The Basics on Supplements

6
Aug

The Basics on Supplements

You’ve decided to take that first step on your fitness journey! CONGRATULATIONS! We are headed in the right direction! You know that you need to exercise and eat right, but what about supplements? Should you use them? What are the pros and cons? 

Well, in today’s article, we are going to go over everything you need to know about supplementation and whether it is important to reaching your goals!

Let’s review some very popular supplements in the fitness journey and go over what they do and how to use them, so next time you are here at the gym or at a nutrition store, you know exactly what to do!

  1. Protein Supplements (Bars & Shakes)

Probably the most well known and most used supplement is protein powder! It’s common knowledge that protein is important for building muscle and losing fat, but should you be getting it in powder form? 

Firstly, it’s important to understand that protein powder and bars are essentially just food, and your body reacts very similarly to protein from powder or from a piece of chicken. However, the great thing about supplementing protein is the convenience! If you don’t want to spend the time cooking chicken or turkey, or need to get in the remaining amount of protein for the day, bars and shakes are a great option.

 Another benefit of shakes is the aid with dietary restrictions. For example, if you don’t eat meat for moral reasons or have trouble getting enough protein from being a vegetarian, shakes and bars are an excellent option! 

HIT Fit offers both high quality shakes and Quest protein bars to consume before your workout, after or anytime during the day! Check out OUR PROTEIN ARTICLE to learn more about the benefits of protein!

  1. Branch Chain Amino Acids

Many of you probably have heard of this one, but many of you may have not. Branch chain amino acids (or BCAAs) are defined as the building blocks of protein. Supplement companies will extract the amino acids from protein sources such as milk or meat and put those in powder or liquid form. 

BCAAs can help with performance during exercise while helping with recovery and muscle soreness!  It’s important to note that the greater caloric deficit you are in, the more effective BCAAs are to preserving muscle mass when losing body fat. Our Fit Aid drinks contain the essential amino acids perfect for sipping during your workout or drinking after for a post workout supplement! 

Ask about our fit aids during your next visit! Check out this HEALTHLINE ARTICLE to learn more benefits of BCAA’s!

  1. Caffeine

You know this one! Caffeine is one of the most widely used supplements in the world. Caffeine can be consumed through various forms such as coffee, energy beverages and caffeine pills. 

Studies show that the consumption of caffeine can increase daily calorie expenditure by causing an increase in NEAT (non exercise activity thermogenesis). NEAT is all the activity you do when not exercising such as mowing the lawn, tapping your foot or getting up to use the restroom. While this can help with reaching your fat loss goals, caffeine tolerance is different for everyone. 

Speak with your doctor or nutritionist before beginning the consumption of caffeinated beverages. 

  1. Fat Burners

You’ve probably heard of a lot of companies that promote the use of fat burners. However, fat burners are not something people should solely rely on to reach their goals. In order to lose fat, you need to be eating less calories than you are consuming, regardless of whether you are taking a fat burner or not. 

Although there are some medically tested fat burners that have a thermic effect (increases calories out), your nutrition and exercise is always going to be the determining factor! In fitness, THERE IS NO QUICK FIX MAGIC PILL! Results come from proper exercise and eating! 

Our fitness coaches can help guide you in the right direction on your exercise and eating habits in order to reach your goals! 

If you feel like you need more one-on-one coaching with a trainer, visit this LINK HERE to learn about our SEMI-PRIVATE TRAINING PROGRAM! 

HIT Fit is dedicated to providing our members with genuine and truthful information. We WANT to see results! 

Our community is our #1 priority and we want to make sure your time and money is invested in the right gym, workouts, nutrition and supplements!

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