Are you thinking of taking supplements but don’t know where to start?
Here’s a little 411 on some of the supplements I consume. Who know’s it may be a good addition to your workout regime.
Protein powder supplements are great for weight loss, mass gain and meal replacements. There is many different type of protein to supplement your needs. Whey, whey isolate, plant based, beef protein, mass gainer and many more. Whey protein is dairy based and some people have a difficult time digesting it. For example, if you’re lactose intolerant you may find this protein difficult to digest and will make you feel bloated, sending you directly to the bathroom within minutes. If this may be the case, I recommend an isolated or beef protein that is derived from dairy, fat, carbs and lower calories. It’s important to consume protein within 30 mins after your workout because you’re in the the “metabolic window” which is a fancy term used in strength training to describe the 30-minute (give or take, dependent on the individual) period after exercise during which nutrition can shift the body from a catabolic state to an anabolic one. (Currently there is not sufficient scientific evidence to support the metabolic window theory.)
Amino Acids and BCAA help direct protein to your muscles. Amino acids are simply small components of protein. When we eat a protein, our body through the digestive process breaks down protein into smaller molecules known as amino acids. This enables the body to absorb these nutrients in their smaller state into the bloodstream for thousands of uses within the body.
They keep you hydrated throughout your workout. There is tons of flavored options that can satisfy your taste buds. My preference is pineapple flavored with with caffeine. There’s also no caffeine options.
Branched chain amino acids consist of leucine, isoleucine, and valine.
These amino acids are important to athletes and active individuals because they are stored in very high concentrations within muscle tissue. They are needed for the maintenance of muscle tissue and appear to preserve muscle glycogen stores and even may help to prevent muscle protein breakdown during exercise.
L-Carnitine is a great addition to your supplement cabinet if you are looking to get lean, then this is the amino acid you need. L-carnitine transfers long-chain fatty acids, such as triglycerides into mitochondria, where they may be oxidized to produce energy. Carnitine has also been shown to reduce fatigue and serve as an appetite suppressant as well. Therefore, l-carnitine would be a major asset to have in your arsenal when you are dieting. It not only will help keep your body from storing fat, but it will increase your aerobic capacity to help you burn more calories. Check out Benefits of L carnitine for more info.
Multi-vitamins are not a substitute for regular meals. However, they are effective when it comes to filling holes in your body’s nutritional needs. For example, if your diet is lacking in calcium or vitamin B, a multivitamin with those nutrients is an acceptable substitute.
There’s many other supplement out there that may strike your interest.
For recommendations speak to a professional and don’t forget, speak to your doctor if you have medical concerns.
Please do your own research, this post is just for fun and from my experience/ knowledge. This is NOT medical advice.
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X.O.X.O – Omi ❤