Complete a gym session, grab a shower and walk out with a protein shake in hand, but why?
Supplements are exactly what they say on the tin - they are ‘a supplement’. So in laymen terms: 'something that is added to something else in order to complete or enhance it'. So, taking a supplement (for example, a protein shake) after the gym in silo, with no idea of the rest of your diet is pretty much a waste of time and money.
Now don't get me wrong supplements are great and very useful, but there are many aspects that you need to get right before putting your hand in your pocket and buying supplements to consume straight after or immediately before every gym session.
Focusing on your macronutreints and micronutrients, plus water and fibre, as well as meal timing and frequency before diving into the world of supplements is advised. A Blog will follow on each of those aspects!
Of course there are many other supplements as well as Whey Protein. But are they worth it? Do they really do anything? A lot of the time, probably not (especially if not taken correctly) unless of course it's ‘bruv points’ you are after...
Whatever supplement you do buy, there are two key elements that are paramount in considering: the quality and the validity/ effectiveness of the product. Quality isn’t judged by the price - did you know there are only 3 or 4 Whey Protein manufactures in Europe - so they are all much of a muchness, it's buying the brand, packaging - who you like & trust. Just remember all those recognisable sponsored athletes don't come cheap.
In terms of validity and effectiveness, does it add a benefit and is it effective/ worth it?
There are hundreds of supplements in the market, many of which offer no benefit what so ever despite what they may claim. Three of the most common (legal) supplements I have written more on. These focus on looking at validity, product purpose and also dosages - should you incorporate within your diet.