If the Muscle Fits


You will think I’m crazy.

In the last post, I talked about muscle dysmorphia and the dangers of steroids.

You will think I am reversing my stance on that with this article. But that isn’t the case at all.

Muscle Dysmorphia

People with muscle dysmorphia will try to bulk up their muscles regardless if we say they are large enough, or that they are harming themselves.

To build up their muscles bodybuilder types use a combination of supplements that they call stacks.

So instead of taking just one supplement, they find a grouping of supplements that are touted to work well together to reach their goal, whether that is to get bigger or to cut fat or weight.

Bodybuilders or want-to-be bodybuilders will search high & low for the best bulking stack that works with their particular body chemistry.

However, there are supplements that will allow people with muscle dysmorphia build muscle in a more safe way. These supplements are not anabolic steroids.

According to the supplement producers, such as Crazy Bulk, these bulking and cutting stacks provide the body with natural compounds or hormone precursors, to produce its own natural steroids.

Are These Supplements Legit?

Now, I’m not a medical doctor, and the articles that I have read are mixed at best. But I will say that these steroid alternatives are a much better choice than pumping the body full of anabolic steroids.

Am I giving permission for anyone to take these? No, not at all, it is my recommendation that if you have a friend or loved one that has muscle dysmorphia that they should see a specialist to provide hypnosis to correct the disorder.

What I am saying though is that these steroid alternatives might be a good first step. Taking the bulking or cutting supplements is not fixing the issue, of course, but it is eliminating a dangerous substance from their body.

You could argue that it is tit-for-tat, and I really can’t defend myself too well on the science portion of that statement. But, that said, steroid alternatives are legal, so it does take away the risk of being charged with a possession felony.

It Is Not a One Step Process

Often the solution to a physical or mental disorder isn’t straightforward corrective actions. It is a multi-step process.

Convincing the person that their actions are dangerous to their long-term health is that first step towards the reality that they are harmful to themselves and the ones that they care for and love.

If you excuse the pun of this metaphor, Michelangelo didn’t sculpt David with one hammer blow; he took many smaller chips off the block of marble before David came to be.

So sometimes the breakthrough isn’t a complete fix, it is a small chip that removes some of the material before the finished sculpture is perfect.

So with muscle dysmorphia, you can’t change it overnight, but you can take smaller steps to make them realize they have an issue and to make the long-term process safer.