When I first started bodybuilding & lifting weights, I used to obsess with supplements and protein powders. I used to spend a lot of money on them month after month. I used to believe supplements and protein powders were the way to go in order to get ripped and get big muscle. Now I avoid supplements and protein powders like the plague and I don’t do that shit anymore.
I agree with Scoob 100% that so many bodybuilders and other types of lifters are so brainwashed into thinking that supplements are the way to go. A lot of them have so many chemicals in them that can be dangerous for your body, anyway. Some of them can be loaded with sugars and they can make you fat as well.
Since I gave up supplements completely, I now prefer to build muscle from real food. Eating good and clean is not hard. To get protein all you need to do is eat that from meats like chicken breast, pork, steak, ground turkey, fish, etc. When it comes to chicken and protein, the only chicken you want is chick breast. You want to stay away from fried chicken, chicken legs, bbq chicken, chicken wings, etc. ’cause they are too fatty. Chicken breast is the best way to go. Another good protein source is a few dairy products like lowfat cottage cheese and greek yogurt which I also eat a lot of. Get protein from eggs or egg whites as well.
You still need your good carbs ’cause you don’t want to eat just a high protein diet only… you gotta have your complex carbs like fruits, vegetables and whole grains which I eat a lot of.
You also need your good fats like nuts (preferably almonds), avocado and natural peanut butter.
It’s not hard to eat clean at all and what I listed above is all you pretty much need. I eat a mostly clean nutrition and from mostly real food.
I do have cheat meals ’cause you don’t want to avoid junk food completely ’cause you gotta have balance. I don’t go too crazy with junk food. Only junk food I still like to have is ice cream, sometimes fast food, chinese and pizza. I also consider Cliff Bars a cheat meal ’cause I like those too.
I hate that so many lifters and gym goers are so naive into thinking that supplements are the way to go. The reason so many buy a lot of supplements and brainwashed by it ’cause of sites like bodybuilding.com and tnation that does nothing but ram supplements down our throats. The same with the muscle and bodybuilding magazines that are out there, they promote supplements heavily too.
Another reason I stopped buying supplement’s ’cause they are overpriced. They can be pretty costly around $25 – $35 or over and I can’t afford to buy them on a monthly basis when I run out. What’s even crazier is that you’ll see a lot of lifters using more than one supplement product which is dangerous for your body, in my opinion.
I can’t take supplements anyways ’cause my doctor gave me orders to stop using them for my own health reasons which I will not get into details about. That’s okay, though ’cause supplements are a waste of time and money.
The only supplement I need for my workouts is a nice hot cup of green tea and drink cold water throughout the day which I do both of those.
I agree with Scoob, “Eat Real Food”. Finally, Scoob posted a great video which I agree with totally on. You can still build some serious muscle by eating real food. I’ve been doing it and it works wonders for me. You should try it too.