I am NOT a big supplement person. In fact, I believe most people shouldn't take any supplements until they have changed their diets and have begun to workout consistently (consistently means 3 months ore more). It is only after those changes are made, and people are still having trouble getting good daily nutrition, that I’d recommend supplements.
Then there is the issue as to what you should take and what is junk!
So who might benefit from supplements, people with super hectic lives for one?
If a person has done all of the above, and is so overloaded with their life that sometimes preparing meals 100% of the time is not realistic, I would say supplement.
Lets say 90% of the time you eat clean and exercise then 10% of the time you catch yourself eating junk, supplements may be the answer. If it were a choice between Jack in Box and a meal replacement shake, I'd go with the shake.
So whom do I recommend with all the choices out there, it was a tough decision.
I am a firm believer in the “no one size fits all approach”. If it works for you, use it, if not, don’t.
What works for one person, may not work for another, but you won’t know unless you try.
There is so much contradicting info out there it can be hard to judge what is good and what isn’t. So when I began to look for a brand of products to use myself and recommend, I looked at the following criteria.
1. Have they been in business awhile? There are so many companies jumping into the supplement business it’s scary. Some are here today, and gone tomorrow. Everyone has his or her favorite, but in the end I believe it’s best to go with tried and true. The fittest man in the world endorses my recommendation, and is not paid to do so, so I figure it’s good stuff.
2. Do their products work? If you follow a supplement company’s recommendations, adopt a clean diet, and a consistent workout program, then show progress it works. If not, it’s time to move on.
3. Is this something I can afford? I figure that nothing will work in a week. Heck everyone knows that to see results from a workout program takes several months, and supplementation is no different. Don’t expect to order one meal replacement shake and drop two sizes.
4. Do I like the way I feel after taking the products? If I am using a meal replacement shake I should feel full after taking it. If I am taking an energy drink, I should feel energized.
5. Do I like the way the products taste? This is a big one for me. Sorry, but I have to like what I am eating or drinking. I don’t care if they told me dog poop was the healthiest stuff in the world. It would still taste like poop, and sorry I wouldn’t be buying.
6. Are the products tested for banned substances? If they can’t assure me that their ingredients are clean, I won’t take them.
7. Does the company use quality ingredients? Junk in junk out, show me the science!
8. Will their products and meal plans work with my type of workout? I am not into starting myself! Limiting my intake so low that I can’t to do intense workouts is against everything I have been taught. You need fuel to perform. Sure starving yourself will help you lose weight, but it isn’t a real long-term solution.
So using that criteria, I did my research and kept coming back to one brand. Like I said earlier, supplements are just that, supplements. They are not meant to replace a well-balanced clean diet. Not are they are meant to replace a decent workout program.
Supplements are meant to help those who do everything they should be doing and still find it nearly impossible to eat perfectly.
Are supplements better than real food clean food? The answer is no. Can supplements be better for you than the junk found in most convenience stores, and fast food restaurants, absolutely.
Click here to find out who I use and recommend.
* Disclosure Per FCC You need to know that certain links from this article are to affiliate products for sale. What that means is that if you click on the link and later purchase a product from the site I could get paid. You can read a more in depth disclosure here if need be. So why would I tell you this? Well first it’s the law, second it’s the right thing to do and third I ain’t got nothing to hide. Since this site doesn't pay the bills by itself, I figure providing a link to product you might want and I like, could benefits both of us.
See you on the beach.