When taking supplements, you want to make sure that you are getting the best bang for your buck. We will outline 6 of the most common mistakes when choosing supplements for a woman, how to avoid them, and how to make the correct decision.


1. Know your Goals


The most common mistake is not knowing exactly what direction you want to go in. Are you trying to keep fit? Are you trying to lose weight? Are you trying to build muscle? Define your goals from the outset because generally, you cannot achieve these all at once. Start off with a general programme to build fitness, then decide if you want to lose weight or build muscle, and the plan accordingly.


2. Remember the basics


Like we said above, start with the basics to assess where you are on the fitness scale, and build a strong foundation for your ensuing fitness journey. Most will look at the advanced stuff first, including supplements, and jump straight in. all you need is half an hour and a quality protein powder. Start off with the basic supplements and move your way up as and when you need them.


3. Keep your expectations realistic


Do you know what takes longer to change your physique? Your friends and family noticing those changes. You need to pace yourself properly and realise that your physique will be built over time and that changes will not be instant. Also, look at the bigger picture. A basic creatine might only add an extra 2 kgs for 3 reps, but work that out over 3 or 6 months. Small steps lead to great stride.




4. Use recovery supplements


Working out as hard as you can is only one side of a coin; it is what you do after that session that will determine your result. After you train, your muscle tissue is drained of nutrients such as glycogen, and electrolytes. Using Essential Amino Acids, Branched-Chain Amino Acids, whey protein, and simple carbs straight after your workout will replenish your nutrition to begin the recovery process. The quicker you start, the better your recovery will be.


CHECK OUT OUR SUGGESTED RECOVERY PRODUCTS


Chronicle Nutrition Whey Isolate

At Chronicle Nutrition we are committed to bringing you cutting edge products that are built around science! Chronicle WHEY ISOLATE is a primary source whey protein isolate and one of the fastest absorbing, purest forms of bioavailable protein.


BioTech USA BCAA Flash Zero

BioTechUSA’s flavoured BCAA Flash Zero amino acid powder contains 2:1:1 ratio of leucine, isoleucine and valine amino acids, which greatly enhance each other’s effect on building muscles and energising, and they have a natural, specific proportion in muscles.


Amplify Dextrose Glucose Powder

Dextrose is a simple carbohydrate, also known as glucose, which is derived from corn starch and rates very highly on the Glycaemic Index (GI). This high GI rating means it is able to provide an instant supply of energy directly after consumption.



5. Use your supps properly


Make sure you are familiar with how to effectively use your supplements. Some are better in a fasted state, some are better with food, and with some, it doesn’t make a difference. There is no wrong way to take a supplement but there are ways of making sure it is actually working, and that you are not just wasting money.


6. Know the ingredients


Just as you need to be wary of what food you eat, you need to be familiar with the ingredients in your supplements. Do some research of your own and find out as much as you can about what you are putting into your body. This can also be useful as some people may react badly to different compounds so it is important to note what it is you are taking.

Choosing a supplement is not as simple as grabbing the closest bottle. We are all different and each person experiences differing results, so just because something worked for a friend, does not mean that it will work for you. We at Chrome SA understand that you are busy being a professional, a mother, a wife, a partner, or even just your own person. This is why we are always willing to help you achieve your goals, so put faith in us to steer you along the right path and realise your full potential.



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