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What Nutritional Supplements Are Good for Weight Lifting?

Learn what supplements are good for weight lifting from registered dietician Glen Tobias in this Howcast video.


Are there supplements that are good for weight lifting? That question must mean are there any supplements that are good to help me increase lean bodiness, muscle tissue. Again, short answer, nothing will do it by itself. So the answer's no. But there are things that can benefit you and help you if you are exercising properly, eating properly. To put on muscle you need to be hypercaloric, so taking in more calories than your body burns. You don't want to eat too many more or you're going to put on body fat and that will be probably counterproductive to your goal. But some of the things that you may want to look into would be a good multivitamin, to get all the vitamins and minerals your body needs without the extra calories, a whey protein or a casein protein, powdered protein supplement would be good. Branched-chain amino acids would be great, because a lot of your muscle tissue's made up of branched-chain, so I would tell you before and after workouts you would take that, as well as your glutamine, some other things that can assist your body, omega-3 fish oil, because again, that's an anti-inflammatory, great for your joints if you're working out hard, the joints are taking a bit of a punishment and you want to protect them as best you can. An antioxidant, because as you work out, you're breathing more. When you breathe more and work out more you're creating more free radicals, so you just want to aid in the recovery of your cells and this may help do that. So a good antioxidant would be recommended as well.

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