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About my supplement intake.

Thursday, January 18, 2007 by  
Filed under Daily Blog

January
18
2007

I was recently asked by a forum member about my supplement intake:

“I was looking at your cutting diet and noticed a large percentage of your daily nutrition is actually supplements. I wanted to ask if you had ever cut/bulked with no supplements at all ie completely naturally, and if so have you seen very big advantages in adding them.”

I thought this was a good question because a cursory glance at my current food log can leave one with the impression that I’m taking a lot of supplements – especially if that person is not familiar with some of the stuff I’m taking. Here is my reply. I hope this helps clear up some potential confusion about my supplement intake!

“Actually, if you take a close look at my supplement intake you’ll find that everything I’m taking is very natural and healthy. I’m taking L-Glutamine, Creatine, a multi-vitamin, EFAs (Essential Fatty Acids), BCAAs (Branch Chain Amino Acids) and waxy maize. Every single thing there is 100% naturally occurring. There are no chemicals or man-made substances.

So it’s my opinion that right now I’m cutting completely naturally!

Even though (as you can see) I eat a very healthy and natural diet, these supplements are beneficial because they aid in recovery, help me maintain my muscle mass and they provide me with additional nutrients that I need while in a caloric deficit (cutting). I don’t take anything like fat burners, testosterone boosters, pre-workout energy boosters, cortisol blockers or other potentially dangerous compounds.

Good nutrition and whole foods form the foundation of my diet. Without that, supplements are useless. The supplements help, but are certainly not required (with the possible exception of the multivitamin).”

I think it’s important that people realize that supplements are not a magic bullet. As I mentioned above, they do help, but without a rock-solid foundation of proper diet and hard training they are useless. 95% of my progress comes from diet and training alone. The carefully selected supplements I’m taking only serve to reinforce everything else I’m doing.

If you are just starting out, the best thing you can do is forget about supplements (with the possible exception of a good multi-vitamin). Train hard, get your diet tight and stay dedicated. You’ll see amazing results. As you become more advanced, supplements can help you “polish the diamond”, but they are certainly not required.

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