Professional bodybuilder and Arnold Classic champion Shawn Ray once said that training without a good nutritional plan is like “bodybuilding with one arm behind your back.” The time that you spend in the gym is crucial to your results, but you also need to support that training with a well-structured nutrition programme, or you will not get the results you want. 

Supplements

There are no magic powders or pills to guarantee results, but a choice of supplements, combined with a solid nutrition programme, can help to give you the edge.

Some of the top supplements to include in your diet are:

Whey Protein

Protein forms the building blocks for your muscle tissue, so without it your body would lack a critical component needed for muscle growth. Whey is one of the best-absorbed forms of protein in the body, better than chicken or fish.

Creatine

Creatine is most commonly used for improving exercise performance and increasing muscle mass. Typically bought in flavoured powders and mixed with liquid, it increases the body’s ability to produce energy rapidly. With more energy, you can train harder and more often, producing faster results.

Carbohydrate Powder

Carbohydrate powder can offer a wide array of benefits for athletic activity, as carbs are your body’s primary energy source. They are also required for optimal workout recovery. Using carbohydrate powder can help you maintain higher levels of testosterone, a hormone that aids in building muscle.

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