Sports supplements are becoming increasingly popular with people who want to get in shape. They are often used to assist their workout routine and healthy eating plan to help them speed up the whole process. Some people would call them a shortcut to fitness but is this strictly true? Read on to find out how much of a difference they make and whether they will benefit you in the long run.
Is it safe?
One of the most popular questions people ask when they consider taking sports supplements is whether or not they are safe to take. There are so many rumours and horror stories about people taking things that have killed them or seriously hampered their progress. There are the tamer tales that say they just don’t make any difference. The golden rule to remember when it comes to buying spots supplements is to buy them from a reputable company.
While your friends or gym buddies might recommend something, you need to check if it is legal and safe first. If they are getting it from a slightly dodgy-looking website imported from abroad, think carefully before splashing the cash.
The tried and tested products are normally safer and come from well-known companies. The safest products are normally the most popular ones and include things like creatine monohydrate and whey proteins. It’s worth speaking to your doctor before you start taking any supplements to ensure they will actually benefit you and won’t cause any damage to your health.
How long will it take to see a difference?
There is no set-in-stone answer to that because it depends on so many other factors. If you take sports supplements but don’t work out regularly, you will be hard-pushed to see much of a difference.
Similarly, if you only work out and very rarely take the supplements, it can take a lot longer to see any differences. Your diet will play a part, as will the amount of sleep you get, your stress levels and even how hard you work out. Some people may find they see the effects after just a couple of weeks, whereas others may have to take sports supplements for a few months before they start to notice any real difference.
What will they offer in the long-term?
If you take sports supplements consistently for months and team them with a healthy eating, balanced diet as well as regular workouts, you will eventually start to see some serious results. Your muscle mass will start to increase and an improvement in tone will become apparent. You may start to get compliments from friends and family and you’ll find your overall strength increases. You’ll be able to work out harder and for longer periods of time.
Some supplements shouldn’t be taken for long amounts of time. For example, creatine is often recommended to be taken in cycles. That means that you will have down-time when you aren’t taking certain products, but these may be replaced with others. Work with a personal trainer to decide what the best routine is for you in terms of how often you should work out and which supplements to take at which times. Once you have a set plan to follow, it can make it easier to stick to and know where you are with it.
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This article for nutrition supplier Sci-MX was written by UK journalist Lauren Sutton.