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While there’s no “magic pill” that instantly transforms you into a muscle-bound hulk, it’s true the right natural supplements improve your performance. And you do make some gains in your body that you wouldn’t otherwise get.
At the same time, there’s plenty of myths and misinformation out there. You may have plenty of skepticism as you look at various workout supplements and the claims their marketing makes.
That simply makes you a smart consumer.
So what’s some of the less-than-true information that spreads around?
Here are some of the leading workout supplementation myths you undoubtedly encounter:
1. Sports Drinks Hydrate? Eh, Not So Much…
Think of your favorite sports drink. Or think of any sports drink you know. They claim to hydrate and replenish like no other beverage can.
There’s some truth to that. Back when they were initially invented (around 50 years ago), they could replenish electrolytes better than anything else available.
However, they also have a ton of sugar. Actually, about 2/3 that of soda. Water rehydrates you fine.
And you can replenish your electrolytes without the sugar by eating bananas, dates, raisins, and avocado.
2. Supplements Replace Healthy Habits Like Eating Right, Exercising, and Getting Enough Sleep
Supplements do magnify the benefits of real food…but they don’t replace it. Don’t be tempted to think you can skip getting magnesium through any natural means and simply compensate with supplementation.
Supplements work their best when not enough of the vitamin or mineral can be consumed through healthy food.
3. Taking Way Too Many Supplements
Supplements fill the gaps in your diet. Many times, you simply could benefit by eating a steak and sweet potatoes.
Finding the right cocktail of supplements does not instantly turn you into a massive powerhouse. It only improves what you already have.
A subpar diet with superior supplementation gets outperformed by a mastered diet with no supplementation.
4. Having Unrealistic Expectations
Let’s say you have realistic expectations about supplements’ ability to improve your performance.
But let’s say you want to look like your favorite professional athlete…or you want to be like the celebrity you see advertising your favorite supplement on TV.
You may be able to achieve similar results. But remember, that person likely spent years creating the overall lifestyle that helped them get that look.
Buying a few new supplements won’t get you there. They can help. But you really need an overall lifestyle and strong commitment to living that way for the rest of your life to look similar.
Does This Sound Odd Coming from a Company Who Sells Supplements?
You might find it strange that we downplay the role of supplements.
Well, we do that to show you their reality.
Many companies make their money by leading you from one supplement to another, promising greater results each time.
Once you realize that’s not how it works, you may still use supplements.
They’ll take a diminished role in your overall lifestyle – but you’ll get the results you want.