Supplements often get a bad rep when it comes to discussing bodybuilding, but there absolutely are merits to using them. They work in a million different ways, but could be effective at giving your body what it needs in terms of nutrients (especially if they are difficult to come by in normal meals) or can stimulate burning of calories. Before we begin, it’s important that you make sure you’re using supplements responsibly and that you are not allergic to any of the active ingredients. That being said, here are 6 reasons why supplements can help you achieve optimum results when it comes to bodybuilding.
1) Increased muscle mass
The first and most obvious reason that people use supplements is the fact that it contributes to increased muscle mass, which is what bodybuilding is all about. Supplements often supply your body with high amounts of protein, which repairs muscle tissue faster and also promotes quicker natural growth of the muscle. Protein supplements can be effective before working out or after working out, and can easily be integrated into pre or post-workout meals.
2) Fat Loss
Not all supplements are designed for increased muscle mass. Some are designed to burn calories and fat, which is just as vital step to bodybuilding as growing large muscles is. These fat loss supplements promote fat loss by stimulating your metabolism to burn more calories, while simultaneously decreasing the frequency of your food cravings, leading to you consuming a lot less junk food and needless calories.
3) Meal Replacements
It is a well-known fact that skipping meals cause more harm than good to your body, this is where supplements come in. Meal Replacement supplements (or MRPs) contain all the necessary macronutrients that your body needs and could receive from a normal meal. The great thing is, these supplements are often much cheaper than eating out at a fast food restaurant, and are obviously a lot more healthy. Of course, you shouldn’t rely heavily on meal replacement supplements, but they are a good option to have.
4) Kill Harmful Parasites
Odd as this may sound, you can take supplements to kill parasites that live in your body. That’s right. Natural supplements, such as black walnut or grapefruit seed extract, can be ingested to kill off harmful parasites that inhabit your gut or other organs. Parasites are of course harmful regardless, but they can have an especially negative effect on you if you’re a bodybuilder. Parasites in the gut are known to feed on the nutrients you ingest, meaning less food is reaching your bloodstream and causing cells to die off. What this means in the long term is you will become weaker as your muscle tissue becomes weaker due to lack of nutrients. Not only that, you will not be able to train to your fullest potential if you have parasites feeding off your ingested nutrients, and this will also lead to achieving suboptimal results when bodybuilding.
Supplements can be a great source of energy, making them especially useful for those days when you’re just not feeling it, whether during your workouts or otherwise. For example, caffeine pills are frequently used by gym goers, both for the energy bursts they provide and for their metabolism boosting properties.
6) Meeting Extreme Calorie Requirements
Generally, bodybuilders are required to consume an insane amount of calories that their bodies use for muscle making purposes. While this may seem like a dream scenario for some of us (eating more food to gain muscle?! SIGN ME UP!), it can sometimes be difficult to eat as many calories as some of these guys and girls do. This is where supplements can again come in handy. Weight-gainer supplements are very calorie dense (some are at over 1000 calories per shake), making them perfect for meeting more extreme calorie requirements.
But be careful!
You are highly recommended to consult with a doctor and/or nutrition expert before you commit to taking supplements, as some of them may have some serious and not very nice side effects. Moreover, do not change or increase dosages all willy nilly, because again, they might well have negative side effects. Be sure to do as much research as you can and learn about what exactly you are putting into your body and what effects you can expect. Read the ingredients (duh!) to make sure you’re not allergic to any active ingredients. Never ever forget to treat your body with the level of love and care it deserves – it’s the only one you’re going to get, so you might as well treat it well.