Supplements And Nutrition Information

Since I began my fitness journey, I have always been curious about workout related supplements. On social media, I’ve noticed that there are many personal trainers and fitness professionals promoting them. The information available about supplements is sometimes misleading and/or conflicting.

To find out more accurate information, I had a discussion with my trainer, John.*
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During our discussion, I was able to pull some pretty solid information regarding supplements and nutrition.

Discussion Key Points

1. No Shortcuts

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People are always looking for quick fixes or shortcuts to attempt to change to a healthier/fit lifestyle, but there isn’t one. The problem is that there are companies that package foods or promote “diets” that look healthy until you read the ingredients label on foods.

2. Whole Foods

Our body needs fundamental nutrients from whole foods. The fewer the ingredients on the label, the more whole it is. It is important to be able to pronounce the ingredients as well.

3. Supplement Side Effects

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Supplements are manufactured synthetically with chemicals and do not come straight from natural sources.  Any supplement that is misused can cause harmful side effects. Some side effects occur even without misuse.

Some of the side effects include:

  • bad skin/acne
  • changes in hormone levels
  • increased adrenaline
  • anxiety/nervousness (from the caffeine)
  • headaches
  • upset stomach
  • bloating
  • gas

4. Nitric Oxide Supplements

The basic function of Nitric Oxide supplements is that they increase the levels of arginine, which causes a release of nitric oxide in the body, increasing your blood flow. Nitric Oxide does not actually build muscle, it just hypes you up with caffeine. Too much caffeine can be a negative thing.

5. Creatine Supplements

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A common misconception is that creatine builds muscle, it does not. However, it does give you more endurance to push for a longer period of time. If you must take creatine, it is best to take it in capsule form rather than powder because it loses its effectiveness once it hits the water.

For creatine to work, you must have a sugar base. Insulin levels increase which results in the opening up of red blood cells. If you are taking creatine, make sure you drink enough water. If you don’t, it can be hard on your body. It is also ideal to cycle it on and off. The body can become dependent on it. Once you stop taking it, your body won’t produce it.

7. Protein

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Protein is a commonly misconceived element.

I need to eat more meat. In fact, you should be eating less.

Protein does not just come from meat. What people don’t always understand is that there is tons of protein in foods, such as leafy vegetables and quinoa.  It is also important to consume the good fats such as nuts, avocado, almond butter, eggs, and olive oil. Lastly, women don’t need as much protein as men because genetically, they don’t have as much muscle.

8. Scams

Weight loss protein builders are scams. They usually contain a lot of caffeine or some type of amphetamine. These types of powders cause you to lose a lot of water, which can result in dehydration.

9. FDA Approval

The FDA has little authority when it comes to enforcing regulations on supplements. Unlike the drug industry, where a company must prove a drug’s effectiveness and safety before being allowed to market and sell it, a supplement company does not need this.

John’s Recommended Protein Supplement

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Great Lakes Gelatin. Why? Because this supplement is a pure protein powder with no extras. One of the only supplements on the market with just one ingredient, which is Hydrolyzed Collagen. For pricing or to purchase this supplement, visit and drop him a note via the contact form.

Do you take supplements? If so, how has it positively or negatively affected your fitness journey? If not, what foods do you eat to compensate?