First I believe in supplements — if they work and do no harm. That narrows the field real fast.
If you have taken any supplement you will probably agree with my position that you can’t know it will deliver as promised until you test it yourself. That’s easy to accept, but you might not accept the rest of my evaluation process.
- First stop taking any other supp that claims to deliver the same benefits as the new one.
- Give yourself at least a two week clean-out before starting the new supp.
- Take the new supp for at least two weeks and preferably one month to see if you get any benefits you are hoping to get. If you did then go to the next step.
- Next do a one month clean-out and then repeat steps two and three to see if you get the same results the second time. If you do then decide if it’s worth the money.
Actually that’s not very scientific as research goes, but it is wiser to evaluate a supp before pouring dollars into it for months or years. Many were the times I didn’t do it that way, and that is money I will never get back.
Of supplements, the placebo effect, and the fitness lifestyle
Always keep in mind that the placebo effect can influence how a person feels related to drugs and lifestyle changes.
Supplements should be thought of as lifestyle changes, even when the so-called physique improvers are deceptively marketed as if they are incredibly potent drugs.
There also is good potential for your fitness lifestyle to give you a better reading when you take a new supplement. That’s because gym rats and fitness geeks / geeketes most likely are taking better care of themselves and eating considerably more cleanly than ever, which makes you feel better and better the longer you continue the lifestyle, And you feel so good it’s easy to give the credit to the supplement(s).
More dollars than sense
How much have you spent on supplements? A supplement being anything from creatine and protein powders to stuff marketed as guaranteed to boost hormone levels.
Obviously a person taking a supp being marketed as a hormone booster needs a reality check. Even if the stuff works you are playing with dynamite if you are trying to jack your testosterone or estrogen or DHEA … or whatever. Quadruple the danger if you are buying from some guy selling it in a plastic bag on ebay.
I have spent a couple — no, make that several thousand dollars on supplements over the past decade. Some were fitness-related, some health-related, and some aging and aesthetics-related. A few have worked for me, but most have not. That doesn’t mean they would give you the same results whether good or not.
We all are carbon-based life forms, but we are not identical and what works for one of us may have the opposite result for another person.
If you think I sound like I might be credible, you should look at the next article to come in which I’ll tell you about the most recent supplement I tested and found to be worth telling my close fitness friends about.
This supplement might help with your physique, improve your sense of well being, and work on some of those annoying aches and pains fitness athletes tend to have. Ever notice how many people in your gym walk around rubbing sore spots?
Remember to have an annual physical. Information presented by Thomas Amshay is not meant to replace your health care team.