Supplements? What are they? Who needs them? 
   Supplement : Something added to complete a thing, make up for a deficiency, or extend  or strengthen the whole.  So what does this have to do with being in shape? Or loosing weight? Or gaining muscle? 
  When it comes to weight loss, or gaining muscles, there are countless supplements, or products promising to get you to your goals. DO these really work? or are they just a way for companies to make money.  In my opinion, supplements are very important for supporting the work you do in the gym. 
   So who needs supplements? And what kind should one take?  That really depends on your goals.  There are supplements for fat loss, and gaining muscle. You do not need to take an arsenal of products to be lean and in shape. Although you do need to supplement your nutrition to support your work done in the gym. 
\  So now we are down to what You should be supplementing. This comes back to your goals. THe majority of people working out do so to lose fat, and eaither add muscle mass, or lean out.  So what supports this?  Carbohydrates are the major source of enrgy, and protien is the major source of supporting and repairing muscle. So these two nutrients are a definate need in our diets. How much?  This is widely discussed, and widely differnt in everyones opinion.
   Protien should be taken at every meal.  You should take in 1 to 1.5 grams of protien per lean body weight a day. Somtimes a little more if hitting the weights really hard. Carbohydrates are a touchy subject by all. Depending on your goals, this amount could be highly differnent for each of us.  When I am training to lose fat, I tend to drop my amount of carb intake, and only take them pre and post workout, to support what i am about to do, and just done.  Now how do we get the right amount of carb and protien in each meal?  This is where supplementaion comes in. 
  Protien shakes, and meal replacement bars are a wonderful key to use, when trying to get the right amount of protien in each meal.. Whey protein is a good choice, It is easily digested, and easy to carry with to the gym.  You should always have protien ready for after each workout. So By now you should know that supplements are very important to all of us ..

  If you have any specific questions on supplements, email me at Brittafoster@aol.com I would love to share my knowledge with you  :)



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