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What Supplements To Buy And What To Avoid

If you are new to the world of fitness, you have more than likely started thinking about supplements. Supplements are products designed to provide nutrients to you that you may not get or may not get enough of from food alone. I can’t even begin to tell you how many supplements are out there, and the companies behind them are stating that they are the best in their area of expertise and are spending a lot of money in advertising to get you to purchase their product. However, since all the companies are saying that their supplements are the best, you are probably overwhelmed and wondering what supplements to buy to burn fat, build muscle, or lose weight. Supplements aren’t magic pills and they aren’t necessary, however, if you combine the right ones with a proper diet and exercise program, you can accelerate your results. When it comes to choosing what supplements to buy, there a couple of things you want to consider because a lot of them are just a waste of money, simple as that. Most of the products are either very ineffective or contain harmful substances. So, the number one thing to remember when looking to purchase supplements…

RESEARCH THE INGREDIENTS 

Just like how you do research before purchasing an appliance, TV, cell phone or some other trendy product, you should research the ingredients in the supplements that have caught your interest to make sure they are safe and are commonly used for your intended purpose. I have to be honest, I also bought into the TV commercials, magazine ads, and persuasive sales people. I’ve spent a lot of money on supplements over the years. When I first started working out, I went to my local GNC often to pick up and restock on protein. After awhile, I also became interested in supplements and starting asking the associates about the best ones available. I think it goes without saying but they pretty much always lead me to their most expensive products. However, I believed every word they said and bought them, thinking that I would finally get my dream body in a matter of months (Ahh…to be young, dumb, and naive again). Having worked in retail, I understand that the associates were just doing there job, but needless to say, I was very disappointed with the results even after picking up bottles after bottles of different supplements. These days I just use whey protein, multi-vitamins, fish oil, a fat burner and testosterone booster, and they seem to be working for me.

AVOID SUPPLEMENTS WITH PROPRIETARY BLENDS.

Another important tip to remember when shopping for supplements is to avoid the ones that
contain proprietary blends. A proprietary blend is a list of ingredients on the “Supplement Facts”
panel that are part of a product formula specific to a particular manufacturer. At first glance, you’ll see that a proprietary blend has list of certain ingredients that are what you’re looking for in a supplement, however, what you don’t see is the dosages of each ingredient. Instead of listing the dose of each ingredient individually so that you can be sure that you’re getting the necessary amount, companies hide the very low dosage behind the term “proprietary blend” in the hopes that no one would question it, or give it a second thought. This leads consumers to believe that they found a great product when in actuality, they wasted their money on a poor product that produces very little to no results. As I mentioned earlier, I hope your like me in that you don’t like wasting your money.

PRODUCT REVIEWS

As I said earlier, I’ve bought and tried many different supplements over the years. Not only that, I’ve also tried many different fitness products as well. Over the course of this blog, I will be doing reviews on what I’ve used and what I believe is very effective so that you can achieve similar results and avoid ineffective products. If there’s a product that you’ve tried and would like to share with me, drop a comment. I would also like to hear your thoughts on the products that I review as they come. Until next time…

 

 

William Newsome

6 Comments

  1. Will,
    Thanks for this general guide on what supplements to buy. I’m a vegan and I’m currently consuming Orgain brand vegan-based protein powder. It’s a very great protein powder that receive several great reviews. However, I do believe that the powder does contain proprietary blend, which something you recommend avoiding. What should I do in this situation ? Should I just totally stop buying Orgain Protein Powder ?

    • Hey Marvin, I just checked out the label of that protein and of it’s the correct one, then you should be fine. The blend you seem to be referring to are the ingredients. Check out this article for an example of what I mean by proprietary blends http://thepulse.gonutrition.com/proprietary-blends/…I do suggest though checking other protein options that have more potassium than sodium or at least making sure you get enough potassium in your diet

  2. So important to become an informed and educated consumer with regard to supplements.
    It’s amazing how someone would spend many hours researching the components of a vehicle or piece of technology before purchasing, but will gladly put something into their body without knowing what it is.
    Experience definitely helps to avoid classic mistakes.

    • That’s right. It’s like that slogan for the Minute Maid commercials “Put good in, get good out”

  3. Yeah, These are things I never thought about. Will, You’ve done a great job of putting out a lot of info into a real easy to understand way. This is stuff that can really be overwhelming when thinking about diet/exercise.

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