Ripped abs, jacked biceps, robust thighs - this is what you may expect once you start hitting the gym. However, even after three, six, eight months, you may feel like your body is not looking as muscular as you expected it to be. Now, where is the catch? Queue, supplements.
Dietary additives are specifically designed to make each training session of yours even more fruitful. How the supplements work is that it stimulates the muscles on two fronts - energy cognitive and prolonged stimulation of muscles. Both the effects are goal centred and allow the muscle cells to remain hydrated during and after training. Anupama Menon, a Bangalore-based nutritionist and food coach, says, “Supplements if taken for the right reasons and at the right dose, will only help the body to achieve better balance and efficiencies. Due to land degradation, topsoil has reduced and so has the nutritional potency of our produce. And hence supplements help us achieve what we may not always be able to balance and suffice with the food we eat.”
Do supplements have a negative effect on the body? “It’s a myth that supplements have negative effects, if done in the right manner, it will help
correct nutritional deficiencies and remember, the damage that nutritional deficiencies, hormonal imbalances and inflammation can cause, especially if they stay not corrected will far override any possible damage the intake of supplements will cause,” Anupama adds.
“Drink water as a rule. All the cells and enzymes in your body need water to metabolise food and maintain integrity. So if you do provide enough water to your body, your metabolism will be high, of course keeping other factors in minds such as mindful eating and exercise,” the nutritionist adds. More focus, more concentration in every single repetition, the supplements may enable you to be better focused on your efforts at the gym. You can also muster as many fibres as possible with greater concentration and psychophysical energy.