Dinitrophenol Side Effects: Why Use With Caution


Dinitrophenol (DNP) has serious side effects. It's something that needs to be used with caution. Everyone wants to lose body fat. Getting lean and shredded is what every guy and girl in the gym wants to do -  get more, more, more and more ripped.....  But, apparently, such a quest is not so easily achieved as evinced by the paucity of people running around with deeply etched abs and striated shredded muscle. You just don't see a lot of them. If fat was so easy to lose, then why isn't the beach packed with killer ripped bodies? The shores usually look littered with bloated aquatic mammal carcasses rather than anything lean and athletic. 


While the path to ripped abs is littered with difficulty, false starts and failure, numerous shortcuts to losing body fat have come and gone.  Some of them, one in particular, had proven to be very effective. Unfortunately, its not very good for you. In fact, while dinitrophenol side effects of DNP are few, they can be quite bad, so dinitrophenol must be used with caution.  To understand why, you might want to consider that DNP, or 2,4-dinitrophenol is a poisonous industrial chemical, just a couple of molecules away  from nitroglycerine, used in the manufacture of  herbicides and antiseptics.  As you can see, we're not dealing with an herbal supplement here. Dinitrophenol is at the very least harsh, yet it has an incredible ability to burn fat. 


In 1933, an American researcher discovered that  DNP dramatically speeds up the metabolism leading to rapid weight loss in human subjects. In the 1930s dinitrophenol was used extensively as a dieting aid. Some 100,000 people used DNP (in pill form) during its first year on the market. Typical weight loss averaged a respectable 3.3 pounds per week. The important thing that should be noted is that this weight loss occurred without dietary restrictions; users lost body fat even though they ate whatever they wanted.


DNP works as an uncoupling agent. It affects the conversion of ATP to ADP in the Kreb cycle. Normally, the Kreb cycle facilitates energy production from glucose when ATP is converted to ADP. Dinitrophenol  “uncouples” this reaction and instead of producing energy when ATP is converted to ADP, the energy is instead given off as heat. Think of it as a hole poked in a gas tank.  Unchecked, this heat can increase body temperature to a fatal degree.


While DNP side effects usually include profuse sweating, dehydration, nausea, vomiting, restlessness, headaches, rapid breathing and a rapid or irregular heartbeat, these side effects are fungible nuisances compared to it's main side effect, death. The elevation in body temperature can rise to a level where the nervous system short circuits and you can go into cardiac arrest and die. You basically cook yourself to death.


Now, this is not to say that you will die if you use DNP, many people have used it and lost lots of body fat and didn't die. They did, however, have a hard time training. Look at ti this way, if DNP uncouples the the link in the metabolic pathway which converts ATP to ADP to produce energy, and instead gives off that energy as heat, from where will your energy come to train? Dinitrophenol users report serious difficulty in manufacturing training intensity while using the chemical.


So, not only do dinitrophenol side effects warrant its use with caution, you'll also need to be aware of how it affects your energy levels.

April 19, 2017 by Richard Rodriguez

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