This is a very big and very good question. Choice is on the increase however advise is not so much. This is where we come in and I hope you find this helpful.
What are supplements
Nutrition supplements are there to help enhance our performance and sometime help bridge the gap from what we are getting, to what our bodies require based on our fitness goals. Like for example, our bodies cannot produce Branched Chain Amino Acids (BCAA) so we get this from foods such as beef, chicken, fish, eggs and various other foods. However, BCCA Supplement can help with muscle fatigue, muscle growth and alleviate muscle soreness. So like I stated they can be there to enhance your goals.
Are supplements really essential?
Now although the big supplement companies would have you think that you do, for most they are not actually essential for living a healthy lifestyle. All of our essential vitamins and minerals can come from and healthy balanced diet with plenty of fruits, vegetables and fresh meats.
So why should you use them
Well, although supplements are not overly essential to live a healthy lifestyle, we can use supplements to help increase some of the nutrients we are getting from our diet which can include Multi-Vitamins, Calcium and Fish Oils for Omega 3.
Depending on your goals whether you just need an extra bit of protein into your diet, you need that extra bit of nutrition, then a shake is perfect to have on the go.
So what are the Essentials
There are so many supplements on the market and so easily to get confused. I can remember when I first got into fitness, I was very naive and did not have a clue what I was doing, what I was looking for and never had any proper guidance. The truth is, depending on your fitness goals your supplement requirements will be very different. For example if your are looking to build lean muscle or bulk Whey Protein is a great supplement for post-workout. BCAA (Branched Chain Amino Acids) are great during workout for building muscle. Creatine Monohydrate is great for improve strength and building lean muscle mass.
If you are looking to lose weight you may want to just stick to a Multi-Vitamin, Whey Protein and concentrate on keeping a healthy diet and make sure your macros are correct.
So should supplements be part of your diet. Personally I would say yes. However, be very careful when choosing what supplementation you chose and think about the purpose it is for. We all have different goals and all have different body types as well so whilst a certain supplement works for one, it doesn’t mean it will always work for another.
I would also point our that you should never chose supplements like diet protein, slim fast shakes over a healthy diet. Supplements are exactly what it means which is ‘a thing added to something else in order to complete or enhance it’.
I will be going over the reviewing various supplements and will be sharing what they are for and when is best to use them, I am a big believer in the living a healthy lifestyle.
However, I am also one to look for a little help when it’s needed providing it is natural.
I do hope you found this helpful.