Do I Need Nutritional Supplements?
So what the heck is actually in all those colorful bottles and jugs in the nutritional supplement
section of your local gym or health club? More importantly, do they actually work? And if they
do, are they just for athletes or for people trying to lose mass amounts of weight? To address
these questions, let's take a look at a sampling of nutritional supplements from my local gym.
I literally took each bottle off the shelf and inspected the label. Without any further ado, here's
• Fat Burn: Pyruvate
o Pyruvate is basically an intermediate compound in your body's carbohydrate
burning cycle. This carb burning cycle acts like a wheel that spins at certain rate.
The faster the wheel spins, the more carbs you burn. By increasing the amount
of available pyruvate, this supplement would speed up the wheel. When
combined with a low calorie diet, this can be effective, especially if you have a
high carb intake. This supplement would be most useful for individuals trying to
speed up their metabolism without feeling the "overdrive" effect of energy
supplements and caffeine.
• Fat Burn: Thermogenics
o Just as the name implies, thermogenics increase the body's core temperature,
while also stimulating release of fat cells for energy and regulating appetite.
People who are not overly sensitive to caffeine or other central nervous system
stimulants can actually benefit from this boost to the metabolism. Athletes may
also find something like this useful as an ergogenic aid to increase awareness
and conserve the body's carbohydrate stores by burning more fat.
• Carb Resist Formula - HCA
o The primary ingredient in this supplement is hydroxy citric acid. This compound
can help reduce carbohydrate conversion to fat and instead cause formation of
glycogen, your body's storage carbohydrate. This process actually tricks your
brain into thinking that food is present in excess, thereby controlling your
appetite. This would be useful for compulsive eaters or individ