Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Bodybuilding Supplements - Choosing The Right Ones For Maximum Growth

By Magan Tuff

Given the many bodybuilding supplements available today, you have a variety to choose from when opting to give your workouts a boost. Do a little research into what sort of products will be most adequate for your particular needs. This article will help you understand the various supplements that are available to you with a number of different bodybuilding strategies.

Make sure the products are safe before you take any bodybuilding supplements. Just because a supplement is legal, doesn't mean that it is safe, and some bodybuilding supplements could be as bad as steroids. You should check out the list of ingredients, when thinking about taking a supplement, because sometimes one of the ingredients is a problem. If there are any possible side-effects you know of, don't take it. You should never take more than the recommended dosage, so make sure you follow the instructions. Some substances become when you take too much, so don't take the attitude that a little is good, then more would even be better. You should check things over with your doctor to see how safe they are, before taking any supplement when you have a health condition.

Usually, taking shortcuts is a road to disaster, and that's the way it is with steroids. When all you care about is getting bigger as quickly as you can, then you will probably take steroids and never even think about what they are going to do to you. You can probably live with hair loss, and even gynecomastia, or "man boobs", but when you start talking about kidney and liver damage, or heart issues, then it becomes time to give up steroids. It is great to have bodybuilding goals, but either lower them, or drag them out longer, rather than take steroids, and suffer the side-effects. One supplement that many athletes and bodybuilders take is a substance that the body produces naturally, an amino acid called L-Glutamine. Glutamine helps with the recovery process when you work out, helps you rebuild muscle more quickly and also stimulates the production of HGH (Human Growth Hormone). Sometimes you don't get enough of a substance, even when it is produced by the body naturally, and that can happen with this amino acid, if you have an active life. Put the powder form of glutamine in a blender with water, and then drink the mixture, and it will be completely absorbed by the body. When you take glutamine, you should only take the recommended doses, because when taken in high doses, it can cause digestive problems.

One of those supplements that is in a confusing area, and what it can do for you, is Human Growth Hormone (HGH). If you are having problems with your teeth, nails or bones, it might because you are low on HGH, a hormone that is produced by the pituitary gland, it also is needed to regulate blood sugar, burn fat, and stimulate growth. Supplements might become necessary after you reach your 30s, because natural levels of HGH begin to decline. However, most HGH that's sold over-the-counter only contains a very small amount of the active ingredient. If you want a supplement of HGH that works, you will need a prescription from a doctor. This means that the effectiveness of the supplements you get on the internet or health stores probably won't be very good. HGH might be the miracle answer for a lot of your health problems, but you need the full-strength kind that can only come through a doctor's supervision.

(Fat burners are another type of supplement, but bodybuilders will use them to lose weight by burning fat. There are quite a few products in this category, and some are more effective than others. Unfortunately, there are ingredients in all supplements that might not be good for you, so you need to check them out carefully.)

Some fat burners contain ephedra, a substance that was banned for a while because it was associated with health problems and even deaths among some users. Today's fat burners contain a different substance to help burn fat, and that is pyruvate, which improves endurance. There is a tree in India that has a fruit that is used to make another fat burner that is called HCA. HCA may be very good for your weight loss goals, because it is a natural appetite suppressant.

Plausible results can only be achieved when you maintain a regular workout schedule; regardless of the supplements you use. You will have a better outcome with your bodybuilding goal, when you take your exercise program seriously. When you augment your supplement usage with a stringent exercise plan, you will have more effective results. If you are not careful to expel the fat that you are receiving through the supplements with exercise; the entire point of the supplement will be unsuccessful. To figure out the best exercise strategy for you; consider talking to a professional trainer that can give you lots of helpful suggestions. The results you get from bodybuilding are mainly determined by your training efforts, so don't expect supplements to do the work for you.

A good way to supplement your diet with protein is by using whey protein powder, which is good for your health. It is said to be more beneficial than drinking milk, and that is why you should use whey instead. When you add whey to your diet, you get a protein food with almost all of the fat and cholesterol eliminated. It's also a good source of essential amino acids, and can often be taken even by people who are lactose intolerant, as long as it's pure. If you have a severe allergy to dairy products, however, you should ask your doctor if it's safe to take whey. Maybe the single best source of protein that can be found, is whey protein, at least that is what many bodybuilders and even health experts believe.

You should not rely on bodybuilding enhancements to use instead of a nutritious diet; they are for giving you an extra boost. Food should always be your chief power source. Pills, liquids and powders can be helpful, but whole foods contain combinations of nutrients in their natural form that you can't always get from supplements. Whenever you eat fast foods, you are likely to cancel out the positive effects of the supplements you are taking. In fact, when you bulk up on the carbs and the sweets; you are reducing the results you would have received with the fat burners. So make sure your diet is healthy so that any supplements you take can do their job more effectively. Goals are harder to reach than to write down in the first place, but most people don't do either, so first set a goal, and then find what will help you achieve what you want, even down to the supplements you need to take to reach your goals. Advertisements can be misleading, so rely on other things as well, before choosing a product, because usually there has been some unbiased research done on most products. There you have a few guidelines to determine your needs, before you actually pick out the supplements for your bodybuilding.

Bodybuilding supplements can be helpful in achieving your fitness goals, especially if you also eat a healthy diet and stick to your exercise program. Always be aware of the returns you are getting from the supplements you are using. If the supplement you use is not doing you any good or possibly even causing bad consequences; of course stop using it. Over time, you can find out exactly which supplements are most beneficial for your needs.

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