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:
1) 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.
2) 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.
3) 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:
1) Should I bother adding any supplements at all?
2) Which one would you recommend and why?
3) Is there some other choice that would be more appropriate?