Is real food better than bodybuilding supplements?

Some athletes rely heavily on bodybuilding supplements to meet their daily nutritional needs, while others claim that anything but real food is nothing more than unnecessary, ineffective poison.

Before I even start talking about the pros and cons of real food versus supplements, I think we should consider whether “real food” is as natural as some people tend to think.


How real is “real food” anyway?

People say that bodybuilding supplements contain all kinds of additives, flavorings, dyes, etc. and that may be true, but the difference between supplements and so-called real food is that the supplement companies are required by law to list all ingredients on the labels.

Now compare that to the label you see on a package of eggs, beef or fruit.  You think its healthy because it just says “beef” or “eggs”, but they aren’t required to list all the pesticides, antibiotics and hormones like steroids that have been given to the animals or crops that the “natural” food was taken from.

Not that I’m pro-supplement, I’m just pointing out that real food may not be as natural as some people tend to think, unless its certified as grass-fed, organic, free-range, etc.


The surprising reason why you should eat mostly real food

I recalculated my diet plan last week and decided to add about 50g of pure protein.

I say pure protein because my fat was already high enough, my calories were about right and, since I’m on a ketogenic diet, I want to keep my carbs as low as possible anyway.

So I looked around to see how I could do this and my first thought was that I could maybe add a whey protein supplement . . . until I discovered that two servings of EAS chocolate whey would give me 52 grams of protein — AND 14 GRAMS OF CARBS AND 300 CALORIES!!!

Now compare that to 200g (about 1/2 pound) of chicken breast:  47g protein, 0 CARBS AND 220 CALORIES.

Two cans of tuna will get me 44g of protein, 0 CARBS AND 200 CALORIES.

Who would have thought that I’d be saving 14g of carbs and about 100 calories by eating chicken or tuna instead of supplements?!?!

The bottom line is, if you want to calculate your macronutrient ratios exactly, you’re better off with real food than with pills and powders!


Supplements aren’t perfect, but they’re better than nothing!

I’m certainly not saying that supplements are necessary, but if someone truly believes that he physically cannot eat enough food to meet his protein or caloric requirements without using a protein supplement, then he should use the supplement and get his nutrition right.

If someone truly believes that real food is too expensive and that protein supplements are the only way he can afford to meet his daily nutritional requirements, then he should use the supplement and get his nutrition right.

Of course, these thoughts that supplements are necessary are almost always just that — thoughts.

Usually a person realizes after a while that real food can be bought as cheaply as supplements, or even cheaper, but until then, I care more about him starting to get his diet straight NOW, instead of putting it off until some point in the future when he can afford to get in shape.

This also applies to hardgainers who may not yet understand that even the skinniest of them can eat enough real food to build muscle, especially if they eat high-protein and caloric-dense foods like meat and whole eggs.  It just may take a while for them to realize that and I would rather that they start building muscle now and figure it out along the way.


Don’t be “that guy”

A guy I know wants to get in shape, so I suggested he look into Vince Gironda’s ketogenic steak & eggs diet.

He’s all ready to go on the diet, but he just got a new job and doesn’t want to spend a lot of money on grass-fed, organic beef and butter and free-range eggs until he’s more settled.

Fair enough . . . but can someone please explain to me why he thinks its better to eat doughnuts for breakfast, pizza for lunch and hot wings and beer in the local sports bar for dinner until he can afford to go on a diet “the right way”?

Don’t be that guy, just do the best you can with what you have right now and don’t put off eating healthy . . . forever.

That’s it for today, until next time, go out there and be awesome!


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