After the injection of growth hormone, it enters the bloodstream and then spreads around the body, concentrating in the liver, where it converts into IGF-1 (insulin-like growth factor). This substance is responsible for muscle growth, which is the main effect of HGH for bodybuilding. IGF-1 binds to its receptors in skeletal muscle tissue, thus accelerating protein synthesis.
The fat burning function of HGH is performed by growth hormone itself. The hormone binds to somatropin receptors, which leads to elevation of the level of free fatty acids (FFA). So, the body starts using fat, instead of carbohydrates, as an energy source.
Fat loss neither interacts with muscle growth nor interferes it. It is a unique feature of HGH, which allows you to gain lean muscles and lose fat altogether.
Another unique feature of growth hormone is hyperplasia, the increase in the number of muscle cells due to their proliferation. This effect is significant because HGH-induced muscle gains are permanent, and divided cells allow you to exceed your genetic limit for muscle mass.
How to use HGH for bodybuilding?
In the practical part, we will talk about the cycle duration, protocols, combinations with other drugs, proper diet and training on the cycle
HGH effects become noticeable after two weeks of usage, but significant improvement is visible in two months, which is the minimum length of one cycle. The optimal duration is three-four months. The longer you take HGH, the less dosage you need.
The effective dosage of HGH for bodybuilding is at least 4 IU. If you take it for the first time, it will be enough to consume 4-6 IU of HGH, to gain only clean mass. Then, during next cycles, you can take up to 8 IU/day because growth hormone shows a linear increase in efficacy with dosage.
Also, if you take 10 and more IU, you definitely need to include insulin to your cycle because it will help prevent problems with the pancreas.
When to inject HGH?
GH has the strongest fat-burning effect when the level of sugar and insulin is low. So, the best time to inject HGH is morning, on an empty stomach. If you are on cutting, it is the best time to run because for the level of free fatty acids in the blood will be very high for the next three hours, and it will be much easier to lose fat.
Even if you are on bulking, you should take the first injection in the morning.
The second one should be taken 6-8 hours later, when the levels of IGF-1 and HGH decrease. However, you can inject HGH before going to bed instead. Both injections should be equal.
HGH bodybuilding protocols
The most common protocols are every day and every other day: ED and EOD. Both have their pros and cons. Let’s look at them.
ED is more efficient because your IGF and HGH will be at the similar level, so muscle growth and fat loss will be more effective than in EOD.
However, you can use EOD if you can’t afford ED protocol. It is fine, and you can use HGH for a longer period under this protocol.
Also, you can combine both protocols and rotate them to balance advantages and disadvantages.
What diet should I keep when using HGH for bodybuilding?
The rule is to eat as much as you can because it is hard to gain fat when using HGH, so all calories will go to muscles.
You need to increase your protein consumption up to 3g/kg and eat lots of carbohydrates. You can eat fast food if you want, but don’t abuse it.
Eat every two-three hours to keep anabolism high. To eat more, you can consume protein and a weight gainer between taking traditional meals.
As growth hormone increases your blood sugar, which, in turn, suppresses appetite, you can take special supplements to improve your appetite.