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To Supplement or Not to Supplement; That is the Question
Some fitness adherents are supplement crazy and spend money like a Vegas drunk with a big roll trying to impress girls he barely knows. I know lots of folks who admit to spending hundreds of bucks each month on the newest, latest dietary or supplement craze. A subtler shade of this same affliction is the cutting-edge Elite who also purchase lots of supplements and spend lots of disposable income on nutritional supplements of some type or another, the newer the better for this crew. Both ends of the fitness feeding chain are seduced by supplements that promise everything and deliver very little. There is something intrinsic and rooted deep in the human psyche that eternally searches for a miracle pill, potion, compound, substance or procedure that will do one of three things: make you lean, make you muscular and make you look and feel decades younger than your actual chronologic age.
Apparently there is no finite number of times you can get burned before you wise up and quit looking. If a magical pill or potion existed that delivered the mail on any of these three counts, believe me, you'd hear all about it all the time. Since the days of Ponce de' Leon stumbling around the malaria-ridden Florida everglades looking for the Fountain of Youth, people have sought physical shortcuts through chemistry to eliminate the gut-busting physical effort and fierce disciplined denial required to self-administer a successful physical renovation. John Parrillo, my nutritional Guru, always says that the regimented use of regular food, the kind you purchase off the shelf in the grocery store, will get you 80-85% of the "way there," there being a significant increase in muscle mass and a dramatically decreased body fat percentile. Obtain the twin titan attributes: more muscle/less body fat, and guess what? You'll look decades younger than your chronological reality so number three is a free bonus when you become leaner and more muscular.
Supplement makers and exercise equipment makers, who proclaim extraordinary results that defy rational expectations, play to people's eternal demand for some blasted substance or another to magically allow the acquisition of a fat-free muscular body. Would it not be great to pop a pill and make it all go away? Unfortunately this defies reality, and a reality check reveals that nutritional supplements are vastly overrated. Supplements are meant to supplement not replace regular foods. Steer clear of anyone who tells you how easy the physical transformation process can be made by the use of their product or system. Read the small print: most of these miracle products and systems shown on TV infomercials are all forced to run legal disclaimers--you'll see it flash by along the bottom, too speedy to really read--they all basically say the same thing: "results are not ordinary and for dramatic results a sensible calorie-restrictive diet plan and a vigorous exercise plan need also be followed."
Put another way, if you had it together and went on a sensible, calories-restrictive diet and got your rear end in gear and exercised intensely, you'd make just as much progress with or without the miracle product. If you dieted properly using foods purchased from the local food mart and start hitting cardio and lifting with requisite ferocity, the magic beans the witch sold you are superfluous. Save your money; get food selections under control, multiple meals are a must, meal timing is important, overall food volume and content need to be squared away. Nail it down on all levels and you'll get 90% of the way "there" in eight weeks. No hype, just plain fact, based on decades of widespread empirical date gathered in the athletic trenches. We know what works when it comes to triggering a physical transformation -? but the price of admission is high and most folks have neither the inclination nor pain-tolerance to close the deal.
More confirmation of the basic truths came while reading Rehan Jalali's Six Pack Diet Plan. Rehan has a great grasp of the cold realities imposed by science and biology and logic, especially where nutritional products are considered. Results that fitness hucksters ascribe to their products are biologically, physiologically and scientifically impossible! With every page I turned, my science knowledge base was clarified and mostly reaffirmed by Rehan. Correctly used supplements (the right ones taken at the right time in the right amount) can add 10-15% to the final finished physical product. Nothing wrong with that! But let's try and get as close as we can to the goal before we start spending big bucks on supplements. The first order of business is getting control of the eating schedule. Makes perfect sense to spread out the day's calories, more feedings per day lessens the digestive burden. Clean up the food selections and try and match calories needed to exercise expenditure. Once you are training consistently and once you are using a multiple-meal eating schedule (and making good selections) the addition of core supplements will be timely and appropriate and likely blast you through to the next level.
The most basic nutritional supplement for all hardcore weight trainers is supplemental protein in powder form. Purchase a tub for $30 to $40; take the money out of your grocery money with all the dough you save by not buying ice cream, pie, frozen pizzas or candy. If you weight train as hard as you're supposed to, consuming a protein-rich liquid shake immediately after an intense session will actually accelerate results and speed up the recovery process. Every Purposefully Primitive weight trainer must have a canister or tub of protein powder on hand. The price per serving has plummeted, the potency has skyrocketed and it makes so much sense to supplement with amino-rich protein powder -? so easy to prepare and tasty. Mixing a fine-tasting protein shake with cold water is easy and within 30-seconds you are drinking a pre-digested concoction that delivers 35 to 45 grams of high biologic whey protein with scant 4-8 carbohydrate grams and no sugar or fat. Protein powder is the number one indispensable single supplement for the serious and savage weight trainer. On the other hand if you just loaf through your sporadic training protein supplementation would be a total waste of money. Vitamin and mineral tablets are also advisable; my other core supplement is the "sport nutrition bar" in all its various guises. I love the portability of bars in a wrapper. I can stash them anywhere: glove compartment, gym bag, desk drawer, file cabinet, boat, what have you. That way, anytime I get hungry, at the very least I can grab a bar and consume a product that, on average, provides 20 grams of protein, 40 grams of carbs, 5 to 15 grams of sugar and 3 to 5 grams of fat. Nice statistics for a 70 gram bar. With 250 clean calories, a bar (or two) makes an excellent meal-in-a-pinch. I buy them by the box.
Taste has gotten so much better over the years! There are so many varieties of bars available that there is no reason not to be able to find a taste that appeals to you. I eat 2-3 bars every day and more if I'm in the deep woods or out walking around. I love my sport nutrition bars. I could recommend also recommend creatine monohydrate for competitive athletes. Ditto for beef liver amino acid tabs; these are great for women subject to iron deficiency anemia. Supplements are meant to supplement not supplant. Square away the food basics and make a commitment to bust your butt in the gym. Buy some whey protein and a box or two of bars. Settle in for the long haul.
Marty Gallagher is a former fitness columnist for washingtonpost.com. He is also a former national and world champion powerlifter. Marty's articles have been published in such magazines as EAS' Muscle Media, Muscle & Fitness, and Powerlifting USA. His website, http://www.martygallagher.com, assimilates years of accumulated knowledge from the athletic elite and makes them accessible to the common person. The "Purposeful Primitive" way has been proven effective time after time after time for weight loss, building muscle, increasing strength, and improving health.
Vitamins: How To Keep Your Body Healthy By Using Vitamins Safely
Vitamins are an important part of a health diet. Unlike carbohydrates, proteins, and fats, vitamins do not directly provide building blocks or energy for your body; vitamins function as assistants to your body in creating and breakdown down building blocks and storing and releasing energy.
Nutritional Supplements - How To Choose A High Quality Product
Looking for quality nutritional supplements can seem quite overwhelming at times, especially if you're just starting out. It is just as important to be sure you're taking high quality supplements as it is to take the right supplements, because there's no point in taking them if they don't work. You may be tempted to buy a "store brand" or bargain nutritional supplement, but just as with anything else, be wary of trading quality for price.
Iron supplement - why iron?
The Immune-Boosting Power of Colostrum
Bovine Colostrum is the form of "milk" taken from dairy cows, within 24 hours of giving birth to a calf. The liquid is known for its high protein immunoglobulin and antibody contents, and numerous immune and growth factors that can be highly beneficial to humans.
Whey Protein Facts
Whey protein is a high quality powder made from cow's milk. Cow's milk is made up of two proteins ? casein (80%) and whey (20%). The whey is called the Gold Standard of protein as it is scientifically proven to be the most nutritious protein available. It is also more soluble than casein and has a higher quality rating.
I Love My Glyconutrients
In today's modern world most people, like us, just do not feel well and have no energy! Everybody around us is either getting sick, has some terrible disease or is dying! What in the world is going on, why is all this stuff happening to us, and what can we do about it?
What If You Could Turn Back The Clock To When You Were healthy?
What if there was a solution to protecting and restoring your health. What if you could turn back the clock and return to when you were healthy. You wonder why we have such horrific health problems, yet its right in front of your eyes. You all know that nutrition is important, but do you know why. What if given the right nutrition your body could heal itself of anything, and I mean anything. What if this was true and all you needed to do was give your body the right nutrition.
Not all Antioxidants are Created Equal!
The growing numbers of health conscious people today living more vibrant lives owe much to the efforts and research of certain pioneers who braved ridicule, for without them, many of us now wouldn't be aware of the general benefits of taking antioxidant supplements.
Alzheimer Disease and Antioxidants
At the present time, one out of ten adults have some form of Alzheimer disease. According to Dr. Greengard, Director of the Fisher Center for Alzheimer's Research at the Rockefeller University, that number is expected to strike up to three times as many in the coming decades. Alzheimer's is considered a disease of the elderly and with the average lifespan of the US population rising to 74, a solution to the medical problem is being sought.
Top Ten Reasons To Supplement Your Diet With EPA Fish Oil
1. Most of the modern western diets contain way too much omega 6 in the form of breads and pasta, by supplementing your diet with an omega 3 fish oil supplement it will help to correct this imbalance of omega 6 to omega 3.
Biological oxidation involves transferring electrons from one oxygen molecule to another. Sometimes an electron escapes. When this happens the "free" electron is called a free radical. Free radicals constantly form almost everywhere in the body at an astonishing rate. Free radicals can be enemies or friends. Our body's internal environment must interact with them the right way, or they can cause serious damage. The key is to maintain the optimal balance between free radicals and antioxidants.
Nutrition Supplements for Aging Americans
While America has given birth to the song "Young at Heart", and the phrase "you're as young as you feel!" can be heard from coast to coast by millions of people, demographic trend point firmly toward the other direction: aging.
Iron is a mineral that is essential to the health and functioning of the body. Deficiencies in iron can have serious consequences for overall health and even energy levels. While iron is important for both sexes, it is of particular importance to women due to biological and reproductive factors. However, world wide, many people do not meet the minimum suggested daily intake of iron resulting in a variety of health problems that range from the mild, which simply increasing the daily iron intake could remedy, to the severe, which often require more complex treatments but could easily have been avoided by sufficient daily iron consumption.
The Colloidal Silver Controversy
Colloidal Silver might just be a wonderful thing and here's why: Prokaryotic, a.k.a bacterial cells and viruses cannot live in it's presence. That means that whether you have a cold caused by a virus or a bacterial infection, colloidal silver could be used to fight the infection.
Know Your Bodybuilding Supplement - Tribulus
Tribulus terrestris is a herb that comes from a plant found in Asia. It has been used in the past by many cultures for the treatment of liver, kidney and cardiovascular diseases. It has also been used as a diuretic and to treat infertility. In recent years strength athletes in eastern Europe are reputed to have used it to enhance performance.
What is HGH?
Hormones are chemical messengers made up of amino acids and produced by the endocrine glands to be sent all over the body to stimulate certain activities. Growth, digestion, reproduction and sexual functions in the human body are all triggered by hormones.
Best Vitamins to Help Keep You Fit at Forty Plus
Our bodies change as we age, and to remain vigorous, active and healthy in our middle years and beyond requires that we supply them with good nutrition and regular exercise. It's almost too simple, isn't it? However, staying faithful to a healthy lifestyle requires commitment and self-discipline, and an understanding that you are the one who must make the appropriate choices. When you enter your middle years at age forty, you can no longer ignore the relevance of diet and exercise to health even if you did so in your youth.
Coral Calcium: Achieving Optimum Health
The more I study health and fitness, the more convinced I become that the well-maintained human body is a truly remarkable machine. Every small part functioning in its place. Each and every cell working together to sustain the whole. Talk about the Ferrari of nature . . . look no further than the dramatic potential of your own body.
Treatment of Heart Disease with Coenzyme Q10
Since its discovery in the late 1950â??s Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) has received much attention as a necessary compound for proper cellular function. It is the essential coenzyme necessary for the production of ATP (adenosine triphosphate) upon which all cellular functions depend. Without ATP our bodies cannot function properly. Without CoQ10, ATP cannot function. This connection has made CoQ10 a very important object of study in relation to chronic disease.
Acne Hormones - Natural Acne Hormone Balancing Treatments for Clear Skin
Can you treat a headache or stomach ache externally, without somehow manipulating your natural bodily functions internally (aka popping a pill)? NO! Then why would you try to treat acne that way? Many acne treatment systems today such as Proactiv, target acne only from the outside, and do not address the issue interanally, as it should be for lasting and dramatic results.
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