Differentiating between myth and truth could often prove to be a difficult task, especially when it comes to the bodybuilding and fitness realm.
Thus, it’s needless to say that many supplement myths still remain prevalent, despite the fact that these myths have been extensively studied and proven to be wrong. But here is your chance to know more about them…
Myth: Whey Protein makes you fat
Truth: The only thing that can make you fat is eating an excessive amount of daily calories. On the other hand, eating a proper amount of daily protein will make sure that you get maximum muscle gain and undereating it makes it harder for your body to add muscle.
Myth: Creatine is a steroid
Truth: Creatine is a natural substance found in the human body that helps to supply energy to muscle cells. When an athlete is doing an intense quick-burst activity such as weightlifting, their muscles must contract, needing a quick source of energy while the force of muscle contraction, depends on the amount of stored ATP (Adenosine Triphosphate).
When the ATP is used, it turns into ADP (Adenosine Diphosphate). Creatine increases the availability of ATP by reacting with the ADP in the body and turning it back into ATP. More ATP in the body means more fuel for the muscles.
Myth: Supplements improve your Strength and muscle mass even without training
Truth: You can only sweat provided you slog it out on the run. And the same theory implies supplements and their functionality. While supplements can improve your overall health, help battle stress (by providing energy for increased volume in the training period) and bolster your immune system, it would be foolish to think of them as magic pills and powders that can turn you into a bulging bodybuilder. The point to understand here is that supplements work to help in amplifying your training, but they will not make you bigger or stronger if you are not working hard in the gym.
Myth: Fat burners are of no real use
Truth: Most popular fat-burning supplements contain a battery of ingredients that are effective at stimulating your metabolism and encouraging and assisting the body with burning fat. While fat burners are certainly not miracle products that will help you shed fat even if you are eating poorly, combined with weight training, cardio, and a proper diet they assist in bolstering your energy and metabolism during long periods of weight loss.
However, it is advisable to go through the ingredients of the fat burners, before you start using them. Some of them contain a high quantity of caffeine to it and people who are not used to it might end up having some side effects.
Myth: Our body produces enough Omega-3 fatty acids by default
Truth: Omega-3 fatty acids are fats commonly found in marine and plant oils. They are polyunsaturated fatty acids and are considered essential fatty acids, meaning that they cannot be synthesized by the human body but are vital for normal metabolism. Our body is incapable of producing them and they must be obtained through the food we eat.
Supplements such as fish oil supply the body with needed omega-3 fatty acids and are very beneficial to hard-training athletes and people who are on a limited-calorie diet.