Supplement Like An Athlete: How To Learn Your Own Body

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  1. Kate

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    As you get started with your workout and diet program, one thing that you should be thinking about is the supplementation strategies that you use. If you’re looking to see optimal results, you need to think like an elite athlete.

    These athletes have one priority in mind – performance improvements. They’ll do whatever it takes to get on top of their game and now you need to do the same.

    Supplements can help you succeed as long as you keep the focus on long-term results rather than the quick-fix approach. Where most people run into problems with supplements is when they look for products that will appear to do the work for them.

    Remember, nothing short of hard work is going to help you reach your goals. The sooner you can realize this and put the focus where it needs to be, the sooner you will succeed.
    Let’s look at how athletes supplement so that you can use similar strategies in your own program.

    They Assess Their Diet For Deficiencies

    The very first thing that elite level athletes are doing is looking at their diet and pinpointing any places they may be running into a deficiency. They understand that their body is going to have certain requirements in order to function as it should and they are sure to look at what they may be missing from their food and then add a supplement to make up for it.

    While it’s easy to fall into the trap of looking at supplements that promise fast performance or body composition results, it’s amazing what you can accomplish in terms of results when you simply are meeting all your nutritional goals.

    They Think About Recovery

    The next thing that athletes are doing is thinking about their recovery. They’re looking at supplements that will speed up the rate in which they recover from workout sessions as they know that making a full recovery between workouts is vital for success.

    They’re looking into products such as:
    • glutamine,
    • branched chain amino acids,
    • creatine.
    When used properly, all of these supplements can help decrease the total amount of downtime you have to take away from the gym.

    They Don’t Focus On Gimmicky Product Claims

    The final thing that athletes do that you definitely should be trying to do for yourself is not focusing on gimmicky product claims that some supplements make. While there are definitely products that can enhance fat loss by decreasing your appetite and speeding up your metabolism, don’t fall for a product that guarantees you’ll lose X number of pounds in so many days.

    There are just too many variables to take into account with that to make that sort of guarantee. Athletes know that weight loss is primarily a function of diet, first and foremost.

    If you can keep these points in mind, you can be sure that you are supplementing like an athlete and are headed for results.
    #1 Aug 1, 2012

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