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Are Bodybuilding Supplements Worthless?

April 15, 2011 Print This ArticleShare

Author: Michael Greeves

Bodybuilding supplements have been used for a very long time to help strengthen muscles and make them grow. Many bodybuilders use them faithfully, but for some, the question is posed, are bodybuilding supplements worthless?

There are many types of dietary supplements available. While some may work, others may not prove so successful. Different supplements may also have varying effects on different people. This is important to keep in mind when answering this question.

If you are searching for dietary supplements that will work for you, it may be time to consider trying different ones. You will hit on those that work and can continue using them, discarding those that don't. You should also try different brands as this, too can make a difference.

The amount you use may also matter. While you don't want to take too much of any type of supplement, your dosage will vary from that of someone else.

Protein is among the most commonly used dietary supplements and provides a great example. There are different types of protein powder frequently used to make shakes. Whey protein is among the most common and works well for aiding muscle recovery. Soy protein may also be used for the same purpose. While one person might prefer whey, another might like soy better. It's all a matter of personal preference and trial and error.

Failing to adhere to a healthy diet can also impact where or not bodybuilding supplements actually work. If you don't eat the way you should, you body won't respond the way you expect it to and you will find your dietary supplements not working.

Multivitamins are another great example of dietary supplements often used on a regular basis. While you can take a one-a-day vitamin every day, if you do not eat the proper foods that will meet the rest of your vitamin needs, the vitamins you take will probably appear to be useless.

Some bodybuilders may choose to forego the dietary supplements altogether, reverting instead simply to the food they eat. Many supplements are known for helping increase energy and metabolism. Some people do not experience this energy increase so for them, such supplements would be of little importance.

There is no hard and fast answer to the question of whether or not bodybuilding supplements are worthless. The key is to try what's out there to find out what will and won't work for you. While it won't always be necessary to buy the name brand supplements, sometimes doing so may actually meet with more positive results. You can always purchase supplements that are "off brand" to see whether or not they will be just as effective.

Follow a strict dietary and fitness plan and always use the supplements as directed. Ask others who use bodybuilding supplements about their experiences and for their recommendations.


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