Supplements: Don’t Waste Your Time & Money

Some of you are probably all ready to LASH out at me just after reading my title alone! Get your panties out of a wad. I don’t mean supplements are a waste of time and money. What I mean is they CAN be! YOU can easily waste your time and money on supplements if you aren’t doing YOUR job.

Supplements Require Team Work

“If you aren’t ready to work, you might as well take the money you want to spend on supplements and flush it down the toilet. You’ll end up just as poor, with less work, and get the same results: the same old out-of-shape body.”

I’m currently on GNC’s GenetixHD, which I love. However, just because I’m popping some pills and gulping down a re-workout drink doesn’t mean I’m going to get results without doing my part.

This is a partnership. My supplements have a job and I have a job. We are working together for the same goal. If I don’t do my share, I can’t expect results.

GNC’s GenetixHD products rock – if YOU rock. 

  • How can you expect increased energy to result in fat loss if you sit on your butt?
  • How can you expect CLA to support a healthy body composition if YOU aren’t working to improve your body composition?
  • Why work to protect muscle cells when you aren’t training muscle cells?
  • Why take Meta-Ignite to boost calorie burn before, during and after a workout if you don’t actually “workout”. 
  • You can’t expect to start seeing abs if you aren’t sculpting abs, and burning off the fat covering them, with cardio. (I could go on and on) 

Time to Supplement

Seem like common sense to you? I would expect so, however, MANY people are looking for that magic pill or easy way out – and I’ve got news for ya: “It doesn’t exist”.

When is it time to incorporate supplements in your routine? When YOU are ready to do the work you need to do to get the MOST out of those supplements. Otherwise, stick to vitamins, because that is piratically the only pill you can pop that doesn’t require work to get results!

“Supplements are made to SUPPORT your program, not BE your program.”

Supporting Results with Diet:

My Rules: 

  1. Stick to 100-150 calorie snacks
  2. Aim for 300-400 calorie meals
  3. Eat 5-6 times a day
  4. Eat no closer than 2 hours apart (seems easy until you finish dinner and find yourself staring in the pantry 30 minutes later! ha!)
  5. Get a minimum of 100gms of protein a day
  6. Limit drinking calories (coke, alcohol, coffee (creamers), high-cal shakes)

My foods:

White meat, dark green vegetables, oatmeal, grits, long grain rice (sparingly), Chobani greek yogurt, Designer Whey protein bars (for snacks), Smart Ones Satisfying Selections steamers (they ALL are high in protein), Uncle Ben’s Basmati Rice (this is the only 90-second rice that doesn’t taste like it’s drowning in preservatives – plus basmati is one of the lower-glycemic grains), almonds – and my absolute favorite night-time snack, 100-calorie popcorn. 🙂

Supporting Results with Exercise:

Cardio: No less than 30 minutes of cardio, at one time, as often as I can squeeze in. Ideally 5 days a week. (being careful not to REPLACE the calories burned with food)

Weights: Lift heavy and hard a MINimum of 4 days a week. The more I can train, the more results I can expect. (being careful to support muscle development with supplements)

My supplements: Everything I’m currently taking and enjoying!

Designer Whey Protein or
Amplified Whey 60 Protein
GNC GenetixHD™ Physio-Burn™
GNC GenetixHD™ Pro-Sculpt™ – Fruit Punch
GNC GenetixHD™ META-IGNITE™
Kre-Alkalyn 1500

FitFluential LLC compensated me for this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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About Bonnie Pfiester

Fitness Columnist and Lifestyle Coach, Resident Trainer for Designer Whey, Fitness Advisor for FitStudio, powered by Sears, FitFluential Ambassador and Owner of Max Fitness Club, home of BCx Boot Camp in Vero Beach, Florida.

Posted on March 13, 2012, in Diet & Nutrition Tips, Food & Supplements, PFIT PFINDS and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 38 Comments.

  1. Great advice and very encouraging because I’ve been doing pretty much everything you’ve suggested here, with excellent results too–I reached my goal last week! Thanks for the motivation and encouragement. I look forward to more as I continue to work on toning, conditioning, building muscle and maintaining my losses.

  2. This is a great post! But in all honesty anytime someone starts talking supplements my eyes glaze over and I just check out – it’s just one of those topics that completely overwhelm me, there is TOO MUCH out there so I don’t even know where to start. And I never want to ask the people working there because I’m never sure if they are being honest or just trying to sell me something. How do you know what is worth taking and what is not?

    • Start simple. If you aren’t taking anything, start with vitamins for health and protein. If you are already taking protein, then add creatine. If you are training and dieting (and doing protein and creatine), the next thing I’d do is a fat burner. Then, I’d add a pre-workout drink, etc.

      Basically they are all building blocks. You can continue to fine tune and add, but protein is the foundation to me. The rest are all extras. Also, I’d only add one or two things at a time in case you have a reaction you don’t like, you can tell which product it is that is bothering you. OR if you ARE getting results, you know which product is giving you the results. Hope that helps!!

  3. Bonnie,

    Please tell me more about these supplements…..

    GNC GenetixHD™ Physio-Burn™
    GNC GenetixHD™ Pro-Sculpt™ – Fruit Punch
    GNC GenetixHD™ META-IGNITE™
    Kre-Alkalyn 1500

    my body fat fluctuates between 11-15% body fat, which I think is very good for my age. Just to push myself, I was going to try and get below 10% bf by April 5th – not sure I can get there by that date. My last measurement a few weeks ago was on the high end of my range – In Dec I was at low end so I need reverse that soon – so I am wondering if the pro-sculpt and other things would benefit me.

    🙂 –

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  6. I agree with you 100%

    Whole foods will always be better than any supplement you buy. Always get your diet and workout regimen before adding any supplements.

  7. Good sound advice . Thanks and goodluck with your goals

  8. I’m loving GNC’s GenetixHD Pro-Sculpt and Amplified Whey 60 Protein. The Amplified Whey 60 is the first protein that I’ve tried that I think tastes good. And it gives me my chocolate fix for the day! The Pro-Sculpt gives me that extra kick to really make my workouts intense! Thanks for the blog, Bonnie!

  9. Great info and insight Bonnie. Thanks so much!

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  11. Hi was just looking at the prosculpt products today. I do heavy weights 3 days a week and interval cardiovascular training 3 days a week. Was wondering if these products work on men as well as women. Would really appreciate the advise thank you

  12. I just bought pro-sculpt because I am trying to lose body fat. I could only chose 1 genetixHD product though because of my budget. Would you say this product alone (along with eating healthy and working out) will help?

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