- Take this product and you’ll look like the person (paid fitness/body building model) advertising it;
- All supplements work for everyone;
- If I take supplements I don’t need to work out as much;
- Supplements will give me huge gains in a very short time.
The above are just to name a few. The first, and most important thing you need to know is: workout supplements are not controlled by the FDA (food and drug administration). Therefore, companies can claim all sorts of benefits with little to no oversight attesting to how true these benefits really are. Fact: Not all supplements will work for everyone. Everyone’s body is different and will react differently to supplements. Also remember the “testimonials,” or “real” people hawking the product are being paid, likely professional models, and even more likely not an average joe who transformed into a perfect specimen just by using the supplement they are advertising.
So what is the truth about supplements? The truth is some supplements are good and some are a complete waste of money. How do you know which is which? Research, research, research! Get on the Internet and see what people are saying. Blogs, chat rooms, workout forums, even websites where customers can leave feedback and ratings. Bear in mind there will probably be a little trial and error too. You are going to have to find what works best for your body.
The bottom line is you can take all the supplements in the world but without a proper balanced diet (eating 5 to 6 times a day) and a good workout regimen (minimum of 1 hour for a minimum of 4 days a week) to begin with you will just be flushing your money down the drain. You need to be patient. You will not get results over night. It takes time (usually months) to see changes. Supplements are good but unless you want to be a professional body builder there are only a few supplements that are worth your money.
You can control most of your health (body image/looks) with your diet and exercise routine. What I would recommend for the average person looking to gain some muscle is some sort of Whey protein, Amino acids, and maybe some Creatine (which you should cycle and only use for a couple months then take 4-6 weeks off without use). Everyone should also be taking a good multi-vitamin, vitamin C, and a fish oil vitamin (to get your omega 3 fat).