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Which Supplements Should I Be Taking?

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Which Supplements Should I Be Taking?

Your personal doctor is probably the person you should be asking this question to before your personal trainer. With that being said, most people probably don’t need too many supplements, they simply need to fix their diet.

If you choose to eliminate a food group (meat, carbs, etc) you’re likely starting out with a greater deficiency somewhere versus someone with a well rounded diet. Most any diet can be “healthy” or result in weight loss/weight gain as long as general rules of calorie consumption and macro intake are acknowledged and adhered to.

Examine.com is a great resource for finding the effectiveness of most any supplement you desire. If you comb through the site, you will find that majority of the products advertised to us haven’t been scientifically proven to provide a very meaningful impact.

Whey and casein protein powders are a great tool for people that have a hard time consuming enough protein on their own. Creatine, caffeine, beta alanine, all have significant research to back the benefits of their supplementation. I would also say sugar has a great benefit towards energy and performance when used strategically. 

I use the supplements above, they work for me where I am in my life and how my current diet is constructed. Personal health and diet will ultimately play a pivotal role in which supplements should be recommended or not.

For more answers to frequently asked questions visit my “You Ask, I Answer” section of the website.

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Taylor Carpenter is a nationally Certified Personal Trainer, Corrective Exercise Specialist, and Fitness Nutrition Specialist through the National Academy of Sports Medicine. Taylor was featured as a fitness expert in the first publication of NASM's "The Fitness Edge".
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