I’ve tried many, many supplements in my day. My first one was some sort of fat burner that I ordered from an ad in a magazine. It think it was Dr. Sister’s fat burner or something. I was so excited when I got the free sample. On the sample it said 4 pills is all you need to start seeing results! The sample only had 3 and I was too young to own a credit card so I couldn’t order a full dose. I’m sure that was for the best.
Of all the many supplements I’ve tried I’ve settled on 4 which are my favourite. Here they are in no particular order:
For me protein powder is essential. I use it right after my workout and the convenience of it is perfect for a lazy girl like me. I use either Kaizen or Diesel. Both are made from New Zealand whey protein. The reason this is important to me is because New Zealand is held to super strict standards. Their cows are grass fed and raised without hormones or antibiotics. There’s more to it than that but that would be a new post in itself.
I tried A LOT of fat burners. The owner of the supplement store I bought them from called me his Guinee pig because I was in there trying something new so often. Some were good, some not so good. The one I’ve settled on is Onset by Diesel. I really like Onset because it gives me energy without making me feel jittery or nauseous. Also, when showed it to my coach she told me I could keep using it right up until my drug tested competition. This meant that there were no banned substances in it which is super important to me.
I’ve used creatine in the past and when my coach told me to start taking it again for my lean bulking season I didn’t even hesitate. Creatine is great for helping to build and maintain muscle. I’ve used creatine monohydrate before and now I’m using creatine HCL. Both seem to work great for me. I was told that creatine HCL doesn’t seem to cause the water weight gain that creatine monohydrate sometimes does. I’ve actually never noticed any kind of water weight gain with either.
I first tried exogenous ketones about a year ago and quite liked them. I seemed to have more energy and a clearer head. I only use it when my carb intake is super low though such as when I’m cutting. Right now I’m bulking which means I’m eating a lot of carbs. Exogenous ketones do not cancel out carbs – they assist you with getting in and staying in ketosis. If I were to take them now with my high carb diet I’d be throwing money away and ketones are not cheap!
Less Can Be More
As I mentioned, I’ve tried A LOT of supplements and used to take A LOT. Over the years I’ve found what works for me and stick with the tried and true and make sure that my lifestyle supports my supplement choices. It can be tempting to take a bunch of stuff that promises to make you lean and energetic but remember, people who come up with these miracle pills really just want your money. Be picky and if you’re not sure what you need, talk to a pro 😉