The No-BS Guide to Workout Supplements by Michael MatthewsI was not expecting to get so much out of a quick, free Kindle download. This book really surprised me with its easy break-downs of all the various categories of workout supplements on the market right now, what they are supposed to do, and which ones actually work. I learned quite a bit about why I would want certain things, and how to look for low-quality health products. I found myself frequently running back and forth between the Kindle and the kitchen cabinet, to read the ingredient lists on the various protein powders/fish oils I already have. Good read!
Which Workout Supplements Actually Work?
It used to be that you ate a banana or piece of toast before a tough workout , and that was sufficient. But now, it seems like everyone in the gym is talking about a pre-workout supplement —colloquially referred to as "pre-workout. This workout is so hard. But since I know how often people talk about these supplements and how heavily marketed they've become, I decided to talk to sports dietitians to get their take. Turns out, while some pre-workouts may contain safe, energy-boosting ingredients, others can be pointless—or potentially harmful. Here's what you need to know before joining the pre-workout faithfuls at your gym. While some pre-workout supplements have carbs , most are carb- and calorie-free.
Whether your goal is to increase strength, decrease body fat, or improve overall performance, adding supplements to your daily regimen can give you that extra edge. But with thousands of products on the market, choosing the ones that are right for you can be overwhelming. That said, here are some of the more popular supplements on the market today, separated into three categories:. Green: Effectiveness is well supported by scientific evidence and they are considered safe to use. Yellow: Somewhat inconclusive evidence for their effectiveness, but they are still considered safe.
When starting a new workout routine it is tempting to go to your nearest supplement store and load up on pre-workout and post-workout supplements as these supplements have been marketed to help you optimize your workouts.
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The sports nutrition aisle where supplements are sold iStock. But are these pre-workout formulas really doing your body any favors? While these supplements often have ingredients that do increase blood flow and heart rate, you may not actually be getting any bigger or stronger. Caffeine has been linked to providing a physical boost during workouts. Muscular gym-goer drinking a pre-workout supplement iStock. Man holding a chocolate protein shake iStock.