There are a lot of misconceptions regarding supplements , about what they are and what they do to your body often referring them to as steroids. So, in order to clear the air and get things straight, NO! supplements can not be regarded as steroids under any circumstances. Having established this fact, we can start to understand supplements in a broader and more positive manner.
WHAT EXACTLY ARE SUPPLEMENTS?
According to the English dictionary, the word “supplement” refers to:
A thing added to something else in order to complete or enhance it.
Yes, supplements are nothing but means to enhance your performance and provide better and quick results. For anyone who still has a doubt over the supplementation process, compare your supplements with a tuition teacher. They do the same work as tuition teacher. Tuition provides assistance in studies along with school hours to improve your knowledge and marks. In the same way supplements provide assistance to your workouts as simple as that. Supplements are of lot of types but can be broadly categorised as pre-workout and post-workout supplements. While the main focus is on fulfilling the protein requirements, there are other range of supplements include fat-burners, pre-workouts, multivitamins etc.
I know , the main question to be adressed is that is it harmful to our body? ( “aisa kya powder hai jo body me changes kar raha hai? “) for people with this question in their minds, I would like to let you know that these supplements are made under set of rules and regulations and are approved by the government as a certified product. ( in reference to trusted brands only, barring the fake ones in the market ). Thus, if you are taking a supplement from a trusted brand or source, under proper guidance, be assured that it will not do any harm to your body whatsoever.
SHOULD YOU TAKE IT?
Supplements are needed to accomplish your desired nutritional needs which can not be achieved by normal diet. To make up for that deficit, it is necessary to some extent. I have trained both with and without supplements and what I have realised is that in the end it’s all about convenience.
Yes, convenience is the deciding factor. Let us take an example of Whey protein. People into fitness must be familiar that our body needs a certain amount of protein in order to build and repair muscle fibres and it is very popular among bodybuilders. That amount of protein can be obtained by natural sources such as eggs, chicken , veggies, oats , fish etc. But this will require a lot of time and effort in the kitchen, preparing your meals, buying groceries etc. and having done all this for a while, I can assure you that it is a lot of work to be honest. Moreover, if bodybuilding isn’t your profession, I am guessing you have other things to do as well throughout the day meaning that you may not get time at all for all this preparation work for your meals hence not fulfilling the desired protein or nutritional levels for that matter.
On the other hand, same amount of protein can be achieved with the help of a supplement. 1 or 2 scoops can fulfil all that nutrition needs ( protein in this case ). And trust me, this saves a lot of time and effort and makes it much more easier bypassing all the tedious efforts in preparing your meals. Hence this makes the whole process more convenient. No, I am not saying that one can’t do it by taking a balanced diet. To all those who believe in that ideology, you have my full support it is very much possible but again as I said it’s all about convenience, how easy you want to make the whole process.
A SPECIAL NOTE
There are 3 important factors to take care of while purchasing any kind of supplement:
- Genuine– First and foremost, please buy original and genuine product and stay away from the fake ones in circulation. Go for a reputed brand instead of a local brand just to save a few bucks. Trust me, fake supplements is the worst thing that can happen to your body.
- Guidance– Consult your fitness trainer/coach/nutritionist about what are your nutritional needs and what supplements you should be buying in order to maximise results.
- Overuse – Often termed as supplement abuse, this practice is very common among people as they often think that more supplements=more results. That is not even close to the truth. Hence, take your supplements in an required and appropriate amount in order to avoid any side-effects if any.
Sharing my personal experience , yes, supplements helped me achieve results faster and in a more efficient manner. But as I always say, don’t trust me blindly, go, see for yourselves. Try it for 3 months, then decide what’s best and what’s not because ultimately , only results will matter.