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While I am writing this I look outside my window with despair and joy all at the same time. The ‘summer’ has gone but the perfect running weather has started, so even though the sky outside is grey the sky inside me is very blue.
Now onto this month’s topic – supplements.
There has been a huge amount of controversy with regards to this subject in the last few months. The first being the BBC’s documentary and the second being the government’s choice to put VAT on supplements from the 1st October.
These 2 subjects are not exclusive to each other. It is no coincidence that the BBC decides to discredit all supplements only two months before the government adds VAT to them for the first time in this country’s history, especially considering how the government is ‘trying’ to clamp down on this country’s biggest health issue, obesity.
But this is a completely different subject altogether. All I want to concentrate on today is what supplements you should use to maintain a healthy lifestyle and this is not from scientific studies, this is from 20 years of experience and helping people.
The first thing we need is a good protein drink. First of all ladies, you are not going to grow a beard and arms bigger than Mr. Schwarzenegger. Your bodies do not work like that. Gents also please do not expect these results either. What they will do however is provide you with a healthy. Balanced meal replacement that will curb your appetite and give you more than enough nutrients to help your body recover from a hard workout or just take that eating plan to the next level without going over your calorie intake. Just remember to get a good Whey protein with low carbs, that way you can mix it with milk for extra protein and calcium. You should be taking 1 gram of protein per pound of body weight. If you work this out with your servings you will maintain your muscle mass while still losing body fat.
Secondly you need to supplement your diet with your good fats. If you go to June and July’s issues of Inspired you will see that these are split into two parts; Omega 3’s and CLA. Now these together will help release stubborn fat while also stopping you taking on more fat. The only difference between them is that Omega 3 comes from fish and CLA comes from meat. You can buy these in 1000mg capsules and you will need to take 3000mg of each every day.
Now I have only taken these supplements for years now and I have maintained a body fat level of 5-7%. Personally I do not feel that you would need anything else as supplements are the same as any new piece of technology; they are the greatest thing since sliced bread….till the new one comes out.
Stick with the basics guys and I promise you won’t go wrong.
If you need any advice on any kind of supplementation then please don’t hesitate to get in touch, you will always get a reply to any email you send.
Until next month…Stu