Nutrition and Supplements
In the mainstream world we live in today, there is a lot of information flooding our lives on a daily basis. Not all information provided is legitimate, especially when it comes to sales and marketing. The health and fitness industry is no exception to this hype. The same is true when it comes to defining what nutrition and supplements are and are not.
When deciding which supplements to use, you should already have decided on your nutritional goals. Dietary supplements, while very helpful, come last on the list. In brief, the list is as follows:
Set your fitness goals and what you want in the next six months.
Adjust your diet to meet the needs of your fitness goals
Design or hire someone to create a workout tailored just for you.
Commit to your goals and implement them with enthusiasm!
Carefully select quality (healthy) supplements that support your efforts.
Let’s now define nutrition in relation to dietary supplements.
Dietary supplements depend on the diet
Think about the terms “nutrition” and “supplements” for a minute. Any doctor will attest that diet is key. It is the basis for energy and a healthy lifestyle. So the first thing you need to plan is your food intake.
Supplements are just that; additions or additions. Dietary supplements complement what you are already doing as a healthy lifestyle. They fill in the blanks when you cheat or don’t eat as well as you should. They should never replace nutrition. When you replace your diet with a supplement, you take something away from your body when you shouldn’t.
The next time you’re in a store or online, take a look at the types of supplements companies sell and you’ll find a label that says “Supplement Facts” or something similar. The ingredients in the product have standards called Daily Values. These vitamins, minerals and nutrients have daily values or recommended daily intakes. Nutrients are “a substance that provides nourishment essential for growth and daily maintenance.” Diet does the same thing. So unless we have the right diet paired with the right supplementation, we cannot support a healthy lifestyle; let alone a sporting program.
Because of this, some supplements (considering they are of high quality) tend not to work in humans. You can’t expect to run on supplements alone. However, when you balance diet and supplements, you will balance your body. You will see the results you want and experience the effectiveness of the supplement.
The rule of thumb is that if you take care of your body, your body will take care of you.
Thanks to Robert H Robinson