intention is to keep this site current by offering updates
when new issues arise that may be confusing to those seeking
fitness and weight loss. Visit this page frequently
for new information and e-mail me with topics you'd like to
see featured here. Here's the update as of 10-07-00:
They're still the main topic of phone calls that come into
my office and appearances. "Which is better, Xenadrine
or Ripped Fuel?" "Which is better, Myoplex
or Isopure?" "Does Joint Fuel Work?"
The reality is,
nothing works in isolation, and in mainstream sports nutrition
products there isn't all that much difference between brands.
When it comes to the best selling meal replacements aimed
at the sports nutrition market, they all contain protein from
some sort of milk isolates. They all contain maltodextrin
as their carb source, however, maltodextrin comes in different
grades. In order to competitively price these products
so they can sell in GNC and similar stores offering profits
for the manufacturer, distributor, and retailer, somewhere
there has to be a consideration for cost control. It
is standard, therefore, NOT to use the highest grade of ingredients.
None of the commercial products will be superior to a meal.
Some, however, will offer "the next best thing."
opened my Miami Fitness Headquarters location as a "supplement
store" from the outside. When you walk inside it's
a different experience altogether. My staff is highly
trained to help people see through fraud and to help them
make only efficacious choices. It isn't easy.
People often resist. My staff includes a number of certified
trainers. They know that when someone comes in in search
of a fat burner, they don't really want a "fat burner."
They want to reduce fat! Sometimes it takes effort to
help them understand that most of the "fat burners"
are simply mixtures of stimulant herbs, and that in order
to shed fat they have to make some nutritional and exercise
modifications. You want the truth? It would be
easier to sell fat burners! People come in fixated on
the bottles believing there's magic inside. It's just
that . . . I've never been real good at choosing "the
easy" path at the expense of the truth. My trainers
often let customers walk out without buying the supplements
they came in for. I would rather lose a customer in
the short term and hope that someday they buy into the truth
than sell somebody anything that will waste their money and
jeopardize their health.
What are the
few that do have value? I'll list the few supplements
that have been, with the complete cooperation of my committed
staff, "best sellers."
- the best post workout formula
Vital Pharmaceutical's Cross Pro Protein - quality and great
Twinlab Daily One Caps and Multi-Mineral Formula - the essentials
EAT! The Supportive Meal Replacement
Saw Palmetto - for men over 40 as "prostate protection"
Male Fuel - it's been called the "viagra alternative"
Vitamin C, Vitamin E, B-complex
and of course . . . creatine.
As far as the
commercial meal replacements, I personally favor Isopure and
Lean Body. Oh . . . and for those who have connective
tissue issues . . . there is value to glucosamine sulfate
and chondriotin (Joint Fuel).
If you're exercising
and eating right, these definitely have their place as part
of a complete regimen.
If you can remember
the following, you'll be protected. "Tummy trimmers
don't trim tummies, fat burners don't burn fat, and diets
make people fatter." Well over 10 years ago I set
out to become the trusted delivered of fitness truth, and
my mission continues. My reach grows slowly, yet those
i touch add to the ground army. With enough of us out
there, it's only a matter of time until we turn this industry
right side up. In the meanwhile you're going to have
to sometimes put your hands over your eyes when an infomercial
promises you magic and put your hands over your ears when
a salesperson tries to sell you the new miracle in a bottle.
Explore this site and philkaplan.com
to find all the fitness truth you need. Then it's up
to you to stay fit and keep growing.
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