Hey guys, hope everyone is doing well today.
The Wes Myron Fitness team have had a few questions from you guys recently about supplementing your nutrition with various vitamins and capsules, so we wanted to talk a little bit about where and how these things can fit in to a healthy lifestyle.
The first thing to say is that in theory, if you’re eating a properly balanced diet full of fresh, whole foods, then you should be getting all the nutrients you need from your food. We spend a lot of time with my clients tailoring personalized meal plans, so they can be sure they’re getting the optimum balance of vitamins and nutrients. For some readers who are not on our program, this may not be the case however, so there’s certain factors you’ll need to take into account when choosing how best to optimize your nutrition. There is such a mind-blowing range of products available now it can be difficult to know where to start. Here’s a couple of tips for you…
1. Understand your needs
Before you take any synthetic vitamin, you need to take a proper look at what you’re already getting from your diet. Keeping a food diary for a couple of weeks is a great idea. Are there any obvious gaps? If you’re vegan or vegetarian, it’s likely there’s some key nutrients like vitamin B12 or iron (found in red meats) you might be lacking. Consider too what you’re trying to achieve by supplementing. What you’re going to want to take to improve your skin might be different to someone looking to improve their energy levels. Think as well about how you’re going to combine any supplements too. It’s worth consulting your doctor or a dietician if you’re thinking of making any big changes, to make sure what you’re planning is the best way to meet your needs.
2. Choose quality products
All supplements are not created equal! Depending on what you pay, what goes into a vitamin pill can vary massively from one supplier to the next. You want to be sure to check the label on any supplement you take. Are the vitamins synthetically manufactured, or derived from whole foods? How much of your recommended daily dose will you be getting? What other ingredients are used to add bulk to the capsule or pill? Does it use artificial colors or flavors? Check carefully for certifications on the packaging, and always buy from a reputable source. You might find a year’s supply of something on the internet for half the price you’d expect to pay, but can you really be sure what has gone into producing it?!
3. Be wary of big promises
Sure we’d all like to take a magic pill which promised overnight results, right? But if something sounds too good to be true, it almost certainly is! Any supplement which promises super fast results is one to be wary of, in general. We’ve probably all come across pills at some point or other which claim to be a ‘short cut’, or make extravagant and outrageous claims about weight loss results. The reality is that anything which sells itself as a quick fix probably is never going to be able to sustain any kind of long term results. Some of these types of supplements can even cause long term damage, so be very wary about any supplement which seems to over-promise in the results department!
4. Supplement, don’t replace
Finally, whatever supplements you choose to take, make sure that they do not replace trying to get a full, balanced diet. It’s simply not going to give you the best results you could get if you eat a diet full of junk and then expect a pill to fix it for you! Make sure you’re getting as many fresh, whole foods as possible in your diet, and eating a range of different proteins, fats and carbs. This is guaranteed the quickest, and most efficient way to make sure you look and feel great from the inside out!
Wes Myron Fitness is based in Victoria, B.C. Canada. After playing hockey professionally Wes, along with a team of experts in sleep, nutrition and fitness, has now gone on to develop long term lifestyle and training programs for anyone wanting to improve all aspects of their life – the Elite Performance Lifestyle Plan. We work with all kinds of clients, and are excited to share with you some of the things we’ve learned along the way!
We’d love to hear your questions or ideas for blogs, so please do get in touch. You can also check out the Wes Myron Fitness Facebook page or Wes’s personal Instagram at @wes.myron as he will be dropping tips on there regularly. Nice to have you on board!