Sensible Buying of Bodybuilding Supplements
The past few chapters have looked at which supplements are possibly worth using, and which are a waste of money. The purpose of this chapter is to help you with your purchasing, as most supplement companies are extremely clever at marketing. They take every opportunity to get your money, and you'll be left wondering how they get away with it. But they do!
It's the same issue in the whole of the health supplement market, not just bodybuilding. The problem centres on legal regulation of 'health claims' and is very vague. In the UK the British Dietetic Association (BDA) is lobbying Parliament to change the laws to impose stringent guidelines, in order to protect the public.
You see it all the time in the magazines, a picture of a fat guy or a skinny runt, and then 'in just 8 weeks' a picture of someone resembling Brad Pitt or Ronnie Coleman. On the advert statements like 'This stuff is as potent as anabolic steroids'. Claims are often made with no valid science, just clever marketing. Remember, I have not always been in 'the know' about bodybuilding nutrition, and I have been ripped off too, at a time when I had much less money and it hurt me more financially, especially when I didn't get anywhere near the results I expected or desired. This is why it makes me so angry, when I see guys who get the 'bodybuilding bug' and will do anything to build a great physique and bodybuilding supplement companies play on that.
Below, I've listed a few of the common frauds and discussed them:
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