One of the most asked questions in the fitness world is should I take supplements? First of all, what you need to know is that supplements are always optional. There is no substitute for a good meal plan, and you should definitely learn the basics of training such as proper form and proper movements and nutrition before you decide to add supplements to your diet.
That said, let´s do a rundown of 4 things you should take into account when it comes to supplementing your diet:
1 – If you have bad eating habits that are setting you back, there is no point in spending money that will go to waste. Just like you can´t out train a bad diet, you can´t replace it with supplements. It might be tempting to give in when you come across that one supplement that promises you fast results with little to no effort. It is common to fall for it, but as with anything in life, nothing comes easy. If it was, we would
all be fit. Simple as that.
2 – If you don´t have enough knowledge, do not take them before consulting with a specialist. There are risks and side effects involved you should know, especially when taking them in excess. Incidentally, if your diet is already on point there is no need to take them.
3 – They can play a positive role if you have gaps in your diet, such as a lack of certain vitamins in your body. Likewise, supplements like protein powders can be convenient if you´re on a tight schedule and find yourself too busy to prepare or go through a proper meal. In this case, protein powders can be time-savers.
4 – Just like every body is different, so is every supplement. Some of them are multivitamins, pre-workouts, protein powders, BCAAs, creatine, etc. To figure out what you need, you should consult a specialist as mentioned before.