If you just started getting into weight lifting or working out, you may have heard people at the gym (or on Instagram) talk about what supplements they use.
Protein, fat burners, glutamine, etc. How do you know which is good for you, bad for you, or ones you should stay the hell away from? Let me break some down for you:
Whey is made from cow milk and probably the most popular protein type you can find. It’s simple and easy, especially if you have a hard time getting enough protein throughout the day.
Check out some of my favorite protein shake recipes!
Creatine is an amino acid that helps us increase lean muscle mass and gain strength. It occurs naturally in the body and is also found primarily in meat, fish and eggs. Basically, you can do without the supplement if you eat a bunch of meat, fish and eggs, but it could give you a slight increase in muscle growth and strength produced over 10-15 seconds.
Fish oil is a concentrated source of omega-3 fats, which are also called n-3 fatty acids. Scientifically, omega-3s are polyunsaturated fatty acids. Implementing fish oil supplements into your lifestyle can aid anxiety, soreness, arthritis and even prevent different cancers like colon, prostate and breast.
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You may have seen people on Instagram talk about “pre-workout,” which is essentially just a shot of caffeine that’s supposed to help you workout and keep you energized. It definitely does, but there are other substances/ingredients in Pre-workouts that are not so heavily researched scientifically.
Having a cup of coffee before a workout can produce the same effects, and is cheaper over all!
I’ve taken BCAAs (Branched Chain Amino Acids) and I couldn’t really see any difference in my workouts or how I felt during recovery. That being said, if you are already implementing whey protein into your diet, then you’re already getting BCAAs.
Fat Burners are basically a waste of money, and a lot of people push them on unsuspecting people just trying to lose weight. I’ll say it before and I’ll say it again, you cannot spot reduce, and no magic pill will help you burn fat. Diet and exercise, baby, that’s all you need!
If you need help finding good supplements, I go to Vitamin Shoppe 🙂