Let’s talk about the purpose served by Steroids and SARMs during a cut phase.
I get a lot of questions about expectations for an upcoming cycle, AKA “Hey Derek, if I take ______ and ______ how much muscle will I gain?”
First of all, this is an impossible question to answer as every one has completely different genetics, hormone profiles, lifting intensity, adherence to a strict diet, PED response, among countless other factors.
But, for the sake of this article, I’m going to tell you exactly what you should expect gains wise from a cycle of SARMs during a cut, or even a steroid cycle for that matter.
The answer is… NOTHING
Yes you read that correctly. Nothing.
That’s exactly what you should expect while using any anabolics in a steep calorie deficit.
Unless it’s your first cycle ever, or you have taken a lot of time off from anabolics and have lost muscle as a result and are about to hop back on a cycle, or you are a complete newbie to lifting in general, you should NEVER expect to make gains during a cut.
The purpose of using Steroids or SARMs during a cut phase is simply to PRESERVE WHAT YOU HAVE.
Your body is in an energy deficit, and is clamoring to use stored energy as fuel to prevent itself from starving essentially.
Do you really think this is an ideal environment for putting on muscle?
Of course not.
Even with anabolic steroids involved.
What happens when you are in a calorie deficit and trying to lose fat is your body dips into stored energy to fuel itself, as it isn’t being fed enough to maintain itself.
So, what happens when it dips into stored energy is it starts utilizing stored glycogen, stored fat (what you want to lose), and STORED MUSCLE PROTEIN.
Stored muscle protein is just another way of saying the body will breakdown your hard earned muscle to fuel itself, resulting in a loss of muscle mass.
So, the amazing thing about SARMs and Steroids is that they are incredibly effective at muscle sparing.
What I mean by this is that they jack up your hormonal profile to a level where it is far less likely to enter a state of catabolism, where your body will start breaking down your muscle tissue, and instead it will simply pull energy from your stored glycogen and body fat.
The goal of every cut should be to maintain your same level of strength from the start of the cut, to the end of the cut, as this will help preserve your lean muscle as well.
If you gain literally nothing, but maintain every single pound of muscle on your body during a cut, you can absolutely call that cut a success.
Getting shredded isn’t easy, and getting shredded without losing muscle is absolutely impossible if you are not hormonally enhanced to some degree.
Whether that be via SARMs or via Steroids, the whole point of using an anabolic compound during a cutting phase is simply to maintain your strength and size, and if you can accomplish just that while still simultaneously getting shredded, then the compounds you used absolutely did exactly what they should do, and expecting more from them when you are in a massively deprived state is just naïve wishful thinking.