So often I'll get comments, DMs, and/or emails that look something like this: "hey! I want to get in shape, what supplements do you recommend?"
The first question to ask if you want to get in shape should NOT be about supplements. You.do.not.NEED.supplements to reach your fitness goals. Yes, I'm a sponsored athlete with a supplement company, but I will never tell you that you need something when you don't. Supplements are a luxury and something you should focus on later on - think of them at the cherry on top. -
Want to get in shape? First, check your diet. You need to be fueling your body properly based on your goals. If you want to lose fat, you need to be in a calorie deficit and/or negative energy balance. Want to build muscle? You need to be in a slight calorie surplus. Just want to get healthier? Focus on eating Whole Foods (foods in their most natural state). Make small changes - Eat lots of veggies, get lean protein consistently through the day (plant or not), eat healthy fats, and complex carbs. Eat good, feel good.
Next, check your training. You want to follow a proper training program based on your goals focusing on progressive overload. You want a mix of strength, hypertrophy, and endurance. Incorporate compound movements (squat, deadlifts, hip thrust, overhead press, chest press) and also accessory work. Work each muscle group 2x per week at least. Incorporate cardio as you please for heart health.
Diet, training, sleep, stress, etc are all more important, but after all of those are in check then you can think about supps. I personally like protein powder for the convenience and taste, but of course you can get all of your protein from whole food sources. I also always take creatine, and the others (pre workout, high volume, etc) are just because I like them and they help with the energy and pump. Examine.com is a great resource if you're unaware of some supplements and what they are, what they do, etc. Supplements are NOT magic pills, remember that! Like them and want to take them? Great, do it! But they won't magically do the work for you.
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