In today’s society, everyone seems to not only want everything “right now,” but 5 minutes ago! Not only that, but they don’t want to do the work that is necessary to truly get what they’re after. Just watch the infomercials on TV that you see on the weekends or late at night.
The Get-Something-Quick Mentality
We really seem to be becoming a “Get-[Insert term here]-Quick” society. Whether that is Get-Rich-Quick, Get-Buff-Quick, or Get-Skinny-Quick. It is all over the place. You read about products or plans that will help you get the body you want in one week, and a lot of people believe it because it is the next revolutionary thing to come along.
Well, it seems that the supplement industry is no exception to this. There are all sorts of claims made that you will get the body of your dreams just by using a special pill. I think that deep down we know better than this, but so many people just are not willing to do the real work that it takes to build a great body that they’ll believe anything.
The Real Purpose of Supplements
What has happened is that people have forgotten the true meaning of what a nutritional supplement is supposed to be. Whether it’s a muscle building supplement, protein supplement, or vitamin the idea is the same: supplements are supposed to be used in addition to a good diet!
Here is a definition of what a ‘supplement’ is according to the American Heritage Dictionary: “Something added to complete a thing, make up for a deficiency, or extend or strengthen the whole.”
In other words, a supplement is meant to help you make up for a deficiency in your diet, or to help you get more of a particular nutrient that you aren’t getting enough of in your regular diet.
Let’s take the popular muscle building supplement creatine as an example. Creatine is a naturally occurring product, but it would be very hard to get enough of it from a regular diet to make a difference. So instead, we can supplement with creatine supplements to help make up for that deficiency or to make it more complete.
So when it comes to using any type of supplement, you need to focus on your regular diet and nutrition first. That is your foundation. Then use supplements on top of that to help you build upon that foundation. But without a foundation you can expect very little from supplementation.
Supplements to Consider
If you are looking to use some muscle building supplements, here is a short list of supplements you should consider. These supplements are based on naturally occurring products that you will get more out of by supplementing:
- Creatine monohydrate
- Protein powder supplements (whey, casein, etc.)
- Glutamine (the most abundant amino acid in your body)
- A good multivitamin
The supplements listed above are the basics. Others that you may consider for use include nitric oxide (NO2), CLA, fat burners, etc. But remember that none of these matter if you aren’t getting a good diet in the first place.