You’re thinking of taking some supplements to get more out of your training? You’ve seen all the advertisements and you’re convinced you ‘need’ to start spending your hard earned money on supplements to get the most out of your training?
It’s all in the name really- ‘supplements’. They are designed to supplement a solid consistent diet not to replace it. If you think that taking some creatine and whey protein is going to save you from your shitty diet and training routine then you’ve got it all wrong.
Even with a solid diet there is argument that supplements are a complete waste of money. There is no reason you cannot get your dietary needs from food. I’m not talking about vitamins and minerals here (as a good multi vitamin is worthwhile) I’m referring to gym based supplements such as whey protein and pre workouts etc.
But you need more calories and protein?
I’ve had this amazing epiphany- If you need more calories then I suggest you eat more food, you need more protein eat more nuts, meat, eggs and whole milk. You need more carbs then eat more rice, pasta and oats. This is ground breaking stuff right?
If you need to take some corporate concoction of god knows what to get you fired up for the gym then you have an issue (and likely too much disposable income). If you are feeling tired and need that kick then caffeine is your friend, drink some strong coffee and you have bought yourself a 5p ‘pre workout’.
Money makes the world go around
Think objectively, all that these manufactures want is your money so they’ll do anything in their power to convince you that you need supplements. But the guy advertising the protein is huge and ripped right? Well remember he’s being paid to tell you he uses the protein powder being advertised and likely is on steroids.
Supplements are not always a bad thing and can be used sparingly in the right circumstances……
- You have a busy day out of the office and limited space and time available, some protein bars, meal replacement and shakes might be good
- You’re training fasted and don’t have access to your PWO meal for another 3 hours, maybe try some BCAA’s
- Creatine does (and has been proven) to work, this might be worth using
- Intra workout gels for very long endurance events (but not gym sessions!)
So save your money and spend it on more food, don’t be a slave to supplement manufacturers and retailers and make sure you’ve grasped the word supplement.