10 Myths About Workout Supplements [free infographic]
There are plenty of myths out there about workout supplements – like whether they’re good for you or not, how much is too much, or what the possible side effects are. But don’t let what you’ve heard from the guy on the elliptical next to you at the gym discourage you. Get the truth behind 10 common myths about workout supplements with this graphic.
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Myth #1: Supplements Are A Waste Of Money
The Truth: The are plenty of supplements on the market today that are good for you, your health and your overall physical performance. With so many good options out there it can be tempting to go with just any old product but be aware that some products have exaggerated claims. Be cautious and do research before selecting your supplements.
Myth #2: All Supplements Are Made The Same
The Truth: Depending on the company some supplements have to go through different standard procedures and quality control. This means that although you may think 2 products are the same based on the labeling, the results could vary based on the production process. A lot of companies sacrifice quality ingredients so they can lower the price. When you’re shopping for supplements, go for quality over low cost.
Myth #3: Supplements Are The Same As Steroids
The Truth: At their core, supplements are designed to work in conjunction with your natural body chemistry whereas Steroids are artificial substances.
Myth#4: Only Professionals Should Use Supplements
The Truth: Supplements are for everyone (well almost). It depends what your goals are but supplements can help anyone whether you’re trying to lose weight, gain muscle or just improve your overall nutrition.
Myth #5: Supplements Do All The Work
The Truth: Supplements exist as an aid. They are not a replacement for your own workout plan or exercise. Supplements are great for helping you achieve your goals. They can get you there faster and in a more stable fashion but they by no means do all the work for you. Make sure you align your supplement intake with what you are trying to achieve. Different supplements help with different disciplines.
Myth #6: Supplements Can Replace A Nutritional Diet
The Truth: Supplements are a great way to round out your daily nutritional intake but they are by no means a replacement for a regular diet. Natural food should always be your primary resource for dietary and nutrition requirements but if you cannot get what you need from food or if you lack the time, supplements can be an excellent aid.
Myth #7: Supplements May Cause Side Effects
The Truth: Most ingredients of supplements already exist naturally in the food we eat and in our own bodies. Any side effects caused by supplements are minimal.
Myth #8: Everyone’s Experience With Supplements Is The Same
The Truth: Of course this is not true. Everyone’s body is different, everyone’s workout routine is different and the way each one of us uses supplements can differ immensely. The best course of action is to find what works for you and keep doing it. Take advice from others with a grain of salt and don’t think just because it worked for them that it will work for you.
Myth #9: Creatine Causes Kidney Damage
Truth – Because of its popularity as a performance boosting supplement, creatine use has been extensively studied. Creatine has been shown to be safe and non-toxic for use by individuals with healthy kidney function.
The Truth: Creatine has been carefully studied and observed lately because of its rapid growth in popularity. As of now Creatine has proven to be safe and non-toxic for use by anyone with healthy kidneys.
Myth #10: Our Body Produces Enough Omega-3 Fatty Acids On Its Own
The Truth: Our bodies produce NO Omega-3 fatty acids. Because of this they are essential to a healthy diet. There are supplements like Fish Oil that are great for getting your fatty acids and a lot of athletes who are on a low calorie diet need this kind of supplement.
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