3 Popular Supplements to Avoid
Are all supplements beneficial to you on your path to building a muscular body? There are thousands of supplements that line the shelves in food stores promising big results, but are all of them actually worth it? Most people work hard for their money, and they shouldn’t have to shell out their hard earned cash for mediocre or non-existent results.
When I started getting serious about my training, I used to spend a good chunk of money monthly on supplements that I saw in fitness magazines and recommended on the internet by many people. But most of the supplements that I spent money on, didn’t really deliver the results that I wanted. In this article, I’m going to list the 3 popular supplements to avoid. But before we begin, I don’t mean to offend anybody. I am only listing the supplements that have been backed up by scientific research to show that it is not as effective as many people may think. So if you currently supplement with these products, by all means go for it.
1) Testosterone Boosters
I’ve written articles on testosterone boosters before, saying that there is no point spending money on them unless you’re going to opt for the real deal. That being: an anabolic steroid. Many people are not unaware that when it says: “boosts testosterone production” by so and so percentage, does not really mean anything. In fact, even if it boosts testosterone production by 200 to 300%, that is still not enough to see huge increases in muscle mass and strength.
Glutamine is a non essential amino acid. This was once the staple of bodybuilding supplements promising quicker recovery rates, reduce muscle breakdown, and boosts the immune system. Over the years, research on glutamine has been quite extensive and proved to be dull. There are 3 reasons why consuming glutamine is not needed:
Firstly: it has been proven that a huge majority (up to 65%) of glutamine that is consumed, does not make it to the muscles at all and is used up by the intestines as energy.
Secondly: Up to 10% of your protein intake is already made up of glutamine. If you are consuming over 200 grams of protein a day, you are already getting up to 20 grams of glutamine daily.
Lastly: The claims that glutamine enhances the immune system, improves growth hormone secretion and increases protein synthesis has been debunked over numerous studies.
3) Weight gainers
If you’re someone who’s looking to put on some weight, there is nothing wrong with consuming a weight gain powder to reach your calorie needs. But many weight gainers can be expensive, and are simply a mix of protein powder and simple sugars. If you want to save some money, you can easily mix your own protein powder shake, add in some healthy oils, nut butters, and carbs for a calorie dense shake.
So there you have it, these are the 3 popular supplements to avoid when looking for that extra edge in muscle gains. I’d highly recommend that you spend your money on proven supplements and whole foods instead of spending your money on these supplements that are merely thinning out your wallet.