5 Supplements Myths You Need To Know About

Working out is a lot easier with supplements, thanks to the array of benefits they provide. However, there is a lot of misinformation out there regarding what supplements can actually do for you. This misinformation can lead to huge setbacks, as you might become too reliant on a certain supplement, expecting it to do more than it can.

There is a lot of misleading advertising out there, some of which has resulted in class action lawsuits, as Law 360 reports. The legal case in this report is related to the DMAA supplement, which has a deserved bad reputation.

The point of busting these myths is not to scare you into thinking that supplements are bad for you, quite the opposite. The point is to educate you about what they can and can’t do so that you know how to incorporate them into your workout regime.

Myth 1: The More Protein You Consume, The Bigger Your Muscles Will Be

This myth is one that a lot of people fall for, and it’s counterproductive because it makes you focus more on how much protein you consume as opposed to what really works, which is lifting weights. Protein is required to aid the muscle building process, but it only helps to a certain point, which most people exceed.

As Men’s Health reports, you only need to consume about 0.9 to 1.25 grams of protein per pound of body weight. Anything over that is a waste because it’s not going to provide additional muscle growth like some supplement companies would have you believe. Furthermore, it is important to know when to consume the protein. Ideally, you should have it post-workout because that’s when your body needs it to recover. Getting the right mixture of carbohydrates with the protein is important too. A ratio of 3 carbs to 1 protein is often see as an ideal amount.

Myth 2: With A Good Diet Supplements Aren’t Needed

This myth is a little optimistic. It basically states that most people know exactly what needs to be eaten in order to get a range of nutrients. However, this is simply not the case and many of us miss out on vital nutrients.

As Muscle And Strength suggests, supplements act as an insurance policy in case you don’t get what you need from your food. For example, if you are struggling to consume the required amount of protein per day, then taking it in the form of a supplement is an easy solution.

Myth 3: When Taking Supplements You Don’t Have To Train As Hard

Some people believe that they can get the gains they need by training less and consuming more supplements. This is not what supplements are all about though. As their name suggests, they are there to supplement your workouts, not replace them.

As this Built Lean article explains, muscle fibers need to be broken down in order for them to grow. Only by working out can you do that, not by taking supplements. Of course, supplements aid the process of muscle growth because they contain the nutrients and proteins that are required for growth, but without the vital workout component, muscle growth will be limited no matter how many supplements you consume.

The bottom line is that you need to focus on your workouts more than on what supplement you are taking.

Myth 4: The Quality Of The Packaging Determines The Quality Of The Supplement

Many workout supplement companies spend more time and money on marketing than on the research needed to create an effective products, as Ask Men reports. Fortunately, there are some high quality supplements out there that have simple packing yet are well above the competition when it comes to quality. One such product is Afterburn Fuel, created by Mike Chang.

When selecting a workout supplement don’t be drawn by the design. Instead, read-up on the ingredients and the reputation of the company. You’ll find that these things are far more important that marketing gimmicks.

Myth 5: If The Science Says It Works, Then It Must Work

Some companies use ingredients based on scientific research that doesn’t really mean anything, and most people don’t know the difference between good and worthless research.

As this Ask Men page suggests, you need to be careful of scientific slant that is used as a marketing ploy to make you think the product has been clinically and scientifically tested. To learn more about this, check out this article by Built Lean, which explains how statistics can be misleading.

Always Ask Questions

Now that you know some of the more common supplement myths, you can begin to see that questioning common knowledge and consensus is to your benefit. Don’t think something is true just because you’ve heard it a few times over the years. Do your own research, ask the important questions.

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