most often asked by those who are just getting started in bodybuilding,
especially those who are teenagers, is which supplements are best for
gaining weight quickly and for bulking up. Assuming that all of the rules
that are presented in my Weight Gain And Bulking Up Rules For The Natural
Bodybuilder article, are being followed, then the supplements presented
below will be of great help to those who are looking to gain weight and
bulk up as quickly as possible.
1. Weight Gainers
Weight gainers are protein shakes whose protein source consists mainly
of whey proteins (mostly concentrate with some isolate as well). Some
also include other proteins such as milk proteins and/or egg. These products
have a high carbohydrate content; typically in the form of maltodextrin
(a high glycemic complex carb) and fructose (simple sugar originating
from fruits). For gaining weight they are very useful since they help
you get in the amount of quality calories required to gain quality muscle.
2. Spectrum Flaxseed Oil
Flaxseed oil is a polyunsaturated oil that is high in the Omega 3 essential
fatty acids (EFAs); one of the two essential fats that the body needs.
“Essential” means that the body cannot produce it on its own
and therefore must be obtained from diet. The other kind of EFAs the body
needs are the Omega-6 oils. Flax oil is high on the Omega 3, which help
improve immune system, energy production, insulin sensitivity, and hormonal
production. In addition, 1 TBSP of Flax Oil adds 120 calories, which are
useful for weight gain.
3. Multi Vitamins and Minerals Pak
Essential to insure that our body will operate at maximum efficiency.
Why? Because on a very simplistic level, without vitamins and minerals
it would be impossible to covert the food that we eat into hormones, tissues
and energy. Vitamins enhance the actions of proteins that cause chemical
reactions such as muscle building, fat burning and energy production.
Minerals assure your brain receives the correct signals from the body,
balance of fluids, muscular contractions and energy production as well
as for the building of muscle and bones.
Creatine is a metabolite produced in the body composed of three amino
acids: l-methionine, l-arginine and l-glycine. Once it reaches the muscles,
it is converted into phosphocreatine (creatine phosphate), which is then
used to regenerate the muscles' ultimate energy source, ATP (adenosine
triphosphate) thus allowing for more repetitions at any given weight.
Also, creatine increases lean body mass by pushing water inside the muscle
cell and enlarging it. Best of all, these effects can be seen in as little
as two weeks!
L-Glutamine the most abundant amino acid in muscle cells. It is released
from the muscle during times of stress (such as hard weight training workouts)
and dieting. This amino acid not only has been shown to be a great anti-catabolic
agent (protects the muscle from the catabolic activities of the hormone
cortisol), and to have immune system enhancing properties, but it also
speeds up recuperation and helps to increase muscle volume.
6. Liver Tablets
These tablets are a great source of beef liver and bodybuilders have been
using them for decades in order to obtain the values offered by beef proteins.
The key thing for liver tablets to be useful is that they need to be manufactured
with the highest grade of beef liver and they also need to be purified
from the fat, cholesterol and other impurities that are contained in the
liver. I like Beverly International’s Ultra 40 because they contain
the highest grade of beef liver and have been purified and processed to
contain forty-five times the nutritional amount of whole beef liver.
7. Testosterone Boosting Supplements
These are the type of supplements that you can take if you plan to compete,
if you have the budget to try them, and only if you are older than 25
when the hormonal production begins to decline. Teenagers, in my opinion,
should stay away from any supplement that has an effect on hormonal levels
as there is no need to upset a teens delicate hormonal balance. Besides,
teenagers produce approximately the equivalent of a 300 mg shot of testosterone
per week anyway so there is no need to attempt to increase the production
of testosterone in a system that is already producing at peak levels.
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personal trainer, industry consultant and fitness expert who not only
knows training and nutrition theory, but also applies it on a daily basis
as evidenced by the fact that he's always in shape and by his awards and
high placings at numerous national level bodybuilding competitions. He
is also an internationally known best selling fitness author with a very
successful franchise of books called "The Body Sculpting Bibles"
which collectively have sold over a million copies. Hugo is also author
of the very popular “Body Re-Engineering” e-book, which teaches
you how to gain lean muscle mass and get lean without drugs, or fancy
expensive supplements, using the secrets he devised after many years of
weight problems as a child.For
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