What Supplements Should I Take?
I remember when I first started working out and found a supplement called “Ripped Fuel”.
Since I had the workout part down and was eating chicken, be it breaded Tyson chicken…
...this little pill seems like an easy addition to my routine and who doesn’t want to be ripped?!
$40 and 30 days later, I wasn’t ripped yet.
What a bummer.
Even with my first experience taking a supplement being negative, I still managed to try every supplement that is legal and on the shelves.
As I transitioned into a career as a fitness professional I tried it all. I wanted to make sure I knew if something was a benefit to my client's and getting results. Pre workout’s, fat burners, muscle builders, probiotics, multi-vitamins, you name it.
Over time none of them seemed to meet the claims. I then forged relationships with people who have worked in the supplement industry. Listening to their stories of what goes on, made it easy to stop testing them all together. Especially since the cost was so outrageous.
One not so secret thing to know: the supplement industry IS NOT regulated. That means companies can put whatever they want in them. Only 1% of the product can be a quality ingredient to market the ingredient. Even worse is finding out what is in the supplements that is not listed.
In independent studies done on various weight loss supplements they have found some supplements contained appetite suppressants like sibutramine. It can increase blood pressure and pulse rate, causing coronary artery disease, heart failure, arrhythmias, stroke, and even death.
Other weight loss pills contained antidepressants like Prozac, or hidden laxatives, including the drug phenolphthalein. Phenolphthalein was banned by the Food and Drug Administration after it was found to increase the risk of irregular heartbeat and cause cancer with long-term use.
So yeah…. Use at your own risk.
Now, there are some that are worthwhile. Just keep in mind that it is just a SUPPLEMENT. Used to SUPPLEMENT missing pieces of your diet. We will get to those later.
Fight The Quick Fix Urge
The most important ones to avoid are the ones that align with the quick-fix mindset.
Two of the biggest sellers and most worthless are pre-workouts and fat burners.
Pre-workout supplements are the ones you see people toting around in a shaker bottle that look like some kind of neon nectar. These drinks are appealing because they make you feel like you are ready to run through a wall!
You get all jittery, tingly, and feel invincible. These are fine from time to time, but the problem over the long haul is it is artificial energy.
Some days you are low on sleep and lacking energy and it is best to tone down your workout for the day and take it a bit easier. This is just listening to your body and actually beneficial to your results in the long run.
These signals get blocked when hyped up on XXX Energy 365... or whatever is selling these days.
Once you are past the beginner stage of working out (congratulations you are sticking with it!) you find out not every workout can be the greatest workout ever.
If you try and deny this fact and counter it with a pre-workout, over time you get addicted to the pre-workout and can’t imagine working out without one.
Now it is a crutch.