One of the criticisms that you’ll often hear about bodybuilding supplements is that they are bad for you. The thinking is that they will do your body harm and they are dangerous for you so therefore you shouldn’t take them. The myth is perpetuated by the fact that many people misuse them.
If you drink alcohol, which a lot of people do, then you probably know that alcohol in moderate amounts is not harmful. In excess amounts over time, however, it can cause severe medical problems not the least of which is alcoholism, a disease. It could lead to cirrhosis of the liver or kill enough brain cells that a person is left without much thinking power left in them. But many people manage to consume alcohol is safe amounts every day.
That’s the way it is with bodybuilding supplements. You can overdo it, but just as many people don’t.
The first thing to understand about bodybuilding supplements is that they are a SUPPLEMENT. In other words, don’t take them as the first measure of your bodybuilding routine. If you expect the supplement to do what your workout routine is supposed to do, then you are going to be disappointed or, worse, you could find yourself in deep trouble medically.
Like many other things, bodybuilding supplements can be harmful if misused. If you take them in excessive amounts or too often, then they could be harmful. If you take them and don’t actually do any physical workout, for which they are intended to be a supplement, then you are misusing them.
People will often say that bodybuilding supplements are illegal. No they’re not. Why would national chain stores sell them if they were illegal? They’d be put out of business or slapped with hefty fines for doing so, maybe both. In actuality, certain sports organizations have banned them for use by their athletes, but you can still buy them over the counter because they are perfectly legal. Still, you must educate yourself on their proper use.
The problem many novice bodybuilders have is that they think they can circumvent the workout process and use bodybuilding supplements to build up body mass and stay fit without doing any physical exercise. The truth is, if you don’t do any working out at all and you use bodybuilding supplements, then they won’t have any effect. You might as well just be taking a placebo. They only work if you are physically active and managing a consistent workout routine. That’s what their intended purpose is and any other use is misuse.
Here’s a word of warning: If you do decide to use bodybuilding supplements, stick with the ones that have been on the market at least three years. The best supplements are those that have stood the test of time. The same can be said for workout routines. Keep yourself safe and sane.