HGH in Bodybuilding
There is a popular phrase in the bodybuilding community, “before and after HGH”. Although many bodybuilders would deny using HGH, its no brainer that there is an HGH-craze in the body building community. Is it just a coincidence that just at the same time when HGH became easily accessible to the majority public, we have seen the biggest bodybuilders ever and there has been a trend of distended stomachs(HGH gut) in bodybuilders, particularly over the last two decades.
Ever since the 20th century bodybuilder’s have been trying out substance after substance just get ahead of their game. The bodybuilding industry was the first to discover that HGH was not just some hormone to help children with growth. This group was the first to quickly grasp the anabolic properties of HGH and that it could help them to achieve their one and only goal of a huge, attractive and well ripped body. Nonetheless there is still a controversy whether HGH for bodybuilding is worthy the risk and side effects accompanied with it after all.
What is HGH?
The Human Growth Hormone is a naturally secreted in the body by the anterior pituitary gland. At molecular level, HGH can be considered as a single polypeptide chain comprising of 191 amino acids with a molecular weight of around 22kDa. HGH is essential in the human body mainly for growth and development, the is why the levels of HGH in children is significantly higher than in adults. Adults still need HGH as it is also crucial for the general psychological and physical wellbeing of an individual.
HGH was discovered in the 20th century at the end of the First World War. Growth hormone was known to treat children with dwarfism and growth disabilities. The only source of Growth Hormone was raw human cadavers which made the hormone very scarce and expensive. Only the rich and children with acute Growth Hormone Deficiency could get the hormone.
Back in the 1950s HGH was already insufficient for its single discovered function therefore scientists didn’t bother to investigate if HGH had any other functions apart from helping GHD children. It was only in 1985 after Genetech introduced recombinant DNA synthesised HGH that a lot of experimentation with HGH began. Over the years, a vast amount of benefits linked to HGH have been revealed. To date HGH is one of the most popular phrases in the cosmetic and bodybuilding communities.
Growth Hormone Mechanism of Action
- In Bodybuilding
After secretion by the pituitary gland, HGH enters the bloodstream where it is transported to the liver. In the liver, Growth Hormone stimulates the production of insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF-1) and other growth factors. IGF-1 amplifies the effects of Growth hormone on mass muscle building.
Insulin-like growth factor-1 is a single-chain hormone consisting of 70 amino acids. It speeds up protein synthesis by binding to specific receptors in the musculoskeletal tissue. The calories that we take in are diverted for protein synthesis. Proteins are more like the little building bricks that make up your body. As you take in more protein, there would be more building bricks available for building bigger and stronger muscles. HGH helps your body by increasing protein absorption as well as protein synthesis.
Growth hormone is highly enticing to body builders as it causes muscle hyperplasia. The upside to HGH is that apart from stimulating growth of cells it also promotes the creation of new cells. It enhances fast growth of cells which can be evidenced by a greater increase in lean muscle mass. Whilst this proliferative effect is a good thing in muscle building, it can lead to unprecedented complications if you have other medical conditions like cancer.
Among the many benefits of HGH in bodybuilding is also the enhancement of cartilage strength. Growth hormone promotes strong joints and bones and also quick recovery for fractured bone patients, something which athletes would kill to get.
- On weight loss
Although Growth hormone can help you to grow, grow more lean muscle and possibly gain weight, you can also use it to lose weight. You will only have to take a lower dosage. Growth hormone at lower dosages reduces fat synthesis. HGH discourages storage of fat and rather helps us to deplete our fat reserves by burning fat when we need energy. This would help in weight loss around the waist, the buttock, hips etc. Its also good news to the bodybuilder as it helps to achieve a chiselled and ripped appearance.
How to use HGH for bodybuilding
Normally Growth hormone is given as an injection, either through intramuscular or subcutaneous means. Although subcutaneous injections have been around for many years, they don’t deliver the best outcomes if taken for athletic purposes. Intramuscular injections enter into the system quicker than the subcutaneous injections, therefore allowing the athletes to start the workout session soon after the injection and get the desired outcomes faster.
HGH half life
Growth hormone has a short half life, only 15-20 minutes from the time of consumption. HGH reaches its highest peak about 1-3 hours from the time of injection. This is the period it delivers its anabolic effect (window period)
Taking HGH the right way
There is a close link between Growth Hormone and Insulin. The two have a kind of mutually exclusive relationship, a rise in GH would cause a fall in insulin and vice versa. The efficacy of HGH is highly reduced when insulin levels are high. This probably implies that you should always make sure to use Growth hormone when your insulin levels are lower in the body.
Now you have a question, and when is that?
- After your workout session! Yes, after working out you have probably used up a lot of energy and insulin levels are normally low at that time.
- As soon you wake up. Most people prefer to go with the former, waiting after you finish your workout is more likely to deliver results.
If you are also taking insulin supplements, you are recommended to take HGH first and wait at least 40 minutes before you can take the insulin supplement.
Should I follow a specific diet when taking HGH?
Bodybuilding with HGH is practically the opposite of weight loss, you have the absolute freedom to eat any healthy food you want, anytime and you are actually recommended to eat as much as possible. You only have to make sure you are eating a balanced diet. Perhaps you are wondering why? Calories are not stored up in the body. Growth hormone actually causes your body to use up the calories for energy and do away with the carbs and fat. This gives room for more protein in your body and pure lean muscle.
Take a diet rich in high quality proteins, eggs are the most accessible and affordable source of high quality proteins. Also take a lot of carbs along the side, 3g per kg. Last but not least eat as often as possible, every 2-3 hours.
Following the correct HGH protocol
There are two types of protocols followed by bodybuilders using HGH. You would have to choose the one convenient for you between the two, your decision based upon the cost and convenience. If you want to use it every day you would probably have to go for ED and if you can’t consistently use it daily go for EOD.
ED requires more money and discipline. However its worthy it because ED outcomes are more pronounced than EOD outcomes.
For an effective compromise, some people take HGH five days consistently and then take a two day break. Depending on your schedule, Monday to Friday with the weekend off is the most convenient for most people.
You should always keep in mind that regardless of the protocol you chose, HGH Is taken in cycles. One cycle would take 2-4 months. To avoid risks associated with prolonged usage, it is advised to take sufficiently long breaks during the cycles.
HGH for Bodybuilding, does that mean its legal?
A lot of people claim that HGH is FDA Approved and is safe. Whilst this is true to some extent, the FDA only approved HGH for Growth Hormone Deficiency patients. As for the rest HGH uses today including bodybuilding they are still not FDA approved. Nonetheless this does not rule out the non FDA approved benefits of HGH as fake. They might be actually beneficial but they are just not FDA approved.
The FDA is strongly against the use of HGH for bodybuilding among many other claimed benefits of HGH. To get the hormone legally you need to get a prescription from a licenced doctor and this requires diagnosis. Probably no sane and reputable doctor will prescribe HGH for bodybuilding as it is not a medical concern.
Even professional bodybuilders who use HGH probably acquire it from the black market. This is expensive and also risky because a lot of online drugstores are a bunch of either scams or they sell counterfeit HGH which might be contaminated with other harmful substances.
If you are determined to get HGH in your body but you also don’t want to risk your health, you can go for HGH releaser. These are usually made from natural products, herbs and they naturally stimulate the body to produce HGH.