USING SUPPLEMENTS IN BODYBUILDING AND FITNESS
People have been discussing if there are any negative effects of using supplements for fitness or bodybuilding for a very long time. Most people agree that if the supplement is of a good quality, it is OK to use them and they have little side effects (Bolger, 2013). In fact, some people even recommend using supplements because of such reasons: is very hard to find natural foods in this era, it impossible to take the nutrition from foods if the sportsman works too hard, and it provides fast and effective results.
With the capitalism, processed food sector has surrounded us (Albritton, 2010). Food companies are using many chemicals and altering the food in order to make the food more durable, to keep the costs lower, and to make the product more delicious (Albritton, 2010). These cause the foods to lose its nutrition (Albritton, 2010). That’s why people recommend to others who are interested in bodybuilding or fitness to turn to supplements, which provide them more nutrition and fewer side effects.
Even if people who are interested in bodybuilding or fitness can find natural foods that don’t consist chemicals, they need to eat a lot more than ordinary people because of the needs of their bodies. This would make the people take the unnecessary nutrition to their body. However, by using supplements, sportsmen only take the nutrition they need and they avoid taking unnecessary nutrition. For example, a bodybuilder needs much more proteins than fats (Scoobysworkshop.com, 2013). If the bodybuilder tries to take all the protein s/he needs from natural foods such as meat and pulse, he would take too much unnecessary fat to his/her body (Rajkhowa, 2009). Instead, s/he can use protein powders, which only consist of the necessary proteins. But this doesn’t mean that protein powders on their own; protein powders should be used as “supplements” not a replacement of regular food (Abaray, 2013).
Many people who are doing sports tend to be more into getting the results they want sooner. That’s why it is recommended for sportsmen to use supplements so that they would be seeing their progress sooner and as a result they would be more motivated to continue to do sports (Teachpe.com, 2013). It leads to the research question, which is: What are the effects of using supplements for fitness or bodybuilding?
The bodies of people, who want to grow their muscles by doing sports such as bodybuilding and fitness, need more nutrients than regular people because of the way muscle growth occurs. When muscles face with an intense exercise, some damage occurs in the muscle fibers (Kwon & Kravitz, 2004). After the exercise, our bodies reproduce these muscle fibers and make them stronger (Kwon & Kravitz, 2004). Thus, the muscles grow (Kwon & Kravitz, 2004). In order for this reproduction to happen, our bodies need nutrients such as proteins, carbohydrates, and fats (Franco, 2002). However, it is not...