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5 Reasons to Take Supplements (and When you Never Should)

Learn more about what you should and should not be taking.

Check out these 5 reasons to take supplements, and learn about the times when you never should. Jeff from Athlean X explains more.

5 Reasons to Take Supplements

“One of the most common questions asked is whether someone needs to take supplements in order to build muscle and see results.  It is a good question and one that has two completely different answers depending on the person asking it.  In this video, I explain to you 5 reasons you need to take supplements and when you never should take them.  If you can’t deal with brutal honesty however, I would advise you not to watch, as some feelings may be hurt.”

5 Reasons to Take Supplements

“To determine whether or not you are a candidate for supplementation you have to start with your experience level and current condition.  If you are just starting out and are relegated to lifting 5 pound dumbbells for most of your exercises, you are likely not ready for supplements.  You can gain far more benefits focusing on building up your strength and foundation while learning proper form and the best way to train than with stuffing your face with supplements.”

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5 Reasons to Take Supplements

“The same can be said if you have allowed your diet and nutrition to put you grossly overweight.  Supplements are not your savior.  You first must figure out how to rededicate yourself to your nutrition so that you can lose enough weight to make supplements a viable part of the discussion once again to take you and your results to the next level.”

5 Reasons to Take Supplements

“Next you have to ask yourself if you are motivated enough to take supplements.  Some people view supplementation as a way to be lax with the rest of their fitness and nutrition plan.  They figure that as long as they are taking the supplements that they don’t have to worry much about everything else.  Couldn’t be further from the truth.  On the other hand, sometimes the act of supplementing makes you much more accountable for the rest of your actions.  In this case, it can be a great advantage to helping you stay on track.”

5 Reasons to Take Supplements

“If stress is a big part of your life, be it from your work or family, supplements can become even more necessary to help keep you on track and combat that.  We all know that proper nutrition and fueling can go a long way towards helping your body fight fatigue and breakdown.  If stress is heavy in your life then you would particularly want to look into supplements to help keep you healthy and consistent with your nutrition in the face of schedule disruption.”

“Finally, ask yourself if you think that you can get all the benefits of supplements from food alone.  If you think so, I can tell you in most cases you are wrong.  For instance, there is simply no practical way to get as much creatine as you would need to experience its benefits from food alone.  I said practical.  Sure, you may be able to do it in theory, but when you consider the roadblocks that I present to you in the video you quickly realize this won’t work.”

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