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An essential component of effective Body Re-comping is being in a caloric deficit. In reality, it comes down to calories in vs. calories out. You cannot argue against the first law of thermodynamics, your metabolism operates under this universal law. Fat storage will not decrease without the restriction of energy intake.

This has been verified by more than a century of research on nutrition and weight management. Your body burns so much calories in a day and when you provide it with less than the calories it needs,  your body has no choice but to utilise fat stores in order to sustain itself.

One of the biggest challenges in a Re-comp protocol is not loosing muscle gains while under a caloric restriction.There has to be a strategy for how much calories are limited, and equally as important - is where those calories come from. It is imperative to eat enough protein so your body can have the raw materials needed to build muscle mass.


Is it possible to Gain muscle even on a restricted diet?

The Answer is YES and thankfully we have science studies to prove it. A 2011 research exhibited that trained athletes were able to gain muscle while losing fat over a 9-week period. This was achieved by performing a slow body fat cut which was equal to a loss of 0.7% of total bodyweight each week (over a 7 day period). Check out the study below for the full report:

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/21558571/



How Does Stanazine® (S4) achieve muscle building while on a Calorie Deficit?

S4, more popularly known in the Elite Sarms range as Stanazine® or in the wider sarms world as Andarine, is a selective androgen receptor, known to be among the best SARMs for cutting. In addition to improving muscle gains, S4 is well-established where fat loss is concerned. If you want to have that “dry and lean” physique, it requires developing muscle while having a significant reduction in body fat.

Stanazine is well known for its muscle protecting abilities. It is ideal during a cutting cycle because you won’t lose hard-earned gains. S4 really is the perfect supplement for a Recomp program which both males and females can use (without vitalising for girls). Research studies showed its ability to strengthen bones and increase lean muscles, even when under a calorie-deficit.

 

Stanazine® Dosage

This dosage seems to have the best results with almost no side effects. Remember to split your dosing into two parts: 

Take 25mg in the morning and 25mg in the evening (for males); that’s 1ml 2x/day.

Take 12.5mg in the morning and 12.5mg in the evening (for females); that’s 1/2 ml 2x/day

 
The Split dosage protocol is because S4 has a half-life of around 8 hours. Over 99% of a substance is eliminated when seven half-lives have passed. This means a single dose of Stanazine will be completely cleared from your body after 56 hours. Hence, we recommend taking it in small amounts divided over 2 doses, at a cycle length of 6 – 8 weeks.

This protocol will ensure the best results without side effects - the most common side-effect for high dosages of S4 comes from the compounding binding with the AR in the optical nerve of the eyes. This can cause a yellow haze, which is completely temporary and has no long-term negative effect, ceasing when the dose is lowered or completely stopped - but sticking to our dosage protocol will ensure this weird side effect does not occur.

For men who are concerned about Testosterone suppression, don’t worry. At such a low dosage, you will be fine. For women who are thinking of virilisation effects, with 12.5 mg twice a day, it won’t have androgenic effects - just fat shredding ones!

It is important to note that the metabolic rate differs for every person, so you can slowly increase the dose until you find your sweet spot.

 

Recommended Rep range

The optimal way to keep blood circulating around the body and raise whole-body lactate levels is to pair upper and lower-body exercises for 10-12 reps or in the 12-15 rep range per exercise, with short 30-60 second rest intervals. More lactate corresponds to a greater release of growth hormone, which tells your body to build muscle and burn more body fat.

This will prevent you from losing muscle proteins thereby maintaining the fullness of your gains, and even facilitate lean muscle growth. You can get S4, Stanazine® here


https://www.elitesarms.com/collections/individual-sarms/products/stanazine-s4

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/17063395/

https://jpet.aspetjournals.org/content/304/3/1334 https://www.sciencedirect.com/topics/medicine-and-dentistry/elimination-half-life