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It’s such a crowded market out there that it can be hard to know what to listen too. Hundreds of different forums and sites will each offer unique advice, but how do you know what’s true?
Well, arguably, none of it is true. Every single human body is different, and that includes yours. Everyone reacts differently to different advice, and what works for you may not work for someone else.
So, it’s important to have an open mind, and be willing to take multiple things on board. Trying a dozen things is better than trying one thing, after all. The same is true of supplements, and depending on your goals, you may have to try a couple before you find one that works.
Supplements come in all shapes and sizes, for a variety of uses. Some will be useful if you’re looking to pack on muscle. Some will be useful if you’re slimming down. Some will help you temporarily, and some will give long-term effects.
Creatine monohydrate or micronised creatine is very popular, with good reason. It’s usually more efficient if you’re doing a high-intensity workout but can help with any form of activity.
Creatine is found naturally in red meat, so if you eat a lot of that, then you may not need to supplement. Because of this, creatine is popular with vegetarians and vegans, and they can get huge boosts from it.
Creatine has a variety of uses. It can control the acid found in muscles, which can stunt growth and stop post-workout recovery. Creatine comes in a range of options, but micronised creatine is your best bet. It can be mixed easily with a protein shake, and absorbs a lot quicker.
Most people are under the impression that steroids are illegal, but this isn’t typically the case. A steroid is an organic compound that includes hormones and vitamins, which means they’re useful in any circumstance. There are many legal steroid supplements which can give you healthy boosts in the muscle department. Vitamin D is a much needed steroid for those of us with pale skin or who spend the majority of time indoors.
Other steroids include fat burners, which are pretty self-explanatory. Also, there are various dbol alternatives which can give you a fast increase in muscle mass with little side effects. You can also purchase a pre-workout steroid, which will give you a burst of adrenaline for a high-intensity workout.
Like any supplement, these should be taken in small doses, should not replace food and should be discontinued should any adverse side affects arise.
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The most popular kind of supplement, protein powder comes in a variety of forms. The best thing about powder is its ability to mix quickly, making a great workout drink. The flavours help too, and you can gorge on chocolate or strawberry, amongst others.
The two main protein powder supplements are casein and whey. Whey is typically used post-workout because it absorbs into the muscles much quicker. Casein is usually drunk before bed because it provides a long-lasting source of protein. This is useful for when you sleep, and you’re obviously unable to eat.
Mixing your protein powder with milk is a great way to pack on calories. On the other hand, if you’re slimming down, water is a fine alternative and can absorb a little quicker than milk does.
It’s not always easy to look after our bodies, but there are some things you could do to help. Supplements are one of those things, and can help in a variety of scenarios. As always, with a balanced diet and plenty of exercise, you’ll be on your way to fitness heaven.
I’ve always wondered this and maybe you can provide some insight. Does the addition of supplements help raise your baseline level permanently or just temporarily only while you continue to take them?
That’s a good question, to which I don’t have a good answer. I assume any increased muscle mass accruing from working out/eating more would raise your baseline indefinitely (so long as you maintained it). Regarding the supplement itself, I’m not too sure. Something I’ll have to look into! Hope all’s well 🙂