Two of the most common questions I get are “What supplements do you take?” “What supplements should I take?”
The first thing that you need to understand about supplements is that they can be incredibly helpful if used consistently just like proper diet and exercise. If you don’t use supplements consistently, just like inconsistent diet or exercise you wont see the results you want or getting the help you seek from supplements.
Now that you understand the important of proper use you probably are wondering what the best supplements are. This will depend on your goals. I will cover some common and essential supplements that I take and why/when I suggest them.
As you know a multivitamin is designed to help your body get essential nutrients into your body you may not be getting through your diet. When you are on a deficit specifically I will always suggest one to help keep your body functioning well.
Some people may not consider this a supplement but if it’s not a traditional food product I count it. There are so many proteins on the market. Choosing one may be difficult. There mainly are two different styles of proteins, whey or blends (casein included). Whey proteins are fast digesting and are designed to be had immediately post workout. Whey’s are usually thinner in consistency and may not be super filling, they aren’t designed to be. Blends are slower digesting and thicker in consistency. These can help keep you full between meals and help you reach your protein intake. Protein is largely the hardest macronutrient to hit.
There are lot of questions regarding pre-workout. There are many pre-workouts with many ingredients, some are stimulant free, some can make you shaky. With a good stimulant pre workout you generally will find an energy blend generally with caffeine or undisclosed blends. Non stimulant pre-workouts you will traditionally find creatine and the amino acid beta-alanine. Beta-alanine is used for its ability to raise muscle carnosine concentrations; it can also create a tingly sensation. Creatine phosphate helps the bod increase its ability to produce ATP by allowing the body, in short, to retain a small bit of water in your muscles. Most stimulant pre-workouts only supply a minute amount of creatine where as stimulant free pre-workouts largely consist of this.
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For me personally
Since I have been on a caloric surplus I have been avoiding most stimulants aside from the occasional cup of coffee. I’ve been using Alphacre HD as an essential piece to my muscle building off-season. I also always have protein on hand for days I’m unable to get a post-workout meal in or days when my food choices require me to get extra protein in at the end of the day. Ill be honest when I say I am not always consistent with my multivitamin intake but when I am I notice a large change in my energy and stamina.
If you have any questions about proper supplementation for your goals feel free to send me an email. I can help with questions ranging from utilizing fat burners and stimulants to vitamins and the best flavor options, as well as everything in between.