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Fitness Minutes: (4,987)
403 10/5/12 12:42 P
Personally I'm not a big fan of supplements. I see them as taking a shortcut to achieving my goals of having a healthy lifestyle. For me, it's like taking a test and reading the Cliff's notes instead of reading the whole book. You may pass the test, but you won't understand the story.
It's the same thing with supplements. It may help me achieve my goals in the short term, but what happens when I stop taking the supplements? Plus, many of those things are really expensive. I understand about how difficult it is to get enough protein into your diet if you are working out hard 5-7 days per week and how adding a scoop or two of protein powder to a drink after a workout can be a real benefit.
Personally, I eat a serving of lentils every day with my lunch after my workout. I get 30 grams of protein and 10 grams of dietary fiber per cup. I also eat a lot of fish every week, at least one serving per day.
Whatever you do, make it part of your lifestyle. If it works for you, stay with it.
I use some form of an energy before along with some protein/carbs. This could be as simple as a Diet Red Bull and whey protein bar or maybe some Greek Yogurt and fruit. Post workout the research is strong supporting a 20-25g bolus of whey because the BCAA's will halt catabolism. Then shower, cool off and when the appetite hits down the most important meal of the day...the recovery meal. Should have protein and complex carbs. That, a baby aspirin, a little omega-3's and a multi 2-3 times a week and I am set.
Of course I never needed any of that stuff a few years ago and I was big and strong as hell. That's what 70 plus hour work weeks can do to your recovery ability!
Fitness Minutes: (6,341)
18 10/5/12 8:36 A
Yeah i agree about the prework out. Im thinking about buying the BSN Fat loss stack from bodybuilding.com i have used BSN per-workout before with great success. And Syntha-6 is a great protein to use, and taste great.
Fitness Minutes: (21,014)
1,626 10/4/12 7:12 P
I find it a bit difficult to get my protein level up enough without going into too much fat when using only meat products. So I used protein powder to put me in the right area. As far as preworkout, I have been using Alphapump and it really helps me stay focused and "pumped". It isn't one of those caffeine products that gets one all jittery and makes it hard to sleep either. I also find that since it works on getting more oxygen in the system, I don't get dizzy or light headed on some of my exercises.
All I have ever used was Whey Protein powder, and that was as much trying to improve my breakfasts without eating eggs (never been a fan). I like it, and it helps me meet my protein goals.
Fitness Minutes: (6,341)
18 10/4/12 9:51 A
I have used supplements in the past ( a pre-work + a protein shake post-work ) I really like them, and im thinking about using them again. I have to workout early in the morning, and i feel like the first 20 mins of my workout are wasted because im still tired / waking up.
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