The Down Side of Supplements In Body Building

Many people take dietary supplements to help them stay healthy, but many bodybuilders abuse supplements, in an effort to get bigger muscles faster. The most commonly abused drug among bodybuilders is the anabolic steroid. While its true you may see results in less time than a natural bodybuilder, the disadvantages of using steroids greatly outweigh the benefits.

The first thing you should know about steroids, is they are illegal. You also need to know that competitive bodybuilders often have to undergo drug tests before they will be allowed to enter an event. If you get caught with steroids, it can ruin your reputation both in and out of the bodybuilding world. The negative side effects of steroids are not only the legal aspects. Using steroids can do some serious damage to your body, as well as your overall health.

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Even though men and women may react differently to steroids, they both face the same types of dangers. For example, steroids will cause a man’s testicles to shrink, sperm count to drop, have a deeper voice, hair loss, and make him develop breasts. Women too will experience deepened voices and hair loss, as well as enlargement of the clitoris, and increased growth of facial hair. In teenagers, who have not yet finished growing, it will stunt their growth.

If these side effects haven’t put a scare into you yet, continue reading. It can get much worse. For one thing, steroids can damage your liver by causing you to develop jaundice; a disease with flu-like symptoms that turns your skin yellow. Steroids have also been known to cause cancer and liver tumors. Perhaps the worst side effect is the one that affects the heart.

Using steroids can cause enlargement of the heart, as well as hardening of the arteries, both health issues are precursors to heart disease, and in the end heart failure. People who abuse these supplements have also been known to develop skin spots, acne, trembling, and uncontrollable anger that makes user become physically violent.

Truth be told, steroids are only useful if you are a dedicated bodybuilder already, so you won’t gain any muscle mass simply by popping pills or injecting yourself. Steroids help your muscles recover from training, so while most body builders need at least 48 hours between sessions to see results, users are ready to train again in a few hours.

Therefore, users can build muscles faster.

You must keep in mind, just because things happen faster, does not always mean its better. There are some bodybuilders who are pushing for steroids to be legal when used responsibly, but professionals generally agree that abusing steroids will result in an untimely death.

It is not necessary to use steroids to achieve the kind of body, bodybuilders admire. Healthy professional bodybuilders state that there are good training principals, which include the importance of having a nutrient-rich diet, along with the proper rest. Having both nutrition and rest will create a body others will envy.

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How Water Can Affect Weight Loss

Sometimes, especially if you were born in North America and raised on a standard American diet, you may find that you do not get enough water. Water is one of the building blocks of life, and without it, we may find ourselves consuming sugary drinks instead.

Sugary drinks are very unhealthy for us, and not only are they full of high fructose corn syrup that is almost impossible to get rid of in the body, but they are also full of acid that wears away at the enamel of your teeth and causes other complications.

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What many people don’t realize is that drinking water is something that can actually help to aid in weight loss. If you are going on a journey of healthy eating, it is highly possible that you are doing so in an effort to lose weight, just as much as to be healthy. Being healthy is very important, but it can pose some challenges to people who are addicted to the standard American diet.

And unfortunately, this type of diet is highly rewarding in the mind’s eye and highly addicting as well. It is gratifying because we feel as if we are getting everything that we need to maintain her energy levels and satisfy our deep desire for high carb, high-fat, high sugar foods.

Fortunately, there is a way to begin to decrease your cravings for bad foods, and that is by drinking a lot of water. Water is so important to human functioning, but a lot of us begin to look the other way. We drink sugary soda and alcohol, which leads us to gaining weight rapidly because we are not nourishing our bodies with one of his most basic needs.

When you drink enough water, your body stops craving food the same way it does when you are not drinking water. When you are dehydrated, or you are simply thirsty, your body sends signals to your mind that make you think you may be hungry. The cues are the same. Our stomachs growl when we are thirsty, and our minds crave sustenance.

When we are able to identify why we are having these pangs of hunger, and hydrate our bodies, we will be operating at our peak capacity and making wise decisions when it comes to eating food. It is recommended that our daily intake of water is at least 64 ounces every day. That amounts to about 6 to 8 glasses of water daily so that you can operate at your greatest potential without having to worry about hunger pangs that can cause you to gain weight and lose track of your real needs.

Making sure that you are taking care of your body’s need for water is important. Drink as much as you can every day, up to the maximum amount. It will help you to stay on track and shed the pounds faster than you can even imagine. I have to do is stay focused on making your goal a reality and you will be well on your way to utilizing water as a step toward weight loss.

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