I have seen at least three or four posts in recent weeks relating to questions about the latest miracle supplement. Seems like there are many looking for a short cut on the way to a muscular body. It has always been that way, and I suppose that it always will be so. Many want a short cut to success, or just some substance that will kick them up to the next level. Unfortunately, what the consumer is usually buying is pure hype!
On occasion there really is an innovative breakthrough, such as creatine was several years back (Biotest also has some amazing products). However, in most cases the latest “miracle supplement” is usually just another way for unscrupulous supplement companies to remove your money from your wallet legally, and give you nothing of substance in return.
Many of you may not be old enough to remember yestardays “miracle supplements.” Unfortunately, I remember many of them. Heck, I can even remember when Bodybuilders had slim waistes, abs and could actually perform athletic feats, but that’s another post. Allow me a quick stroll down super supplement memory lane.
Any of you heard about the latest supplements that were “guaranteed” to slap pounds of muslce on your body? Yohimbe, Inosine, Boron, Chromium, Vanadyl Sulfate. More recently HMB and Glutamine have taken center stage. The heck with naming them one at a time. How about one product that has it all? Hot Stuff anyone? It had “over 29 other ingredients, including Codonopsis Lanceolata.” I wonder why they didn’t just say it had 30 or 31 other ingredients? I guess saying that it had “over 29 ingredients” passed the marketing test.
How about “Ultra Pro” here was a supplement that would surely launch you to the next level. After all, it was based on “the principal of bio-symbiosis.” No huh? Well what about it’s Orthomolecular Growth Facilitatiors? Sounds like the ticket right? Well, it sounded like the ticket to all of the guys who were eager to pay up and “GET HUGE!”
Hype and lot’s of it. Don’t get me wrong certain supplements through the years have stood the test of time. There are some legitimate supplement companies. As I have already stated, Biotest has put out some tremendous quality products, as have some others.
The point of my post is this: Occasionally, there are new supplements created by quality companies that actually meet or even at times exceed the preceeding advertising which creates the market for their product. However, one thing that you might want to keep in mind, Caveat Emptor! For those who are not up on their Latin it simply means: Let The Buyer Beware! My Mother used to say it another way: “Paper refuses no ink.” In other words almost anyone can say almost anything about their product. It’s up to you to figure out if you want to believe it or not.
When you get tired of searching for that one substance that will finally catapult you to the next level you have a choice. Consume one gram of Protein for every pound of body weight. Stick to the basics: Deadlifts, Squats, Pull-ups, Presses etc. And make sure to get at least eight hours of sleep per night. It’s not glamorous and it’s certainly not fast, but it does work. And that’s not hype!