Just a word about nutritional supplements & the confusion surrounding them! To start with – a supplement is just that – a supplement – it is not to replace proper nutrition and hard work! To compare the use & results of nutritional supplements (the legal steroid alternatives) to actual anabolic steroids would be a flat out lie! But at the same time they can & do produce excellent results for many users and you don’t have to worry about the legal consequences if you get caught with them.
While everyone should be aware that results will vary based on genetic factors (rate of protein synthesis, enzyme production, digestive absorption, muscle fiber types, metabolism, etc.) and environmental factors (training intensity, protein & calorie consumption, adequate sleep/rest, stress, etc.), many people will not take these factors into account when judging a product’s effectiveness. Not everyone will experience optimal results from a given product! On the other hand there are many unscrupulous supplement companies that produce products of little value or counterfeit products.
To weed the good products from the bad is becoming more difficult, even for the distributors! Unfortunately, it is usually left to the consumer to spend their hard earned money on a product first to find out if it is effective for them. This is why I invite feedback on products. Your opinion as consumers does count! It does influence my decision to carry a certain product or line of products, and hopefully it will send a message to the unscrupulous supplement manufacturer. With the above in mind, here are a few tips to get the most bang for your buck and to form an honest opinion about a product. Click this article for more details about the Nutritional Supplements.
- Try to control as many of the environmental factors as possible!
- Follow proper nutrition for your goals! If you are taking a product for size & strength gains and trying to gain muscle, consume adequate protein (aim for 1.5 grams of protein per pound of bodyweight per day). Obviously, if you are taking a product to help with fat and weight loss, you must decrease your daily calories. There is no magic pill to reach your goals without the effort!
- Since many of the hormone manipulators (androstenedione, tribulus, 19-norandrostenedione, androstenediol, etc.) rely on enzyme conversions, and many vitamins minerals function as co-enzymes….proper nutrition is essential. You may want to consider a good multiple-vitamin-mineral supplement to insure that you are not deficient (for example – zinc is necessary for the enzyme conversion of androstenedione to testosterone).
- Train with your goals in mind (set realistic goals) and avoid overtraining at all costs.
- Try to get adequate sleep/rest (shoot for 8 hours).
- Try to control outside sources of stress as much as possible.
- Know about the product you are taking!
- Dosages – (from my own experience and opinion) – ocassionally the dosage listed on the product is not best for results. Many supplement companies are notorious for recommending dosages toward the high end (perhaps so you will run out faster and buy more product). Do a little research on preferred dosages – sometimes less is better & sometimes more is needed – find the dosage range that most people see results. Usually (for the majority of products) I recommend starting with the lowest possible dose and if the desired result is not seen – to increase the dosage slowly to the higher end range.
- Know about any special recommendations while taking the product. Such as, whether to take in divided doses, take with food, take on an empty stomach, special diet, water intake, etc. (take for example vandyl sulfate – to get the best results it is recommended to consume a diet high in complex carbohydrates and drink at least 1 to 1.5 gallons of water per day)
- Route of administration – I hesitate to mention this because of the extremes people will go to for results and World Class Nutrition FITNESS PRODUCTS DOES NOT RECOMMEND ALTERNATIVE ROUTES OF ADMINSTRATION , But I have talked to other people who have experimented and received excellent results. (Many of you have probably seen some of the discussions on the internet or in magazines, especially discussions with Dan Duchaine about alternative routes of administration). I personally know of people who say that stomach acid can interfere with the absorption of prohormones and tried different methods to bypass this problem.
Some have recommended taking an antacid (like 1 tablespoon of baking soda or Rolaids, Tums, etc.) right before their dose of prohormones while others rave about intrasnasal administration (I have heard this with pure (single) prohormones only – not the combination products. I have also heard that only 1/10th of the dosage is needed with intranasal administration (10mg intranasally is equivelent to 100mg orally) but most say they use a half capsule at a time for best results right before working out.