What Are SARMs & How Do They Work For Dieting?
SARMs are “selective androgen receptor modulators”, compounds which selectively bind to androgen receptors in the body’s tissues to help manipulate our natural hormone levels. Androgens are hormones which signal the body to make changes – like the way testosterone signals the body to grow.
By binding to some of the receptors which receive these hormonal messages, SARMs can specifically boost some of those signals. The key here is in the “selective” part of the name. SARMs don’t bind to every receptor (unlike anabolic hormones, which do). They only bind to receptors in bone tissue and muscle tissue. This selective nature means you get more specific in what you want the SARM to do, and you can avoid a lot of the side effects associated with steroids.
Most SARMs were initially developed as a possible way to create certain medical conditions, specifically those related to loss of bone density, muscle mass, and strength. They caught the eye of researchers because they were able to bind only to the affected tissues, and not to anything else like internal organs.
SARMs can be taken as orals which makes them easier and more user-friendly than anabolics.
But what about using SARMs for fat loss? In this article, we will look at how to use SARMs for cutting (fat loss dieting) whether you want to do that for your health, your appearance, or as a bodybuilder.
The Best SARMs for Cutting
In order to put together the best SARM's stack for cutting, we’ll take a look at the different SARMs that are best for fat loss, and the reason why they make a good choice for your dieting phase.
Each of the different compounds below has superb fat-shedding qualities and these are often interchanged depending on the preferences of the individual user. In short, the best SARMs stack for cutting is the one that works for you! See which compounds fit your preferences and do your research – that is always the best way.
Andarine or S4, is a strong and potent SARM which is thought to increase fat oxidation and reduce lipoprotein lipase which is linked to fat accumulation in the body. Initially developed to combat conditions such as osteoporosis and muscle wastage, S-4 is one of the most researched SARMs which is always a positive aspect.
Andarine also helps increase muscle mass and strength. Even low doses of Andarine can help you maintain all your gains when you go into a calorie deficit to get lean. All in all, a good choice for cutting or body recomposition.
Best dose: start at 25mg/day split into 2-3 doses (4-6 hours apart), never go higher than 50mg/day and keep cycles to an 8-12 week maximum.
Ostarine MK 2866 really helps boost muscle gain because it increases the body’s levels of nitrogen and protein. This makes it a good choice for protecting muscle mass when you diet, avoiding that stringy, over-dieted look.
Cardarine GW 501516 isn’t actually a SARM but a PPAR gamma receptor agonist that binds to ppar receptors instead of androgen receptors like a SARM normally would.
Cardarine supports healthy cholesterol levels and increases your basal metabolic rate, which helps your body to burn more energy (aka fat) even when at rest. You might also feel an energy boost, which definitely helps when you are dieting in a calorie deficit! Cardarine is a compound we stack with pretty much anything; this one’s a winner all-round… even when bulking to mitigate fat gain.
Stenabolic SR 9009 is another on this list which isn’t actually a SARM (it’s a REV-ERB agonist) but it deserves a place on this list. As a REV-ERBα agonist, it can help manipulate certain functions relating to the metabolism, so you feel more energised, burn more stored fat, and get a boost to your metabolic rate even at rest. Stenabolic is also a compound we love to stack with pretty much anything.
Ibutamoren or MK-677 is a growth hormone secretagogue and stacks well with virtually anything. It is a very versatile compound that can be used for both bulking or cutting, depending on the accompanying diet and training plan (increased calories will support bulking and reduced calorie intake supports fat loss).
Glucose Disposal Agents
Although Glucose Disposal Agents aren’t SARMs, they deserve a mention. Nutrient partitioning often gets forgotten about but is so effective when it comes to body composition. A glucose disposal agent decreases the amount of insulin secreted by the body when eating a high-carbohydrate meal and shuttles glucose into muscle cells instead of storing them in fat cells. This results in reduced fat gain and a potential increase in lean muscle gain.
The Best SARMs Stack for Cutting
As we’ve already pointed out, you can stack different SARMs to assist you during a cut and there are different ways to mix and match the compounds that work best for the individual.
One of the best SARMs stack for cutting we’ve researched is for the more advanced and experienced:
- Andarine S4– 50mg per day, 25mg in the a.m. and 25mg 4-6 hours later
- Ostarine MK2866 – 20mg per day, dosed once a day in the a.m.
- Stenadrine (SR-9009/Cardarine Blend) – 1 capsule in the a.m, 1 capsule in the p.m.
- IBUTA MK-677– 20mg per day, dosed once per day evening is good (can be reduced to 10mg if appetite increase is unmanageable).
5 Keys To Getting Shredded
Remember that there are several aspects to getting that lean, shredded look. Sure, you need to reduce your body fat. But you also want to increase muscle mass, and – crucially – retain as much muscle as possible even as you diet to lose fat. It’s a difficult task, but SARMs can make it much easier.
1 A calorie deficit
You need to be in a calorie deficit to lose body fat, it doesn’t matter what kind of diet you follow – a calorie deficit is crucial. This means making sure your total “calories out” are higher than your “calories in”
2 Sufficient protein intake
Eating enough protein will help you build muscle, maintain muscle, and it will help keep you feeling fuller (protein has the highest Thermic Effect Of Food of any macronutrient) which will help diet compliance
3 Training frequency
We now know that training frequency is the most important factor in muscle gain and muscle retention, ideally train each major muscle group every 72 hours
4 Load and volume
Within that training, you need to put enough load (weight) and volume (weight x sets x reps) through the muscles
5 Appetite and energy management
Get control of your appetite, eating habits, and your energy output to increase your success with getting super-lean and shredded!