In this day and age, health and fitness supplements are, without question, some of the most popular and health and fitness-related products in the entire world. The health and fitness supplement industry is worth literally billions upon billions every single year, so naturally more and more companies are getting in on the action in an attempt to cash in on their popularity. The great thing about health and fitness supplements these days, is that there is literally so much to choose from. If you’re looking to lose fat, fat-loss supplements are ideal. If you’re trying to improve your health and well-being, there are plenty of supplements for that too. In reality, when it comes to health and fitness, pretty much all aspects are covered multiple times in the form of a whole variety of health and fitness supplements. Health and fitness supplements CAN be and ARE very beneficial if used correctly. The main issue is that users of these supplements are willing to hand over their hard-earned cash in exchange for the products, despite not knowing very much about what each one does for them. Here we’ll be taking a look at 4 common mistakes that health and fitness supplement users often make, in a bid to hopefully ensure that you don’t become one of them.
Using the cheapest products they can find
In life, generally speaking we get what we pay for, and unfortunately that means if we don’t pay very much, there’s a good chance that the product we’re purchasing isn’t going to be anywhere near as effective as some better quality, slightly more expensive products. One problem that some supplement users tend to make is to find the cheapest supplements they can find, and go ahead and purchase them, without any prior knowledge about the supplement company, or indeed the supplement itself. If a product is competitively priced, making it slightly cheaper than other products, that probably isn’t as bad. If a product is far, far cheaper than any other similar products however, the product will almost certainly be inferior. Cheap whey proteins for example, can often be full of sweeteners and poor quality ingredients, and some manufacturers have been known to do what is known as ‘protein spiking’, in which they use cheaper, more readily available amino acids in place of the whey protein, to make their protein stocks stretch further. We’re not saying the most expensive brand is always guaranteed to be the best, but sometimes paying a little extra for a product with a good reputation is the way to go.
Not using them at the right times
Another problem that supplement users tend to make often is to purchase a supplement to assist them with their goals – gaining muscle perhaps, and not knowing the optimal times to use them. Again, with whey protein, the idea is to use it once or twice per day to help meet your protein requirements, but most importantly is your post-workout shake, as that is when your muscles, or rather the cells within your muscles, are most anabolically primed to absorb maximum protein and amino acid contents. Despite this, many gym-goers looking to build muscle will actually not bother with a post-workout shake immediately after their workout, and will instead wait until later in the day, or evening, which will not provide them with the best results. If you purchase something, you want to get the best out of it surely, so for this reason, you should know exactly when to use it, whatever supplement it may be.
Relying on them in place of real food
Health and fitness supplements are called “supplements” because they’re designed to be supplemented with a healthy diet and lifestyle. Anybody looking to build muscle and burn fat is not going to do so with a poor diet, or virtually no diet at all, as they’re instead relying in supplements. There is no substitution for wholesome, healthy, and natural food, but if used together, on top of a smart exercise routine, supplements can really help you go that extra mile and provide you that little bit of help you may be requiring.
Expecting too much out of them
Another common mistake that supplement users tend to make is that they expect too much out of their supplements. They may purchase a protein supplement with the intention of building as much muscle mass as possible, will use it as instructed, alongside a healthy diet and solid training routine, and will make improvements as the weeks go by. These improvements however, will be marginal as that’s basically how the human body works. You yourself may not even notice these improvements, but others may, or you may require progress pics to really track your progress. After a few weeks however, some people may become discouraged because although they’ve gained a little mass and lost a little fat, they don’t look like the shredded, vascular, bodybuilder on the front of the packaging. In reality to get to that level would require amazing genetics, years upon years of hardcore training, diet, and nutrition, and a great deal of patience and self discipline. The supplements provide improvements, but if you’re expecting dramatic improvements over a few weeks you’re going to be disappointed.