3 Bodybuilding Supplements That Are An Absolute Waste Of Money

Posted 16 October 2017

“Supplement companies have definitely mastered one thing- how to market & sell stupid supplements. Unfortunately, only a handful of supplements work and are worth your money. Most of them, sadly, only dig a hole in your pocket. Apart from a handful supplements, a ton of them that are being sold today in the name of hypertrophy are completely useless. If you are a beginner, or even an intermediate lifter, chances are that you don’t need a lot of supplements that you may just be using. Here are some of them. “

  1. Arginine
  2. Cla, L-Carnitine, Green Coffee Extract and Fat Burners 
  3. Hydrolysed Whey Protein

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Does l-carnitine result in weight loss?

Posted 13 September 2016

A recent review (October 2016) in Obesity Reviews of the use of l-carnitine in weight-loss concludes in the summary (abstract) that “[W]e conclude that receiving the carnitine resulted in weight loss”. [1] Without reading the full article, this study may be used by supplement sellers to support their claims that this ingredient is effective for weight-loss.

This study was a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials, which examined the effect of the carnitine on adult weight loss. However, note: Nine studies of a total of 911 of adequate methodological quality were included in the review. The authors write: “Results from meta-analysis of eligible trials revealed that subjects who received carnitine lost significantly more weight (MD: −1.33 kg; 95% CI: −2.09 to −0.57) and showed a decrease in body mass index (MD: −0.47 kg m−2; 95% CI: −0.88 to −0.05) compared with Read the rest

Supplement use might be a sign of disordered eating in men

Posted 08 October 2015

A recent study suggests that the growing use of dietary supplements in men, driven by the need to attain an ideal body image, might signal a new kind of disordered eating. Researchers found that of 195 men who had admitted to taking legal dietary supplements, such as whey protein, creatine, or L-carnitine, over 40% had increased supplement use over time, and 22% had replaced regular meals with dietary supplements that were not meant to be used that way. Furthermore, 29% of the men actually expressed concern about their increased supplement use, 8% had been advised by their physician to cut back on supplement use, and 3% had been admitted to the hospital for kidney or liver damage associated with dietary supplements.

From Natural Medicines Integrative Medicine Newsletter

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New research finds no evidence that popular slimming supplements facilitate weight loss

New research evaluating the effectiveness of a broad selection of popular slimming supplements sold in pharmacies and health food shops has found no evidence that any of them facilitate weight loss beyond the placebo effect.

Two studies presented today (Monday) at the International Congress on Obesity in Stockholm, Sweden, have found they were no more effective than the fake supplements they were compared with.

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