Been asked by many readers to explain supplements; what they are used for. I will no longer recommend one product over another. Just give you the basics so you can have a better understanding of the products and why you may need them. As in my profile says, I am all about the education. To me education is “Ground Zero”. GROUND ZERO: Education/Foundation Education is key to real long-term weight-management, health and fitness. Education is “ground zero.”
Before you start, determine your fitness goals.
This is pretty simple. You either want to gain weight or lose weight.
Wait- “What if I just want to replace fat with muscle?” Rather than trying to lose fat and gain muscle at the same time, you should do one, then the other. It’s recommend that you cut down to a body fat % you want, and then focus on building muscle. So at any given time, you are either on a cut (weight loss goal) or a bulk (weight gain goal).
Lets set the record straight.
Supplements are not steroids. For some strange reason, many believe that taking protein or creatine is bad for you, or that all supplements are steroids. This is NOT the case. Taking 10x the recommended dose might have some negative impact, but using these products as directed is probably safer than taking Tylenol.
Proper diet and exercise are more important than supplementation. Supplements can’t do everything. You’ll need to be eating right and exercising 5-6 days a week for your supplements to work the best. But what is eating right? You need to know several things about what is eating right. How many calories your body actually requires each day? (This is important so you don’t burn off lean muscle which is vital to better fat loss.) Do you know the proper ratio of protein, carbohydrate and fat for your body? And is, what foods should you be eating to achieve the ratios you need? These is where you need a professionals help. There are many to chose from the Denver Metro area or even on the internet. Ladies I recommend Brenda with www.LeanSecrets.com . She teaches lifestyle change.
There is no magic pill. Advertisements will often mislead customers into believing that there is a magic pill. You have to do the majority of work through diet and exercise. Supplements are only there to give you that extra boost.
You won’t see results overnight. Seeing a difference when you look in the mirror will take time. Gaining/losing 25 pounds in a year is realistic, and you’ll definitely see a difference in the mirror after a year. However, this is only half a pound per week! It will be impossible to see changes on a week-to-week basis, but don’t let this discourage you. Stay in it for the long run, and you’ll eventually get the results you have been working for!
Genetics play a huge factor. Everyone is different. Some find it impossible to gain weight, while others struggle daily to slim down. The best thing to do is to stop comparing yourself to others. Just focus on your own fitness goals and what you need to do to achieve them.
The last 5 points may seem discouraging, but just want you to be realistic. Trying to combat the flood of phony supplement advertisements which promise unrealistic results. It kills the consumer’s motivation when they are promised 20 pounds of weight loss in a month, and they only lose 2.
Buying supplements in the store vs. online
In general, you’ll save a lot of money if you buy supplements online. Online stores generally tend to be MUCH more efficient: smaller staff, no pretty expensive displays, one warehouse instead of hundreds of physical locations, etc. The only downside is paying for shipping and having to wait for your products, but is almost always worth the wait.
So be watching for the next part on Protein.