Post-cycle retention of lean muscle mass gains were somewhat better with Durabolin however. This was mostly due to the fact that most individuals used lower dosages of Durabolin and therefore experience less HPTA suppression. Durabolin is highly anabolic, which means a quick build-up of proteins stored intracellularly in muscle tissue, and a positive nitrogen balance. For this reason, as with all nandrolones, a high protein diet was a must. Since Durabolin caused much less water retention than Deca Durabolin (again due to lower dosages), it was an excellent addition to pre-contest stacks. Also due to a shorter active-life, Durabolin appears to aromatize less than Deca.