A lot of people may say that bodybuilders don't use steroids and they work very hard, but steroids and bodybuilding go hand and hand with each other. If you are very serious about getting to a larger than life size, you will typically be already taking steroids or considering taking steroids.
Why do steroids and bodybuilding go together so well? To get the real life results that are needed for bodybuilding competitions and sports to the perfection that is expected in the usual time allotted, steroids are needed to get you where you want to be in more easy way and quicker. The most people say, “If you use/used steroids you don't have real muscle”. They are absolutely wrong. A real bodybuilder knows the effort it takes, even with steroids to get the results they need.
Steroids will help a bodybuilder recover faster and allow them to build more muscle quicker, or during the cutting and competition season can allow them to cut faster and retain more muscle when dieting down to a low body fat.
A real natural bodybuilder is quite rare. Why? It's all most impossible to prevent retention muscle while dieting hardcore without taking something to prevent muscle loss. You will never see them winning an advanced competition. A natural lifter could take all the branched chain amino acids and creatine till their heart is content, but it still will not deliver the results that steroids and bodybuilding can.
Someone will say that to make muscle you need to eat more, but what to do with the additional calories? Steroids will help put those much-needed calories to good use. Just the same, when dieting a bodybuilder will struggle losing fat to the level that is needed, steroids will help prevent your muscle loss when dieting to the extreme and some steroids can even accelerate fat loss.
Not all bodybuilders will share the fact that they are on steroids, because of society's stigma. A lot will say that if someone is taking steroids they're cheating and don't have real muscle. Steroids and bodybuilding are seen in a very, very negative light and this should be changed for the future of weightlifting.