Solving the Supplement Mystery:
Now, I know it's confusing. So many products. So many choices.
But FEAR NOT!
The report you now hold in your hands will provide you with some quality information on what are probably the most useful supplements on the market. While there are many supplements which may have some benefit, these will probably be your best choices.
THE MOST POWERFUL "SUPPLEMENT" ON THE PLANET
Want to know what's the most powerful substance you'll ever consume that can change your body for the better?
It may be the best kept secret on the planet.
Okay, I'll tell you, but you have to promise not to tell anyone. It's ...
Wait a minute! Food is not a supplement. What the heck am I talking about?!
Look, it's important that you understand one thing before we talk about supplements at all. If you don't get your eating plan right first, every single supplement you take will be 100% useless. You need to satisfy your caloric needs and nutrient needs before you even consider the use of any supplementation.
That's why they're called supplements. They're designed to "supplement" an adequate eating plan.
I'll let you in on another secret.
If you get your eating plan right, you may not need any supplementation at all.
(Do me a favor. Don't tell the supplement companies I said that. It may destroy any opportunity I may have to get a "big money endorsement deal" and have my picture taken with a bevy of huge-breasted women in bikinis standing next to a new Corvette to promote some useless supplement.)
How powerful is food?
It can promote fat loss, muscle gain, make you feel sleepy, make you feel more alert, make you feel hungry, make you feel satisfied, make you feel happy, make you feel more hungry, make you have to "pee" more, make your bowel movements easier, and prevent illness.
Need I go on?
Ya know, if you had a drug or a supplement that could do all that it would probably be illegal or so darned expensive that only "Movie Stars" would eat.
"Today on Lifestyles of the Rich and Shameless, Julia Roberts eats a sandwich!"
The bottom line here is to get the food part right first. Then look to the supplements to fulfill any needs you may have over and above what food alone cannot provide.
Now without further ramblings.. .on to the supplements.
THE MOST USEFUL SUPPLEMENT
You're busy. I know it. You know it. But you have to eat to get in shape. If there is one big issue for everyone trying to beat the "fat monster", it's eating consistently. Eating every 2-3 hours may be one of the most powerful fat reduction strategies out there. When your body is fed regularly, it willingly gives up the fat for energy. When you miss a meal (or skip one intentionally) your body gets defensive and holds on to fat. This also teaches your body to make more fat because it thinks it may never be fed again. This mechanism goes back to caveman days to protect humans from periods of starvation during the months when food was less plentiful.
Well, if you need to eat every 2-3 hours and you "have a life", how are you supposed to eat?
The answer: MRPs.
MRP stands for Meal Replacement Powders.
MRPs are probably your next best bet when food is scarce or when preparing an eating a meal is just not possible due to time constraints (I hate missing Entertainment Tonight!).
Just whip them up in the blender and take them with you wherever you go. When it's time to eat, just "slam it down" in about 5 minutes. Done. Nutrients provided. No starvation, and you're one meal closer to your fitness goal.
Here are some things to consider when selecting your MRP:
THE SKINNY ON FAT BURNERS
Let me make two things perfectly clear when it comes to supplements in the "fat burner" category.
One: There is no fat burning supplement that will satisfy your desires to be lean and fit-looking without a properly designed exercise program and eating plan.
They are not the magic pills they are promoted to be, and most of them don't work at all.
Two: If you have ANY medical condition and have not been given a clean bill of health by your physician, do not take ANY supplement promoted as a fat burner. Even if you have been given a clean bill of health you may want to keep your distance anyway.
While many people have used fat burners without incident, there have been people who have died while taking them.
Let me say that again.
There have been people who have died while using fat burners.
Now some information:
Most fat burners are stimulants. More often than not they are combinations of caffeine and ephedrine or ephedra. Most supplement companies use their herbal sources of white willow bark and Ma Huang so they can promote the product as a "natural fat burner". Regardless, the same risk-benefit situation exists.
90% of the studies using ephedrine report a positive effect on body weight with little or no side-effects.
Side effects noted in studies using ephedrine and caffeine combinations are: dizziness, headache, tremor, depression, euphoria, insomnia, dry mouth, hypotension, high blood pressure, palpitations, racing heart, constipation, nervousness, transient and increased blood sugar values, and increased sweating.
"HEALTHY" FATS ... SOMETHING SMELLS "FISHY"
If I had to pick one supplement that everyone should take it would be fish oils. Here's why:
When choosing your fish oil supplements, look for the ones with the highest concentration of EPA and DHA. It is these two substances, which are known to provide fish oil's healthy effects.
Other sources of healthy fats are flax seed oil, canola oil, borage oil, and Udo's Choice Oils. The goal here is to increase your intake of health-promoting Omega-3 fatty acids and reduce your intake of Omega-6 and Omega-9 fatty acids that are associated with many disease processes.
Creatine works. It is safe. If you've ever eaten meat, you've already ingested it.
Creatine was first extracted from meat in 1832, and it may be the most studied supplement on the planet over the last 10 years.
While some people don't respond to it and others show remarkable changes in muscle mass, fat reduction, increased endurance and strength, it is used at all levels of sport from high school athletes to professionals and by fitness enthusiasts everywhere.
Creatine has not shown beneficial effects in activities which require long-term aerobic endurance, such as long-distance running, biking, and swimming.
MORE SUPPLEMENTS THAN YOU CAN SHAKE A STICK AT...HELP!
Vitamins, Minerals, ALC, CLA, Amino Acids, Branch-chain Amino Acids, Choline, ZMA, Vanadium, OKG, Tribulis, Ribose, Sodium Bicarbonate, Glutamine, Alpha-Ketogluterate, Ipriflavone, HMB, Chromium, KIC, and many more. It's endless.
The important thing to remember is to stop looking for that miracle supplement. There are no quick fixes where your health and fitness needs are concerned.
In this busy world you don't have time to read all the books and reference all the research out there in the fitness world. So seek out your local fitness professional. They have the training, knowledge, and experience to help you make educated decisions as to the best exercise, diet, and supplementation program for you.
Don't allow yourself to be misled by savvy marketing or waste your hard-earned money on useless supplements anymore.
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