Flipping through my very first muscle mag (IronMan, 01/95) I can't help but reminisce about the feeling I probably got reading the hundreds
of advertisements for nutritional supplements. Some things don't change as even today novice body builders and athletes are being bombarded
with a lot of hype. The usual quick fixes, "steroid alternatives", scintillating "before and after" photos, and buffed body builders selling supplements.
A question commonly asked is, Do you need nutritional supplements?
The quick answer is no, but they can be a huge help! Supplements can be
useful but they simply cannot replace food - they are after all meant to supplement
your diet, exercise and overall lifestyle. That is a key because
way too many people fall for the mistake of replacing real food, hard work in the gym and overall dedication with supplements, burning a hole in their pockets
and possibly putting their health at risk. I prefer taking a good whey protein powder, a casein protein powder, the occasional meal replacement bar or
shake for their convenience and concentrated nutritional value, an anti-oxidant
cocktail, creatine for its ergogenic properties and a daily multi-vitamin/mineral/essential fatty acid supplements
for overall health benefits.
You can also refer to these helpful articles, tackling some common issues about the benefits of nutritional supplements:
Pre and Post Workout Meals
The Need for Nutritional Supplements
Why Use Nutritional Supplements?
Why Protein is Critical For Fat Loss
Taste is Everything When Choosing a Protein Bar