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DNP (Dinitrophenol)

Fat loss wonder-drug or death trap?

By Josh Hodnik (Re-published with permission from www.vpxsports.com)

Like many of the chemicals used today by bodybuilders and athletes in all sporting codes, 2,4-Dinitrophenol (DNP) was introduced to the market by the late steroid guru Dan Duchaine. After researching a compound and basing a theory on his findings, Duchaine often tested these compounds on himself and other people in his circle. For decades Dan treated himself as a lab rat, taking in chemical after chemical that he thought would be useful in the sport of bodybuilding, including DNP.

It was 1998 when I first started reading about DNP and this substance really intrigued me. It was a chemical that seemed to melt fat at a rate of at least a pound a day, without the prerequisite drop in calorie consumption. Users also seemed to experience little or no muscle loss while using DNP. This seemed like magic in a little yellow capsule to me.


The history and use of DNP is quite interesting. Almost every other compound used by bodybuilders to build muscle and burn fat has a medical use, but this is not the case with DNP. It is primarily used in the manufacturing of dyes, wood preservatives and as a pesticide. A study released in 1931 by Stanford University clearly highlighted DNP’s ability to shed body fat. By 1933 DNP became a popular diet pill. However, it was removed from the market in 1938 after many people died or became ill after taking it.

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