Demystifying Nutritional Supplements
Everyone reads the magazines, watches the TV infomercials, reads the hype across the internet about the hottest new supplement. Well, let’s put all this on hold for a second … Think, are you ready for this? Are you ready to put a catalyst into your body that fires you up, and puts you on a whole new level of body sculpting excellence? Well, keep reading.
Definitions of supplement
add as a supplement to what seems insufficient; “supplement your diet” a quantity added (e.g. to make up for a deficiency) serve as a supplement to; “Vitamins supplemented his meager diet”
Supplements are meant to be an addition to your diet, weight training, and cardio. My biggest gripe against supplements is that people see them as the easy way out, they see meal replacement bars or protein shakes as a complete meal. The shakes, bars, cookies – whatever it be, are meant to ‘supplement’ what whole foods cannot give you. Whole foods have a hard time providing a protein that breaks down fast, can be absorbed fast, and is readily available. So, science developed Whey Protein to fill the void for a protein supplement. This was truly revolutionary, and opened the door for more great supplements to be developed.
Among the top of the list; creatine, glutamine, glucosamine, nitric oxide, and many more have led to people shattering their goals and creating the body they have always desired. But people always looked towards supplements as an easy way out, “Well if I take this and this I can do this!”. Not necessarily, while the benefits far outweigh the negatives for supplements, there is still a very strong need for real food, and hard work.
Then came fat loss drugs, Ehphedra, Dexedrine, and countless others burst onto the market and turned many, many people’s lives around – and ruined just as many. Those with pre-existing heart conditions, or people who took more than recommended found themselves with heart disease, stroke, and many many more deadly side effects.
This also ushered in a whole new generation of supplements, anabolics. Though we had seen this for many years with the use of Testosterone, and other synthetic variations of the chemical, but there were now becoming more and more oral versions which were readily available, and not always needing a prescription (or your friend’s friend at the gym across town). Pro hormones really became big in the 21st century, with Andro and then M1T, and the dozens more that filled supplement stores and prompted hundreds of retailers to open online to carry such supplements.
All this has led to the normal person not knowing what they need to take, but more important – what they should take.
Stay tuned as I will outline basic, and advanced, supplement strategies – covering everything from whey protein to an ECY stack.