A female friend approached me months ago inquiring about a cycle to improve body composition. She is in her mid 30s, 5-8 / currently 135lbs, and has an excellent foundation in diet and exercise (daily cardio, crossfit, etc), though she has slipped in the last year or so leading to high bodyfat (25-26%).
After doing a significant amount of research on her behalf, ensuring that she did her own independent research, and explaining all the associated risks, I advised her to start a very conservative 5mg per day Anavar cycle. In conjunction with the var, she is on an aggressive (high protien + low carb + healthy fats) diet plan of 800-900 kcals per day.
Five days into the cycle, she is starting to get concerned that despite her strict diet, managed sodium intake, and daily cardio, she is actually starting to gain weight. More specifically, on day 4 and 5, she actually gained 1/2 a pound on each day despite no changes in any of the variables (exercise, diet, sleep, etc). Prior to this, she was consistently LOSING 1/2 pound a day…
I understand the whole “look at the mirror, not at the scale” logic and fact that muscle weighs more than fat, but I am pretty sure that she is too early in the process for significant re-composition to occur?
Also, as a male in my early 40s, I know that every time I start a cycle, I see an immediate increase in weight (despite maintenance calories) that I have always attributed to water being held in my muscles, as I see a corresponding “fullness” in physique.
Thoughts on the weight gain?
Also, she is complaining of dry mouth / cottonmouth. I don’t see this as a typical side effect?