Supplements : A Beginners Guide
Now there are too many people out there that seem to think that supplements are a quick fix and that as soon as they start taking them they expect to look as muscly as a bodybuilder or as lean as a bikini model that has been training for years, women included *laughs* this is definitely not the case.
The fact of the matter is that supplements are just that, a supplement. They should not be a meal replacement or a quick fix option, every supplement should be taken with the knowledge of what it is used for, and how it can be used in conjunction with a healthy diet and regular exercise to help you reach your desired goals.
Here are, in my opinion the 4 most important supplements to be used for a beginner or just in general.
BCAAs or Branch Chain Amino Acids include leucine, isoleucine and valine, these guys allow you to diet without the not-so-welcomed bonus of losing muscle while you do so. BCAAs in essence help your muscles against the catabolic effects of dieting and they also help to stimulate protein synthesis. They are the building blocks to gaining muscle.
CREATINE is one of those under appreciated all-round supplements that is actually very effective. Creatine seems to have got a bad rap just based upon the experiences of some mainly to do with water retention, but the positives far outweigh the short list of negatives when it comes to creatine.
Most people know that the worst enemy of a good training session is fatigue, when you supplement with creatine muscular fatigue is reduced meaning you will get the best out of your workouts, not only that but is also increases muscular strength, endurance and output levels and improves your recovery rates as well as hydrating your muscles for a larger and fuller appearance.
PROTEIN Easily my favourite supplement of all time, because, not only can you get some DELICIOUS proteins that make great accompaniments to your oats, smoothies and various other kitchen creations but also because protein plays a very important part in the human bodies muscle building and recovery process, without enough protein in our diets we may find that our body is unable to properly recover and can lead to injury.
CARNITINE This magical amino acid can help you lose fat and get lean. How you ask? In basic terms carnitine allows your body to use stored fat as energy. It also helps your body from storing fat and increases aerobic capacity. Carnitine has also been shown to reduce fatigue and serve as an appetite suppressant.
While there are so many awesome supplements on the market, these in my opinion are the best basic supplements anyone starting to train or starting to take supplements should have in their arsenal.
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