Whey, branched-chain amino acids (BCAAs), creatine, psyllium husks, caffeine and other non-food items that athletes add to their diet to improve training and recovery. Questions are about which supplements are appropriate in which circumstances, and the details of using them.

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Are protein supplements used outside of bodybuilding?

The phrase "protein supplement" suggests a substance that can be consumed to offset a protein deficiency. Searching the net for "protein deficiency", however, I was unable to find any sources ...
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Glucose tablets before weightlifting?

Before my heavy weight training I take creatine an hour before, and eat a banana 30 minutes before. I am wondering if it would be beneficial to have a glucose tablet right before (or during) the ...
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Substituting BCAA supplements with hard boiled egg whites before working out fasted

I've read this article here. Stating that BCAA suppliments can be substituted by consuming the whites of two hard boiled eggs prior to working out. I've been on an intermittent fasting regimen for ...
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Gymming without supplements

I have been working out for about 2 and half years. Though I have seen improvements in my body, it seems to have plateaued for a long time. I work in the IT industry and my work schedule is not ...
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Is my mass gainer supplement ideal?

Let me describe myself: I have been weightlifting since I graduated (2010). Before graduation I weighed close to 120lbs, now I weigh (on a good day) 163lbs (I'm 5' 11"). I have plenty of definition ...
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Taking supplements - Glutamine, brown rice protein, creatine

It's my first time taking supplements...because I need to add more muscle mass. I do a lot of olympic weightlifting, so I squat(front & back) everyday, lots of static holds (around 200kg) - ...
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Why does my whey protein make me feel so awful? [closed]

I have been taking a simple whey protein suplement after weight training recently, but I am having a strong reaction to it. Every time I eat/drink it I start to feel amped like I've had too much ...
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Do protein supplements have any side-effects?

I need some help in taking the decision to use the supplement. I am trying to build my body but couldn't get a better result even after 6 months of continuous training, when asked my fellow trainer he ...
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Weird work hours and workouts

I typically work 4am til NOON and live in a hot climate. I do hour-long PT sessions Monday/Tuesday/Thursday from 1230-130 to lose weight. I am struggling with a couple of things, I feel burnt out, at ...
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Guidelines on whey protein, glutamine, creatine, amino acid supplements

I am 27 and I have been underweight for many years. Recently, I began to have consistent training sessions in a nearby gym. My personal trainer advise me to buy several supplements. They include whey ...
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Is Creatine illegal in Australia? [closed]

I've done little bit of research on it and saw few links talking about Creatine is banned in Australia. Is that really true? I need to take health-examination before I return to Australia, are they ...
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How to avoid Creatine dependence?

I am an vegetarian and ectomorph. I started taking Creatine after workouts for a while. And it seems like I need to supplement creatine every day or else my body goes back to its old form. Is there ...
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What is the best pre-workout supplement for long distance running?

I recently came across a blog post called the Top 10 Rated Pre Workout Supplements of 2011, which compares a bunch of concoctions made of "stimulants, nitric oxide, creatine, and amino acids." There ...
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Vitamins: How much is too much? [closed]

I received some Kinetica Essential tablets with some protein (I paid a little more for them, they weren't free), and looking at the RDA for the vitamins it contains raises some questions. They ...
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How long to wait doing HIIT after taking EC stack?

How long should one wait to do HIIT after taking EC stack? This is my dosage today: 8:30 AM: 12.5 mg E, 100 mg C 12:30 PM: 12.5 mg E, 100 mg C Can I do HIIT cardio at 5 PM?
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Caffeine and creatine

I have read from a number of online sources that creatine isn't as effective when taken with caffeine. I also read that if you space out the caffeine consumption from the creatine consumption, it may ...
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Are there actually substances that can make a person not just larger but also taller? [duplicate]

Sometimes I see adverts on internet peddling supplements that seems to be able to make a person, not just bigger, but also taller? Are any chemicals (whether legal or illegal) actually able to do ...
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BCAA together with whey protein

I've recently bought BCAA powder, monohydrate creatine and whey protein, and I'm wondering if I'm able to take BCAA together with the whey protein or creatine? I've heard from people you should take ...
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Protein supplements for over weight people [closed]

Is it good to have protein supplements when over weight ? Is it possible to gain muscles by having proteins while having extra body fat ?
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Avoiding banned substances [closed]

I'm looking around for some good supplements and have been recommended Matrix Anabolic Gold, but I'm keen to check there's no banned substances in it. informed-sport.com is good for checking a ...
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Taking Protein powder with Artificial sweeteners? [closed]

It seems like almost all protein powders use artificial flavouring substances.Many articles on the web,recommend not using the same.Should i stick to natural protein powders?
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Should I drink muscle gainer on days when I'm not working out?

The thing is I have this trendy Mutant Muscle Gainer that advises me to take 4 cups of it in a day when I workout - 2 cups before the workout and 2 cups after. This goes pretty well to me. But the ...
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How much glutamine and creatine is good?

I am following Kris Gethin 12 weeks transformation, i have found some downside to it. One being that there is no way of telling how much food portion should i consume, the author says "size of your ...
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Do Omega-3 fish oils improve athletic performance? [closed]

I read an article that says Omega-3 fish oils improve athletic performance: Here's an excerpt: To improve athletic performance, eight capsules (each containing one gram of fish oil) has been ...
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Creatine supplementation for a Vegan athlete

Any thoughts on creatine supplementation (quick release capsules 4,000 mg) for weightlifting? I caveat this request with the fact that I am trying to limit my intake of animal products to a minimum ...
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Post workout supplements?

I have moved to a different city and joined the gym yesterday, last night my workout consisted of 15 minutes running on the treadmill at 10 mph with a 3% incline and 3 sets of leg presses, 35 ...
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Taking BCAAs before workouts - carbs or no carbs?

I'm seeing conflicting information on using BCAAs before a workout. One resource says to take them before a workout with carbs to help get the BCAAs into the muscles due to the insulin boost. Another ...
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Should I take protein supplements with my regimen and, if so, how often?

I started going to the gym over a month ago, twice a week, to try and build some strength and muscle definition with weight training. I also have tae kwon do training every Monday and Wednesday ...
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Is taking whey protein before a workout bad?

Friends have told me that I should consume whey protein shake before and after workout. They said this would be effective for building up muscles. However, I have read from a website that I should ...
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Insomnia caused by Glutamine or other Supplements?

I am currently using MRM All Naturall Gainer (image of ingredients) at noon and L-Glutamine 500% DV. in the morning as a supplement for my workout and am experiencing insomnia. I am not sure though if ...
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Arm size growth and halt [closed]

Meanwhile I was working 2 months ago, I saw change in my bicep part of arm change, the girth change and it seems bigger, I was taking supplements,but I was told by many it's too many. While I saw ...
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D-Ribose and keto

Hoping someone can help me out on this, I understand glycolysis is the breakdown of glucose(sugars) into pyruvic acid which is then oxidized further down a series of reactions to produce what we know ...
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High protein intake at a time

I am aware of that per kg protein intake and all. AFA my routine is concerned, I workout in the evening (around 8 - 9.30 p.m). Before workout, I take 1 scoop of protein (25gm protein) and after ...
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Workout and Supplments for fast results [duplicate]

I got a big day coming up after 13 weeks. I think its plenty of time for me to loose my belly fat, i am 35 inches waist, with a baby bear belly. I resumed gym, after 3 months just 2 days ago and ...
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Need help for workout, supplement and nutrition [closed]

I need some help with my workout routine, supplement guide, and nutrition program. Current: Weight: 151 BF: 19.4% Target: Weight: 160 BF: 10-12% Workout: I have been working out by my self for ...
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How to get reduce the size of my nipples? [closed]

I am male (23) , i was normal like all the boys in my age group until my 16th year ,One day i felt small pain on my nipples after that i could able to see my size of nipples increasing , And now i ...
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Does Jack3d Micro increase Metabolism?

I am over weight and I need to lose weight. I am planning to hit back to Gym soon and work hard on the Cardio. Of course Diet is really important and I need to be careful what I am eating. I am ...
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How do pre workouts provide energy?

After doing much extensive reading and self learning I've always been under the assumption that the only things that can genuinely give you "energy" are macro nutrients since the body can utilize them ...
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Is supplementing with Glutamine beneficial to exercise performance?

What benefits, if any, does Glutamine have on an experienced athlete? Given that the athlete has a balanced diet. In past research, mostly based on examine.com, I have come to the conclusion that ...
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How does the human body respond to creatine?

People do ask questions about supplements whether they are healthy or do they harm the body? I want to know how the human body responds after taking "fitness" supplements with creatine. I know it's ...
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2 workouts a day, supplementation

i'm currently trying a 2 workouts a day, and i want to know if it's usefull to take like 2 times BCAA , pre-workout, post-workout, ... for each workout. Thank you !
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Gaining muscle but scale showing more body fat percentage?

I have been recently training for muscle gain - less reps, more weight, lean proteins, complex carbs, no processed food...and all that jazz. I have been also taking some supplements (protein, ...
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Glutamine to increase muscle mass through better recovery

My main goal is to increase muscle mass through strength / heavy lifting. I am considering taking a Glutamine supplement and was wondering if doing so will result in quicker and more complete recovery ...
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What credibility or scientific backing does 1g protein per 1lb of body weight have for its applications?

Say you're of an average weight, not really fat, just skinny and want to put on pounds. People who want to add muscle but are not yet serious bodybuilders(if that's even their goal)are advised to ...
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Bulletproof coffee and green tea [closed]

Is the combination of Bulletproof coffee and green tea a good one? I currently fast and have green tea supplements as a morning supplement and maybe a cup or two of breakfast tea during the day, on ...
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Is ZMA really effective?

Is there any scientific evidence showing that ZMA (Zinc monomethionine and aspartate and Magnesium Aspartate) is effective as a supplement for training? It is supposed to help in muscle recovery and ...
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Nutritional supplements for the brain

There are a million things to eat/drink when working out. When I go for a long bike ride, I've found that Gatorade and occasionally those shot bloks keep me fueled very well. Are there similar ...
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Are Steroids Supplements? [closed]

Are anabolic steroids considered supplements? Can you please provide where you found the definition of a supplement.
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Will Musclecore x and Androsolve help bootstrap my fitness routine to lose weight?

Intro/Disclaimer: I'm quite ignorant about fitness. I don't have a sharp body with 6 packs but I'm not horribly fat, just some belly (1.75m, 72 kg, male, 25yo). I'd like to have a sharper body and ...
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Protein supplementation when doing conditioning on caloric deficit

BACKGROUND For about four months now I have been on a low carb diet, and during that time I went from 93 to 78kg. I have been lifting some weights (some squats, overhead pushes, bent over rows) at a ...