Are you looking to get big and jacked this year?
If the answer is yes, you’re in the right place.
In actual fact, even if you’re simply looking for health and fitness advice and tips in general.
You’re still in the right place.
For most of us, as far as our physiques are concerned.
If we had the option of adding several pounds of solid muscle mass.
While simultaneously stripping away excess body fat in the process.
We’d take this option in a heartbeat.
Burning fat is tough.
Building muscle is even harder.
But combining the two together?
Well, that’s not far off being impossible.
It is possible, but boy will you need to make sure you’re committed and doing things correctly.
Only the most elite bodybuilders are able to burn fat and build muscle.
And if you want this to be you then you’ve probably considered using anabolic steroids.
Today we are going to be looking at Prohormones vs steroids.
Aren’t they the same thing?
No, they most certainly are not the same thing, as we will demonstrate in this article.
Steroids and Prohormones, and also SARMs
Are stand-alone compounds that will get you big and jacked.
But you need to know the key differences.
So, grab a whey protein shake, pull up a chair, and let’s look at them differences to find out what the main differences are.
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The content you are about to read is designed purely to inform and educate.
We are not here to recommend the use of anabolic steroids because they are proven to potentially provide a wide range of serious, and potentially fatal, side-effects.
We are also not here to cast judgment on those that use steroids.
If used correctly, these drugs can indeed transform your physique for the better, but there are risks.
In this article, it is our intention to look at Prohormones vs steroids so that you can tell the key differences.
And find out which, if any, is the best option for you.
So, now that we’ve covered that.
Let’s find out more about steroids and Prohormones.
Steroids are synthetic versions of testosterone that are man-made.
They also have a cholesterol-based backbone.
You see, in men, steroids are naturally produced via the testes and the adrenal glands.
This is achieved through the use of cholesterol.
There are countless forms of steroids out there.
And not every single one is designed to serve as a performance-enhancing drug.
The compound in question has two primary functions.
These include the following:
One of the main functions of steroids is to promote cellular health and function.
They can influence your cells in a number of different ways, including the fact that they can affect permeability.
Which, in turn, means that they allow more or less fluid into and out of the cell.
Because of this, in terms of physiological importance.
They are vital because they influence virtually every process that takes place via the cells.
Another way in which steroids function within the body is by acting as signals for steroid receptors inside our bodies.
This is where the performance-enhancing side of things comes into play.
Because it is here where the steroids can communicate with the receptors and tell them to release more or less testosterone.
As testosterone is an anabolic hormone that is essential for muscle growth and repair.
This shows just how beneficial they can be.
A lot of ill-informed people think of steroids in a general blanket term.
In that, they think all steroids are the same.
This is complete nonsense.
When you see your doctor, for example, and perhaps suffer from an allergic reaction, he may prescribe you with steroids.
When people hear this, they worry about getting big and jacked and ballooning in weight.
Your doctor hasn’t given you trenbolone or Dianabol however, or at least, he shouldn’t have.
He will instead have prescribed a mild steroid that does not even possess any anabolic qualities.
Estrogen is a steroid, which means that women have steroids in their system and they are taking steroids when they use birth control pills.
The steroids we are looking at today are known as AAS, or Androgenic and Anabolic Steroids.
It is these steroids that provide physique and performance-enhancing benefits.
They are therefore able to assist with the growth, function.
And repair of muscle mass, while simultaneously assisting with fat loss in most cases.
They work by binding to receptors in the cells.
Which, in turn, encourages the cells to initiate protein synthesis by activating your DNA.
On top of that, many steroids can initiate other processes.
Including cellular division in which new muscle cells are synthesized, thereby resulting in an increase in muscle mass and output.
Some steroids out there are designed to be used by people looking to really bulk up and add muscle mass to their frames.
These are very powerful ones such as Tren and are used by many top-level pro bodybuilders.
Others, such as winstrol, are designed to burn fat and preserve lean muscle mass.
These steroids are best used during cutting cycles.
Where the idea is to burn fat and preserve muscle.
There are dozens of anabolic steroids out there.
With each one functioning in a slightly different way to the last.
Some common and popular examples of anabolic steroids, however, include the following:
The steroids listed above, and others, are also not all necessarily administered in the same way.
Some, for example, can only be taken orally in tablet form.
Others can only be injected, and some can either be injected or taken orally.
Meaning that it really comes down to personal preference.
Okay, so now that we’ve looked at what steroids are.
We now need to look at what Prohormones are and at whether or not they are steroids.
Well, to provide an early spoiler.
We’ll tell you now that they are NOT the same as steroids, though there are similarities.
Good, then carry on reading.
Prohormones are actually precursors for the hormones you find in your body.
You know hormones such as testosterone-
Prohormones are substances that the body is able to convert into a hormone once consumed.
You see, you now know that you produce natural steroids.
After all, Testosterone is a steroid, but wouldn’t it be great if you could convince your body to produce more of them?
Each person is different.
This is why some people are over 6ft tall and weigh over 240 pounds naturally, without the use of anabolic steroid pills or injections.
Yet others are much smaller and lighter.
We all produce different amounts of testosterone, HGH.
And other hormones responsible for muscle growth.
And those who naturally produce more are naturally bigger and find it easier to build muscle and burn fat.
Prohormones are useful in this instance because they communicate with the body and convince it to produce more steroid hormones.
People often confuse them with steroids, and to make matters worse.
A lot of the time they are marketed as steroidal supplements.
They are not steroids, so we’ll tell you that now.
They are also not hormones either, not yet at least.
So, what the heck are they?
Well, once they enter your system after being consumed.
Your body utilizes them as it converts them into hormones.
The great thing about Prohormones is the fact that they allow you to determine which hormones you wish to influence.
If you’re looking to get big and jacked.
You’ll probably want to improve natural testosterone production, right?
Well, the good news is that there are specific Prohormones that are designed to influence testosterone production in the human body.
Rather than injecting synthetic testosterone, you instead encourage your body to utilize more of what you have.
As you can probably see, Prohormones are much safer than anabolic steroids.
Because they are natural and result in natural increases in hormones in the body.
When it comes to the differences, one of the main reasons why people choose to supplement with Prohormones rather than steroids.
It is the fact that they are much safer than steroids.
Steroids are very dangerous, plus there is always the risk of you pick up steroid and not knowing what you’re taking.
They are also illegal and can result in hefty fines, trouble with the law, and even the prospect of jail if you’re not careful.
Prohormones, however, can be purchased legally.
In most cases, people tend to agree that Prohormones are indeed safer than steroids, though that doesn’t mean that they are entirely safe.
Prohormones can affect the endocrine glands of younger people, so they should not be used by people under the age of 19.
Not only that, but they can still cause changes in hormone levels in the body, even if these changes are natural, so discretion is always advised.
They are, however, considered much safer than steroids because they activate the body’s natural production of hormones.
Rather than having you pump yourself full of more of these compounds instead.
Steroids also have a long list of side-effects, including, but not limited to:
As you can see, the side-effects listed above which are associated with steroids are not present and have been known to be fatal many times in the past.
With Prohormones, though side-effects are still possible.
They are in no way as severe or as extensive as those associated with the use of AAS.
It’s time for us to look at which is considered the most effective.
In truth, it all depends on what it is that you are looking to achieve.
With anabolic steroids, the results are very fast.
Especially if you use the correct cycle and dosage.
Now, in terms of what you will see, this all depends on which steroids you use.
Some build muscle while some burn fat.
Generally speaking, however, most AAS will allow users to increase their muscle mass significantly while burning fat in the process.
Some users have been known to add as much as 30 pounds of muscle to their frames after just one 6-week cycle.
Prohormones act as precursors to natural hormone productions in the body.
So the results are not as dramatic.
Steroids bind to receptors in the muscle cells, which utilize natural testosterone, meaning that they mimic the effects of testosterone, so results will be quicker.
When cycling Prohormones, however, users can still expect to see significant increases in muscle mass and strength, along with reductions in body fat.
We’re here, to be honest, and honestly, you won’t see the same results with Prohormones.
As you would with steroids such as Trenbolone.
But you will still see a very impressive improvement.
Though they are much safer than steroids.
Prohormones do still need to be cycled.
This is because they can damage the endocrine gland, and they can also increase LDL cholesterol levels.
LDL is the dangerous cholesterol, which blocks the arteries and has been linked with heart disease and other serious conditions.
Headaches, dizzy spells, and hypertension are all also possible with Prohormones.
Because of this, experts recommend cycling Prohormones like you would with steroids.
Reda is an ACE Certified Nutritionist, Brazilian jiu-jitsu purple belt and bodybuilder with 11 years of experience. He's been published on many influential websites such as lifehack.org, Wealthy Gorilla, Good Men Project and more.