Being fat is no fun, and that holds true even if you carry mounds of muscle under your blubber. It’s not wonder, then, that guys will try just about anything to lose fat when they’re trying to get ripped, but one tactic most dieters should avoid is resorting to the use of fat-loss drugs.
Not only can they be bad for your health, but they’re usually unnecessary.
Here are three reasons you don’t need drugs in order to lose fat.
You’re in This for the Long Haul
Any true success in life and especially in building your physique will only come about through long periods of hard, smart work. Sure, you want to get ripped now, but it took you awhile to build up whatever fat levels you have now, and it will take awhile to get rid of those fat stores, too.
Drugs might help you burn off fat quickly, but dedicating yourself to a healthy lifestyle of exercise and solid eating will get you lean eventually, and it will serve you for an entire lifetime.
Muscle Burns Fat
If you train hard with weights — and that’s almost a given if you’re reading this — then you’re going to build a decent amount of muscle over time. The good news about that when it comes to getting lean is that muscle burns calories ALL THE TIME. Even when you’re just sitting in front of the television, your muscles retain a certain degree of tonus, or contraction, and that requires energy.
Now, you can’t hope to get ripped by building a little muscle and then lying around all the time, but carrying extra lean mass can be your secret weapon in shedding fat.
You’re Smart Enough
Building your physique and then burning off fat is hard work, and you will hit many stumbling blocks during your training career. When that happens, you can either approach the situation as a problem to be solved, or you can look for shortcuts like drug usage.
While pharmaceuticals will undoubtedly get you moving again they do have side effects, and taking the time to figure out a way past your roadblock without extra “help” will pay off much better in the long run.
Every time you overcome a problem on your own or with the help of a coach, friend, or doctor, you’ll be building your knowledge base and will be able to avoid similar situations in the future.
Treat your fitness journey like a treasure hunt, and you’ll never stop learning while you’re building your physique.
Are their times when fat-loss drugs are called for? Certainly there are, or those substances wouldn’t exist in the first place, but they should be reserved for specific medical usage, and only a doctor — or team of doctors — can decide whether your situation fits that bill.
For most lifters who are looking to build muscle and get lean, there is simply no need for using drugs to achieve those ends.