Physical appearance matters a lot. While stylish clothes can make you look good, a well built body can look great in any type of cloth. Ever heard the saying – image is everything? Well, judging by the number of people trying to get fit, it must be true. Unfortunately, getting that chiseled body is not easy. You will have to spend hours at the gym pumping weights over a period of several months to get any meaningful results. For some people, exercise and a healthy diet are all they need to built that great body. For other people, however, lifting weights and eating well cannot get them the desired results. These people have to use bodybuilding supplements.
Types of Bodybuilding Supplements
i) Protein Supplements
It is difficult and expensive to get, from normal food, all the proteins you need to increase your muscle mass. You would have to eat tons of meat, legumes and nuts as well as drink liters and liters of whole milk to get the fuel and ingredients you need to bulk up. Fortunately, there is a cheaper and more convenient option; protein supplements. Just add protein supplements, such as whey protein to your normal diet and follow your workout routine. There are many types of protein supplements that can help you to bulk up quickly and safely, so you only need to find them.
ii) Hormonal Supplements
There are people who are small or slender because of poor growth during their childhood. These people cannot bulk up no matter how much weight they lift or how frequently they lift those weights. They’ll simply become lean and mean, but small. To bulk up, these people need hormonal supplements to make up for their poor growth. The most popular hormonal supplements come in form of anabolic steroids. Obviously, using something that can increase hormonal levels in the body is bound to have side effects. In that regard, some hormonal supplements are harmful and have already been banned. However, there are other effective supplements that are deemed safe for use by bodybuilders, provided they do not abuse the supplement.
There are two strategies for reducing the side effects of steroids. These are; cycling and post cycle therapy. In cycling, the bodybuilder uses the supplement over a given period, say one month, before stopping for a while, then restarting. This cooling off period allows the body to detoxify and remove all the toxins that may have accumulated in the body. Another strategy for reducing the side effects of steroids is post cycle therapy. The bodybuilder starts with half the recommended dose for beginners and continues to increase the dosage until they peak. After peaking, the bodybuilder stops using the supplement and goes into therapy. Another strategy is stacking, which entails combining several products. This can help to minimize the side effects while maximizing the results.
Before using bodybuilding supplements, fitness enthusiasts are advised to consult nutritional experts, doctors or personal trainers to ensure that they can use the product in question safely.