Do you need supplements in order to be successful with fat loss? In short, the answer is no.
If you recall from my previous Blog posts, I’ve mentioned several times that fat loss happens when you are in a consistent caloric deficit. No supplements required.
But are certain things helpful in allowing you to get into that deficit? Yes.
Even if fat loss isn’t your main goal, supplements like creatine can enable you to push through tough workouts and ultimately build muscle. Understand first and foremost that you need to be training hard, and consuming adequate protein. Vegan, vegetarian, or meat eater, set a protein goal and hit it daily.
Get 7-9 hours of sleep every night, this should be non-negotiable. These are the basics and they need to be dialed in if you want to see progress.
Currently, I’m taking 5g of creatine monohydrate every day. I mix it in water and usually take it in the morning.
Creatine is one of the most researched supplements on the market. It’s safe, inexpensive and if you get an unflavored variety, it’s mostly tasteless. I’ve had good luck with the BSN brand of creatine monohydrate.
Some people complain about digestive upset and nausea with certain brands, but this one has been great for me, and I have a sensitive stomach. The consistency is like powdered sugar and it mixes easily in liquid.
I have already noticed more strength and stamina in the gym after taking it for the past three days. After several weeks of training and hitting macros, I noticed my strength wasn’t where I needed it to be in the gym.
Coincidentally, as I was taking the exam for my Precision Nutrition recertification the other morning, one of the questions was about creatine. I was like, “Oh shit! I need to get on that.” So yeah, I’m taking my creatine again.