Supplements are not steroids. Supplements are actually a lot more like food – protein powder, multivitamins, flaxeed oil etc are really nothing more than powered food or food derivative. Therefore they can never give you drastic drug like results.
Supplements should be used for what they are supposed to be used for - to “supplement” a good diet, not “replace” it. Without a solid diet in place first, using supplements is simply a waste of your money and time.
Supplements are helpful in filling in small gaps in a exercise program where the increased activity levels can make your body have greater demands for various vitamins and minerals.
Therefore supplements are just additions to an already good nutrition and training programs.
There are a lot of supplements out there touting claims for extreme weight loss to extreme muscle gain. We have all heard the pitch, “Take a pill and wake up skinny”, or “Use this product and get ripped in no time”. Everyone wants something easy, that magic pill, a product to get quick results.
The hard reality is that is ‘there is no magic pill or powder that will melt away your fat or build muscle overnight and never will be!
There is no supplement in the world that will give you these dramatic results if you don’t train hard and eat right in the first place!
The marketing is so strong that when you see an ad for a new supplement, you have a desire to buy it, it just sounds so good. Supplements are a billion dollars industry. With billions at stake, supplement companies will tell you just about anything to get you buy their products. Fitness magazines are packed with pages of incredible sounding supplement advertisements with athletes endorsing the product, jaw-dropping before & after photos and dubious claims with false hopes promising results without doing the hard work.
It is an unregulated industry. The companies producing the magic potions and powders are not required to provide proof of efficacy or safety. Therefore there is no way to know whether the supplement is safe or harmful in long term use.
So folks, don’t take any chances, save your money and stick to some basic supplements your body needs, and use proper diet and exercise to achieve your goals.
Before you spend money on supplements, make sure to have the basics in order. Supplements will not fix a diet that consists of pizza and soda, or lack of sleep and a couch potato lifestyle.
The cause of weight gain is sedentary lifestyle and poor nutrition. Unless you take steps and fix your lifestyle, no supplement will ever help you.
The key to losing fat, building muscle, or just improving your body or health in any way is a combination of a proper diet and workout program. The best supplements in the world won’t do a thing if you don’t get that fixed first.
Once you have set up both and effectively put them in action, supplements can, at best, only help at that point.
That’s help….not do.