DNP and Calorie Consumption

If you’re reading this page, you already know that DNP causes a radical increase in the body’s consumption of calories.  (Click here to learn how.)


First, some numbers.  It has been estimated that approximately 1 mg/kg bodyweight/day of DNP increases calorie consumption by about 10%.  So, for instance, an 80-kg athlete taking 400 milligrams of DNP per day might expect an increase of 800/40 x 10% = 50% in his or her rate of metabolism.  That’s 50% more calories burned!


Compared to other pro-lipolytic (fat burning) compounds, there’s no contest.  The ephedrine/caffeine stack (“ECA”) increases metabolism by only 1 to 3 percent.  Even high doses of clenbuterol (“clen”) cause only a 10% increase, which can only be sustained for a couple of weeks.  Used responsibly, DNP can be several times as effective as these more commonly used fat burners.


But the difference doesn’t stop there.


The other fat burners used by bodybuilders (ECA, clen) work by binding to various neurochemical receptors.  Simply put, ECA and clen trigger the production of more energy—but that energy is produced just as efficiently as usual.  Because the energy production process isn’t affected, there’s no change in the calorie requirement for physical activities, either.  In short, ECA and clen effectively add a few calories to an athlete’s energy expenditure, but they don’t multiply that expenditure by anything.


DNP, on the other hand, doesn’t add to an athlete’s energy consumption.  DNP multiplies an athlete’s consumption of energy—for everything.


Say an athlete performs enough cardio to burn 300 extra calories (over and above base metabolism) under “normal” conditions.

– With supplemental ECA or clenbuterol, this activity will still burn only 300 extra calories.

– With supplemental DNP, the same activity burns MORE calories.  If the dose of DNP is sufficient to produce a 20% increase in metabolism, the activity will now burn 360 extra calories, over and above the original increase provided by DNP.  If the dose provides a 50% increase, the activity will burn 450 extra calories.  And so on.


Thus, once the caloric effect of DNP has been calibrated for a particular bodybuilder or athlete, the same multiplier applies to all physical activity that he or she performs.  Even relatively easy activities, such as walking, can contribute significantly to the athlete’s energy deficit.


Incidentally, this is also the reason why high-dose “inferno” treatment with DNP is generally a bad idea, as also mentioned on the dosing page.  At such high doses, DNP will cause so much fatigue that even everyday activities will become difficult to perform.  Athletes may find it exhausting just to walk a few blocks, let alone to work out hard enough to retain muscle (click here (LINK TO WORKOUT PAGE for more on preserving muscle on DNP).  By sticking with a more moderate DNP dosage and supplementing it with some easy, low-intensity cardio activity, athletes can achieve the same calorie burn as from higher doses, but with less debilitating fatigue, less risk of muscle loss, and, most importantly, a much lower risk of hyperthermia or other toxic effects.




Dosing for DNP is discussed here.


Learn about the chemistry and action of DNP here.


Information on stacking DNP with other fat burners is here.


To read more about the effects of DNP on different bodybuilding diets, click here.


Read about workouts to preserve lean mass here.