When I was in high school and had the metabolism of a rabbit, I didn’t worry about taking any supplements to augment my exercise routine. I worked out regularly and saw almost immediate results. Since there’s no way to regain that hormone-driven state of being, I’ve started using supplements to ensure I stay healthy and that my workouts are productive.
I’ve never advocated steroid use, so I’d never consider those types of supplements. If I can’t achieve the results I?m looking for through hard work, good diet, and healthy dietary supplements, I simply need to set different goals and move on.
There are non-steroidal anabolic/anti-catabolic supplements that can be used without the deleterious effects proven to go hand-in-hand with anabolic steroid use.
First and foremost, I take multivitamins each day. The brand I use, Body Wise International?s Right Choice AM/PM vitamin supplements, was originally recommended to me by my roommate’s friend who is a health fanatic and a doctor.
In addition to multivitamins, protein supplements are important to building and maintaining lean muscle mass. My best experience is that you should be taking 1 mg of protein for every pound of body weight. On even the most health-conscious diet, this is nearly impossible to achieve with food alone.
For that reason, I use two separate protein supplements from Cytodyne Technologies. Both offer high-quality, ultra-pure, highly bioavailable, cross-flow whey protein (what my research indicated to be the best for supporting lean muscle growth), but they also offer the anabolic/anti-catabolic, non-steroidal 5-Methyl-7-Methoxy-Isoflavone (Methoxyisoflavone).
The first is Methoxy-Pro protein drink. I take four helpings of Methoxy-Pro per day (one in the morning, one at lunch, one around 7:00 PM, and one just before bed).
The second protein supplement is Methoxy-Pro Bars. I use the bars as “mini-meals” twice each day (normally around 9:00 AM each morning and again around 4:00 PM each afternoon).
Since I try to eat five or six meals per day (to keep the metabolism on high, one might say), the bars make a great meal replacement due to their size and convenience and health-packed ingredients.
Because I’ve only recently gotten back into a healthy lifestyle and started using these supplements, I don’t have a wide amount of experience with other products. As I progress and become familiar with the results, I may try other things or may stick with what I’m on now. More on that as I move forward.