When you exercise, you have a goal. Your goal might be to lose weight or build muscle, or just maintain what you have. In a sense you are the architect building your body and pushing it in the direction you want it to go. When you’re training hard, you must have the right tools in place to supplement your diet. It’s virtually impossible to get all your vitamins and minerals from food. If you did, you would probably go way over your caloric requirements for the day! Supplements can include protein bars, protein shakes, multi-vitamins and minerals, and powders.
My protein came in the mail today! I am trying a new flavor of casein protein and a new brand of protein powder…Optimum Nutrition. I will have to tell you how it goes…normally I use Cytogainer or IDS which are both great and taste awesome. When it comes to selecting a protein powder, just think, the less artificial ingredients it contains, the better! Some powders have essential amino acids added to them (all of the ones I mentioned above). That is something you might want to consider because BCAAs are important in keeping you healthy and strong during training. Please do not buy the cheap protein that you can pick up at your local dollar store. These protein powders are not as high in quality as the ones you order online or purchase at GNC. By the way, I prefer ordering all my supplements online because it is much cheaper! www.bodybuilding.com
I am also trying Fitness Fiber powder which came free with the protein. It contains several different forms of fiber. We need both soluble and insoluble fiber. Fiber is a biggie in your diet! You must be regular in your bowel movements. (I know, gross!). But, you should be eliminating 2-3 times a day. Maybe even 4! If not, you are not eating enough foods that contain fiber in them. This powder can be added to make up for the food you are not eating. However; it should not be the sole form of fiber! Food is always best. Fiber helps get rid of all that bad junk in your body.
Another product I use is called Xtend.
This is a powder that you add to your water and drink before and during your workout. They have a number of different flavors and it is natural so don’t worry about that. No it is not a steroid or a sugary energy drink that you get from the store! You order this online. The powder is composed of BCAAs that help you endure your workout and recover effectively. (Lemonade is the best flavor).
Last but not least, you need to take some type of vitamin.
I take Complete Balance Multivitamin/Multimineral supplements and Omega Essentials both by Applied Nutriceuticals. Taking all these things into consideration and supplementing your diet properly will prevent injury and keep you from getting sick as well.
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