Archive for July, 2011


Although the issue can be debated, bodybuilding physiques have come a long way over the past twenty years. Besides the increased muscle mass, the other primary characteristic that separates today’s bodybuilders from their counterparts of 20 or 30 years ago is body fat percentage.

Back in the sixties and seventies breaking the 10-percent barrier was considered phenomenal. But the average pro bodybuilder these days is stepping onstage with body fat percentages down in the 2 to 3 percent range. As much as we’d like to say that better nutrition and more advanced cardio machines are the reason, we can’t.  Just as steroids lead to dramatic increases in muscle growth, so too have many bodybuilders turned to modern pharmacology to “rip” their physiques and promote fat loss; and often the drug of choice is Cytomel.

The first thing we should point out is that Cytomel is not an anabolic steroid but a synthetic thyroid hormone. It has been designed to resemble the natural thyroid hormone tricodide-thyronine (T3). In a healthy person the thyroid produces two hormones: L-thyroxine (T4) and L-trilodine~thyronine (T3). Since Cytomel is a synthetic version of T3, it causes much the same effects in the body as if the thyroid were to naturally increase T3 levels.

Physicians use Cytomel to treat thyroid insufficiency (hypothyroidism), the symptoms of which are rapid weight gain, chronic fatigue, and numerous metabolic disorders. Bodybuilders use Cytomel to stimulate their metabolisms, particularly to promote lipolysis or fat burning. Initially Cytomel was only used a few months before a bodybuilding contest to promote fat loss, but now days, many bodybuilders use the drug to stay “hard” year round. Many bodybuilders also report that low dosages of Cytomel increase the effectiveness of steroids. As with growth hormone and insulin, there seems to be some sort of synergistic effect taking place.

How effective is Cytomel? 
It may shock you to hear that many of the huge, rock hard pro bodybuilders who are featured in the muscle magazines, practically live on junk food! Their over-stimulated thyroids literally burn calories like a furnace. The next time you hear that some pro bodybuilders are still eating 5,000 calories a day in the weeks before a contest, you’ll understand why.

Besides bodybuilders, Cytomel is also popular for fat loss among female fitness contestants. Since females normally have slower metabolisms than males, it is much harder for them to obtain the extremely low body fat percentages that seem to be rewarded at contests these days. Drastically cutting food and calories often leaves the individual drawn and emaciated-looking. But all this can be avoided by using Cytomel.

It may sound like the perfect solution to fat loss, but it’s not. Bodybuilders and fitness competitors who abuse Cytomel over a long period of time are at great risk for developing chronic thyroid problems. As a result, the individuals might become dependent on thyroid medication for the rest of their lives. This is similar to male bodybuilders taking steroids, the higher the dosage, and the longer the cycles, the greater the risk of shutting down natural hormone production.

I’m not going to continue to preach to you about the evils of Cytomel. But be aware that the drug can produce the previously mentioned side effects. With the science of supplementation becoming so advanced, there are now products that promote fat loss just as effectively as Cytomel. Bodybuilders report that most of these steroid alternatives will produce muscle building and fat burning effects that are similar to steroids. These safe, legal analogs have been designed with the purest pharmaceutical-grade ingredients to maximize your bodybuilding potential.