What works

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    Jul 05, 2010 6:04 AM GMT
    A friend of mine always describes being able to tell when vitamins or supplements "work" for him. I on the other hand can't tell a thing. Any changes, if there are any, are way to subtle for me to pick up. If I do think there might be some changes I can never really tell if it comes from changing my routine, diet, or supplements.

    Can anyone else intrinsically tell when something's working for them? If you can, any advice on how to know?
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    Jul 05, 2010 11:42 AM GMT
    For some vitamins/suplements their effects are obvious in the short term (B12, B6, chromium, and zinc to name a few for me). For those with a more subtle effect (Niacin, C, and E to name a few), the only way you'll know is to keep a journal.

    I used to track my size, strength, how I felt, and what I was eating every day for many years. It worked well to hone my diet and weed out garbage suplements that weren't producing any apparent benefit - or in some cases were actually hurting me. good luck!
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    Jul 05, 2010 6:42 PM GMT
    Dahas saidA friend of mine always describes being able to tell when vitamins or supplements "work" for him. I on the other hand can't tell a thing. Any changes, if there are any, are way to subtle for me to pick up. If I do think there might be some changes I can never really tell if it comes from changing my routine, diet, or supplements.

    Can anyone else intrinsically tell when something's working for them? If you can, any advice on how to know?


    Well, you can feel your pulse race if you take things loaded with caffeine and such. But if it's things like protein or vitamins I'm guessing it's more likely to be a placebo effect than an actual recognition of a physiological effect.
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    Jul 05, 2010 7:39 PM GMT
    What works is FOOD.
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    Jul 06, 2010 2:29 AM GMT
    I may have misunderstood your question - What chuckystud said is correct if you are trying to build - eat, and eat well. If you are trying to troubleshoot a potential vitamin deficiency then keep the journal. My body has trouble absorbing some nutrients and using the journal I was able to first identify them and then adjust my diet accordingly.
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    Jul 06, 2010 6:21 AM GMT
    Thanks for the advice everyone. I'll definetly consider keeping a journal. Hopefully it'll help out with nutrition and eating enough which I'll admit to faltering often.

    I bring it up because I've considered changing whey protein powders. I've used the brand for a while, like the people at the store, and on paper it looks good (by the nutritional info and what not). However, I've considered changing brands and was wondering if not being able to "feel" it should be an important factor.

    This is the brand I'm currently using:
    http://www.vitaminworld.com/vf/labels/017085VW.pdf

    For those who have steadily used a particular brand, what helped you decide to stick with it?

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    Jul 06, 2010 8:53 PM GMT
    Protein shakes used to work for me.
    Then I discovered sushi & sashimi.
  • Delivis

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    Jul 06, 2010 9:08 PM GMT
    Dahas saidA friend of mine always describes being able to tell when vitamins or supplements "work" for him. I on the other hand can't tell a thing. Any changes, if there are any, are way to subtle for me to pick up. If I do think there might be some changes I can never really tell if it comes from changing my routine, diet, or supplements.

    Can anyone else intrinsically tell when something's working for them? If you can, any advice on how to know?


    Personal experience is highly fallible. Perhaps your friend percieves minor changes, but he could also be detecting false positives; he may be fooling himself.

    It may also be the case that what he is noticing is very pronounced and he is controlling his variables well. If he has not changed his workout routine for months and has had little progress or simply steady progress and then gets a large boost in progress after changing nothing but a single supplement (a change others notice as well), then his personal experience would be more trust worthy than average.

    But always be a bit skeptical. Give everyone in your gym a sugar pill telling them it will enhance X and many of them will think it did when it really did nothing at all.
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    Jul 08, 2010 6:23 PM GMT
    the moral of the story is that even if things help you you shouldn't do them in case they are not peer reviewed in a medical journal.
  • EricLA

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    Jul 08, 2010 6:28 PM GMT
    Everyone is different. I've gotten my results without any supplements. I work out three days a week. I eat reasonably well, without depriving myself. Make sure you're working out correctly and be consistent with your gym visits. Make sure you're eating the right things.