But what does scientific research have to say about Winstrol, weight loss, and potential side effects?
Winstrol (generic stanozolol) is a popular anabolic steroid use by bodybuilders and athletes for a variety of reasons.
It has potent potential to help bodybuilders achieve extremely lean muscle mass during cutting phases, combined with fat lose fat, increasing stamina, power, speed, and endurance – without losing muscle gains.
While bodybuilders and athletes use Winstrol in cycles to burn fat while developing lean muscle mass, it’s always important to be aware that no drug can do all the work without any effort on the part of the user.
The brand name Winstrol and generic stanozolol is a synthetic steroid is similar in molecular structure to testosterone, manufactured by male testes and in small amounts by women’s ovaries.
It is not designed nor recommended in the treatment of non-medical conditions or to be used as an athletic performance enhancer.
Winstrol has been discontinued in the US, but determined users can find a variety of its generic forms today.
Before even considering Winstrol weight loss benefits, be aware of potential side effects and dangers of use.
Stanozolol is rated in Pregnancy Category X, meaning it is to be completely avoided during pregnancy due to its ability to cause birth defects.
It is a Schedule III controlled substance and is banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency. Users assume all risk of legal ramifications with illegal purchases from underground labs and black marker resources.
In medical scenarios and for prophylactic treatments of medical conditions such as hereditary angioedema and various forms of anemia, the average stanozolol dosage for beginning use is recommended at 2 mg taken orally three times daily.
From there, a doctor would determine its effect on the body and its efficacy in a variety of treatments. However, bodybuilding and website forums suggest extremely high doses for faster results.
When it comes to Winstrol weight loss, be aware that results between men and women rely on a number of factors that include exercise levels and intensity, types of exercise, diet, age, weight, current muscle to fat ratios, genetics, and so forth.
Winstrol is available (from some countries and/or underground labs and black markets) in oral tablet form or as an injection solution known as Winstrol Depot.
It is preferred for its ability to encourage the development of lean muscle mass without causing bloating or water retention.
A number of bodybuilding and steroid websites state that men and women can use Winstrol for weight loss benefits without any side effects – with a caveat – meaning staying under a specific dosage, but determining a safe dosage again depends on weight, height, body composition, and other factors.
Therefore, what works for one person may not work for another or provide the same results.
A woman considering Winstrol weight loss benefits must also consider the potential side effects.
Side effects can include virilization or development of male characteristics that include body hair growth, a deeper voice, and other potential side effects such as higher “bad” cholesterol levels, acne, and potential for liver toxicity and/or damage depending on dosage, frequency of dosage, and length of use.
Winstrol is known to enhance and accelerate loss of fat while improving muscle tone. It works best on already lean individuals.
Average beginning dosage recommendations for women range 5 mg to 15 mg once a day for anywhere between eight to 12 weeks.
When using Winstrol Depot (injection), average recommendations are 25 mg given once a day every third day.
It should be noted that individuals using Winstrol may not notice effects for approximately 2 to 3 weeks.
When researching Winstrol weight loss effects, a number of studies have focused on the use of anabolic steroids including stanozolol to promote weight gain in patients who are underweight or for the treatment of cachexia (muscle wasting) in individuals diagnosed with HIV/AIDS.
A 2016 study (“Blood biochemical and oxidant/antioxidant alterations following stanozolol treatment along with resistance training in rats“) determined that creatine kinase and phosphatase activities did increase, but also that stanozolol, combined with resistance training, did influence negative side effects on muscles as well as liver function and tissue damage.
Very few (animal or human) studies have determined that Winstrol (stanozolol) is truly effective in regard to weight-loss potential.
On the other hand, the potential damaging effect of stanozolol on numerous body functions, activities, and organs have been noted:
These are just a few of the recent studies involving use of stanozolol. Before even considering Winstrol weight loss potential, be aware of the negative and potentially long-term adverse reactions of use on the body.