You see the ads everywhere, ”get big muscles and shredded abs with our new product!”.
But do these products really work? Do you really need to spend your hard earned dollars on supplements to get the body you want?
Well I don’t believe supplements are necessary, but that doesn’t mean they can’t be helpful to some degree.
In this post I will be going through the supplements I use and explain why I use them. But before I do that, I want to tell you that it’s much more important to have your diet and training under control. If you are eating like shit and just floating through your training without any clear plan no supplement in the world is going to do anything for you.
But if you have your training and nutrition all figured out and your budget allows it, supplements can in some cases be helpful just to give you a little bit of an edge.
The first, and most obvious supplement I am going to talk about is protein.
Protein powder and protein shakes is by far the best investment when it comes to supplements, it makes it a lot easier and more enjoyable to reach your protein goal of the day. I mostly use protein supplements in periods where I have a busy schedule or while I’m cutting.
Creatine is probably the most studied supplement of them all, and probably the one with most studies showing that it actually makes a difference.
Taking creatin might help you do a little more work in the gym than you are usually able to, this leading to more workload and more muscle gain.
I take 5 mg a day, every day.
BCAA’s (branched-chain amino acids)
Bcaa’s boosts protein synthesis and prevents protein breakdown, witch makes them a great supplement for cutting or fasted training.
I use usually take 5 mg before and after fasted workouts.
When I’m getting pretty deep into a bulk I stop taking them, or only use them when I’m doing fasted training, because I don’t think it’s necessary to spend money on them when I’m in a decent surplus of calories.
MULTIVITAMINS AND HEALTHY FATTY ACIDS
I do use multivitamin and magnesium supplements simply to make sure I hit my micros, sometimes it’s hard to get all the vitamins you need from food alone.
I also take omega-3 supplements since I don’t eat a lot of fatty fish.
As you can see supplements can be useful, but only to some extend, and most supplement companies push the truth a bit.
It’s absolutely possible to get great results without supplements, and no supplement can compare to proper nutrition. So unless your budget allows it, stay to healthy eating and proper training.
It’s always best to get most of what you need from proper food, and use supplements as what they are, supplements.
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