Do You Need Supplements to Get Bigger

So many people out there wonder if they need supplements in
order to get bigger, mostly because all of the top fitness models and
bodybuilders out there use supplements often many at a time to help them out.
This brings into question if one can get a great body without using any
supplements and what exactly is the role of supplements in muscle building?

Can you build a great
body without supplements?

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Yes you can build a great body without supplements; I can
personally tell you that most of the weight I have gained has been without the
use of any supplements. I went from about 64kg to 77kg (thats 13kg [28lbs] of weight gain)without using any
supplements and then I tried creatine monohydrate for a month and I only gained about 1kg whilst taking creatine
that first time (who is to say I would not have gained that 1kg regardless). I
recently only bought whey protein so I could increase my protein intake since I
felt that some days I was not eating enough protein in my meals, but I could
have easily just got some peanut butter and lots of chicken breast instead.  Supplements are not the main factor in weight
gain, what is the most important when it comes to gaining muscle is that you
lift challenging weights consistently, and the second part is that you eat a
balanced diet with enough protein to build and repair muscle but also to
maintain any muscle mass you have. A lot of the muscle gain has to do with
whether you are in a caloric deficit or a caloric surplus, obviously if you
want to gain muscle and general size which won’t be 100% muscle you have to eat
more calories than your maintenance calories. I talk about the Bar Brothers a lot on this blog because they are
great example of what’s possible without supplements and without a gym or
weights, they prove that all you really need to build a great body is some form
of consistent resistance training ,to eat enough and to eat well, it’s really
that simple.

Do you need whey protein and creatine to build big muscles
Supplements I am currently using whey protein and creatine monohydrate

What do supplements do
for you?

So I will start off by defining what a supplement is so we
get a clear understanding that they are not a replacement of a good diet but
are meant to support a good diet and workout program.

Supplement – is something that completes or enhances
something else when added to it.
Supplement – a substance taken to remedy the deficiencies in
a person’s diet.

So by this definition you use supplements to cover up for
anything you feel is lacking or to improve something for example there is
creatine in food we eat (meat) but it’s not in high quantities so we supplement
with creatine monohydrate or creatine ethyl ester in order to increase the
amount of creatine in our body. I said above that I recently bought whey
protein because I felt that on some days I was not eating enough protein, so
you could say I am using the supplement whey protein to “remedy the deficiencies”
in my diet.
The general use of supplements is to make more energy
available, to make your gym sessions last longer, to make conditions in your
body support muscle building and recovery, to make you stronger and to boost
your natural muscle building hormones etc.

Should you get

If you have the money, I say why not? If you do not have the
extra money I say don’t worry about it, you do not need supplements they only
provide an advantage, they are a want not a need. What you need to get bigger
is resistance training and proper nutrition which I have been stressing
throughout this post. Some supplements are over hyped in my opinion and they
are just a waste of money, an example I would say is creatine X4 vs creatine
monohydrate powder, I personally tried both and feel like you are just wasting
money buying the more expensive X4 when I feel both work just the same when one
is advertised to be more effective (if there are any differences in performance
I feel they are so small that they are unrecognisable). Also I feel that often
supplements have a placebo effect in that even if some don’t really work you
would not know because you would be convinced that since you are taking a
certain supplement you should be stronger and end up feeling stronger
regardless of whether it’s the supplements or your mind making you feel
Oh and one more thing I mentioned bar brothers earlier so here they are doing their thing

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