Confessions of a steroid user

It is not the way to get the body of your dreams, but a way to end that dream.

 |  2-minute read |   26-01-2016
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How many times in India is it that a person confesses his/her use of steroids for a sport or recreational activity? Chances are there would not be anyone coming out in the open to talk about his steroid use and educate people on the pros and cons of it.

The word steroid in sports history has always been looked down upon as a performance enhancement drug that would give you an extra edge, particularly in athletics where speed matters. But steroid use now has taken a different turn and is not restricted to just sports. It has entered the film industry where actors are transforming themselves in days to fit into the body of their dreams with a little help from these drugs.

Influenced by actors

This is not just another article highlighting the ill-effects of steroid use. But an honest experience of a steroid user, which is me, who got influenced by such film actors to transform their bodies in weeks.

I have no qualms in admitting that I did dabble with steroids to get the body I wanted. I have no shame in admitting that steroids did entice me and made me believe that I could get my dream body in weeks. And trust me, I even came close to the body I always wanted. But then the dream got shattered. I ended my steroid cycle of 12 weeks, hoping that the results will be permanent and I don't really need any steroid help anymore to maintain this juiced up body.


The addiction

This is where I was wrong. I lost all my gains within days. Now this is where the problem starts. Once you have seen your body at a particular level you really are not prepared to see it go down like that, so I started another cycle just to maintain those gains. And before i knew it, it was already nine months and I was experiencing the side-effects of steroids.

I was so much in love with this aesthetic side of me that I actually lost the meaning of good health. All it mattered to me was looking good in front of the mirror, seeing my attractive abs all the time.

I chose good health

Eventually, I had to take a call of choosing good health over superficial aesthetics and I am so glad that I did so. And it's not just me, there are so many other people, especially teenagers who are struggling to make this choice. For which they may have to pay a price including acne, baldness, shrinkage of testicles, impotency to name a few.

As a steroid user, I would urge all of you to stay away from drugs. This is not the way to get the body of your dreams but a way to end your dream to get a good body.


Tarun Gill Tarun Gill @imtarungill

The writer is an internationally certified fitness nutritionist and advanced personal trainer, helping millions get fit and healthy.

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