Friday, April 30, 2010

A Few Thoughts About Supplements

Have you ever noticed all the supplement ads out there......."take (insert product name), and lose weight, get ripped, gain muscle, grow hair, grow boobs, look better, get younger, lose belly fat, formulated specifically to help woman lose fat, increase T levels 200%...........without having to do anything else, or change anything about your life"...............really????????

I love it!!  I love the fact the consumers are really stupid enough to believe what they see on TV or read in the magazines, and buy bottle after bottle of powders and pills (most they won't actual use all of).  Just for kicks and giggles look in your own cabinets and pantries and see how many partially used or unused weight lose, or muscle gaining products you have.....come on do it, don't be scared, it will be fun.

I love the fact that our country is so lazy that we would rather spend $100/month on weight loss pills than spend $30/month on a gym membership.  Going to the gym would actually mean people would have to get off their fat lazy asses and put forth effort! Taking a pill is so much better, I can sit on my couch and swallow it down with my favorite soft drink.......so much easier than breaking a sweat! 

I love the fact that people think if they take "such and such" product that they will look like the sexy women and buff guys in the ads.  NEWS FLASH PEOPLE- while yes the fitness models in the magazines might be taking said product, they are also doing a hell of alot more!........... Like, eating healthy, exercising on a daily bases, and working with a professional trainer, just to name a few.  Not to mention that their job depends on them looking fantastic, so they might just be a little bit more motivated than rest of us are.  Oh by they way almost every picture you see in a magazine has been "touched up".  If I touched up a recent photo of myself I could look like I just got done competing in a bodybuilding show..........uhhhh anyone good at photo shopping......let me know.

So now your thinking, man this guy must really hate supplements and have a problem with the supplement industry.  Well if your thinking that, you couldn't be more wrong.  I love supplements!  Love, love, love them!  I take no less than 6-8 supplements on any given day (everything from multi vitamins, protein powders, to glutamine and pre workouts).

So whats with my ranting and raving?  Maybe I was just bored and need something to talk about.........ummmm no.  It's called I have a problem with the misuse and misrepresentation of supplements. 

Dietary supplement- "a product taken orally that contains one or more ingredients (as vitamins or amino acids) that are intended to supplement one's diet and are not considered food" (source- http://www.merriam-webster.com/)

Did you catch that??? ".....intended to supplement one's diet and are not considered food"  So that means you still have to eat the right foods and do all the other things your suppose to in life to be healthy and fit (like exercising, getting plenty of sleep, manage time and stress levels,etc), and yes supplements can help along the way.

So let me make sure I am clear.  Supplements are intended to supplement a healthy diet of lean protein, fresh fruits and veggies, and healthy carb choices.  Oh and don't forget the whole daily exercise things.  See that's not so hard to understand!

Supplements can be a great benefit to peoples health and well being, not to mention play a critical role in helping athletes reach their fitness and performance goals.  Just remember no supplement will take the place of hard work or healthy eating, but they can help you gain the edge that you need, train harder, recover faster, and promote over all good health.

3 comments:

  1. Well said my friend, well said.

    ReplyDelete
  2. Instant gratification is a product of our culture. People will buy that shit as long as labels read, "Turbo Smash T-9000 delivers a sub atomic rush of muscle expanding nano-particles within SECONDS of ingestion! Get mind blowing pumps, last hours in the sack, and lose all your fat in minutes with Turbo Smash T-9000. Buy now!!!!"

    ReplyDelete