What are SARMs? Best SARMs For Cutting in 2020

How do you go about picking the best SARMs for cutting? More importantly, how do you tell the right SARMs dosage and cycle when stacking? In this guide, we will be pointing you towards the most effective SARMs and also advise on the right dosage and cycle for different products when taken individually and when stacked.

But why depend on Selective Androgen Receptor Modulators (SARMs) for cutting and not steroids or the existing organic cutting methods like pure exercises and diet? Well, while steroids certainly provide faster cutting results, they expose you to some life-threatening side effects. And there is no fun in losing weight only to end up with cardiovascular ailments, damaged liver, and other irreversible hormonal problems like pronounced male traits in women.

Plus your work and personal commitments make it impossible to spend hours on end at the gym daily. Not to mention that exercising your body fats away is a painstakingly slow and stressful process.This explains why most individuals have turned to SARMs. They are a safer alternative to steroids in that they don’t expose you to significant side effects and are faster and less stressful cutting methods when compared to exercises or self-starving.

Note: Most SARMs used in cutting were initially designed as prescription drugs for curing muscle loss and addressing cholesterol levels in the body. There, therefore, is a lot of controversy with regards to their use in cutting especially with dosage and the standard SARM cycle.

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    What are SARMs?

    Selective Androgen Receptor Modulators (SARMs) are androgenic compounds used to solve different therapeutic and medical conditions. In most medical instances, SARMs have been used to treat different muscle wastage and loss of bone mass.

    The regeneration is especially important for individuals suffering from osteoporosis, hypogonadism, atrophy or others that have been exposed to long periods of chemo and radiotherapy in cancer treatment. SARMs mimic the workings and results of anabolic steroids – only that they don’t expose you to toxic and life-threatening side effects. And with muscle generation comes lean muscles, increased metabolism, and fat burning hence the SARMs popularity in the fitness niche.

    What are the pros and cons of using SARMs when cutting?
    The Pros
    • They are effective in helping fat burning and boosting your endurance that goes towards boosting weight loss
    • Helps you avoid the severe complications caused by most fat burning steroids
    • Grants you several other muscle-enhancing benefits like cell and tissue regeneration
    • Some have suppressive features that come in handy in fighting the growth of cancerous cells
    • They allow for stacking that speeds up the weight loss in a risk-free manner
    • Unlike steroids, most SARMs don’t have a negative effect on your sex hormones
    • Most are still in their experimental stages with inadequate research and study reference points to qualify them as safe for human consumption
    • Overdose and product misuse will still expose you to adverse side effects
    • They still have to be complemented by either proper diet or regular exercises for the achievement of desired results

    What are the best SARMs for weight loss?

    1. Ligandrol (LGD-4033)

    Developed by Ligand Pharmaceuticals, Ligandrol SARM was specially designed as a prescription medicine to help cancer patients and the elderly avoid atrophy – muscle degeneration. It works by inducing the regeneration of skeletal muscles that effectively contribute to leaner muscles. And given that the creation of leaner muscles often tends to burn more calories than most fat-burning exercises, Ligandrol has been widely accepted in the fitness circles a cutting process accelerator.

    The primary benefits of using Ligandrol include the fact that it doesn’t cause bloating or water retention – unlike most other SARMs. It is also attributed to a boost in endurance and speedy post-workout recovery.

    Ligandrol has its recommended daily dosage for cutting set at 5-10mg with an 8-week cycle. The Lingadrol half-life of 24 hours implying that you only to take it once daily with visible changes starting to manifest in the 3rd or 4th weeks. Note also that it can be stacked with other equally effective SARMs like Andarine and Ostarine.

    The only downside to the use of Ligandrol SARM is the fact that it has been associated with testosterone suppression. You, therefore, might want to take breaks in between cycles and if possible run a full post cycle therapy after every cycle.

    2. Andarine (S-4)

    Like most other SARMs, Andarine was developed by GTx Inc. as a pharmaceutical drug but would soon find its way in the bodybuilding and fitness world. It is specially designed to help fight osteoporosis – a health condition that causes muscle wasting in the elderly or after long periods of chemo and radiotherapy for cancer patients. And it works by encouraging muscle regeneration.

    But Andarine does more than just encourage muscle regeneration. It is believed to inhibit the production of the Lipoprotein Lipase (LPL) responsible for fat accumulation. It also goes a long way maximizing the oxidation and loss of fat while encouraging the formation of leaner muscles. And these are some of the features that have endeared it to individuals looking to cut a few pounds.

    Others include the fact that it has both anabolic and androgenic effects on the skeletal muscles and bones. This implies that while it helps your bones and muscles retain their mass and strength in the face of diminishing calories levels. You, therefore, shouldn’t be surprised if your cutting also results in leaner muscles – making it our perfect choice for accelerated fat loss.

    For maximal effectiveness, the Andarine’s dosage is currently set at 50mg per day. Note that the Andarine half-life stands at between 4 and 6 hours implying that you will need to split the dosage throughout the day.

    Andarine S-4 users have reported cases of serious but temporary side effects associated with the use of the supplement. It causes sight problems that manifest in a yellow tint or poor vision at night. There is no need for alarm though as these side effects will vanish at the end of the cycle.

    You might also want to stack Andarine with either Cardarine or Ostarine SARMs for faster and more effective cutting.

    3. Cardarine (GW-501516)

    Technically, Cardrine is more of a PPAR (Peroxisome Proliferator-activator receptor) than it is a SARM. But we still include it here as a cutting SARM because of its rich record of effectiveness in fat loss. Cardarine that’s jointly manufactured by GlaxoSmithKline and Lingad Pharmaceuticals, was ideally meant to cure different cardiovascular problems and inflammations. And it achieves this through oxidation and by influencing the body into relying on fat as a source of energy.

    Cardarine is rich in oxidants and metabolites and these play a crucial role in the oxidation of fatty acids and the production of key enzymes that boosts metabolism. And as the body turns to fatty acids and lipids for energy, you will experience a reduction of body fats and even harmful lipids like cholesterol.

    Other factors that informed our decision to include Cardarine on our list best SARMs for cutting include the fact that the increased metabolism helps improve your endurance and post-workout recovery. We also like the fact that in addition to losing fat and cutting on weight, Cardarine will also help you avert life-threatening cardiovascular diseases by eliminating bad cholesterol in your system.

    For maximal effectiveness, you will need to stick to the recommended dosage of 10-20mg per day.

    The PPAR has 16 hours half-life implying it only needs to be taken once a day. Plus Cardarine cycle lasts between 6-8 weeks after which you may need to take a break.

    There haven’t been any reported cases of Cardarine side effects, and you can stack it with either Andarine or Ostarine.

    4. Ostarine (MK-2866)

    Looking for the safest SARM out there for cutting? Consider Ostarine. The SARM by GTx Inc has been around for decades, making it the most studied product. This plus the fact that it helps you retain gained muscles longer than most other products listed here informed our decision to include it on our list of the best SARMs for cutting in 2019.

    Ostarine was specially designed as a prescription drug for the cure of bone mass loss and muscle wasting disease. It achieves this by encouraging the regeneration of muscles by increasing the level of nitrogen and proteins – the primary building blocks of skeletal muscles.

    The muscle regeneration process in most cases ends up consuming more calories and burning more fat than is in your diet. This translates to the loss of body fats and leaner muscles. And you are advised to cut down on calorie intake and replace the carbs in your regular diet with more proteins during Ostarine cycles.

    The recommended Ostarine dosage is 12-20mg per day with a 4-6 week cycle. Ostarine’s half-life is estimated to be 24 hours and you therefore only need to take it once a day.

    Ostarine is reported to result in mild testosterone suppression that disappears at the end of the cycle. But you are still advised to a take break in between Ostarine cycles.

    And for improved and faster cutting results Ostarine can be stacked with Andarine.

    5. Stenabolic (SR-9009)

    When Professor Thomas Burriss was coming up with Stenabolic – also known as SR-9009 – he had his sight set on regulating lipids, glucose, and metabolism. And while Stenabolic continues to serve this purpose, especially in addressing different cardiovascular problems, it has also attracted the attention of the fitness and weight management world. And its effectiveness in boosting metabolism and burning body fats informed our decision to include it among our best SARMs for cutting, even though it technically is a Rev-ErbA alpha gene.

    Research indicates that Stenabolic eliminates fat and bad cholesterol in your system by boosting metabolism and shifting your body’s attention to reliance on fatty acids as a source of energy. More importantly, it increases the number of mitochondria in the body which ensures that the calories you consume are broken down and turned into energy as soon as they get into the body and before conversion to fat.

    Additionally, Stenabolic is enriched with different nutrients to ensure that you don’t lose muscle mass and strength due to fat burning. Unlike, most other SARMs, however, stenabolic acts on fat-storing cells and not skeletal muscles implying that it won’t help with leaner muscles. The boosted metabolism, however, helps with endurance and post-workout recovery so you can hit the gym longer.

    The recommended Stenabolic dosage is up to 30mg daily taken 6-hour intervals as its half-life is estimated to be between 4-6 hours.

    For faster and possibly better results, especially if you are looking for leaner muscles, you may consider stacking Stenabolic with Andarine.

    Why stack SARMs?

    Different SARMs work differently to post different results. By stacking two or more SARMs together, you are looking to speed up the cutting process and enjoy the benefits each of the stacked SARMs has to offer. For instance, Stenabolic is better in eliminating body fats while Andarine is perfect with lean muscles. By stacking the two together, you benefit from boosted metabolism and fat loss from stenabolic and leaner muscles from Andarine. You will nonetheless want to maintain the same dosage as if you were consuming one SARM as well as the cycle and post-cycle break to avoid instances of overdose.

    Bottom line

    Notice that virtually all the products we highlighted on our list of the best SARMs for cutting were specially designed to solve different medical . Most individuals have however mastered the art of experimenting the impact these muscle regeneration and metabolism-spiking compounds have on body fats and weight management. Today, most of these SARMs are more popular in the weight management industry than they are in their respective medical niche. The fact that most of these SARMs haven’t received the green light for distribution as fit for human consumption plus the controversy surrounding their effectiveness in weight loss and muscle regeneration hasn’t stopped most individuals from regularly turning to them for fast cutting.


    What are SARMs?

    Selective Androgen Receptor Modulators (SARMs) are medicinal drugs that are ideally supposed to treat muscle wastage and bone loss challenges. They have, however, gained more popularity within the fitness industry where they are used in weight management.

    What makes SARMs different from steroids?

    SARMs are different from most anabolic steroids majorly in how they achieve fat burning. While steroid target the entire muscle, SARMs are quite specific and will only interact with specific tissues in the skeletal muscles.

    How safe are the SARMs used in cutting?

    SARMs are less toxic when compared to steroids. Unlike the anabolics, they will not expose you to such life-threatening side effects like heart problems or damage your liver.

    Do I have to exercise and cut on carb intake during the SARM cycle?

    Not necessarily, just like steroids, SARMs are supposed to provide you with a stress free cutting option. Complementing their effectiveness with carb-free diet and exercises will, however, go a long way in speeding up the cutting process and contribute towards lean muscles

    What are the side effects of the SARMs used in cutting?

    Most of these don’t have long term side effects on your health. Some like Andarine S-4 have nonetheless been associated with such temporary side effects as poor vision that go away immediately you end the cycle or stop using the SARM.

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    About Dr John

    Dr John Apolzan is a medical professional with over 10 years experience in nutrition holding a PhD in Foods and Nutrition at Purdue University, IN, USA. Dr John is a published medical author and his work has been published on a number of medical publications including BMJ and FreeMedicalJournals.com. His clinical research specialises in investigating nutrition-related medical conditions from obesity down to eating disorders like anorexia and bulimia. He has carried out extensive research into how food supplements can enhance and help to sustain weight loss in patients. His passion for nutrition has led Dr John to start this website in order to spread his knowledge and help other individuals in their weight loss journey.