MK-677 is one of the most popular research chemicals on the market today.
On the internet, thousands of people talk about the effects it has on your mental performance, fitness and physique. You’ve probably heard of MK-677 before, or its alternative names Ibutamoren and Nutrobal.
Specifically, lots of bodybuilders use MK-677 to boost their growth hormone and build better-looking bodies.
In this article, we’ll explore the results you get from MK-677. And if it’s worth your time and money.
Why do you want to use MK-677 to build a better body?
This is why:
MK-677 is a growth hormone secretalogue.
It boosts your body’s own production of growth hormone (HGH) and insulin-like growth factor (IGF-1). In most cases to the same degree as hormone replacement therapy would.
The #1 purpose of MK-677 is to increase your growth hormone levels. It doesn’t accomplish much else…
So instead of talking about the benefits of MK-677 — why don’t we ask: Why increase your growth hormone?
The Benefits Of Higher Growth Hormone From MK-677
Growth hormone is a special hormone.
The name makes you think it’s the ultimate key to building gigantic muscles. And since professional bodybuilders spend thousands of dollars on the stuff, that must be true?
Growth hormone is by far the most overrated hormone in sports. It isn’t nearly as anabolic as androgenic compounds like SARMs or steroids.
Sure, it does have desirable effects if your goal is to look, perform, and feel better. But pure Human Growth Hormone is extremely expensive, so the cost used to outweigh the benefits. That changed when MK-677 became available and could deliver increased growth hormone at about 1/20th the cost.
Now, it’s actually worthwhile to consider MK-677 if you want the following effects:
- Increased protein synthesis. You will build a bit more muscle and recover faster from workouts, but MK-677 is not nearly as anabolic as SARMS like Ostarine and Ligandrol.
- Increased nitrogen retention in muscle. They become more full and pumped.
- The nitrogen retention will also help you keep muscle during a diet.
- If you’re in a calorie deficit, MK-677 will encourage your body to burn fat instead of glycogen and muscle.
- You get anti-aging benefits – your skin will be more vibrant and smooth after just a few weeks of research.
- Better sleep. This is my favorite part of researching this compound. Your quality of sleep will skyrocket and you might even see an increase in crystal-clear, lucid dreams. It’s not a sedative, it’ll just improve sleep.
How Much Does Growth Hormone Increase From MK-677?
There are a lot of supplements that promise to increase your testosterone and growth hormone. But what most of them don’t say is that the increases are miniscule.
Do you actually get real-life results from, let’s say, boosting your growth hormone with 1%? No!
MK-677, on the other hand has a lot of scientific data to prove how much it boosts your growth hormones. It is significant.
If you take 10 mg of MK-677 per day, you can expect to increase your HGH levels by around 80% on average.
10 mg of MK-677 also increases IGF-1 levels by about 50%.
IGF-1 is created by your liver combining growth hormone and insulin. It has similar effects to HGH – fat loss and increased protein synthesis. But it’s way more potent when it comes to building muscle.
If you go above 10 mg of MK-677 the hormone production will increase even further. But it starts to hit a point of diminishing returns.
To translate this into real-life information, MK-677 could technically boost growth hormone as much as if you went to a doctor and got hormone replacement therapy. Especially if you’re older and already have declining levels of the hormone.
My Personal Review Of MK-677
I have researched MK-677 multiple times myself.
It’s a very nice compound that makes your body feel fresh, young and great in general. You get an improved sense of well-being. And it definitely helps you recover faster from workouts, which indirectly allows you to train harder and enjoy more gains.
Aside from the nitrogen retention and better pumps, you won’t become a beefcake from only using MK-677. Growth hormone simply isn’t an effective muscle builder in itself. But if you stack MK-677 with another anabolic, such as Ostarine, you have something great going on.
But here’s the deal:
The question is if you value those positive effects over the side effects caused by MK-677
Ibutamoren has negative side effects. Just like every other research chemical, steroid, drug or supplement.
From my experience, they are mild compared to other compounds. And as long you’re otherwise healthy, they will most likely just be slightly annoying. And can be kept under control.
However, it’s individual. I’d say most people don’t get too bad side effects from MK-677. But some readers of this blog do. Keep reading to find out more:
MK-677 Side Effects
MK-677 has two side effects that pretty much anyone will experience:
- Water retention (bloating)
- Hunger Increases
- Elevated blood sugars
MK-677 increases your HGH levels. That causes increased secretion of a hormone called ADH (anti-diuretic hormone).
ADH increases water retention and makes you appear more bloated.
Depending on your dosage and how you respond to the compound, MK-677 can add 5-10 lbs of water to your frame in a week.
That brings down your physical appearance. But it can also have negative health consequences.
Water retention is bad for your blood pressure. Stay away from MK-677 you’re already having high blood pressure. Drink a lot of water to combat the water retention, lower your intake of bad carbohydrates, consume enough potassium.
Here’s what a blog reader writes of his short experience with MK-677:
I decided to check my blood pressure because a few days ago I was having some sharp pains in the right side of my chest and difficulty breathing. It passed, and so I didn’t much of it as it was the first time i had experienced something like it.
Today it happened about two hours ago and I really had to struggle to breathe well. I realised how serious it was, checked my BP and the result was 137-140/88-90.
Although he had bloodwork done, he did not measure his blood pressure before taking MK-677. That means we can’t know if his blood presure was elevated before the cycle.
But the apparent symptoms of high blood pressure came in association with usage of MK-677. Make of that what you will.
I got the chemical from Receptor Chem. I don’t blame MK-677, more so my lack of understanding of how dangerous the side effects could be. If I had tightened everything up (training, diet, electrolyte intake), maybe I wouldn’t be in this position.
I’ve taken some stuff before that is way worse to your blood pressure than MK-677. On the bright side, my blood pressure’s always reverted back to normal off-cycle and with a healthier lifestyle.
But you still want to be careful and avoid hypertension altogether.
MK-677 increases your growth hormone production by mimicking ghrelin, a hunger hormone.
That means MK-677 will make you hungrier. Potentially A LOT more. It varies from person to person.
Some researchers completely avoid ibutamoren during cutting cycles for this reason. For them, it’s impossible to stick to a strict diet with MK-677. However, I believe MK-677 shines the brightest during a cut. I’ll explain in a bit.
The hunger side effect is also a double-edged sword.
While the hunger could be a pain in the butt during cutting phases, it’s also a benefit for people who bulk and struggle to eat enough. It allows them to consume enough calories they otherwise couldn’t.
Elevated blood sugars
Having high levels of growth hormone inherently means you will get higher blood sugar. Impossible to avoid.
This fact makes me believe MK-677 should only be used alongside a clean diet without sugars, too much calories and carbohydrates. For example when you’re cutting. Adhering to that will minimize the negative blood sugar effects.
One THEORETICALLY possible side effect…
Mk-677 has one side effect that can in theory occur if you take high dosages for a long time. Since it increases your production of growth hormone, it can — in the long term — cause growth in all parts of your body.
That includes your inner organs, hands, feet and facial features. I recommend you to read this article for more in-depth info.
I’m a firm believer to always start with as low of a dose as possible. See how it affects your body.
However, different dosages of MK-677 also gives different types of effects.
- If you look for the anti-aging, improved recovery and fat-loss effects, a 10 mg/day dosage is perfect for you.
- If you want more muscle growth, 20-25 mg/day might suit you best.
You can take MK-677 once a day.
What Results Can You Expect From MK-677?
Expect your bodyweight to increase with about 5-10 pounds. But don’t be mislead — it will NOT be pure muscle…
It will mostly be water and nitrogen retention. Your muscular definition will take a hit.
MK-677 is a good addition for those who want to increase muscle mass and lose fat. But don’t use it on its own and expect extreme growth. You want to stack it with directly muscle-building SARMs like Ostarine or LGD-4033 (or anabolic steroids).
Stacking MK-677 with other anabolic compounds will give you a synergistic effect. When it comes to bodybuilding, sometimes 1 + 1 equals to 3. And that applies to MK-677.
How To Use MK-677 For Fat Loss & Cutting
Alright, boys. Most people on the internet will tell you that MK-677 is only good for bulking.
“It makes you hungry and bloated! Boo-hoo!”
But let me tell you a secret…
MK-677 is an extreme, powerful tool when you’re cutting down on body fat.
Combined with other fat loss SARMs like Cardarine, you could supercharge your fat burning.
But you have to know the secret tricks for using it in the right way. Otherwise you’ll fall flat on your stomach, and be another one of those whiners who complain that MK-677 is bad for cutting.
Here’s why MK-677 is beneficial for fat loss and cutting:
It increases your Basal Metabolic Rate.
Many athletes take fat burners, which is a blend of caffeine and other stimulants. They increase your Basal Metabolic Rate (the number of calories your body burns in a day).
MK-677 gives you a similar effect.
In fact, a 200 lbs man can expect to burn 100-150 additional calories a day when using MK-677 for a couple of weeks. (And unlike fat burners, MK-677 doesn’t have a stimulatory effect.)
100-150 calories a day may not sound like much — but if your diet stays the same… it leads 0.22 lbs of additional fat loss each week.
When you cut you don’t want to lose muscle. Which is why you normally increase your protein intake on a caloric deficit. You aim to maintain as much muscle as you can.
Bumping up your protein intake preserves more muscle because it makes you retain more nitrogen.
Nitrogen is the #1 preserver of muscle.
There are other ways you can increase nitrogen retention. For example, by taking anabolic steroids and SARMs.
MK-677 is also extremely effective at maintaining nitrogen — even at very low calorie deficits.
In fact, it’s been shown to completely reverse nitrogen wasting. That’s why it’s being explored as an anti-wasting treatment for AIDS patients.
You get better sleep
I’ve already told you that MK-677 results in deeper sleep. This benefit is most valuable on a cut.
When you bulk, you’re satisfied and calm. You have an easier time sleeping.
But on a cut, you’re hungry and amped up on fat burners. I have a damn hard time falling asleep. It can take hours.
MK-677 doesn’t help me fall asleep. It drastically improves my sleep quality.
So even if I sleep for fewer hours, the hours spent sleeping will be more “valuable”. I wake up refreshed and rested anyways.
Other fat-loss benefits
- When you’re low on calories, your immune system will take a hit. You’re at risk of catching colds easier, but MK-677 improves your immune systen.
- The increase in HGH and IGF-1 you get from MK-677 helps you metabolize fat incredibly well.
- More of the body weight you lose will be fat instead of muscle.
How To Use MK-677 Cutting.. The Right Way!
Be careful when using MK-677 on a cut. There are traps you risk falling for:
When you start taking MK-677, it makes you hungrier.
It can give me the largest appetite I’ve ever had in my life.
However, the hunger effects transition away after a few weeks of usage.
That’s why I began using MK-677 during the last weeks of my bulk. Right after it ended, I began cutting. And I kept taking MK-677.
By the time I started restricting my calories, the worst hunger pangs had gone away.
It’s also dose-dependent. On 10 mg a day of MK-677 you will not experience the same hunger as on 25 mg/day.
MK-677 CAN make you very bloated. There’s an easy fix:
Eat clean and minimize your carb intake. You see minimal bloating.
It’s as if MK-677 only amplifies the bloating you get anyways from a shitty diet.
I personally don’t care about bloating during my cut, as long I can see the body fat melting away. But you may want to discontinue using MK-677 about 10 days before a photoshoot or competition.
To be honest…
I can’t guarantee how your body will respond to MK-677 during a cut. Nobody can! If they do, they are liars.
It’s up to you to see for yourself.
But I’d recommend you to go LOW with MK-677 when cutting. 10 mg/day gives you a significant increase in HGH. You get diminishing returns — and more side effects — when dosing higher than that, unless you’re ony interested in muscle growth.
Since MK-677 doesn’t affect the body’s testosterone production, you do not need to perform a PCT after ending a cycle. You don’t need to cycle it at all. People have cruised on it for years without negative consequences.
After a year of constant usage, your body’s response to MK-677 will not be as strong. It will get used to it and not get as powerful of an effect.
But you won’t get damaged from long-term usage.
Stacking it with SARMs?
Since MK-677 only affects your growth hormone levels, you want to stack it with a SARM that binds to your muscle’s androgen (male hormone) receptors for real results.
What are SARMs?
SARMs are a group of drugs designed to give steroid-like effects in muscle, bone and joint tissue, without the negative downsides. It’s much less harsh on your body.
But keep in mind that when you take real SARMs that bind to your androgen receptors, the stakes will be slightly raised. They are not 100% safe, even though people lie in attempts to sell them to you.
I hope the blog post brought some value to you, brother.
And before you take ANYTHING… you should read my post called “9 Questions Before Your First SARM Cycle“. I wrote it with SARMs in mind, but a lot of the questions apply to MK-677 as well.
Until next time,
— Alexander Contrarian