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Choosing your supplements: a user-friendly guide

09/12/2011

Making sense of all the sports supplements on the market can seem as tricky as learning algebra. I will be posting my ‘tips and tricks’ on the athleti.ca blog, to make this process easier for you. For the best results, and to make the most out of your limited budget, here are a few tips to get you started:

Go for what you need, not what others are taking

Every athlete is different, and should have their own personalized nutritional strategy. For example, leaner athletes will need more protein as they usually have lower energy intakes. Females who are active will need to take more iron and ensure that they consume sufficient amounts of carbohydrates. 

Do your homework; use the tools on athleti.ca

As is true for any shopping experience, it’s crucial to do your research before you buy, otherwise you’ll most probably overspend and end up with the wrong products. Consult the nutrition labels and information on the product pages in athleti.ca, and use the athleti.ca product comparison before making your purchase; check out this blog to read up on the nutritional strategies of professional athletes and experts; and send me your nutritional questions using the Ask Caroline Q&A form

Be selective: not all supplements are created equal

Not all brews, chews, bars and other such products are comparable, as they are made from different recipes. Some have caffeine, giving you the extra jolt and accelerating your heartbeat, but possibly bringing on some jitters. Also, all sugars are not created equally: maltodextrins could be easier to digest in some people while it may not be the case for others, whereas fructose has other benefits and costs. Stay tuned to this blog for more information.

Love what you eat

Last, but certainly not least, taste is a most important criteria when selecting your ideal supplemental. If you are not happy with the taste, fueling up during your ride, run or swim will be a challenge

Best of luck, have fun training and be healthy… and hungry!!!



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