Each user experiences their own unique feelings when using steroids and coming off the drug. When someone chooses to stop using they can experience a variety of withdrawal symptoms linked to addiction. Symptoms can include mood swings, fatigue, restlessness, loss of appetite, insomnia, reduced sex drive, the desire to take more steroids, and depression. Evidence for steroid addiction is certainly not as strong as it is for other drugs like cocaine or heroin. Though it is clear that people develop a tolerance and dependence on them and willingly experience negative consequences when using steroids - both of which are signs for drug dependence.
How does that effect the industry though? By setting standards that many can’t attain. For those who are just starting out and looking to lose large amounts of weight, you may have a certain pro athlete in mind. You diet and train and lose pound after pound. Then you begin to tone and strengthen and your arms and legs are starting to look amazing. Then you seemingly plateau because you don’t look as ripped as your fit idol. The motivation can start to wane and you find yourself deflated over the inability to achieve a look so many recognized people have. If they all look that way, you should be able to as well with enough commitment to your nutrition and exercise, right? You may never be able to tell if your favorite bikini pro takes low doses of Winstrol to help her stay ultra lean, and that little nugget of truth can be detrimental to your fat loss motivation. No one should have to disclose if they take any enhancements, but those who are looking to someone for motivation should always be well aware that their body could look strikingly different from their “idol’s” when all is said and done. Whether you take or don’t, be sure to be responsible and make either choice for yourself and for nothing else. At the end of the day, its your face you have to look at in the mirror, masculine or not 🙂