Research shows that whey protein leads to over a 100% greater increase in protein synthesis (the fancy term for muscle growth) than the cheap milk protein found in many protein powders. In addition, whey protein halts the muscle-wasting hormone ‘cortisol’. Whey protein heads straight into the bloodstream – ready for delivery to your protein-starved muscles. And always try to consume a protein shake immediately after a workout – this is when your muscles need it most!
Drink lots of water – around 3 litres a day if you can manage it! My advice here is to start early in the day! Drinking large amounts of water is very important if you are taking a course of steroids. You need to flush out those internal organs and supply the water your muscles need to grow. Cut down on your salt as it reduces the ability of your stomach to digest protein. Added to this, salt may lead to water retention, heart disease and high blood pressure. Reduce your intake of fats from dairy and animal products – but ‘high fat’ cold water fish such as salmon, herring, sardines and mackerel are good for your system and should be on your shopping list. Make sure you eat nutrient rich foods (tuna, chicken, salads, pasta, beans, and pulses) and try to cut down on your sugars, salts and fats! Empty calories (sweets, chocolates, fried food) won’t provide the fuel you need but they may make you fat.
Go for complex carbohydrates (bananas, brown rice, green vegetables) and cut down on simple carbohydrates (chocolate, cakes, chips, and white bread – even carrots!). Basically, complex carbs are harder to break down and they keep your insulin levels on a more even plateau. Simple carbs will give you a short term boost but make you feel more lethargic when the boost disappears! Intense workouts require much higher doses of vitamins. If you’re new to steroids, we always recommend that you seek expert professional advice before taking them, as what’s right for one person is not necessary right for you. It’s also worth remembering that steroids are not magic! They don’t work on there own, a good healthy diet and exercise regimen are essential to achieving your goals.