So technically, you can call me Dr. BiteSizedFitness.
When I was 24 I graduated with my doctorate degree in pharmacy and became a licensed pharmacist in the state of NJ.
I fell in love with health and fitness at about the same time I was pursuing my Pharmacy Degree at Rutgers University.
It was perfect because every day I was learning how exogenous compounds impact different physiological systems… or in non-nerd terms I was learning how drugs and other chemicals impact our bodies.
I always try to opt for real food, but sometimes sitting down for a full meal just isn’t an option. When I had rotations at the hospital, morning rounds would sometimes go till 1 or 2 PM. Instead of starving my body for hours at a time, I’d opt for a protein shake ? If you’re someone who runs around all day and skips meals because of it, then a protein shake and water bottle are perfect go-to options! Learn more at ???????? bitesizedlabs.staging.wpengine.com/supplementguide for more information about protein shakes and nutrition!
I had also just lost an unwanted 20 pounds and was ready to take my training to the next level.
A lot of my friends were already using supplements and everyone had positive things to say about this brand or that.
However, as a health care professional, I didn’t want to put anything inside my body before I reviewed the science first.
Over the next few months, I started sorting though deceptive supplement advertisements and became an article reading machine.
After years of research, I’ve come up with a very simple analogy to explain supplements.
I’ve realized that supplements are like guys.
There are good guys… there are bad guys.. there are guys that look nice, but are actually really ugly on the inside… There are guys who are worth your time, and guys who don’t deserve a penny.
Well guess what?
Some supplements are good, some should be avoided, and some supplements come wrapped in such creative marketing that you really have to know what to look for to avoid being fooled.
As you’ll learn, some supplements may be helpful depending on your diet and lifestyle, while others might be unnecessary or better off avoided.
As a pharmacist, I view supplements, vitamins, medications, and drugs all on the same playing field. All can either improve your health or hurt your body.
Before we even start talking about specific products… lets first go over the golden rule when it comes to any type of supplement.
The golden rule for supplements is that they cannot be used as a replacement for healthy habits and hard work.
Their name, by definition, reminds us of the fact that they must be used IN ADDITION TO or supplemental to a healthy diet, routine exercise, and a no excuses mindset.
Unless you have a particular illness or are required by a doctor to take a certain supplement, then it’s not required as part of a healthy lifestyle.
Did you catch that?
Because I will never, ever tell you that you absolutely need to use supplements to get results.
In fact, if a trainer or coach ever tells you that you won’t get results without using x product or y pill… then I want you to immediately question their integrity.
We survived tens of thousands of years without pills and powders, so making the claim that they are absolutely needed for good health just doesn’t make logical sense.
Like I said, supplements are meant to “supplement” a healthy diet, not “replace” it.
There is still no magic pill that can get you the results you want without putting in the work.
There is still nothing that can replace the benefits of real food and physical activity.
Before you even think about adding supplements to your diet…
- You need to be eating high protein meals every few hours.
- You need to have cut out all processed crap from your diet.
- You need to be exercising regularly and getting plenty of sleep.
Once you have developed solid healthy habits as the foundation for your success, then you can start adding supplements.
I know supplements have previously been a point of frustration and confusion for a lot of you.
There’s so much deceptive marketing out there that it’s hard to determine which nutritional supplements are worth your time and money, and which are just a big fat waste.
For starters, I think it’s important for you to know that I’ve never been a big supplement person, or a big pill person in general.
When I first started BiteSizedFitness, I was emailed by countless supplement companies wanting me to push their products in return for free stuff.
Well, guess what I said?
Thanks, but no thanks.
Although I was already experimenting with specific supplement brands, I was not going to trade my integrity for free stuff.
I never expected to really love any supplement company because I though they all sold the same crap. They all tried to claim that their pill/powder/tea or whatever … was the secret to success.
And you know what, I’ve read enough research to call BS.
Then one day, I met this guy Andy Frisella, who is the CEO of 1st Phorm Supplements.
And during our first conversation, he flat out said to me, and excuse my French because anyone who follows Andy knows he can’t say one sentence without an f bomb, but he goes…
F no you can’t use supplements alone and expect to get results. That sh*t takes hard work. You can’t be a lazy f-ing this and f-ing that and expect to be f-ing huge!
Well guess what, that immediately gave me a whole new respect for them as a supplement company.
When I refer to specific products in this EP, most of them are 1st Phorm Supplements because they are products I’ve used personally since starting my fitness transformation.
This also means that chances are, I haven’t tried your brand of supplements and I don’t know any details on where it was made, what ingredients they use, or the quality of those ingredients.
I’ll never speak for a product I haven’t tried or for a product I wouldn’t recommend to my friends and family.
This won’t be (and shouldn’t be) the case for everyone.
When it comes to supplements, it’s important to always keep your lifestyle choices, training styles, and aesthetic goals in mind to help you choose the right routine for you.
Here’s an example of what your supplement routine might look like: