Anavar is a steroid that can be used in a stack with other steroids or it can be taken by itself for cutting fat and giving your muscles that desired lean look.
Anavar only cycles are most commonly undertaken by beginner users of this steroid to prevent side effects and ensure that they can tolerate the results of the drug.
This cycle can be used by men or women, but the dosages and cycle length will differ for each of these groups.
In this Anavar-Only Cycle guide, we will help you understand the doses to use, results, PCT and the ideal cycle length to employ.
Anavar Only Cycle
Oxandrolone, brand name Anavar, is known for four points in particular.
- Anavar isn’t especially toxic,
- Anavar isn’t especially androgenic,
- Anavar is only mildly anabolic, and
- Anavar is particularly gentle on the HPTA (Hypothalamic-Testicular-Pituitary-Axis).
There are a number of misconceptions surrounding Anavar, mostly due to conjecture and rumors. Let’s take a look at each of these points more closely.
Depending on your familiarity with oral steroids, it may come as no surprise that Anavar is very mild on the liver, compared to other oral steroids.
In fact, it may quite well be the mildest steroid currently you can buy.
Anavar Only Dosages
Most men are easily able to handle daily doses of up to 80mg and side effects that are commonly seen with other steroids are much less frequent with Anavar.
This makes Anavar only cycles a favorite among female athletes in particular.
Because Anavar is such an all around mild steroid, higher doses of the steroid are required to produce the desired effects.
Anavar is reasonably able to bind to the AR, but you still need higher doses than other steroids, anything less will not produce results.
This dose is the minimum required to help those suffering from wasting conditions such as those related to AIDS and to help burn victims regain weight, so that would be the recommended dosage for most men.
Many male users prefer higher doses, up to 100mg, considering anything less than 20-100mg to be pointless.
Women typically require significantly smaller doses, in the 2.5 to 10mg per day.
Anavar is only mildly androgenic, so it doesn’t produce the same changes in sex characteristics as are seen with other steroids. It also does not cause water retention as much as other steroids.
Metabolism in the Body
While Anavar has been formulated to survive the digestive tract and the liver intact, it does not have near the liver toxicity that many other oral steroids have.
The specific molecular compound confers observable, though mild, anabolic action as well as the ability to make it through the liver without being denatured.
It seems that Anavar does not cause symptoms of liver damage, such as jaundice, peliosis hepatitis, cholestatic hepatitis, and neoplasms the way that other steroids can.
Research shows that Anavar only cycle dosages may be able to help speed healing in cutaneous wounds and possible improve respiratory function.
These properties make Anavar a steroid of choice for contact athletes such as boxers and martial artists.
Anavar Only Cycle Results
One of the more interesting aspects of Anavar is that it is what some would consider to be a ‘fat-burning’ steroid.
In one study, participants who had testosterone in the low normal range range showed reduced abdominal and visceral fat when using Anavar.
Another study showed reductions in appendicular, trunk and total fat with low doses of Anavar (20mg per day) and no additional exercise.
These studies showed that weight gain produced by Anavar could last long after the drug is discontinued.
It isn’t always a lot, but there’s a good chance that you can keep most of the weight you manage to put on when you take Anavar.
One study showed that participants who gained weight while taking Anavar kept the weight as long as six months after they stopped taking it.
In another study, participants who lost fat while taking Anavar maintained an average of 83% of the reductions in abdominal, extremity and total fat.
Whether you are trying to gain weight, lose fat, or both, you can do both with Anavar, with results that could last months, or even be permanent.
Absolute change in total fat mass (A) and trunk fat (B) by dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry from baseline to study week 12 (solid bars) and from baseline to study week 24 (open bars) in the placebo (n = 12) and the oxandrolone (n = 20) study groups.
Values are means SE. *Significant decrease from baseline, P < 0.001. Significant difference between study groups for change in fat mass from 0 to 12 wk, P < 0.001. (15)(8)
Who Should Use this Cycle?
All of the results in the previously mentioned studies were achieved with no drugs used after the Anavar cycle and no changes in diet or exercise.
While many of the Anavar studies were conducted using elderly men and young boys as subjects, there is evidence to suggest that the effects of Anavar do not depend on age.
If you follow the recommended time on and time off cycle, you can lose significant amounts of fat while on Anavar, and keep most of it off during the time off part of your cycle.
This makes Anavar only cycling a good choice for athletes, such as wrestlers and others who are classed by weight, who need to pass drug tests for their seasons, but want to maintain the results they achieved during their time on.
Anavar is also a good choice for cutting in the spring to get ready for beach season. Use it until summer starts, and look great all season long!
Anavar is a really good choice for gaining strength and losing fat, but not so great for bulking up or significant weight gain.
In a nutshell, you aren’t likely to gain a whole lot of weight while taking Anavar, but what you do gain will be quite solid and you’re likely to keep a significant portion of what you do gain.
Many steroids cause significant water retention, so a significant part of the weight gained on these steroids is water weight.
After the end of the cycle, the water weight is lost. It stands to reason, then, that steroids that cause less water retention may result in less weight gain, but any weight gain will stick around longer.
Effects and Side Effects
Are there any other reasons that Anavar might lead to more lasting gains? Anavar has such a mild effect on HPTA.
Unlike testosterone, which can shut down HPTA at a dose of 100mg, or Deca, which can shut down HPTA with a single dose, Anavar does not, especially at lower doses, shut down HPTA.
It is thought that this is because Anavar does not convert to estrogen like some other steroids can do.
Serum testosterone, Sex Hormone Binding Globulin (SHBG), and Luteinizing Hormone (LH) are somewhat slowed at low doses of Anavar, but this happens less with Anavar than it sometimes does with other steroids.
Follicle Stimulating Hormone (FSH), Insulin Like Growth Factor 1 (IGF1) and Growth Hormone (GH) not only are not be suppressed at low doses of Anavar, but are actually increased significantly, and your LH levels will even rebound after the end of your Anavar cycle.
Provided your endocrine system and your HPTA are working as they should, Anavar should have minimal impact on your levels and you should be able to maintain most levels well within the normal range while using an Anavar only cycle.
Because of the way Anavar works and the relatively minimal side effects, very low doses (under 10mg) could even be good for use to bridge typical cycles or for strength/cutting cycles at higher doses.