Supplements 101: Why Every Bodybuilder Requires Protein

May 12, 2009 by  
Filed under Bodybuilder Tips

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.

Excessive Vitamins Can Be Hazardous to Your Health

May 12, 2009 by  
Filed under Bodybuilder Tips

Many Americans consume vitamins for a host of reasons. Some to lose weight, others to gain it, and then there are those who require vitamins to provide them with much needed nutrients which they don’t receive from the regular diet. In the case of bodybuilders, many injest supplements in the hopes of increasing muscle mass amongst a host of other reasons. However, taking too many vitamins at one time can be deadly, yet many people do this on a daily basis in the hopes that they’ll get that extra kick!

An overdose of vitamin and mineral supplements occurs usually because consumers are unaware that excessive amounts of vitamins can be deadly due to the fact that they are toxic (poisonous) in large quantities.

Many people still believe that if one tiny vitamin is good for you, then a lot must be better. As a result, they take large quantities of substances that are only meant to be effective in small amounts.

Contrary to the implied benefits listed on supplement bottles, there is little scientific evidence that supports the idea that vitamin and mineral pills will prevent cancer, heart disease, osteoporosis, and a host of other diseases.

American’s consumption of vitamin and mineral supplements is soaring on a daily basis. As a result, the potential for them to overdose is increasing as well. Many people consume more than the recommended daily amount of nutrients your body requires.

There are five instances when supplements prove to be helpful:

1.) For pregnant or lactating women
2.) Women who suffer from excessive menstrual bleeding
3.) Strict vegetarians
4.) Those who are undertaking a low calorie diet
5.) Individuals whose nutritional needs are altered either by the medication they take or an illness

As for everyone else, one daily multivitamin, or a single nutritional supplement should do the trick. Safe intake levels of vitamins vary from person to person, as well as being dependent upon the age of the individual ingesting it.

Overdosing on vitamins such as A, B, C, and D, as well as the minerals selenium and zinc raise the most concern. If you’re overdosing on vitamins in the hopes of bulking up faster, understand that too much of any vitamin or supplement can be fatal. Consuming nutrients from food will not put you at risk as overdosing or improperly using supplements can. It’s best to seek the advice of a healthcare professional before undertaking any vitamin regimen.