Supplements can be confusing business. First – a few key points. Supplements are not pre-regulated, they are post regulated. This means a company doesn’t have to prove that a supplement is safe and effective to sell it, the FDA has to prove it is not safe for it to be banned (and the FDA doesn’t even bother to see if it is effective). The good news is this allows some cutting edge stuff to come out rather quickly without waiting for years of testing; the bad news is a lot of BS stuff comes out that does very little other than empty your wallet. And when dealing with personal training clients you want to particularly careful in what you, as the expert, recommend to a client because you could be liable for what happens to them.
Supplements are generally defined as any vitamin, mineral, herb, botanical extract, or amino acid that isn’t already classified as a drug, or something designed to promote caloric intake in humans. As the name implies it is a supplement so it has be taken in addition to whole food, this is why the Slim Fast commercials always say “a shake for breakfast, a shake for lunch, and then a sensible healthy dinner” – legally they can’t just say “drink 3 shakes a day and that is it to lose weight” because then it isn’t a supplement.
The supplement industry is huge and poorly regulated. It is often promoted by those taking more than just supplements (I am talking about steroids in case that wasn’t obvious). One of the big questions becomes who can you trust in this industry? I find the answer to that question, more often than not, is Examine.com. I like them because they are purely researched based, they are not connected to any specific company, and they don’t sell supplements themselves. They essentially grade supplements and then they let you, the consumer, decide what you want to do. One of the best things about learning about supplements is, in my opinion, figuring out what not to take. If I can take a person’s $200 monthly supplement bill and cut that down to $75 to get the same or better effects, those savings will really add up in the long run. In my mind that is certainly worth a $40 initial investment.
Examine.com has just come out with a new guideline that tells you exactly how to stack your supplements for best results. A stack is when you combine different supplements to maximize their effectiveness. They have taken out all the guess work: you decide on your goal (build muscle, maximal strength, fat loss, etc – there is actually 16 different guides you can choose from) and the manual tells you what to do and what not to waste your money on. Remember they are purely researched based – if the research supports a supplements use, they will include it. If not, they won’t recommend it and they will tell you why.
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When you, or your friends, teammates, or clients ask you “what supplements should I take?” now you will have the most up to date answer to that question, backed not by ripped abs and lots of hype, but instead backed by pure science. That sounds like a pretty good deal to me.