Being able to distinguish whether a person uses anabolics or not, except in obvious cases, is not always something so simple.
There are some critical points that can also be observed visually, the most common are gynecomastia, widespread acne and excessive hypertrophy of specific areas such as trapezius, deltoids and abdominals.
However, these points are not sufficient to establish whether the person uses it or not, since gynecomastia is not given only by doping, ditto for acne and also the discourse of the muscular districts does not hold up per se, since even from natural with good genetics and years of experience, it is possible to obtain an above-average hypertrophic level of these muscle groups.
However, if the person in question has all three of the aforementioned critical points, then the likelihood that he will use it greatly increases.
Another index that can be an alarm bell is the BMI, or the body mass index.
The BMI is nothing more than the relationship between body weight in kg and height in meters squared.
The index was created to establish some directives related to the health of the person, if the subject is under a certain value or too high, then he can run into health problems, ergo it is not a parameter born for fitness/bodybuilding.
It has been coarsely and improperly adopted in the world of bodybuilding, with the idea that a truly natural athlete, at a controlled body fat percentage (<= 10%), cannot absolutely exceed a certain BMI, unfortunately even this hypothesis is absolutely not founded.
There may be subjects who easily manage to exceed this value and who are genetically heavier than average in relation to their height or who have become so in years of constant training with an increase in lean mass and a bf under control.
Even the BMI must be compared with the other potential criticalities mentioned and not taken alone.
An index that makes us think more in my opinion than all the others is inherent to the change in body weight over time.
We know that in general the maximum increases in muscle hypertrophy occur in the first 2-4 years of continuous training, and it is common for a person’s body weight to undergo a significant change in this period of time.
It is quite suspicious that after this period the person acquires another 10-15 or even more ‘kg (for men) remaining with an almost equal bf.
This for me is the main alarm bell to understand if a subject is really natural or not.