I’m pretty skeptical about most supplements, and currently use only a very basic set:
Low Carb Metabolic Drive
Fish Oil (Flameout)
I’m currently cutting, and fat loss will remain my primary goal for a while yet. I’m considering adding an additional supplement to see if I get better results. My calories, protein intake, and workouts are under excellent control at the moment, so I should be able to tell the difference if any. Here are the three items I’ve considered so far:
Surge - A no brainer if I was bulking, but I’m relatively carb sensitive (in a bad way) and I’m not sure I want to add all that sugar and calories while dieting down. Authors I’ve read seem to have mixed opinions on this issue.
HOT-ROX - My prior experiences with fat burners, including HOT-ROX have been poor, however I never previously had my diet dialed in like I do now. Reviews I’ve read seem to indicate that some experience great results, others see none, with many using very poor methodology in their evaluations.
Last time I felt very strong effects for the first three days then very little afterwards, but my tracking and diet compliance were mediocre at best and those are vastly improved now.
- BCAA’s - While usually I’d rather just eat natural protein sources like steak or chicken, my peri/post workout routine could use improvement. I currently just drink half a protein shake before and after my workout, which I know isn’t optimal due to the protein absorbtion rate. BCAA’s are fast acting, and could act as a good Surge substitute while cutting.
Money isn’t much of a problem, though I don’t like to waste it on things that don’t do much. I’m a minimalist when it comes to pill popping, not something I want to be doing all day, and whenever possible I prefer real food. I only want to try one item at a time so that I can evaluate the results properly.
So my questions are:
Should I bother adding any supplements at all?
Which one would you recommend and why?
Is there some other choice that would be more appropriate?