Many beginner athletes have a preconceived notion about sports nutrition. Pros and cons of sports nutrition components.
The purpose of sports nutrition is to help people involved in sports, fitness, dancing and other types of physical activity to lose weight or, conversely, build muscle mass. In other words, get a slender and toned figure.
What does it consist of?
Sports nutrition is not a set of nutritional supplements. Its constituent components - proteins, creatine, gainers - are a product of processing natural food raw materials. In fact, this is the quintessence of ordinary food, from which all substances that are not useful are “thrown out”. So, for the most part, they are safe for humans.
One of the most important elements of sports nutrition is protein - a concentrated protein of animal or vegetable origin, obtained in various ways from natural products. After all, if you intensively engage in strength training, there is a danger of its deficiency. So a diet with a high protein content is just what you need - it helps to maintain balance in the body.
Gainers are cocktails with a high content of proteins and carbohydrates. Their use helps to more effectively gain muscle mass and replenish the energy expended in training. This product is especially attractive for beginner athletes who want to quickly see the power of their muscles. But, unfortunately, the main effect of the gainer is just a quick set of mass, and not relief muscles that can be “built” only through competent and hard training, enhanced by proper sports nutrition.
Fat burners, or thermogenic complexes - activate metabolism by accelerating carbohydrate-fat metabolism at the cellular level and removing metabolic products from the body. By the way, this process does not proceed in the same way for everyone: for someone it is faster, for someone it is slower. Fat burners contain a wide variety of ingredients, including green tea extract and caffeine. According to some researchers, they increase immunity and increase the body's ability to expend calories, helping to burn fat. Others advise staying away from caffeine, as it undermines health by overexciting the nervous system. Here everyone has the right to decide for himself what position to adhere to.
"The steroid problem".
It is impossible not to touch upon the “problem of steroids” that is very relevant today - drugs that are similar in structure to testosterone. They affect almost all types of metabolism in the body. Their use allows you to build muscle mass and reduce the percentage of adipose tissue in a short time.
However, steroids are doping drugs. Some changes in the body of an athlete taking steroids are irreversible, in particular, impaired immune system function and increased blood cholesterol levels, which leads to an increased risk of cardiovascular disease.
Recall that excessive consumption of sports nutrition products can make the positive effect of bodybuilding and fitness negative.