So since I started my fitness journey back in April I feel like I’ve come on a long way.
Supplements, such as protein powders, have been a big part of my fitness journey and general lifestyle overhaul. If you’re serious about changing your physique, you know you need to train and eat in the right manner to build new lean muscle mass while burning unwanted fat.
But training hard can deplete your body of vitamins, nutrients and other compounds essential for muscle gain and fat loss. Even with the best diet possible, it can be incredibly tough to get all these vital elements – and that’s where supplements come in.
So what supplements do I use during my training?
Your body needs sufficient quantities of all amino acids in order to maximise muscle growth. Of these, the three branched-chain amino acids (leucine, isoleucine and valine) are most vital. BCAAs are a great source of protein for those who are dieting and counting calories.
Whey is rich in the BCAAs that repair sore muscles and trigger growth. What makes it a particularly useful supplement is its high quantity of leucine (the most potent amino acid) and rapid digestion. It’s ideal pre or post-workout, and can be combined with casein for a meal replacement.
I don’t use protein as a meal replacement but use it as a post-workout treat to help me recover faster. Plus after a good workout I’m usually hungry, so whilst I’m making dinner, this prevents me from snacking on unhealthy treats!
What other supplements can you use to support fat loss?
There are of course, more supplements that you can use to help you along your fitness journey. I don’t use too many but my diet is really clean and lean and I try to get as much of my essential nutrients for food.
But sometimes you may just need a little boost of something!
One of the safest and most-researched supplements available, creatine is vital for aiding short bursts of muscle contraction and explosive power. Great if you’re weight training and doing any strength sports, it is best taken after a session alongside a carbohydrate source.
In northern climates (I mean more northern than Yorkshire haha) that don’t experience a great deal of sunlight during the winter, vitamin D levels can drop dangerously low. Testosterone output, bone density, energy production and overall mood can suffer.
After years of petitioning, UK public health bodies last year finally advised on its supplementation. It’s definitely a supplement that I need to start taking more of, especially in the winter! Vitamin D helps regulate the absorption of calcium for healthy bones and supports your immune system to help you recover quicker.
Just remember you will only get out of it what you put in.
During my fitness journey it has been hard. There have been ups and downs and times where I really have wanted to give up. Wanting to completely overhaul your lifestyle and fitness routine takes a lot of effort and energy.
I’m no fitness expert, nutrition expert and certainly no fitness influencer, but I’ve learned an unbelievable amount over the past three months.
I’ve learned that no matter how hard it gets, pushing through the pain is worth it. That you don’t need to starve yourself to get lean. And that putting in all the effort, really does yield the results you want.
We can’t make changes overnight or even in a week. If you want to do this and sustain it, you need to do it over a longer period of time. Whether it’s to cut fat, lose weight or lean up, anyone can do it if they put their mind to it. If you want to see my latest results, check out my Instagram!