Discover the Best Weight Training Supplements for Natural Muscle Gain

Let’s get one thing straight before we start: supplements really means to supplement, not to replace.

Proper diet takes care of most of your muscle growing needs; weight training supplements come in when you want a little boost in performance or an occasional meal replacement.

If you look back into the history of weight training it is full of athletes with fantastic physiques. What did they have for weight training supplements? They didn’t have any.

At the start of the century, they just ate loads of chicken, fish, beef, milk, eggs and vegetables. That was the magical elixir of the day.  That’s where we suggest you start from for the best results.

If you are feeling the urge to step it up, we will show you a few very basic and worthwhile weight training supplements that can boost your results without destroying the stuff inside your wallet.

Why Most Weight Training Supplements Are Useless

It’s easy to get lost in the hype of the great marketing. I must admit I’ve done that myself many times.  Glamorous marketing, a few nice graphs and on top of that a nice series of articles leading to the sale. Cost me thousands of dollars, what about you?

If you feel drawn to buying something new, make sure it’s not at the expense of the basics. Good quality food comes first; if you are choosing between grass fed beef or a flashy pill bottle go for the beef.

I for one enjoy the experimentation when I can afford it. But that’s all it is, a luxury.

Most of the time when something magical hits the market the chance of it being worth the money is slim to none.  Especially when you compare using that money for high quality food and some basic weight training supplements.

Just keep in mind that 80-90% of your results come from a good, clean diet and smart training. The most you can hope for with supplements is a 10 to 20% increase in your results.

This is assuming your diet and exercise is already perfectly dialed in.

Breaking It All Down With Common Sense

It all comes down to common sense; research and experience has proven this countless times.

What your body really needs is the amino acids from protein and healthy fats.

Drink enough water.  You all know that one right? It’s still important.

Make sure you get a good source of salt like himalayan rock salt or sea salt; this will provide you with important electrolytes and trace minerals. Yes, good salt is good for you, but bad salt is not.

A good balance of minerals and vitamins are a must.  Pop that multivitamin to make sure. No, not just a Kmart or Costco multivitamin, for this, get a real good one.

After that comes proper rest, eight hours of solid sleep or more to recover from training.

Almost all of the basic weight training supplements fit into one of the above categories. As the name implies, they supplement your diet.

The Scientifically Backed Weight Training Supplements

There’s not a lot of money to be made in the basic weight training supplements, which is why you see a lot of hyped up, unproven products on the market grabbing for your attention.

However, from my experience, the best weight training supplements are very simple, and often relatively cheap.

Most of these supplements have been around for tens of years and have gotten must have ratings from doctors, researchers and sports coaches.

Below is a list of basic supplements you need to focus on first before you even consider any flashy exotics.

Here are a few of the essentials:

1. Whey and Casein Protein Powder

This is one of those must haves.  Why you ask? Simple, muscle is made out of protein, if you want to build more. You must have enough to build from. These are two different kinds of milk protein concentrates that add pure protein to your diet.  Aim towards 0.7 to 1 g/lbs.  of body weight a day. What about fancy expensive proteins? After they are digested, they are just as good or actually worse than the cheaper ones. Just look at the protein percentage and get a cheap one, but not too cheap 😉

2. A High-Quality Multivitamin

This really is the ABCDE of nutrition.  The unsung hero of weight training supplements.  If our basic vitamin needs aren’t met to quickly develop deficiency diseases. This is one of the easiest things to maintain, buy a high-quality multivitamin and make sure. As an added bonus, good formulas often contain added herbal antioxidants that are proven to help keep you healthy.

3. Omega-3 Fish Oil.

This is the superstar when it comes to food supplements.  It will help you lose fat and gain muscle. Why is that? Fish oil allows the cells of your body to absorb more nutrition, protects you from injury by reducing inflammation, keeps your nervous system in top shape and protects you from cancer.

We recommend you get molecularly distilled fish oil, that will make sure it doesn’t have any contaminants. Pop anywhere from two to four grams a day, and you’re good to go.

4. Creatine Monohydrate

This is the best and most effective natural performance enhancers out there. Creatine monohydrate has almost as many health benefits as fish oil. It is also one of the few basic supplements that add instant gratification to your workouts. After just one or two weeks of taking 3 to 5 g a day you will be lifting more, recovering faster and have fuller muscles.

What about fancy versions of creatine? I would say that double the cost for less than double the effect is a bad deal. Save your money and stick with regular creatine.

5. Vitamin D.

Even the FDA, which has been slow to respond to recent research says that most of us are greatly deficient in vitamin D. Especially in winter times when we don’t get enough sunlight to produce it naturally.

How much you need depends on your body. The best way would be to get your vitamin D levels checked, but not everyone is up for that, so start off with 2,000 IU per day and see how you feel. Oh, and remember to get Vitamin D3 and not D2.

This vitamin is especially important for your immune system, nerves and bones.  Remember, weight training is not just about muscles, all of you have to develop and grow.

Simple. Effective. Muscle Growth.

The truth, and this is something most muscle building websites won’t tell you, is that you don’t need most weight training supplements.

In fact, you would do just fine by only using a multivitamin, fish oil, and a vitamin D supplement. The reason is because most people are deficient in many nutrients, essential fats, and especially vitamin D, and deficiencies are not only bad for muscle growth, but dangerous for your long-term health.

Your body is fully capable of growing and adapting very fast when you’ve filled your nutritional gaps.  You can probably see how most exotic and flashy supplements are useless if your basic needs aren’t met first.

The protein powders, creatine, and other supplements are there to boost the results you are already getting, but in order to get results, your foundation has to be in place, which means eat healthy, rest well, and relax.

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