A Beginner's Guide To Supplements: When To Take Them?

Nowadays, it is not uncommon to find gym-goers rattling their protein bottle shakers as much as clattering weights at the gym.

Protein supplements have become such a natural part of our daily lifestyle that it has become second-nature to follow up our gym session with a hit of protein (and even during our workout).

Protein supplements offer a convenient way of increasing your protein intake throughout the day when you find yourself strapped for time. However, the supplement industry is awash with scores of brands promising you results which do not deliver on their claims.

We’ll walk you through the basics of supplementing your diet and lifestyle with protein-based products as well as give a recommendation of the best brand to begin with.

Firstly, before beginning your workout, it is a good idea to consider taking a ‘pre-workout’. If you’re looking to get the best out of your session you need to be energised and driven which a pre-workout supplement provides.

A high quality pre-workout contains 4 key ingredients. This includes: Caffeine, Creatine Monohydrate, BCAAs (Branched Chain Amino Acids) and Beta-Alanine. These ingredients are formulated to create a muscle-building environment in your body.

Secondly, whilst in the thick of your workout, it is also useful taking an ‘intra-workout’. As you continue to put your muscles through stress, your muscles’ energy stores begin to deplete. Thus, supplementing with an intra-workout provides the perfect solution to help keep you pushing the boundaries.

Look out for intra-workouts which include BCAAs, citrulline malate and other key ingredients that promote the delivery of electrolytes around the body such as coconut or other citric acid-based substances.

Thirdly, after completing your workout, it is beneficial to supplement with a high quality protein shake. This will ensure your body has an adequate level of protein to replenish and repair damaged muscle tissue from your workout.

Ideally, a good grade of protein should have more than 20g of protein per serving with little to no artificial fillers and sweeteners as well as be low in fat, sugar and carbohydrates.

Full a full overview of where to begin shopping to find the best supplements to support your fitness goals, be sure to checkout the below infographic for Protein Dynamix.

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