Do You Make These Sport Supplement Mistakes?
With the increasing trend toward using supplements to boost energy and performance in sports training, many fitness enthusiasts are including supplements in their daily routines. Often people buy supplements with expectations of amazing results, and when they don’t see these results, are left wondering what went wrong. So, how can you get the best value and results from your supplements? Here are some common mistakes and how to avoid them:
Having unrealistic expectations
Many people read about the amazing benefits of sport supplements and become over-ambitious. Changing your body takes time. Whether you want to lose fat or bulk-up, it won’t happen in a few weeks, and you certainly can’t do both at the same time. If you’re carrying too much fat, choose a fat-burner and focus on tidying up your diet first, then work on muscle gain with the help of a whey protein powder.
Forgetting the basics
Don’t forget to support your body’s overall health with a multivitamin. Many people have some form of vitamin deficiency, and those who work out and exercise on a regular basis have an even higher requirement for vitamins and minerals. Include a source of essential healthy fats, like fish oil, for healthy heart and brain functioning and joint support. Another basic is starting with a good quality whey protein powder, before moving onto other supplements.
Not understanding how supplements work
There has been a lot of research into certain supplements, like branched chain amino acids (BCAAs) and creatine, yet there also remains dividing opinions regarding necessity and efficiency. Taking a supplement because you’ve heard the hype but haven’t actually researched what it is used for and how it will affect your body is a common mistake. Take the time to do your homework and understand how best to incorporate each supplement into your fitness plan.
Being disappointed by slow progress or lack of visible results can lead to inconsistency, ultimately resulting in poor performance which is often blamed on supplements. By adopting a ‘continuous journey’ mentality and sticking to your original plan of attack, you will maximise your outcomes and it won’t be long before you see the results you’re after.
Forgetting the importance of diet
Supplements are designed to do just that – supplement your diet. Supplements are designed to fill the gaps in diet with the necessary macro and micronutrients. If you’re not consuming adequate fresh fruits and vegetables, lean meats, carbohydrates (yes, even carbs!), and hydrating sufficiently, you’ll never gain benefits from your supplements let alone the hard work you put in at the gym.