My Thoughts on Supplements
I constantly get asked "what supplements do I take?" or hear the dudes in the gym talk (Bro science) about their specific supplement stacks. This is a multi-billion dollar industry for a reason and whats even more scary is that it is not regulated by the FDA, In fact I don't even believe they are self regulated because I don't think they even follow any sort of protocols or regulations. Every Industry pretty well is regulated most importantly for us the consumers for our safety and protection. How the Supplements companies fell through the cracks is beyond me, must be paying sht loads of $$$$$ in handouts, campaign contributions, can only imagine.
Translation: Basically you do not simply know if you are even getting the dosage, the listed ingredients or even what the supplement promises because they are not required to list all or any of the possible ingredients whether in the form of artificial sweeteners, other unknown ingredients etc. My take on them is this, Supplements are just that, they supplement you're nutrition program not become the staple of it. You can get all the nutrients, vitamins, minerals , creatine, protein, BCAA's, CLA etc by consuming whole foods whether in the form of fruits, vegetables, lean meats, complex carbs......Don't even get me started on the !@#$ taste, eating buckets of white powder, yuck, taste like crap, BCAA's even worse, Sup companies try adding flavors like chocolate, vanilla, strawberry, cookies & cram, blueberry etc and how they do this is by adding artificial sweeteners like Splenda, Aspartame, Sugarlose etc, well guess what now you are getting more calories and not from the good sources either and which are more harmful, you just might as well used plain old refined table sugar. You can mix with water *Yuck, or milk*more fat & sugar, or juices *great more sugar*rollz eyez*.
Look, it's like this. This sht is simply irrelevant for 99% of our clients. Why? Because these supplements make the difference of a few percent here and there in their performance, muscle gain or fat loss. Just a few percent(maybe 5-10% Overall).
This is far far outweighed by the huge difference made by things like,
- their physical activity background
- their current physical activity
- their food
- their rest
- their consistency in working out, whether with us PTs or on their own
- the effort made in sessions
- normal everyday ups and downs - one of the marks of a beginner in any skill is their performance is not very consistent, you can actually see even reps within sets being different; a more experienced person will have a more consistent performance (whether good or bad - they'll be consistent)
Sure, if all those things are equal, and if every session happens, and there's 100% effort in every session, then you'll see a difference with supplements. But they never are.
Supps are simply irrelevant to 99% of clients. When you find a supp that makes everyone have a good diet and rest, and do all their scheduled workouts, and do them all with 100% effort, let us know.
For myself I have tried numerous supps and have used my self as a guinea pig. A few of my staples are BCAA's( helps with recovery & prevent breakdown of lean muscle mass), a Multi *which I think everyone should have to help as a back up to get you're vitamins & minerals since the body does not produce them and we can only get them from food sources is a great supplement to give you the added support like you're A, D, E, K's, B's& C's, Magnesium, selenium, calcium, zinc(for men, helps with Testosterone), CoQ10, EFA's Essential fatty acids Omega 3's, 6, 9(i.e fish oil's, Ester) with this kind of protection and arming our bodies with these Anti -oxidants , they scavenge for harmful free radicals and rid the body of them.
Don't even get me started on the topic of Fat-burners which is a whole other can of worms and will cover in my next article.
Tybalt AKA The Phantom Menace