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How to Avoid The Trap Of Incessant Supplement Buying

Aug 17, 2007
There is one thing that people forget about buying supplements for their gym training needs. They cost money. AS stupid as that sounds here's what happens. You buy a supplement on recommendation from your friend. You spend the money, use the supplement until your supply runs out after which time you purchase another supplement that has been recommended to you by another friend during the time you were using the first supplement? What do you do? You think the previous supplement may have worked but you can't really be sure and afterall the new one does sound mighty enticing! So you buy the new supplement and the cycle continues, all the while your hard earned cash is slowly making permanent residence AWAY from your bank account.

In this article we will look at some of the ways to get the most out of your supplement usage after you have made the decision to buy.

Record your results

How can you know if a supplement has worked for you and given you the benefits you wanted if you haven't in a structured way recorded your progress while taking it? You might have even gotten great results but have no idea of it so you discontinue the use of that supplement, OUCH! Keep a workout journal of all your exercises, all your lifts and how they increased. Also make sure to record how you took the supplement, in what dosages on what days at what times. The more accurate your data the better you can assess how well a supplement has helped you. Even better is if you already have a journal that you keep so that you can compare the new results to those that were obtained while not on the particular supplement.

Follow the packets instructions

Not only can this lead to a decrease in the results of a supplement but it can cause problems such as stomach discomfort with certain supplements. Take the supplement exactly as prescribed. Many people take this step for granted but make sure to see whether the product is to be taken only on training days, with a loading phase, after workout or before workout and so on. Not only that but if possible consult with your supplement retailer for any further advice on getting the most out of its use. Sometimes there are things unwritten that have been discovered by users of the product that can enhance its effectiveness that you would otherwise never have known about.

Keep a healthy diet including plenty of water

For the majority of supplements well hydrated muscles and bodily systems are required for the complete assimilation and effect of the supplement to occur. Even the right supplement put into a poorly hydrated or kept host body might yield lesser results. You don't want the good your supplements might do be offset by YOUR crappy health habits. Also, particularly with amino acid complexes make sure your protein levels are regulated with protein supplementation and healthy eating. Amino acids can become toxic in a system starved of protein.

Give it time

Don't expect to see results immediately. Unless the product suggests it definitely don't expect the promised benefit to occur straight away. Give the supplement time to do its thing. If you're recording everything properly you will know anyway how effective it has been and will better be able to make the decision whether or not to continue its use.
About the Author
Gary Stephens is a writer on Bodybuilding Supplements and runs an informational website on the new Muscletech Supplement gakic .

For more information please see http://www.gakicreview.com
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