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Workout supplements that can help build muscle


Emma Fairgrieve | Interrobang | Lifestyles | January 10th, 2020




There are many ways to lose weight and build muscle. One of the most well-known options is supplements. Supplements are not mandatory to achieve goals and can be expensive. That being said workout supplements can speed up the process of getting desired results. Before taking any supplements, be sure to do your own research on the product and to speak with your doctor.

Protein Powder

Protein powder has many different benefits. Protein can help maintain muscle mass while losing weight, grow muscles when bulking and is an important part of macronutrients. Although you can find many protein-dense foods (i.e., chicken, turkey, eggs, etc.), it can be hard to reach your daily macro goal without a bit of help from protein powder. Protein powder is especially helpful for vegans and vegetarians who tend to need more protein in their diets. When purchasing protein powder be sure to read labels and aim for a low amount of sugar per scoop.

Pre-workout

Pre-workout powders are added to water and often flavoured with little to no sugar and calories. Pre-workout powders are often used, as the name would suggest, before a workout to give a boost of energy. Pre-workout powders are best used before a cardio session or an intense workout. However, it is not recommended to take before every workout since caffeine can be harsh for some people, especially those with a heart condition.

BCAA

BCAA (branched-chain amino acids) are specific amino acids found in protein that is isolated. Leucine, isoleucine and valine are amino acids found in BCAAs. Like pre-workout powders, BCAAs come in a flavoured powder that is added to water. There are also BCAA capsules available on the market. During workouts, your muscles tear and rebuild themselves, therefore making you stronger. BCAAs are meant to help with muscle growth by promoting fast recovery. BCAAs can be taken before, during, or after a workout.

Post-workout

Post-workout powders function similar to BCAAs. Yet another powder to add to water, post-workout powder is not much different when compared to BCAAs, and are used to help with recovery and muscle-building. The drink has BCCAs inside, along with other proteins. It is recommended to take either BCAAs or post-workout powders since the results between the two are very similar.

Melatonin

Melatonin is often not thought of as a workout supplement, but can make a huge difference for all fitness and non-fitness related goals. Melatonin is a naturally produced hormone that regulates sleep. Unlike many of the other supplements on this list, it is easily found over the counter in most drug stores and grocery stores. Taking the supplement will improve sleep which will lead to a fast recovery and an improvement in energy, as well as numerous other benefits.
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