Supplements: What’s the Magic Pill?

How many of you have heard of supplements claiming to burn fat or induce rapid weight loss without having to change your diet?  What supplements actually help you build muscle and perform better?  Which ones are safe? I am not a doctor or registered dietitian, therefore I cannot prescribe supplements to you. However I will share with you my opinions on Fat Burners, Proteins and other supplements that are out there, including what I use and what I don’t. It is up to you to talk to your physician to determine what fits with your body and medical condition.

Fat Burners

As far as far burners and weight loss supplements are concerned, there isn’t anything on the market that has been proven to work. If there were, someone would be even richer than Jeff Bezos! We want the easiest and fastest way to get results and that is why the market is flooded with diet pills and fat burners.  Don’t waste your money. 

What Actually Works to Burn Fat and Lose Weight?

There are a whole lot of unhealthy ways to lose weight fast, but we won’t add to all the garbage that is already on the internet. The way to lose weight AND KEEP IT OFF is to take control of your habits: eating and moving. If you’re concerned about excess body fat, meet with a nutrition coach to get your eating on track. That actually works.

Improve Performance – Creatine

Now what do I take to increase my performance? Creatine.  It is the most studied supplement on the market and considered safe. Even professional athletes and Olympians are allowed to use it.  i.e. It is not a banned substance.

What Does It Do?

Creatine helps your muscles have the ability to produce more Adenosine triphosphate. ATP is the most basic form of energy in your body’s cells. It plays a fundamental role in metabolism and muscle function. It’s your primary energy source for explosive movements like weightlifting. The type of creatine I use is creatine monohydrate. There really isn’t a need for me to take a heavy amount. Now if I was on a plant based diet, that wouldn’t be the case because creatine is not found in plant based foods.

Caffeine – Grande Caramel Latte with Extra Whip

Not so fast. All that sugar is not the answer but a little caffeine helps delay my fatigue during endurance events. 

Whey Protein

Another supplement I use is whey protein.  It is fast absorbing and helps repair my muscles from being broken-down during exercise.

Multivitamins and Beet Root

A multivitamin is good for me to fill in any gaps in my diet.  Beet root has some strong evidence that shows it also helps increase performance for endurance activities.

Do Supplements Take the Place of Food?

Easy Answer: No. These are called supplements because they are secondary to having a well balanced diet and getting enough sleep.  And as we said earlier, focus on your nutrition and when you have that dialed in, discuss supplements with your doctor.  There is no magic pill.

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