What do you think the most common question I get on a daily basis is? It’s not about how to gain muscle, lose fat, or throw faster. The most common question I get is, which supplements should I take? We live in a microwave society, we want things done right now, with no hard work. People are always looking for the quick fix. Now, I am very cautious on how I answer this question, for the main reason I deal mostly with youth athletes. However, I think it’s important to first look at what exactly a supplement is. A supplement is just that, a “supplement” do your diet. Before adding any supplements to your daily dose of intake, your diet should be in tip-top shape. That is my first question when addressing this question. Is your diet good, and can you improve that in anyway? That being said, there are some beneficial products out there, that once a solid diet is in place, can be beneficial.
It is said, that America has the most expensive urine in the world. Why? We look for the quick fix, take all these pills and powders that we think will help, and in reality we just end up pissing them out. So what are effective supplements? Below is a list of my top 5 most effective supplements. This is my opinion, is different for each person, and should not be taken as a recommednation.
1. Whey Protein
This is probably the most common supplement, and you really can’t go wrong with this. As an active athlete, looking for muscle growth, you should be getting at least 1 gram of protein, per pound of bodyweight. Having a diet that is high in protein will help, but a quick shake may be a good thing. Also, it is recommended that within 15 minutes after your workout you intake some form of protein to help with tissue growth, repair, and maintenance. A solid whey protein may be a great benefit to your day.
Creatine is naturally occurring in your body, and can be a great supplement. A lot of people have a poor understanding of how creatine works. A lot of people think just by taking creatine, they will gain muscle. However, what creatine does is it allows for more ATP in your body, which is an energy source, and involved in muscle contraction. So although it doesn’t directly make you gain muscle, it will allow you to have a “stronger” workout, more reps, last longer, etc. So that extra work put in, will help in achieving your goal. That being said, it is not right for everyone, and has not been around for a long time, so the long-term effects are not researched yet.
3. Fish Oil
Fish oil can be a forgotten supplement to a lot of people. It is not a supplement that will make you gain 10lbs of muscle, or lose those 20lbs before beach season. However fish oil has shown to be effective in lowering blood pressure, a healthy heart, joint stiffness, and more.
Again, not something that will make you instantly look good naked, but most of our diets lack essential vitamins and minerals. By taking a multi-vitamin twice a day, you will have those avenues covered. Taking it twice a day will assure you get everything absorbed, because your body will only absorb 50% of what it takes in.
5. Athletic Greens
Who loves vegetables? Who gets enough vegetables? Athletic Greens is a great product that covers a lot of things. You will get 75 natural ingredients that help in energy, digestive enzymes, probiotics, vitamins, and minerals. Even better, the product is all natural, gluten-free, no wheat, no lactose, and no preservatives. It’s a no brainer for me.
My point with this post is to give you a breakdown of 5 supplements that have proven benefits. A lot of people hear from others that they should take this, or take that. Stop looking for the magic pill, and put the hard work in. None of these will get you jacked over night, but with a good healthy diet, can be very beneficial.
What do you think? Is there any supplement that you swear by? I would love to hear about it below in the comments section.
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