Regardless of whether you take anabolic steroids or are treated with corticosteroids, you may notice that your appetite increases. Why do steroids make you hungry? Read on to know more.
Appetite-improving effects of anabolics
Anabolic steroids increase appetite by increasing the metabolism in the human body. Muscles begin to expend more protein; the athlete starts to spend more calories in training due to increased performance. As a result, an increase in appetite is observed. For example, one user of the website Evolutionary wrote that he experienced a significant increase in appetite due to the use of testosterone cypionate. He wanted to eat every 2-3 hours.
Almost all anabolic steroids can increase the appetite, but Boldenone does it the most. However, due to its use, side effects common to all anabolic steroids are possible. The same can be said about the anabolic steroid methenolone enanthate (trade name Primobolan). Although some users write that Primo does not give a strong increase in appetite.
By the way, many athletes find increased appetite during taking steroids to be useful. This is necessary to speed up gains in muscle mass, which is the goal of many steroid cycles.
How to increase appetite for better muscle gains?
First of all, proper nutrition helps one to increase the appetite. Try to eat more often and in small portions, while eating foods and dishes that you like most. “Upgrade” your diet periodically to avoid aversion to a particular product.
Even if you like certain dishes, do not eat them constantly, if you want to avoid getting tired of it. Eating at night will lower the glucose level for the morning and, as a result, increase appetite before breakfast. Use a little more spices when cooking foods.
According to Sportwiki, it is recommended to drink a glass of sour juice before eating. However, you can do it if you do not have contraindications to this, for example a stomach ulcer. A small amount of sugar causes an increase in the level of insulin, which stimulates the appetite, while the sour taste reflexively stimulates the mucous. You can also take a couple of tablespoons of cabbage juice before eating.
It should also be noted that an important role in the stimulation of appetite is played by the human reaction to a beautifully laid table. You can still not try a single piece of food, but it is difficult to resist a suggestion to try beautifully decorated dishes, beautiful table setting and the aroma of food.
Physical activity and fresh air may cause increased appetite. So a simple morning run can increase your desire to eat during breakfast time. Intensive warm-up exercises along with basic fitness exercises are also capable of this. In some cases, “hunger strikes” are also useful. If you choose not to eat for 1 day and at the same time use a sufficient amount of liquids, you can cause a prolonged increase in appetite (this method is not suitable for everyone).
How to reduce appetite?
If you need to suppress appetite, use the following tips:
- Drink plenty of water.
- Drink hot drinks, such as green tea.
- Carbonated water also suppresses appetite.
- Stay busy.
- Mindfully eat.
- Use caffeine, which greatly cuts appetite.
Why do cortisocteroids make you hungry?
Corticosteroids increase appetite, so you need to control the number of calories in the food you eat. As in the case of anabolic steroids, this is due to a metabolic disorder. But anabolic steroids help build muscle, whereas corticosteroids usually lead to excess fat on the abdomen, especially if you do not exercise.
Watch your calories and exercise regularly to prevent excessive weight gain. If during the period of taking corticosteroids, you began to feel hungry even after a good portion of food, talk with your doctor. Perhaps he will advise another drug.
Also, do not let the weight damage your self-esteem. You need to know that the weight will decrease, your belly will return to normal size – relatively easy for 6-12 months after the administration of corticosteroids.