Can Bodybuilding Supplements Offer The Easy Path To Muscle Gain or Fat Loss?

By: Francesco A. Castano

Often when the term "natural bodybuilding" is mentioned, those who participate in such a hobby contemplate grueling weight training workouts and disciplined bodybuilding diet plans, but one additional variable, supplementation, is deemed a requirement for any individual to excel in adding muscle mass to his or her natural bodybuilding genetic potential. Since using steroids is avoided due to their dangers, bodybuilding supplements are promoted as the "safe" and legal steroid substitution that bodybuilders feel compelled to pursue.

Because so few who experiment with bodybuilding supplements have performed their weight lifting workouts without using such products, they are unable to analyze the true effectiveness of the bodybuilding supplements they regularly consume, and therefore, mistakenly attribute any muscle gain or fat loss to these products, even when making modifications to a weight lifting or diet plan that, in fact, is the foundation for any fruitful fat loss or muscle building venture. Instead of constructing legitimate experiments to note muscle building or fat loss with specific bodybuilding supplements using the exact same weight lifting and diet routine, many tend to become frustrated with their muscle gain or fat loss progress, and once they return from a break with newfound weight training zest, they not only experiment with a new weight training workout plan and diet, but also invest in numerous bodybuilding supplements to use simultaneously, and if they grow muscle or burn fat, they do not credit the weight training workout plan or diet, nor do they factor in the ease of muscle gain following a sabbatical with nearly any marginally effective routine, but rather believe that the bodybuilding supplements are the catalyst behind any positive change, even when this progress is only temporary.

This skewed analysis leads weight lifters around the world to believe that bodybuilding supplements are a prerequisite for excellent results, and popular bodybuilding magazines, most of whom generate the bulk of their advertising profits from bodybuilding supplement companies, also convince the readers that they must, without question, adopt bodybuilding supplements as the secret weapon to enhancing muscle mass, especially when champion professional bodybuilders are shown holding the most recent bottled craze (of course, the professional bodybuilder fails to mention that his muscle gains are due to steroid abuse as opposed to supplement use!). Nevertheless, the overwhelming message sent by the bodybuilding industry that these products are the natural key to impressive muscle building fuels most to accept this idea as truth, and the bodybuilding supplement industry thrives as a result.

But what's the truth behind the bodybuilding supplement craze? I have been involved in weight training for many years, and through my own experimentation, along with emails received from those who are frustrated with their own results, despite using bodybuilding supplements, and have therefore designed a standard of thought that I hope all who read this article will decide is logical enough to consider adopting for their own muscle gain or fat loss career. Most bodybuilding supplements do not offer advertised muscle gain or fat loss results, and you will waste thousands (or may already have) proving this to be factual, but even if you were to locate a bodybuilding supplement that allowed you to gain muscle or lose fat quicker than is possible through a correctly designed weight lifting workout plan and bodybuilding diet, you will then possibly destroy long term health. The only method of knowing with certainty whether an artificially induced product will potentially pose a risk to health is with a long term controlled study as to its impact, and since no such long term controlled analysis will ever exist on any bodybuilding supplement, you should be skeptical of their safety since, as we realize with the deadly smoking epidemic, legality does not ensure safety, and, over long range use, there are serious concerns that bodybuilding supplements can lead to cancer, organ abnormalities (due to added stress on the kidneys, liver, etc), endocrine damage, and premature death.

For numerous bodybuilders who wish to enhance muscle building and fat loss, yet value the term "natural" due to its connection with health preservation and clear rejection of all potentially harmful external aids towards such progress, bodybuilding supplements that promise quicker muscle gain or fat loss than is possible through weight lifting and diet alone are clearly never an option. You can either learn from my warning, or waste thousands as do so many each year searching for the perfect steroid substitute that offers complete health preservation, when this, in fact, is an oxymoronic statement that has no realistic way of being fulfilled.

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Francesco Castano owns, an online fitness superstore selling exercise equipment at guaranteed lowest prices.

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