How to Use Sports Supplements

For those wishing to start using sports supplements, here is some advice to get you started.  Above all, you should remember that supplements are never dream cures or fix-alls. They are merely meant to be just what they sound like—supplements—ie a supplemental addition to your diet to replace things you are not getting in your food but that you still need.
First, maintain a healthy diet. No matter how many vitamins,  diet shakes, or pills you take, there is no substitute for high quality, nutritional food. You should be eating plenty of fruits, vegetables, fiber-rich foods, and protein-rich foods to maintain a healthy diet. For more advice on what you should eat while losing weight or muscle-building, ask your GP, a nutritionist, or get some books on the subject.
Next, choose your supplements carefully. Remember to research everything you use. Read the labels thoroughly. Don’t simply take something because you heard it was good or saw it on TV. You should know exactly what you are taking, and why.
Use your sports supplements the way they were meant to be used. Never take more than the packaging indicates, or take two brands of the exact same product just to get more in your system. There is no cheater’s way to a healthy, muscular, or slim body, and overdosing on anything, even something that’s good for you, can be hazardous.
If you are unsure about what kind of sports supplements you should or want to take, ask a pharmacist, your GP, a nutritionist, or someone who works in the health food store. You can also contact companies that sell these products and ask them for advice.
Take care of your body. Eat well and exercise, and remember that there are no miracle cures for big muscles or losing weight. You have to put the work in. Supplements are merely meant as an aid to your exercise regime.

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