Working out comes with many health benefits including increased muscle mass, a stronger heart, lower blood pressure, and more. To get the most out of your workouts you should consider adding these supplements to your diet as well as the supplements we previously recommended. They are all natural and can help increase your performance and results.
In the previous article we discussed 5 of the best supplements for beginners (or really for anyone), and in this one we will continue with 5 more of the best exercise supplements to improve your performance and help you get more out of your workouts.
Natural Exercise Supplement #1 Casein Powder
Casein powder is one of the best supplements because it helps to build muscle like whey protein. It has a slower digestion rate than whey protein and it is a good pre-bedtime meal because it prevents the breakdown of muscle. When you are sleeping your body can enter a catabolic state where your muscles break down due to fasting. Casein protein can also be taken right after a workout and its slow breakdown is beneficial for the body. It is considered to be better than protein by itself after a workout by some experts. You can also use it as a snack replacement to help you stay full without packing on more calories.
Supplement # 2 Multivitamin
Although the term multivitamin is a bit generic, it describes any vitamin product that has several vitamins and minerals combined into it. Instead of taking a megadose of vitamin C or D you can take it in a multivitamin form. In many cases megadoses are not absorbed by the body. Also try to avoid formulas that have iron in them, too much iron can cause health problems like an increased risk for heart disease. Be careful to pick a product that is produced safely, and Nu Image Medical offers a high quality multi-vitamin that you can use even when you're not on the HCG diet.
It helps supply your body with the nutrients, vitamins and minerals that you need when you are on a calorie deficit or when your are back on your regular diet. You can purchase the multi-vitamin in a supplement bundle or you can contact the staff at Nu Image to purchase it separately. If you feel like you don't get enough vegetables and fruits in your diet it's even more important that you use a multi-vitamin to ensure that you are getting adequate levels of the essential nutrients found in different fruits and vegetables.
Supplement # 3 Green Tea
Green tea is a natural supplement that helps you with weight loss and has many other health benefits, and the great thing about it is that you can drink as much as you want. Green tea is considered by many health experts to be the healthiest thing you can drink next to water. It has compounds called catechins which are powerful antioxidants that are found in large quantities in green tea. Due to the fact that green tea is not processed very much it has high levels of catechins compared to other types of tea.
Green tea helps you lose weight because it is a calorie free (as long as you don't use any sweeteners outside of stevia) beverage that you can use to replace soda, juice and other drinks with sugar. Sugar drinks, are a leading cause of weight gain and obesity, as they are "empty calories" or calories that are added in unnaturally and don't have any minerals or vitamins. Natural juices are good to drink in moderation but even those have to be controlled because they are high in natural sugars, you are better off eating the fruit by itself and drinking a beverage without added sugar.
Supplement # 4 Caffeine
Caffeine in moderation and for those who are not sensitive to it can be a great workout supplement. It can give you more energy and it may increase your performance in the gym. It can also increase memory function and brain power. You shouldn't drink more than three cups per day in most cases. Studies are also showing that coffee may reduce the risk of several types of cancer including skin, liver, breast, oral and other types, although it is not entirely clear on how it does this.
Caffeine helps you focus on your workout and get the most out of your efforts, but don't drink too many cups of coffee before your workout. It's more important to have good nutrition and enough complex carbohydrates to give you the energy you need. Caffeine increases your blood pressure and pulse rate, which helps you perform better when your body is taxed during exercise. It also helps to activate your fat stores to be used as fuel, and it helps you conserve your glycogen levels so that you have more endurance throughout your workout. It also reduces your muscle pain and soreness, but remember that it is not without risks and if you don't already drink coffee regularly you shouldn't necessarily start without talking to your doctor, especially if you have heart abnormalities or anxiety.
Supplement #5 BCAAs (Branched Chain Amino Acids)
BCAAs include the most important amino acids that are used to build new muscle: isoleucine, valine, and leucine. It can be difficult to get adequate amounts of these amino acids in your diet, as you have to make sure that you are specifically eating foods that have high levels of BCAAs. You can get more BCAAs through supplement form but you should also know some of the foods that have high BCAA levels such as chicken breast, lean beef, tuna, salmon, tilapia, flank steak, turkey breast, eggs, and peanuts. Many of these foods are protein choices on the HCG diet, which is one reason why the diet is so good at preserving muscle while burning fat.
BCAAs encourage muscle synthesis even without working out, and when you do workout your muscle tissue needs them to repair. They can increase your energy during your workout and help you see results faster with your resistance training efforts. You can take 10 to 20 grams of BCAAs per day, and they are natural and safe as long as the product is high quality.