Do you know how much money you spend on supplements per month? I took a poll on a bodybuilding forum and the average dollar amount per month was $150!!!! Multiply that by 12 months, and the average bodybuilder spends $1800 per year on supplements.
My monthly expenditure on supplements was anywhere from $50 to $75 per month. After I bought the e-book "The Average Joe Guide to Homemade Supplement Secrets" my monthly average dropped to $25!
AND, my homemade supplements have more of the actual ingredients that produce results than any other high priced supplement on the market.
You see, supplement companies use a "sprinkle" of the actual result producing ingredients and then use filler ingredients to make up the rest of the "proprietary formula". This e-book will show you how to make your favorite supplement for less money and make it more effective to boot!
Let's check out the chapters one by one.
Note: The supplement price comparison is for a 30 day supply
Everyone who has ever bought a supplement is basically buying snake oil. You know those massive dudes holding up the latest and greatest mass building formula in the muscle magazines? The ones leading you to believe they got that massive because of the newest powder? And steroids had nothing to do with it? Yeah right.
Supplement ads convince us that it's possible to become massive, or cut and lean. They give us hope that all our efforts in the gym won't be wasted…..IF we take their pill!
Have you ever seen the movie "Bigger, Faster Stronger"? It's a documentary on steroid abuse. In one scene they show how they shoot a supplement ad, with the before and after shots taken in the same day!
Photographers get real proficient at directing the subject to look downcast and slouch for the before shot, then puff their chest out and suck in the gut for the after shot. Of course let's not forget about the lighting angles that can either make a muscle look flat or ripped, and the photoshop tricks.
A proper diet and exercise program is the foundation of any effective bodybuilding plan. Without it, not a single supplement in the world will do you any good. Supplements are there, well, to supplement a good diet.
But even following the best exercise and diet plan, you will experience plateaus. This is where supplementation can come in handy. The "Muscle Nerd" explains that at any one point in your bodybuilding program you are in one of these three zones:
The Optimal Progress Zone: A point where your body is at its peak proficiency at achieving your desired results, such as your body is in ananabolic (muscle-building) state or you are burning off the desired body fat.
The "Under-Training Zone" is the state that most non-exercising, "eat anything "average people wander around in most of the time. Their body perceives no "need" to change its composition at all and so no progress is made toward either building muscle or burning off fat.
The "Over-Training Zone" is the point at which your body is either receiving TOO MUCH stress (i.e., the demands of your exercise program have exceeded your body's ability to recover effectively) or TOO LITTLE "support" (i.e., not enough rest, your calories are too low or other diet deficiencies).
With the proper supplement plan you can actually push that "Optimal Progress Zone" wider and wider.
Proper supplementation will provide you with MORE ENERGY for the gym; RECOVER FASTER and stronger from every workout; support optimum cell function that creates the ultimate muscle building/fat-burning environment; and stimulates NATURAL hormone enhancement to increase muscle growth.
Any Joe Shmoe with a fair amount of knowledge about the human body and the ingredients that boost its performance and appearance can sit down and in a matter of just a few clicks of a mouse button, develop a "proprietary formula" for a supplement and sell it—even out of their own house!
The rest of the chapter goes into a rather lengthy discussion about the FDA rules that govern the creation of a new supplement.
The way in which the FDA regulates supplements, compared to other products (i.e., prescription and over-the-counter drugs) differs greatly. And unfortunately, the regulation of the supplement industry is NOT a high priority for the FDA as, like most government agencies, they are overworked and understaffed!
Essentially, this means that supplement companies get to avoid the rigorous scrutiny that most drugs go through BEFORE being allowed to reach the market. In fact, in most cases the supplement companies don't even have to REGISTER their supplements with the FDA!
With so many supplements on the market and such an easy path to introduce new products to the market, the FDA has tasked the supplement companies themselves with providing information about the safety of their products.
Scary, huh? Can you say ephedra? Or more recently, hydroxycut has allegedly killed fitness fanatics.
This could be the most important chapter of the e-book. Despite 99% of supplement users agreeing that MOST of the supplements they've purchased had limited, if ANY, real effect on their muscle gains or fat losses, sales continue to soar and these same consumers admit that they continue to try the latest and greatest new "discovery" in the hopes that THIS will be the one supplement that will FINALLY work!
This chapter goes on to list the "Top 10 Deceptive Marketing Strategies" used by supplement manufacturers. You will be pissed off after reading this…I know I was.
This chapter stresses the importance of researching a supplement company. You want to remember that your health is extremely important to keep in mind when searching for a credible bodybuilding supplement.
Use the checklist contained in this chapter. It will help make sure that you've done the proper research and are ready to make an educated decision on whether a specific supplement is for you or not.
Ready to build your own lab? Most supplements, in my opinion, taste awful (especially BCAA powder).
You can buy proven muscle building supplements in bulk, and then buy a simple capsule making kit and fill them yourself. This is what I do (even though my teenagers say it looks like I have my own crack factory).
From gelatin capsules to capsule fillers, to pill splitters, to measuring spoons, cups and sifters, this chapter lists all of the resources needed to build your own lab.
This is the heart of the e-book. You will learn just how OVERPRICED some of the popular supplements you see plastered all over diet and fitness magazines really are. The ebook breaks down each area of supplementation into several different categories based upon the goal of what the primary ingredients are marketed towards.
The categories are: Energy/Pre-Workout aids; Mass Gainers; Muscle Builders; Fat Burners; Sports Performance; Post Workout Recovery; Nitric Oxide Enhancers and Hormone Boosters.
The "Top 3 Sellers" in each category are then broken down to what ingredients work and what should be left out; how much a thirty day "retail" supply would cost versus a 30 day "knock off" formula; and information on how and when to take each homemade supplement.
You get 24 "recipes" all together. But after you buy the eBook, you are emailed additional recipes, for a total of 29.
Other e-books included with your purchase: Unleashed (boosting your testosterone levels); Report-supplement cycling; Report-supplement stacking; and a really great resource: Supplement suppliers…..ALL INCLUDED FOR $27!
My "supplement lab" on the kitchen table
I have bought many e-book's covering a wide range of topics, but this one by far gave me the most bang for my buck. In fact, I think the author is giving this one away!
This e-book will show you how to supplement correctly as well as how to make your own powerful homemade supplements using raw ingredients that were readily available either online, at the local health food store, or in many cases…at the local grocery store!
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