Supplements are the main source of income in the health food industry. Protein, Creatine, Pre-workout, Post-workout, Before bed, As soon as you wake up … It never ends. How can you find a good supplement that works well for you? and how do you know if its full of useless fillers? Well unless you are computer savvy and enjoy Googling and reading up on these things then something as simple as getting a small amount of the supplement and trying it out will give you a good idea on how good the supplement is. Our bodies are all different so there’s no point assuming that your body will react the same to a supplement as it does for your gym buddy.
These supplements may seem all high and mighty but there are a lot of traps in them. A key trap in the supplement industry is protein powder because a lot of protein powder’s will be full of fillers to make the whey go further, so you aren’t getting what you really payed for. You get a small amount of powder full of a bunch of crap that your body doesn’t really need. The big selling point for protein powder to the un-aware eye is “This protein powder has 60g of protein in a 50g scoop” because first of all your body doesn’t like to take more than 30g at a time assuming that you’re pretty healthy otherwise less and secondly think about if you buy a 2 kilo tub of powder and you are having 3 scoops of this a day, 6 days a week. You will use that entire 2 kilo tub up in about 2 and a half weeks and then you are back in the store to buy more. Assuming that the tub is at least $60 dollars it could cost you over $120 a month easily! Not to mention if you are also taking Creatine, Pre and post workouts etc.
The good things about protein powder are if you are a vegetarian it is good to have to get your protein intake in, they are a good high gi meal which is very good to have post-workout to get your muscles repairing fast, it is very time effective and easy to prepare, if you consume 5 or more meals a day its very easy if you are on the go to replace a meal with a shake and the shakes are the best pure forms of proteins generally with low carbs and fats.
Don’t let this scare you though because protein powders if used properly can be very effective for some people. Just do it safely and don’t fall for the gymics that health food stores try to sting you with. If you want to get a protein powder then look around see what you like and try and if you think that protein powder is a complete waste of money then just eat a high protein diet because it’ll do exactly the same thing. Lastly, don’t buy a supplement just because there are extremely ripped guys saying that they use it and its gotten them all sorts of gains because chances are they are getting paid to say that and they don’t use the supplement at all.