with a longer-acting steroid, you have already done your part in ensuring more permanent gains. Of course, you will need to continue to exercise and eat right based on your goals.
If you are happy with your current weight following a cycle, determine the number of calories you will need to consume for maintenance using a macronutrient calculator, and stick to a workout regimen that will help you keep your new muscles in optimal condition.
Planning an effective dbol cycle is not difficult. In fact, much of it is about planning responsibly and ensuring that you have everything you need to complete the cycle and ward off potential side effects.