Supplements are everywhere in the world of sports and fitness. It seems that it is normal, even standard that if you are an athlete than you are taking some sort of protein shake combine with creatine, glutamine, etc. Even though there are plenty of perfectly balanced supplement drinks out there, they’ll never take the place of actual food.
Did you ever observe how articles about supplements in certain publications are hardly ever objective? They all appear to be slanted towards hyping some “radical” new product. It certainly
sounds credible when protein companies toss around fancy words like cross flow micro filtration, oligopeptides, ion exchange, protein efficiency ratio, biological value, nitrogen retention and glycomicropeptides, particularly when scores of scientific references are quoted.
It seems that never before in history has so much been spent on the marketing and buying of any goods, with so little information on the product itself, on the part of either the supplier or purchaser, as has been spent on vitamin and mineral supplements. Billions are being spent yearly, and the majority of the buyers, wholesalers, or sales people can tell the difference between a synthetic, a crystalline, and a truly natural vitamin, or the difference between a chelated organic and an inorganic mineral.
Americans are now paying out in excess of $33 billion out of 350 million people, a year for supplements for health and wellness, while almost 36% of adult Americans are obese. That is almost $100 per person. While the amount of obese Americans increases. Yet, one thing seems quite clear: for the most part supplements aren’t helping very much. Considering 5% more American are obese than 10 years ago. There may be helpful supplements out there, but their users must first deal with the fundamentals of health and nutrition. They must eat balanced meals throughout the day.
For example, the majority of people can best meet their calcium requirements through food. Ideas for action to improve calcium intake is to eat calcium-rich foods such as milk, cheese and yogurt every day, or keep track daily of the number of servings of milk products that you consume.
We have dealt with hundreds and thousands of athletes of all ages and abilities. We have seen great improvements by eating complete meals throughout the day. And when there is an issue with someone having a hard time eating properly than we educate them on our meal plan and have them fill out a food journal.Andrew Harestad Director of Methodology CAMP, Building Better Athletes LLC