Fat Loss & Muscle Building Supplements

September 20, 2009

istock_000007957784xsmallI have a question for you.  It’s about supplements.  In particular, it’s about the powders and bars that claim to cause fat loss or muscle gain.  What do you think about those types of supplements?

Did you know that the validity of the labeling claims and nutrient content of these types of supplements are not assessed by the FDA or other state or federal agencies?  In other words, it is possible for a company to make sugar pills and call them “Ultimate Muscle Builder pills”, or “Super Slimmer Miracle pills”, and get away with it…at least initially.  Despite this, I still believe that, in general, the nutrient (protein, fat, carbohydrate) content claims of the various supplements are true…I think.

Assuming the nutrient claims of supplements are true, still they should not be used in place of regular food.  These nutrition powders, bars, and drinks lack the array of plant fibers and phytochemicals in a well-balanced diet.

As you can probably tell, I’m not much of a supplement enthusiast.  I like to get the vast majority of my nutrients from food.  However, I do think that protein powders, nutrition drinks, etc. have their place.  They can be used to supplement a diet that for some reason may be lacking in nutrients.  Getting some nutrients is better than getting none.  In addition, these types of supplements can be used for pre and post-exercise muscle sugar (glycogen) replenishment.


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18 Responses to “Fat Loss & Muscle Building Supplements”

  1. Rob Northrup says:

    What is your opinion of Glutamine as a natural energy booster?

    Seize the Day,
    Emergency Preparedness For the 21st Century Family

    • darrylpace says:

      Hey, Rob, I’ll answer this question in depth in a future article. But, in short, if you’re eating a balanced diet, glutamine supplementation won’t do much to add to your energy levels.

  2. Very succinct and on target. Real food before supplements.

    Bert (alter ego- Mister P)

  3. Kate McKeon says:

    Real foods are always better than powdered foods. There is so much we do not know about micronutrients.

    Great stuff Darryl.
    Pushing companies from good to great, Kate

  4. I agree with Scott but I would add herbs and superfoods to the routine.


  5. Hi Darryl,

    I would have to check with Dr. Dave. He is the only one I know of who has medical training and is making truly quality supps.

    On my own, I have absolutely NO idea.

    Happy Dating and Relationships,

    April Braswell

    Single Baby Boomer Dating Success Expert

  6. I have taken numerous supplements in the past, mostly vitamins and herbs, and I continue to take them. I still believe it’s a good idea to supplement one’s nutritional intake, although I never believed that any legal over-the-counter substance would markedly improve my performance or results.

    Steve Chambers
    Business to Business Sales Trainer

  7. As part of my intake when starting therapy with some one, I will ask about what they are taking, presription and non-prescription. I have been amazed recently at how many supplements people are taking. Up to 25 with one man who said he would print out the list and bring it the nect week since it was a pain to write out… When is too much too much?

    I would love to know what you think of the new fad of Acai berries? I think that’s how you spell it.

    Jennifer B

    The Harwood Center – Tinnitus, Chronic Illness, Fears, and Anxiety

  8. Vicki says:

    I don’t do supplements. What is the point of eating if you can’t sit down and enjoy it. I have plenty meals in a hurry but it doesn’t mean I have to skimp and use supplements because I didn’t choose the right foods in the first place.


  9. Greg says:

    I am in 100% agreement with you on this! Don’t believe the hype.
    Greg Dougall,

  10. Martin says:

    I sometimes have multivitamin supplements – if I feel run down or feel my diet is not quite what it should be.

    For the most part though I think such multivitamin tablets just create expensive urine!

  11. I remember about 25 years ago when I would go to the gym, they would be making “health drinks” for members with raw eggs. This was around the time that I think Sylvester Stallone did this as Rocky Balboa. Shortly after, they couldn’t serve them anymore due to the potential Salmonella risk. I am with you Darryl, I prefer to get what I need from food and only use supplements as just that – supplements not replacements.

    Lisa McLellan
    Babysitting Services – Babysitters and Nannies

  12. Darrly:

    I’d like to add that it’s my opinion that the FDA is so compromised by the pharmaceuticals that their findings are at best meaningless and at worst seriously harmful. They are irrelevant

    Case for illustration, the swine flu vaccine.

  13. John Ho says:


    You are so right to say that supplement “should not be used in place of regular food.”

    Food, especially whole food, is DEFINITIELY better than most of the supplement out there. Living food has got the vital energy embodied in it. Junk foof, not matter how regular or enticing, compromise one’s body that one realise.

    John Ho
    Numerology Expert Birthday Numeroscope

  14. I use to drink protein drinks but know I just exercise

    Jose Escalante

  15. Scott Payne says:

    I have taken most of whats out there over the years….
    I’m training somewhat now and stick with the basics…

    Multi Vitamin
    Whey Protein

    I get good results


  16. Knowing all other industries are regulated, I can’t believe how this multi-billion industry is overlooked. I would guess that there are more scams in the nutrition business than any other.

    Robert Martin

  17. Keri Eagan says:

    I have spent lots of money in the past. At the moment I’m less serious about weight lifting and so just have a well thought out smoothie with a Tbspn of skim milk powder added for additional protein. Works for me! Gone are the days when I had a pantry full of different supplements.

    Keri Eagan
    Anything Alternative



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