Updated: Apr 5, 2021
Supplements have always been advertised to be the solution to all your problems. Are you tired? Take this! Do you want to burn fat? This one’s for you! Although like anything in life, there is no quick fix, supplements can help provide your body with key nutrients and ingredients to give it a boost. The number one thing to know about any supplement though, especially the ones marketed form a fitness perspective, is that you do not absolutely need them. You can 100% obtain all the nutrients you need from foods you eat.
In this post, I will go over some of the most popular pills and powders and give you a little break down about each. I’ll also give you recommendations on my personal favorite brands, that I’ve found through years of trial and error. My recommendations are just my own opinions based on what brands have great tasting flavors and awesome ingredient list, also this is my second post and I am clearly not sponsored by any brand (yet!!)
What to Avoid
So to start off I j just want to list some supplements that are red flags. These are usually marketed as quick fixes or to appeal to a certain gender as a performance enhancer.
Weight Loss Pills: I strongly recommend against any product labelled as a weight loss or "fat burner" as they can be dangerous and never provide permanent healthy results. they are marketed to those looking for a quick fix and are honestly just a scam. If you do not believe me, the FDA strongly advises against them as well:
“These products are not legal dietary supplements,” says Michael Levy, director of the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA’s) Division of New Drugs and Labeling Compliance. “They are actually very powerful drugs masquerading as ‘all-natural’ or ‘herbal’ supplements, and they carry significant risks to unsuspecting consumers.”
Detoxes and Cleanses: Any results you get from these products are temporary and they are designed so you keep purchasing the product. there are studies on the damages that these products can do to you over a repeated time. Drinking juice for a few days as a "fast" can actually do more damage than good and most of the time can make your weight increase in the long run.
Supplements for Training and Recovery
BCAAs: Branched Chain Amino Acids are essential amino acids that we need to consume to live, since the human body does not make them on its own. The main BCAAs are leucine, isoleucine and valine. Two main benefits of the product include enhancing protein synthesis and preventing delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS). Basically they help preserve/ aid in building muscle and can help you from post workout soreness. BCAA's can be found in protein rich foods, but the supplement version is usually sold as a powder. these aren't a necessary supplement as they are also found in protein powders and food along with other essential aminos. I like to drink them when I workout, if anything they make water taste good and can help you consume more during the day!
My favorite brands of BCAAs:
First brand I ever tried and I would still recommend them. They have great flavors and are affordable!