Once used for treating degenerative conditions such as muscular dystrophy and osteoporosis, SARMs are now gaining popularity as performance enhancers. SARMs (selective androgen receptor modulators) are not steroids. They are not hormones either. They function by binding to your androgen receptors, modifying their function to allow your body to go beyond its physiological limit. Here’s our list of the best SARMS for cutting that you can use to get lean and fit.
Cardarine is technically not a SARM, but a selective PPARδ receptor agonist. PPARδ (Peroxisome proliferator-activated receptors) are responsible for regulating oxidation of fatty acids. When activated by Cardarine, the PPARδ signal AMPK to increase glucose uptake and oxidative metabolism of fatty acids at a mitochondrial level.
One of the major problems during the cutting phase is the lack of energy due to the caloric deficit. Cardarine helps you go through this grueling phase by switching your energy source from glucose to fatty acids. Instead of relying on glycolysis from carbohydrates, your body will be eating up fat reserves. This helps you lose weight by thinning down your fat layer, slowly revealing hard muscles.
Dose: take 10 mg daily for 8 weeks, starting at a low dose before gradually increasing. You can push it up to 20m/day, but do split it in two dosages and under the guidance of your physician.
No matter how much cardio you put in your workout, there will always be that stubborn or hard fat that you just can’t get rid of. Stenabolic SR-9009 is a SARM that functions strictly for cutting. It helps to get rid of stubborn fat for a polished, sculpted appearance.
Muscle wasting happens during the cutting phase because the body does not have the right amount of nutrients to compensate for protein synthesis. Stenabolic prevents muscle wasting by delivering nutrients to muscle fibers. The process does not build bulk, but it enhances endurance, helping you to push your cardio.
When the calorie deficit in the cutting phase is done wrong, your brain perceives this as a crisis and signals your body to store fat. To avert that process, Stenabolic enhances metabolic rate, increasing calorie breakdown. A study involving the effects of SR9009 in circadian behavior and metabolism in mice resulted in increased energy expenditure and reduced fat mass.
Dose: 20-30mg daily, broken in 3-4 intakes a day due to short half-life.
Ostarine is the most versatile among SARMs. Not only is it effective in growing muscles, but it’s also highly efficient in trimming down fats. Ostarine helps boost cutting phase by breaking down excess calories and use them as energy.
It gets harder to lose weight when your body fat goes under the 10%-11% range. Your metabolism is already down due to a caloric deficit, and cutting down more will only lead to a crisis. Instead of losing fat, you’ll be storing fat even more. Ostarine helps you lose those hard-to-eliminate fat layers by triggering the oxidation of fat cells as well as prevent fat cell formation.
Dose: 25mg/day in 4-week cycles, with PCT. Has a 24-hour half-life so you may need to take it only once a day.
Cutting with SARMs is an efficient way to lose fat without suffering through low energy and lack of endurance. SARMs also prevent catabolism in muscles, helping you shed extra pounds without losing muscle mass. Another good thing about SARMs is that they are not stimulants, although they can feel like it because of the energy boost. However, that energy boost is not due to stimulation of your nervous system. The energy mainly comes from delivering calories deep down to the cellular level, so it’s more stable and reliable.
Bear in mind that SARMs are potent compounds and should be respected. Only take the recommended dosage and cycle when adding them to your fitness routine. There are also some side effects that may happen like:
These sides are felt by those who are sensitive to the compounds and are also potentially overdosing on SARMs. If you feel any undesirable effects from taking SARMs, stop immediately. It’s better to start with a low dose before titrating to a higher intake rather than tapering from a higher dose. This way, you’ll get the best feel of the SARM and adjust your dosage accordingly.
What’s your goal in using SARM for cutting? Are you using SARMs to maintain a specific weight, or to shed unwanted pounds? Do share your fitness goals in our comment section!