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    Possible to Build Muscle Without Supplements?

    Hi good day to all.
    I was wondering if it is possible to build lots of muscle and get a decent mass increase without supplements. Right now my studies are absorbing all my cash flow and I find it hard to spend almost $60 a month.
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    yes it is very possible to make great gains without supps. i only take whey and a multi, but i could get all my protein from whole foods if i wished. the most important things in bbing (imo) is a solid diet and a good routine the rest are just extras
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    Yep it sure is! Supplements have their role in bodybuilding but are def not essential in my view. If you`re on a small budget get yourself (dependant on your goals/required intake) some of the following
    protein powder (whey and casein)
    glucose/dextrose powder
    multivitamin
    creatine

    There are some really good whole food recipes ideas in the nutrition sectiopn of this forum...check them out


    good luck

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    Originally Posted by chad84
    Hi good day to all.
    I was wondering if it is possible to build lots of muscle and get a decent mass increase without supplements. Right now my studies are absorbing all my cash flow and I find it hard to spend almost $60 a month.
    of course
    in fact most of the big guys are not too crazy about supps
    multivit. + multimineral and whey alone are cool
    and if you eat a lot you don't need whey at all
    in fact its better to dring gallon milk/day than take some fancy supps...
    [url]http://forum.bodybuilding.com/showthread.php?t=381194&page=1[/url]
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    Originally Posted by chad84
    Hi good day to all.
    I was wondering if it is possible to build lots of muscle and get a decent mass increase without supplements. Right now my studies are absorbing all my cash flow and I find it hard to spend almost $60 a month.
    If you take a scientific approach, what you're really getting is $60 of URINE a month. Take a look at the label of just about any supplement. There's that little blurb "when combined with proper diet and excercise"... Well, you could just eat regular food with proper diet and excercise and get the same results. I've read in some articles that the pro bodybuilders in the magazine ads never touch the stuff. They're just selling themselves to advertisers so they can make a few extra $$$. Hey, if you find a supplement that works, more power to ya. But in my experience, most supplements are worthless... I repeat; EXPENSIVE URINE!
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    I've found the same gains on supplements as I've found when I just eat food. I also like real food because it's a lot more reliable than some bull**** product from GNC. You just gotta make sure you eat enough and eat the right things.
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    I agree with eveyone here on this, and I wish more people would get their head out of the sand and save their money and quit blowing it on dick squat.

    Supplements are worthless.

    That's right, Creatine, Glutamine, and whatever other piece of urine producing crap out there, it's all worthless. I bought the stuff too when I was young and foolish, but ask most of the seasoned guys and they'll tell you the same thing; usless garbage. For those guys who've made it pretty far for themeslves with supps, I can guarantee you it wasn't the supps that did it. The only supplement that is useful is a protien supplement. They're convienent and in many ways cheaper than using meat or dairy. For example, 25g from my protien supplement costs 65 cents, whereas the equvalent from eggs costs about $1.40. A multi is useful as well.

    No supplement will make up for a lousy training and diet regiment. On the other hand, I'd be willing to bet that no supplement will make a productive training and diet regiment more productive. If anything, anything at all, supplements MIGHT be the cause of 0.1% of a bodybuilder's success. I remember seeing some dude on here who posted his "supplement schedule." What a joke! I think he got some of them for free though.

    Save your money and learn about training and diet, those are the keys to muscle growth. Don't listen to any sell out who's trying to pawn worthless powder or pills off on you, or tells you that you have to take "piece of garbage X" to make gains or to make a program work.

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    I agree completely. Even my Whey protein lasts me a long time. Nothing beats real wholesome food. Most times al a person needs is a muti vit and essential fats. I stopped wasting my money on that crap and built my own gym at home. It's convenient, no line ups, close to the kitchen and the barbecue grill, speaking of wich, were's the brickets lol.

    Cheers and good luck
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    Originally Posted by chad84
    Hi good day to all.
    I was wondering if it is possible to build lots of muscle and get a decent mass increase without supplements. Right now my studies are absorbing all my cash flow and I find it hard to spend almost $60 a month.
    I get sick to my stomach when I hear this. You have fallen victim to the supplement marketing. Which is alright. Heck even I fall victim to those unreal ads from time to time. Visions of sixpacks and 18in guns while sunbathing on the beach sipping mai thais. Its very appealing and convincing and many many people fall victim. Prime example is how successful Muscle-Tech is. They are successful because of their tramendously successful marketing and ad campaign, not because of the successful products.

    The first thing to understand, is that SUPPLEMENTS ARE SIMPLY DIETARY SUPPLEMENTS. They are generally found in nutritional whole foods that we can choose to eat and you are better off simply eating whole foods. That said, supplements have their place particularly in bodybuilding and fitness. A good multivitamin to fill in any gaps in your vitamins or minerals and similar with your EFA's to ensure you don't have any deficencys. Powdered Protein is an quick and easy way to meat caloric and protein demands, particularly when trying to eat 5-7meals a days is simply too demanding on your lifestyle. Many take creatine for its unquestionable role in strength and building muscle, backed by countless research, but again, the same results could be achieved without it, though you may shave some time off achieving those results. But none of its is NECESSARY. Beyond that, most of the "supplementation" is snakeoil, IMO. Now I realize there are some products out there that are certainly legit, but the same result can be had without it, though it may take a little more time. I myself take a fat burner during cutting cycles.

    Please just consider it a lesson learned. You dont' NEED supplements, but they can make things more convenient in meeting calorie and protein demands and help improve effecency of training/nutrition in achieving your goals.
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    I agree. I've tried many supplements, but diet, rest, and lifting routine are the keys. I'm not as extreme in my views of supplements--I fall in the middle. Some do have positive effects, but they can become very expensive, and can have side effects that no one can ever predict. Some just have negative effects outright. Most are useless money sponges. I'll occasionally try a new supplement out of curiosity if there's a big buzz over it, but it can never take the place of grueling work, and IMO, should never be relied upon to help you reach a goal. Psycological dependance is no joke. Inexpensive whey is always a good choice, especially if you're not eating two pounds of meat per day. Sleep is really cheap too.
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    The biggest problem with supplement costs is figuring out what works for you and that can be pricey in of itself. Further, I have made significant gains over the years without any supplements. While specific things become easier to accomplish with some supps, remember that food is better and supplements are just that. You don't have to have supps to be successful, just make sure that is figured into whatever goals you set.
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    Originally Posted by RB12
    The biggest problem with supplement costs is figuring out what works for you and that can be pricey in of itself. Further, I have made significant gains over the years without any supplements. While specific things become easier to accomplish with some supps, remember that food is better and supplements are just that. You don't have to have supps to be successful, just make sure that is figured into whatever goals you set.
    There in lies the problem. So many people buy supplements, change their nutrition and training. When they get improvements, the supplement is "off the hook" if they don't then the supplement "sucks".

    First you have no control group, so you have nothing to compare against. Second there are simply countless variables invovled. IMO You simply cannot determine the effectiveness of many supplements as there are simply too many variables. With years of experience in nutrition and training your body, you become more and more intune with it, and can "sense" thing better, but even then. Supplements are simply a small small percent of the big pictures. Concentrate on the large percentage variables, ie reistance training, nutrition, and cardio.
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    [QUOTE=TurboGuy]There in lies the problem. So many people buy supplements, change their nutrition and training. When they get improvements, the supplement is "off the hook" if they don't then the supplement "sucks".[QUOTE]

    You make a good point. It definitely takes time in order to figure out how your body responds to changes in workouts, nutrition and supps. And while I agree that supps are a small piece of the picture and there are countelss variables, that does not mean you cannot tell if a supplement works for you or not. The biggest problems I have seen is that 1) too many people look for that "magic bullet" - the pill or powder that will replace the need to lift and 2) lack of patience.

    1) There is no magic bullet, body building takes a lot of work. 2) Whether you are inserting a new supp into a preexisting workout routine or concentrating on the larger variables like reistance training, nutrition, and cardio, give it time. You will not, per se, see results over night, but stick with a program and look for long-term results.

    I completely agree with TurboGuy to the extent that supps in of themselves are not the primary factor to success and should not be treated as such. You can get great gains without them if you work at it hard and properly.
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    Been Lazy

    The last few months I have been very lazy about taking supps yet I am still slapping on the muscle. Having said this what works for one person may not work for someone else. I suggest you try taking supps for 6 weeks and then stop for 6 weeks. If taking supps looks like it helps you >significantly< then continue. If supps don't make much/any difference then you might consider doing without them.

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    I agree with a lot or what's being said, but can you tar whey protein with the same brush? This is the only supplement I take, and it's purely for convenience. I rely on it for 60g of my 200g of protein per day.
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    Originally Posted by Eddiejt
    ..., but can you tar whey protein with the same brush?
    Huh?
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    Do you not have that saying in the States?

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    Originally Posted by Eddiejt
    Do you not have that saying in the States?

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    That one is new to me.
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    An example of it's use:

    If I said "All Americans are overweight", you could reply "Don't tar me with the same brush" i.e. You are saying that what I said does not apply to ALL Americans, contrary to popular belief.
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    Originally Posted by Eddiejt
    I agree with a lot or what's being said, but can you tar whey protein with the same brush? This is the only supplement I take, and it's purely for convenience. I rely on it for 60g of my 200g of protein per day.
    So you are asking if we can generally classify all whey protein as what? If you mean are they all supplements and should be used as such, than yes. Protein supps are great for putting you over the top or convenient to replace a meal or two when on the run as MRPs (i.e. the manner in which you use it), but protein-loaded food has a lot more properties than supps that will benefit an athlete. I am not familiar with any whey than can be used as a replacement for protein in one's diet.

    Regardless, with the spirit of this thread, yes, you can use food, water, sleep and lifting to create great gains without using supplements.
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    Yes

    Yes

    Most definately yes.

    You can indeed be one hell of a specimen without ANY supplements.

    I'm talking no whey, creatine, etc etc.

    Just good old fashioned food. Lean protein, healthy fats, fruits and veggies.

    For many years I fell into the trap that supplements were essential.

    BIG mistake.

    Now for the last nine months or so I have been totally sup free. Not only is my bank account thanking me but there have been no changes at all in my body.

    I feel so sorry for those who spend a fortune on sups each month because they've been fooled into believing they are essential.
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    Originally Posted by doughasmuscles
    The last few months I have been very lazy about taking supps yet I am still slapping on the muscle. Having said this what works for one person may not work for someone else. I suggest you try taking supps for 6 weeks and then stop for 6 weeks. If taking supps looks like it helps you >significantly< then continue. If supps don't make much/any difference then you might consider doing without them.

    Good luck,

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    I think most will find supplements won't do anything for most folks. But before embarking on pissing your hard earned $$$ down the toilet for 6 weeks or whatever (literally), do your homework on the supps. Find out the the scientific community who has tested this stuff has to say - from science journals; not magazines and other advertisers geared toward brainwashing you into buying worthless products.
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    Ouuuuuuuuuwwweee! Another good thread! I remember last summer I had a roomer here who was training cause he was taking a security course and he went out and spent 200 bucks on sups. We laughed at is hard earn cash spent on pills, heck it wasnt even whey protein. Guess what by the end of summer he had not gained a pound. Not only did he have no training knowledge but he was too stupid to listen to peope who did. He just stuck with his friends who were reading all the adds in Flex. Lets face it. Even if the supps worked you would still need a good training program with plenty of recovery built in. Not to mention good nutrition besides. So even if they worked they would still be only a small part of the equation and not the solution itself. As for whey protein, heck it's protein. It does the job but my body still thanks me for the sirloin I barbecued after my workout. There's still nothing that will replace a good healthy, hearty diet for fuelling the body.

    Cheers and good luck
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    I've already bashed supplements above, so I won't do it again. It's on the same lines as what Lion said.

    I just wanted to point out the saaaaaad state of affairs, and how many people have been fooled into thinking that supplements are the the missing link in their program. At the time of writing this, there were 147 people viewing the Supplement board, 48 viewing the Training board, and a measily 33 viewing the Nutrition board.

    This tells me that over 50% of the people looking for some kind of key to progress (as they're probably looking for some kind of clue on supplements, or they wouldn't be on there), have been tricked into believing it comes in some magic bottle.

    The sad thing is, try to tell any of those kids that they're wasting their money, and they'll come up with any excuse to keep on searching for the magic pill.

    Dirk

    And no, I don't think we can tar protien supplements with the same brush, for the reasons I stated above.
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    Originally Posted by Dirk D.
    I've already bashed supplements above, so I won't do it again. It's on the same lines as what Lion said.

    I just wanted to point out the saaaaaad state of affairs, and how many people have been fooled into thinking that supplements are the the missing link in their program. At the time of writing this, there were 147 people viewing the Supplement board, 48 viewing the Training board, and a measily 33 viewing the Nutrition board.

    This tells me that over 50% of the people looking for some kind of key to progress (as they're probably looking for some kind of clue on supplements, or they wouldn't be on there), have been tricked into believing it comes in some magic bottle.

    The sad thing is, try to tell any of those kids that they're wasting their money, and they'll come up with any excuse to keep on searching for the magic pill.

    Dirk

    And no, I don't think we can tar protien supplements with the same brush, for the reasons I stated above.
    amen to that. You simply cannot supp your way to great fitness.
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    Its scary to watch trainers down my gym.......buying up their red kicks before a workout....purchasing their carbo/protein fuel during their workout and eagerly gulping down their bottles of multipower fit protein cause the multipower poster says if they dont drink at least 2 after training they wont make the 100000000000000% gain in lean muscle mass ----I am joking, so anybody who is new to bodybuilding/training please dont rush out and stock up!)...........ha....goddam muscletech have got to be the worst for advertising.....followed by EAS.......what do you guys reckon????

    This is a good thread......I personally think whey protein has its place but all the other stuff.....try it by all means.....but......dont by any means expect to see results!!!!


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    Originally Posted by Eddiejt
    I agree with a lot or what's being said, but can you tar whey protein with the same brush? This is the only supplement I take, and it's purely for convenience. I rely on it for 60g of my 200g of protein per day.

    I understand what you are asking now. Yes and no. Many "protein" supplements may contain additional "stuff" and there are different types of protein with different processes. Whether one is more beneficial than the next is up for debate and/or is questionable, the bottom line is you are looking for a quick "liquid food" to supply protein and calories and possible carbs, and a protein powder, any protein powder, can fill that bill.
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    Originally Posted by TurboGuy
    I understand what you are asking now. Yes and no. Many "protein" supplements may contain additional "stuff" and there are different types of protein with different processes. Whether one is more beneficial than the next is up for debate and/or is questionable, the bottom line is you are looking for a quick "liquid food" to supply protein and calories and possible carbs, and a protein powder, any protein powder, can fill that bill.
    Good that's what I wanted to reassure myself with. I know there are proteins on the market, like "Promax Extreme", which contain a lot more than just protein, a load of other rubbish too. They also do a straight "Promax" non extreme, which is just protein.

    I use ProV60 from Labrada. Claims to also be protein and nothing else
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    Very possible but supplement sure would help
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