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Whole Foods vs Supplements for Muscle Gain

March 4, 2017 9:15 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

After many years of spending hundreds, and even thousands of dollars on supplements without seeing results, many have finally realized that they are a waste of money. Yet, many are still confused if the supplements that are sold as “Meal Replacements”, “Weight Gainers”, “natural supplements”, and “amino acids” are better to take for shedding fat and building muscle rather than real food.

Many different meal replacement powders and shakes are sold as being a substitute for a real, whole food meal. The makers claim that they are just as good, if not better, than eating a real meal. They claim to have higher amounts of protein, lower amounts of sugar, and add in ingredients such as BCAA’s, Glutamine, Creatine, CLA, so on and so forth.  They claim that your muscles need a high amount of this and that, and that you can’t get those from just eating the right foods.

Meal replacements claim to have a certain amount of protein, carbs, and fat.  There have been several studies done on many popular supplements which show many of them do not contain the amount of ingredients as printed on the label.  For example, there was a study done on a popular “snickers” protein bar that contained 7% less protein than the label claimed.  It also contained more sugar than what was stated on the label.

Many of these makers fabricate the ingredients and amount of ingredients to bring the cost down of making those supplements, while lying on the nutrition labels, to make a BIGGER PROFIT.  It’s important to note that most of these workout supplements are NOT REGULATED BY THE FDAWhole Food vs Shakes for Muscle Gain2

According to an article in Forbes, one of the fastest growing industries in the world is the nutritional supplement group, or more broadly known as Vitamins, Minerals and Supplements. Producing about $32 billion in revenue for just nutritional supplements alone in 2012, it is projected to double that by topping $60 billion in 2021 according to the Nutritional Business Journal.  The goal of supplement companies is to PROFIT from you, the consumer!

These processed powders and shakes contain many ingredients that are HARMFUL to your body.  In order to make these “meal replacements” into powders and to be able to be stored for long periods of time (for shipping and sitting on the store shelves), many chemicals and preservatives must be added. What do you think happens when you are constantly putting foreign chemicals preservatives, and other unnatural substances into your body?

Instead of making you gain muscle, you will often get side effects such as a BLOATED STOMACH, DIARRHEA, CONSTIPATION, WATER RETENTION, and NASUEA (to name a few).  Your body is not designed to digest foreign chemicals and preservatives!

Also, “meal replacements” DO NOT contain vital nutrients that are a “must-have” if you want to grow a healthy physique, such as vitamins, minerals, anti-oxidants, enzymes, etc.

On the contrary, whole foods are natural, they contain all of the vital nutrients that your body requires to BUILD MUSCLE, they are less expensive, and they are not harmful to your body.  Supplements should always be used in moderation.  Do your homework before deciding on the best supplement choices out there.


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