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    Are supplements good for you in the long run?

    I'm M20, not planning to do heavy bodybuilding. I'm just trying to lose some fat and put on some muscle. Should I use Supplements?
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    Use whey if you need it to reach daily protein needs. You may as well use creatine monohydrate too.

    Yes, both safe unless you have some allergy or similar medical condition.
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    EPA/DHA supplementation is important if you aren't eating fatty fish consistently
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    I've been using creatine, protein powders and BCAAs religiously for well over a decade with no issues
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    Originally Posted by SuffolkPunch View Post
    Use whey if you need it to reach daily protein needs. You may as well use creatine monohydrate too.

    Yes, both safe unless you have some allergy or similar medical condition.
    Hmmm okay. Then why is it that supplements have so much negativity around them?
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    Originally Posted by GlobeTrotter213 View Post
    Hmmm okay. Then why is it that supplements have so much negativity around them?
    Such as...?
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    Originally Posted by GlobeTrotter213 View Post
    Hmmm okay. Then why is it that supplements have so much negativity around them?
    The people who have negativity toward supps are the people who don't use them, have zero knowledge of them, and have formed an opinion without doing any research/homework on them.

    I'll be 52 next week and have continuosly used all sorts of various OTC supps since I was 18. My blood numbers at my yearly physicals always come back off the charts. In fact, one year my Dr asked me for tips on eating and training.

    Supps aren't this magical substance that greatly changes your body. Supps have a small effect in the big scheme of things. Your regular diet and training habits will have the biggest effect on your body.
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    OP, the term "supplements" is incredibly broad.

    What do you mean by "negativity" - harmful? A waste of money?

    For example, over-the-counter "testosterone boosters" are largely a waste of money. 2 to 3 points on a 1000 point swirl is basically worthless.

    "Fat burners" do not magically burn fat. They typically either 'dull' your appetite, or offer caffeine for extra energy/moving around. But they are generally a waste of money.

    BCAA supplementation is generally worthless if you are getting enough protein in your diet already.
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    Consumption of supplements may vary as per your fitness goals, you have decent age that has no side effects of supplements but you should consult some fitness trainer how to proceed with your body weight, trainer will see your BMI, eating habits daily run and then recommend.
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    Originally Posted by CommitmentRulz View Post
    OP, the term "supplements" is incredibly broad.

    What do you mean by "negativity" - harmful? A waste of money?

    For example, over-the-counter "testosterone boosters" are largely a waste of money. 2 to 3 points on a 1000 point swirl is basically worthless.

    "Fat burners" do not magically burn fat. They typically either 'dull' your appetite, or offer caffeine for extra energy/moving around. But they are generally a waste of money.

    BCAA supplementation is generally worthless if you are getting enough protein in your diet already.
    Yes I mean harmful. A lot of people say that taking supplements might kill you or cause chronic illnesses.
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    Originally Posted by bullarms View Post
    Consumption of supplements may vary as per your fitness goals, you have decent age that has no side effects of supplements but you should consult some fitness trainer how to proceed with your body weight, trainer will see your BMI, eating habits daily run and then recommend.
    I'll keep that in mind. Thanks
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    Originally Posted by GlobeTrotter213 View Post
    I'll keep that in mind. Thanks
    You don’t need a trainer. Most trainers work for a gym/are a representative for a brand of supplements and will push them on you.

    A lot of “supplements” are not needed like mentioned above.

    The idea you need a protein shake right after every workout is BS. Whey can be an option that is convenient if you have trouble eating enough protein, but real food is better and if you eat with in a couple of hours that’s fine.

    Diet sups/test boosters/preworks promising coq10 and other added benefits are pretty much snake oil. If you want a preworkout coffee is cheap and creatine and bcaa powder. But, it’s really unnecessary

    Multi’s can fill in gaps in nutrition but general are a waste if you eat decently and if you are actually deficient in say iron or calcium they won’t have enough of that vitamin or mineral to correct it. You can only find out what you are deficient in with blood work. But if you just want to take one get something simple like men’s once a day by a good third party tested brand.
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    Originally Posted by GlobeTrotter213 View Post
    Yes I mean harmful. A lot of people say that taking supplements might kill you or cause chronic illnesses.
    Yea the ones that might cause these kinds of issues aren't available over the counter, or legally in most places.
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    Originally Posted by snailsrus View Post
    You don’t need a trainer. Most trainers work for a gym/are a representative for a brand of supplements and will push them on you.

    A lot of “supplements” are not needed like mentioned above.

    The idea you need a protein shake right after every workout is BS. Whey can be an option that is convenient if you have trouble eating enough protein, but real food is better and if you eat with in a couple of hours that’s fine.

    Diet sups/test boosters/preworks promising coq10 and other added benefits are pretty much snake oil. If you want a preworkout coffee is cheap and creatine and bcaa powder. But, it’s really unnecessary

    Multi’s can fill in gaps in nutrition but general are a waste if you eat decently and if you are actually deficient in say iron or calcium they won’t have enough of that vitamin or mineral to correct it. You can only find out what you are deficient in with blood work. But if you just want to take one get something simple like men’s once a day by a good third party tested brand.
    Thanks mate
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    Originally Posted by smokinal View Post
    The people who have negativity toward supps are the people who don't use them, have zero knowledge of them, and have formed an opinion without doing any research/homework on them.

    I'll be 52 next week and have continuosly used all sorts of various OTC supps since I was 18. My blood numbers at my yearly physicals always come back off the charts. In fact, one year my Dr asked me for tips on eating and training.

    Supps aren't this magical substance that greatly changes your body. Supps have a small effect in the big scheme of things. Your regular diet and training habits will have the biggest effect on your body.
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