Supplements 101: Why Every Bodybuilder Requires Protein

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588-supplementsYou’ve seen it – advertisements on television or in magazines which proclaim: “Phenomenal muscle gains in six weeks,”  “Super Growth Enhancer,” or even “Gain Strength – Lose Body!” More often than not, these are common advertisements for supplements used by bodybuilders. Be they pills, powders or liquids, supplements are a business — more so, a BIG business in the fitness industry. Bodybuilders often result to the use supplements in combination with their workout simply because supplements offer them that extra edge. For the serious day-in and day-out bodybuilder, the one who enters those contests you see on daytime ESPN broadcasts or in the bodybuilding magazines, they likely do provide a slight advantage. However, this is only true if the supplements are used correctly and if they happen to work well with the particular bodybuilder’s body chemistry.

But as for the average John (or Jane) Doe, their effectiveness remains to be questioned. While the average Joe can get a little help from supplements, they’re not for everybody. The main thing that increases muscle size is lifting weights, and the main thing that causes fat loss is proper diet and aerobic exercise.

There are hundreds of supplements on the market designed for various purposes. For the bodybuilder, the most widely sold supplements always revolve around their protein intake. Protein supplements are designed to add muscle mass. They provide bodybuilders with increased strength and energy during workouts, as well as act as fat burners to enhance the bodybuilder’s metabolism.

Most proteins can be found in a well-balanced diet. They are basically the same as what you would find in milk, eggs (whites only), meat, poultry and fish. However, if your diet is lacking these essential foods, you have the option to purchase powdered protein drinks which are basically raw protein. The stimulants are high-powered carbohydrates which give bodybuilders an extra boost to get through a tough workout.

If you find that you don’t have the time or desire to mix powdered drinks, there are many different kinds of protein drinks on the market, most already in liquid form. Consider them a sports drink like Gatorade, yet on steroids as they contain more carbohydrates in one serving.

Whichever form of protein you choose, understand that in order to receive its benefits you must participate in a workout that allows you to make use of the added amounts of protein in your system. Drinking a protein shake or popping protein pills will not be effective nor lend itself to any results if you’re flopping on the couch shortly after. Combine the proper protein supplement intake with a well balanced diet and workout regimen and you’ll be on your way to increasing your muscle mass in no time.

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