Clenbuterol is a drug which has very powerful fat burning effects on users. By interacting with the sympathetic nervous system, it increases the speed at which fat is metabolized and also expands the cardio vascular and aerobic energy systems. ‘Clen’ as it is called more commonly is a sympathomimetic amine.
The benefits in terms of fat storage reduction are evident when someone uses clen, however due to a number of deleterious side effects, the drug is not approved by the FDA (and other countries’ drug control agencies) and is in fact classed as a controlled substance.
Being inside a legal grey zone, it is not strictly illegal to possess Clenbuterol for personal use, however the procurement and distribution is an offence. Make of that what you will, but in the UK and USA it is possible to get hold of it.
Does that mean we recommend using Clen? No, the aforementioned side effects see to that.
Are there alternatives to Clenbuterol, which can provide similar results? Yes, and that’s the sort of thing we are looking into with this article.
After all, if you want to lose weight, you want to do it safely and effectively.
Clenbuterol – Not a Steroid
Clen is many things, but it is not a steroid as many people commonly refer to it. The reason for the mistake is that it is quite widely used amongst the bodybuilding community, with which there is a strong association with steroids.
Also, because of clen’s documented strength as a fat burner, and even its performance enhancing and muscle mass retaining properties, there are more and more reasons to lump all similar drugs under the same category.
Finally on this point, Clen is often used in conjunction with cutting steroids such as Winstrol and Anavar, and perhaps even testosterone based anabolic steroids like Dianabol, Anadrol, Trenbolone, Deca-Durabolin, Testosterone itself and so on and so forth. Clen’s prowess as a fat shredding drug which even has a mild anabolic effect leaves little wonder as to why many think it is a steroid.
Why is it such an important distinction to make? The reason is simple: Clen has many outward traits of a steroid, but it interacts with the body in a different way, so while the side effects may not be the same as steroids, the risks to your health can be even greater.
Clenbuterol – The Good and The Bad
Clenbuterol Hydrochloride was developed to help people with respiratory disorders due to it’s broncho-dilation properties.
The potential for negative effects caused it to be taken off the prescription pad, forcing it into the underground market for those who still wanted to use it for the intended purpose, or people who had found some more intriguing properties of the drug.
The respiratory benefit was a no-brainer to many athletes in sports which could use a boost in aerobic potential. Cycling comes to mind first just because it has been one of the well documented performance enhancers in the industry.
The intense fat burning and mildly anabolic effect is clearly a perfect combination for bodybuilding, and any sport where competitors are classified in weight categories. Tough ‘cutting’ cycles are more achievable with Clenbuterol.
With these “benefits” in mind, clen has been and is used by anyone ranging from cat walk models to cattle farmers who give it to their livestock in order to lean out the meat!
Technically, you could call that the good side of Clenbuterol.
The negatives we keep referring to involve the physiological responses that the body has to the drug. With long term use the walls of the heart can grow which in-turn reduces the capacity of the chambers inside. The interaction with the sympathetic nervous system means Clen is quite the intense stimulant. This can have adverse effects such as causing an overly rapid heart rate.
Other problems can occur with respect to ‘runaway’ fat loss, where the thermogenic effect is almost too powerful, but this is again mainly caused through long-term usage and/or improper usage.
Are There Any Safer Alternatives to Clen?
There are certainly safer alternatives to Clenbuterol; most are considered fat-burners under the general classification of supplements.
Shelves of such stores are becoming more and more full of these products. As for a supplement which has been specifically developed to mimic the fat burning effects of Clen while eliminating the negative side effects, there are a few.
The best Clen alternative product we have found to date is called Clenbutrol (yes, it’s only one letter different to the original) and is available in nearly every country. It is legal to purchase online and is safe to use for the average person.
You can read our review of this product by following the link below. The main advantage is that it uses a cousin compound of Ephedra, that is found naturally in certain parts of the world.
While having similar fat burning properties to Clenbuterol Hydrochloride, the formula within this alternative does not cause any growth of the heart walls and can be tolerated without a dangerous increase in heart rate.